Joshua Jackson Biography

Actor (1978–)
Joshua Jackson found success as a child actor in the 'Mighty Ducks' film trilogy, and went on to star in the television series 'Dawson's Creek,' 'Fringe' and 'The Affair.'

Who Is Joshua Jackson?

Joshua Jackson (born June 11, 1978) has been acting in movies and TV shows since he was a child. His first big success came with The Mighty Ducks; he also appeared in two sequel films. Jackson had another career-defining role on the coming-of-age drama Dawson's Creek, and gained more fans with the popular sci-fi series Fringe and the Showtime drama The Affair. In 2018, he made his Broadway debut in a revival of the play Children of a Lesser God. From 2006 to 2016, Jackson was romantically involved with German actress and model Diane Kruger.

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Joshua Jackson attends the Broadway Opening Night After Party for 'Children of a Lesser God' at Edison Ballroom on April 11, 2018 in New York City.

Diane Kruger 

In July 2016, Jackson and girlfriend Diane Kruger ended their ten-year relationship, during which they'd become a popular fixture on red carpets, with Jackson improving on his style skills (which he credited to Kruger). The public statement about their break-up declared they would remain friends; after the split, