Joshua Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in primetime television and in over 32 film roles. He is best known for playing Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series, Pacey Witter in the television series Dawson's Creek and Peter Bishop in the television series Fringe.

Early life

Jackson (Joshua Carter Jackson) was born[1] in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Fiona Jackson, a casting director, and John Carter.[2] Jackson's father is from Texas[3] and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having emigrated to North America in the late 1960s.[4][5] He was raised Catholic.[6][7] He has a sister, Aisleagh,[8] and two half-brothers, Lyman and Jonathan Carter from his father's first marriage. Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. Not long after his sister was born in California, his parents divorced and his sister's last name was changed from "Carter" to "Jackson" (his mother's maiden name). Josh, his mother and sister then moved to Seattle,[9] where he attended Einstein Middle School in Shoreline, Washington. Shortly thereafter, he moved back to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School. In an interview with The New York Times, Jackson said he was kicked out of high school once because of The Jon Stewart Show: "[The show] played, at least where I grew up, at 1:30 in the morning, so I would stay up at night to watch Jon Stewart, but then I'd be too tired—or too lazy—to go to school in the morning. So I'd just take the first couple of classes off, 'cause I wanted to be fresh when I got there."[10] He claims that the first time was because of "attitude" problems and that he "wasn't in the school spirit".


Soon after he took up acting, Jackson landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, a part for which Jake Gyllenhaal was also considered[11] (years later both would also be amongst a small group of actors considered for the role of Bruce Wayne/Batman in Batman Begins, which eventually went to Christian Bale). Jackson went on to appear as Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, which ran on the WB network from 1998–2003, and also starred James Van Der Beek, Michelle Williams and Katie Holmes. While the show was on hiatus, he appeared in several movies including The Skulls, The Safety of Objects, The Laramie Project and a short cameo in the remake of Ocean's Eleven where he appears as himself in a poker scene with Brad Pitt, George Clooney and Holly Marie Combs, among others. In 2000, he also guest-starred in Season 12 of The Simpsons, voicing the character of Jesse Grass, a "hunky environmentalist" and love interest for Lisa Simpson in the episode "Lisa the Tree Hugger".

Shortly after Dawson's Creek ended in 2003, Jackson played the lead role in films alongside Dennis Hopper (Americano), Harvey Keitel (Shadows in the Sun), and Donald Sutherland (Aurora Borealis). In 2005, Jackson moved to the UK and made his stage debut on the London West End with Patrick Stewart in David Mamet's two-man play, A Life in the Theatre. The play was a critical and popular success, and ran from February to April of that year. Jackson has said in recent interviews that he would consider returning to the stage, this time trying his hand on Broadway.[12] His next film role was in the all-star ensemble drama Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, Jackson's co-star from The Mighty Ducks. He played a lead role in a US remake of the Asian horror film Shutter. He has recently starred and acted as executive producer in the Canadian independent film One Week, which opened on March 6, 2009.

Jackson currently plays Peter Bishop in J.J. Abrams' science-fiction series Fringe.[13] Created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman.[14] The series appears on the Fox TV network and is the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–09 season after CBS' The Mentalist.

Jackson was nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week.[15] He then won the award on April 12, 2010.[16]

Directly across the street from the 2010 Comic-Con in San Diego, Jackson, sporting a bowling shirt, held and hosted Pacey-Con even giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those fortunate enough to be waiting in the entrance line for Comic-Con at the time. Footage of the event was recorded for a video, entitled 'Pacey-Con', which he was filming for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die celebrity humour website.

Personal life

Jackson was arrested at a November 9, 2002 Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina after an altercation with a security guard. He was charged with assault affray and being intoxicated and disruptive. At the time of his arrest he had a 0.14 blood-alcohol content. He pled guilty and was sentenced to attend an alcohol education program after which he performed 24 hours of community service.[17]

Jackson currently divides his time between Paris and Vancouver. He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. Previously he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the television program Dawson's Creek was filmed; and in New York where Fringe filmed its first season. In 2009, he moved back to Vancouver for the shooting of the second season of Fringe.

