Joshua Browning Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is an American-Canadian actor. He is known for his starring role as Pacey Witter in the teen drama series Dawson's Creek (1998–2003), Peter Bishop in the science fiction series Fringe (2008–2013), Cole Lockhart in the drama series The Affair (2014–18), and Mickey Joseph in the drama miniseries When They See Us (2019).
Jackson at the San Diego Comic-Con International in July 2012
|Partner(s)||Diane Kruger (2006–2016)|
Jackson's best known films include The Mighty Ducks film series (1992–96), Cruel Intentions (1999), The Skulls (2000), and Shutter (2008). For his performance in the Canadian independent film One Week (2008), Jackson won the Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role.
Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, to parents John Carter and Fiona Jackson. His mother is a casting director. Jackson's father is from Texas; and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having immigrated to North America in the late 1960s. He has a younger sister, Aisleagh, and two older half brothers, Jonathan and Lyman. He was raised Catholic.
Jackson grew up in California until the age of 8. He moved 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." He claims that the first time was because of "attitude" problems and that he "wasn't in the school spirit".
Jackson started acting in a small role in the film Crooked Hearts in 1991. The next year, he played the role of Charlie in a musical version of Willie Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. At this point, with the help of the play's casting director Laura Kennedy, he joined the William Morris Agency. Soon after, he landed the role of Charlie (#96) in The Mighty Ducks series, playing a young and aspiring hockey player.
Joshua 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 Cruel Intentions (a New York yuppie adaptation of Les Liaisons dangereuses that also starred Sarah Michelle Gellar and Ryan Phillippe), The Skulls, The Safety of Objects, The Laramie Project and a short cameo in the remake of Ocean's Eleven in which 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 said that he would consider returning to the stage, to try his hand on Broadway. His next film role was in Bobby, directed by Emilio Estevez, Jackson's co-star from The Mighty Ducks. He played a lead role in Shutter, a US remake of a Thai horror film of the same name. He starred and acted as executive producer in the Canadian independent film One Week, which opened on March 6, 2009.
From 2008 to 2013, Jackson played the lead role of Peter Bishop in the science-fiction series Fringe, created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. The series appeared on the Fox TV network and was the second-highest rated new show of the 2008–2009 season after CBS's The Mentalist. BuddyTV ranked him #9 on its "TV's 100 Sexiest Men of 2010" list, #19 in 2011 and #14 in 2012.
Jackson was nominated for Genie Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for the film One Week. He won the award on April 12, 2010. He held and hosted Pacey-Con in 2010, directly across the street from the San Diego Comic-Con, sporting a bowling shirt and giving out fan fiction he wrote himself to those waiting in the Comic-Con entrance line. Footage of the event was recorded for a video, entitled 'Pacey-Con', which he was filming for Will Ferrell's Funny or Die celebrity humor website. In 2013 Jackson appeared in the IFC film Inescapable with Marisa Tomei and Alexander Siddig. Jackson wrote the first story from the comic book trilogy Beyond the Fringe, titled "Peter and the Machine". Jackson currently stars in the fourth season of the successful Showtime television show, The Affair, where he plays Cole Lockhart, the protagonist husband of the unfaithful Alison Lockhart.
In March 2018, Jackson makes a theatrical debut in Broadway, Children of a Lesser God, where he plays James Leeds, an unconventional teacher at school for the deaf who got in a conflicted professional and romantic relationship with a former deaf student, Sarah Norman (Lauren Ridloff). The play ran through May 2018.
Jackson began dating German actress Diane Kruger in 2006; the couple shared residences in Paris, Los Angeles and Vancouver. Jackson and Kruger ended their relationship in 2016, after 10 years together. He owns his childhood home in Topanga, California. He previously lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where 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 four following seasons before the show aired its last episode on January 18, 2013.
