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    Birth Name: Joshua Browning Jackson Carter
    Date of Birth: 11 June 1978
    Birth Place: Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
    Nickname: J.J., Josh
    Height: 6′ 2″ (1.88 m)

    Jackson was born Joshua Carter Jackson in Vancouver, British Columbia, the son of Fiona Jackson, a casting director, and John Carter. Jackson’s father is from Texas and his mother is a native of Ballyfermot, Dublin, Ireland, having emigrated to North America in the late 1960s.He has a sister, Aisleagh, 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, 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 take 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”.

    Soon after he took up acting, Jackson landed the role of Charlie (#96) in the The Mighty Ducks series, a part for which Jake Gyllenhaal was also considered(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 Topher Grace, 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. 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 Created by JJ Abrams, Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman. 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 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. Jackson has been in relationships with actresses Katie Holmes and Rosario Dawson. He began dating model and actress Diane Kruger in 2006.

    TRIVIA

    Chosen as one of Teen People Magazine’s “21 Hottest Stars Under 21″ [1999]
    Was roommates with James Van Der Beek during the first season of “Dawson’s Creek” (1998).
    Has dual U.S./Canadian citizenship.
    Allergic to every nut except peanuts which are technically legumes.
    Is asthmatic.
    Mother, Fiona Jackson, is a casting director, author and a life coach.
    Took time after High School to travel through Europe
    Younger sister is Aisleagh Jackson. Also has two older half-brothers, Jonathan and Lyman, from his dad’s first marriage.
    Dad’s name is John
    Had a dog named Shumba who he was very close to. Sadly, Shumba died in July 2006.
    His grandparents were opera singers in Dublin, Ireland.
    Screen tested for the title role in Batman Begins (2005), but lost out to Christian Bale.
    Briefly attended Ideal Mini School in Vancouver.
    Enjoys playing the harmonica in his free time.
    Unlike most Canadian born actors, he has never been introduced at the Toronto Film Festival.
    Attended the 2006 Dubai International Film Festival in the United Arab Emirates.
    Mother Fiona Jackson hails from Dublin, Ireland and attended Trinity College in Dublin.
    Saved a girl’s life who was drowning in Wilmington. The cast and crew of “Dawson’s Creek” (1998) gave him a life preserver to remember it.
    Had to be rushed to a hospital when during a stunt performed on the set of “Fringe” (2008) a copper wire was shoved up his nose and hit a vein. [September 2008]
    Lives with girlfriend Diane Kruger in New York. [2008]
    Auditioned for the role of James T. Kirk in Star Trek (2009).

    QUOTES

    I was born in Vancouver, moved to Los Angeles and when my parents split up, gradually moved back up the west coast. I was able to pack a lot of experience into my 19 years. My parents getting divorced was obviously a very traumatic experience. And then after, it was just me, my sister and my mother, and we went at it alone. I went from being a very well-off little kid to having a couple rough years, to rebuilding, my mother did that. She and I are very close.

    It seems this [parallel universe] idea is part of the zeitgeist right now. Maybe it’s due to my west coast liberal upbringing, but, the idea of parallel universes doesn’t strike me as being too far out there. After the 60s and its psychedelia and the doors of perception and what have you. What defies my imagination is that there would be nothing out there that would defy my imagination. Maybe it’s because I’m a sci-fi fan. It’s like the Carl Sagan thing, the candle in the dark – it only serves to illuminate how much we still don’t know. — on the idea of parallel universes.

    Nobody criticizes the ‘Mighty Ducks’ trilogy and gets away with it. Nobody!