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Born Oct. 31, 1961, in Pukerua Bay on New Zealand's North Island, Peter Jackson began making movies with his parents' 8mm camera when he was only 8 years old.

Jackson's first professional movies, in his early 20s, were gory horror flicks (Bad Taste in 1987, Meet the Feebles in 1989 and Braindead in 1992). In 1994, he astonished audiences and critics with Heavenly Creatures, based on the true story of two teenage girls who commit a murder.

In 1999, Jackson embarked on one of the biggest undertakings in cinematic history by filming three movies at once: the Lord of the Rings trilogy, which was released over three years (The Fellowship of the Ring in 2001, The Two Towers in 2002 and The Return of the King in 2003). All three films topped the box office, delighting fans and critics alike and earning more than a half-dozen Oscars.

Peter Jackson in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

2012 PG-13

Beloved hobbit Bilbo Baggins is back in a visually spectacular tale inspired by The Lord of the Rings and likewise directed by Peter Jackson. Joining the effort to free the Kingdom of Erebor, Bilbo also faces a fateful encounter with Gollum.

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  • Peter Jackson in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
  • Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring Lord of the Rings: Fellowship of the Ring
  • Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • Peter Jackson in Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King
  • Peter Jackson in The Frighteners The Frighteners
  • Peter Jackson in LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed. LOTR: The Two Towers: Extended Ed.
  • Peter Jackson in Dead Alive Dead Alive
  • Peter Jackson in The Lovely Bones The Lovely Bones
  • Peter Jackson in Heavenly Creatures Heavenly Creatures
  • Peter Jackson in LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed. LOTR: Fellowship of the Ring: Extended Ed.
  • Peter Jackson in LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed. LOTR: Return of the King: Extended Ed.
  • Peter Jackson in King Kong King Kong
  • Peter Jackson in Bad Taste Bad Taste
  • Peter Jackson in Beyond the Movie: Return of the King Beyond the Movie: Return of the King
  • Peter Jackson in Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1 Sunday Morning Shootout: Best of Season 1
  • Peter Jackson in King Kong: Production Diaries King Kong: Production Diaries
  • Peter Jackson in Ringers: Lord of the Fans Ringers: Lord of the Fans
  • Peter Jackson in The Sci-Fi Boys The Sci-Fi Boys