Jackson has been in relationships with actresses Katie Holmes, Brittany Daniel and Rosario Dawson. He began dating model and actress Diane Kruger in 2006.[18]


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Crooked Hearts Tom (11 years)
1992 The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1993 Digger Billy
1994 D2: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1994 Andre Mark Baker
1995 Magic in the Water Joshua Black
1996 D3: The Mighty Ducks Charlie Conway
1997 Scream 2 Film Class Guy #1
1998 The Battery Short film
1998 Apt Pupil Joey
1998 Urban Legend Damon Brooks
1999 Cruel Intentions Blaine Tuttle
1999 Muppets from Space Pacey Witter Uncredited Role
2000 The Skulls Lucas 'Luke' McNamara
2000 Gossip Beau Edson
2001 The Safety of Objects Paul Gold
2001 Ocean's Eleven Josh Cameo
2002 The Laramie Project Matt Galloway
2002 Lone Star State of Mind Earl Crest Alternative title: Cowboys and Idiots
2003 I Love Your Work John
2005 Cursed Jake Taylor
2005 Racing Stripes Trenton's Pride Voice Role
2005 Americano Chris McKinley
2005 Aurora Borealis Duncan Shorter
2005 The Shadow Dancer Jeremy Taylor Alternative title: Shadows in the Sun
2006 Bobby Wade Buckley
2007 Battle in Seattle Randall
2008 Shutter Benjamin Shaw
2008 One Week Ben Tyler
2011 U.F.O. Paul Foster pre-production
Year Title Role Notes
1991 Payoff Young Mac TV-Movie
1996 Champs Matt Mazzilli Episode: Breaking Up Is Hard to Do
Episode: For Art's Sake
1996 Robin of Locksley Prince John Jr. TV-Movie
1997 Ronnie & Julie Ronnie Monroe TV-Movie
1997 On the Edge of Innocence Sammy TV-Movie
1997 The Outer Limits Devon Taylor Episode: Music of the Spheres
1998–2003 Dawson's Creek Pacey Witter 128 episodes
2000 The Simpsons Jesse Grass Episode: Lisa the Tree Hugger
2006 Capitol Law Mark Clayton TV-Pilot
2008–present Fringe Peter Bishop 42 episodes


Genie Awards
  • 2010: Won, "Best Actor" – One Week
Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival
  • 2005: Won, "Best Actor" – Aurora Borealis
Hollywood Film Festival
  • 2006: Won, "Best Ensemble of the Year" – Bobby

Satellite Award

  • 2006: Nominated, "Best Actor in a Dramatic Motion Picture" – Aurora Borealis
Screen Actors Guild Awards
  • 2007: Nominated, "Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture" – Bobby
Teen Choice Award
  • 1999: Won, "Choice TV Actor" – Dawson's Creek
  • 2000: Nominated, "Choice Liar in a Film" – The Skulls
  • 2000: Won, "Choice TV Actor" – Dawson's Creek
  • 2001: Won, "Choice TV Actor" – Dawson's Creek
  • 2002: Nominated, "Choice TV Actor" – Dawson's Creek
  • 2003: Nominated, "Choice TV Actor" – Dawson's Creek
  • 2009: Nominated, "Choice TV Actor" – Fringe
Young Artist Award
  • 1993: Nominated, "Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture" – The Mighty Ducks
Young Hollywood Award
  • 2000: Won, "Male Superstar of Tomorrow"


  1. Morton, Eugene (2009-11-04). "G4's Attack of the Show interviews Josh Jackson". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  2. "Joshua Jackson Biography (1978–)". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  3. Shires, Sarah (2005-03-11). "I was just six and dad filed for custody of my dog... Yes, I'm still mad; Joshua Jackson on growing up and life after Dawson's Creek". The Evening Standard. Retrieved 2007-12-10. 
  4. "RTÉ Television — Tubridy Tonight". 2007-01-20. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  5. "Fiona Jackson Coaching". Fiona Jackson Coaching. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  6. Rothing, Hilary (September 8, 2009). "Fringe DVD Launch Party: Josh Jackson Interview". UGO Entertainment. Retrieved April 23, 2010. 
  7. "Late Night with Conan O'Brien", Joshua Jackson interview May 14, 2002 (Joshua Jackson answers the Conan O'Brien question about fans websites; "Yeah, you know, I'm irish catholic, I have a lot of family members, that's a lot of websites.") Retrieved on April 23, 2010.
  8. "Joshua Jackson Biography — Yahoo! Movies". 1978-06-11. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  9. [1][dead link]
  10. "Screen Test: T Men's Cover Story — Video Library — The New York Times". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  11. Jake Gyllenhaal. "Jake Gyllenhaal". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  12. [2][dead link]
  13. "BBC News". BBC News. 2008-02-08. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  14. "Fringe Overview". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  15. "CBC News — Film — Polytechnique tops Genie nominations". 2010-03-01. Archived from the original on 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  16. "Polytechnique sweeps Genie Awards". Toronto Star, April 12, 2010.
  17. "TSG Mug Shot: Joshua Jackson". Archived from the original on May 18, 2008. Retrieved 2010-07-14. 
  18. Fashion (2009-01-30). "Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger join Elie Saab fans at Paris benefit". Retrieved 2010-07-14. 

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