Currently alive, at 56 years of age.
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1961 – Peter Jackson, born on the 31st of October in Pukerua Bay, New Zealand, an only child to Bill and Joan Jackson, both of whom were immigrants from England.
1987 – 1992 – He began making movies and quickly made a reputation as a director of schlocky but inventive horror comedies, including Bad Taste, Brain Dead and Meet the Feebles.
1994 – 1996 – Made two movies that were more mainstream, Heavenly Creatures and The Frighteners.
2001 – 2003 – He is the New Zealand filmmaker who directed the three films based on author J. R. R. Tolkien’s fantasy trilogy known as The Lord of the Rings.
– Won eleven Oscars and helped secure him place in cinema history. He himself won three Oscars for the film, for best picture, best director and best adapted screenplay.
2005 – He followed up with King Kong, a remake of the 1933 giant-ape classic.