Peter Jackson (born in Pukerua Bay, Porirua City, New Zealand) is a film writer, director, and producer. He directed, produced, starred in and helped to write both the live-action films series The Lord of the Rings trilogy and The Hobbit trilogy, which are based on J.R.R. Tolkien's The Lord of the Rings and The Hobbit.
Jackson's first public showings in cinema were "splatstick" comedies such as movie Heavenly Creatures (1994), for which he shared with Fran Walsh an Oscar nomination for "Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen".
He reached fame later, with his direction of the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, based on the books of the same name by J.R.R. Tolkien. The third installment of the trilogy earned an Oscar in all 11 categories it was nominated for. In 2012, Jackson remastered the trilogy as a brand new digital transfer from the original source, which was the Blu Ray release.
He has expressed interest in continuing making Middle-earth films.
Brian Sibley authored Peter Jackson: A Film-maker's Journey in 2006, a long biography of his life and work on the first trilogy. In 2018, Ian Nathan's Anything You Can Imagine: Peter Jackson and the Making of Middle-earth was published, as another retrospective biography featuring new interviews with Jackson and crew-members.
Besides directing the trilogies, Jackson appeared briefly in each of their films. In The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013), he plays a drunken man in Bree named Albert Dreary. In The Two Towers (2002), he was a Rohirrim Warrior. In Return of the King (2003), he was a Corsair killed by an arrow fired by Legolas. In The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), he was a Dwarf of the Lonely Mountain Dwarf running from the rampaging dragon Smaug in the synopsis-scene. He was also seen in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug briefly when Bard was escorting the Dwarves to his house. Although uncredited, he appeared in The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies as Bungo Baggins in a painting that can be seen at the end of the third film in Bag End. The same painting appeared in Bag End also in The Fellowship of the Ring.