Jackson is a fan of the Vancouver Canucks ice hockey team. He was arrested on November 9, 2002, at a Carolina Hurricanes ice hockey game in Raleigh, North Carolina, after a quarrel with a security guard. He was charged with assault, affray and being intoxicated and disruptive, having a 0.14 blood alcohol content. Prosecutors agreed to dismiss the assault charge, and Jackson agreed to attend an alcohol education program and perform 24 hours of community service in order to have the remaining charge dropped.
|1991||Crooked Hearts||Tom (11 years)|
|1992||The Mighty Ducks||Charlie Conway|
|1994||D2: The Mighty Ducks||Charlie Conway|
|1995||Magic in the Water||Joshua Black|
|1996||D3: The Mighty Ducks||Charlie Conway|
|1996||Robin of Locksley||John Prince, Jr.|
|1997||Ronnie and Julie||Ronnie|
|1997||Scream 2||Film Class Guy #1|
|1998||The Battery||Michael Papperman||Short film|
|1998||Urban Legend||Damon Brooks|
|1999||Cruel Intentions||Blaine Tuttle|
|1999||Muppets from Space||Pacey Witter||Uncredited Cameo|
|2000||The Skulls||Lucas 'Luke' McNamara|
|2001||The Safety of Objects||Paul Gold|
|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 Everhart|
|2005||Racing Stripes||Trenton's Pride||Voice role|
|2005||Aurora Borealis||Duncan Shorter|
|2005||The Shadow Dancer||Jeremy Taylor||Alternative title: Shadows in the Sun|
|2007||Battle in Seattle||Randall|
|2008||One Week||Ben Tyler|
|2012||Lay the Favorite||Jeremy|
|1991||Payoff||Young Mac||TV movie|
|1996||Champs||Matt Mazzilli||Episodes: "Breaking Up Is Hard to Do" and "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||124 episodes|
|2000||The Simpsons||Jesse Grass||Voice; Episode: "Lisa the Tree Hugger"|
|2006||Capitol Law||Mark Clayton||Unsold TV pilot|
|2008–2013||Fringe||Peter Bishop||96 episodes|
|2014–2018||The Affair||Cole Lockhart||28 episodes|
|2016||Gravity Falls||Additional Voices||Episode: "Weirdmageddon 3: Take Back the Falls"|
|2016||Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt||Purvis||Episode: "Kimmy Goes to a Hotel!"|
|2016||Years of Living Dangerously||Himself||Episode: "Collapse of the Oceans"|
|2019||When They See Us||Mickey Joseph||3 episodes|
|2020||Little Fires Everywhere||Bill Richardson||Upcoming series|
|2016||Smart People||Brian||New play by Lydia R. Diamond at Second Stage Theater|
|2005||A Life in The Theatre||John||David Mamet play with Patrick Stewart|
|2017||Children of a Lesser God||James Leeds||Revival at Berkshire Theatre Festival with Kenny Leon|
Awards and nominationsEdit
|1993||Young Artist Award||Outstanding Young Ensemble Cast in a Motion Picture||The Mighty Ducks||Nominated|
|1999||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Dawson's Creek||Won|
|2000||Teen Choice Award||Choice Liar in a Film||The Skulls||Nominated|
|2000||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Dawson's Creek||Won|
|2000||Young Hollywood Award||Male Superstar of Tomorrow||N/A||Won|
|2001||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Dawson's Creek||Won|
|2002||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Dawson's Creek||Nominated|
|2003||Teen Choice Award||Choice TV Actor||Dawson's Creek||Nominated|
|2005||Ft. Lauderdale International Film Festival||Best Actor||Aurora Borealis||Won|
|2006||Hollywood Film Festival||Best Ensemble of the Year||Bobby||Won|
|2006||Satellite Award||Best Actor – Motion Picture||Aurora Borealis||Nominated|
|2007||Screen Actors Guild Awards||Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture||Bobby||Nominated|
|2009||Teen Choice Award||Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Fringe||Nominated|
|2010||Genie Awards||Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role||One Week||Won|
|2010||Teen Choice Award||Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Fringe||Nominated|
|2011||Teen Choice Award||Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Fringe||Nominated|
|2012||Teen Choice Award||Choice Actor Fantasy/Sci-Fi||Fringe||Nominated|
|2013||Saturn Awards||Best Actor on Television||Fringe||Nominated|
|2016||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Premium Cable TV Actor||The Affair||Nominated|
|2017||People's Choice Awards||Favorite Premium Series Actor||The Affair||Nominated|
|2018||Drama League Awards||Distinguished Performance Award||Children of a Lesser God||Nominated|
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