About Joshua Browning Jackson Carter
From The Mighty Ducks to the mighty Dawson, Joshua Jackson has proven to be one of the more promising members of the Hollywood teen invasion. The Canadian actor, best known for his portrayal of hellion-with-a-heart-of-gold Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek, has enjoyed a rising popularity since Dawson's 1998 premiere and was named one of Teen People's "21 Hottest Stars Under 21" in 1999. He currently stars as Peter Bishop in the television series Fringe created by J.J. Abrams, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci.
Born Joshua Browning Jackson Carter in Vancouver, British Columbia, Jackson spent most of his early childhood in California with his casting director mother. After moving back to Vancouver, Jackson got his start in commercials, and from there went on to appear in a number of forgettable films. His big break came in 1992 with The Mighty Ducks and its two sequels. Following these, he got a bit role in a film that was helping to usher in the teen horror flick craze, Scream 2 (1997). Then, in 1998, the WB network and hot horror screenwriter Kevin Williamson cast Jackson as Pacey Witter, the designated supporting, misunderstood bad-boy, in the teen drama “Dawson’s Creek” which pulled the best audiences the fledgling network had seen and drew well enough among its teen/young adult target for The WB to call it a hit.
Hot off his TV success, Jackson also began garnering a flurry of big screen supporting roles, including parts in scary fare like Bryan Singer’s psychological thriller “Apt Pupil” and “Urban Legend.” In 1999 he appeared as the gay and peroxided Blaine Tuttle in Cruel Intentions, which he starred in with fellow teen sensations Sarah Michelle Gellar, Ryan Phillippe, and Reese Witherspoon. For his next role, however, Jackson chose to stray from the teen genre with his appearance in Muppets From Space (1999), where his co-stars were more likely to do advertisements for the Children's Broadcasting Network than Noxzema.
In 2000, the young actor returned to the teen genre with two separate projects, The Skulls and Gossip. Both films were set on elite college campuses and featured Jackson as upright young men forced to right the wrongs committed by their peers, something that signified the audience's growing identification with the actor as an unlikely hero for the new millennium.
Behind the scenes, he did some coming-of-age of his own. After the fourth season of “Dawson’s Creek,” he took a summer trip to Europe and even ran with the bulls in Pamplona, Spain. On the downside, Jackson’s real bad-boy side came out in November 2002, when he got drunk at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game and wound up in a tussle with an arena security guard. He was arrested and blew a boozy 0.14 blood-alcohol content, eventually pleading guilty to a drunk-and-disruptive charge in exchange for a sentence of attending an “alcohol education” program and doing 24 hours of community service work. When “Dawson’s Creek” wrapped in 2003 – with Pacey and Joey winding up together, though Jackson and Holmes had gone their separate ways in real life – he had a couple of minor roles in indie films under his belt, plus an appearance in the award-winning innovative docudrama, “The Laramie Project” (HBO, 2002).
The next few years would see him become a resident of the indie film world and return briefly to the stage. In early 2005, he scored both critical and box-office success in his London stage debut of the David Mamet play “A Life in the Theatre,” in which he co-starred with theater heavyweight Patrick Stewart. He broached familiar subject matter in “Americano” (2005), which set him as an American post-collegiate youth doing an archetypal walkabout through Spain and reconsidering the prepatterned life awaiting him back in the States. Self realization would become a theme for his work, cropping up again as he played a slacker coming to grips with the death of his father in “Aurora Borealis” (2005) – which later won him the Best Actor award at Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival – and in “Shadows in the Sun” (2005), which saw him as buttoned-down publishing executive tracking down a reclusive author (Harvey Keitel) and falling in love with his daughter (Claire Forlani). The latter received tepid-at-best reviews, but Variety, even while panning the film, did note that Jackson displayed an “easy winning charm that goes some way toward alleviating the banality.” He also rejoined Williamson for a supporting slot in the horror outing “Cursed” (2005) written by the latter and directed by Wes Craven, reunited with Emilio Estevez for his directorial turn on the ensemble historical RFK drama “Bobby” (2006), and also took the lead in another horror flick, “Shutter” (2008). In 2008, Jackson shepherded his first film as an executive producer – “One Week” (2008) – in which he starred as well.
Although he had remained wary of returning to series television, Jackson relented when the opportunity cropped up to work on the latest project of hitmaker J.J. Abrams – creator of “Lost” (ABC, 2005- ) – called “Fringe” (Fox, 2008- ). Loosely billed as Fox’s heir to its longtime sci-fi/mystery series “The X-Files” (1993-2002) – of which Jackson always claimed to be a big fan – the weekly adventures into realms of “fringe science,” Abrams’ penchant for dynamic story arcs and the darkness of the character drew Jackson in. The character, Peter, a dysfunctional genius reluctantly drafted into an ad hoc team composed of an attractive FBI agent and his own genius father, is “not what he seems – he’s very reluctant and hesitant to be in this world and he’s slightly amoral,” Jackson told an interviewer. He also described his character as “a massive pain in the ass.” With “Fringe” shooting in New York City, Jackson, who had lived in Vancouver throughout his career, established a residence in Manhattan, sharing an apartment with his girlfriend, German model-actress Diane Kruger.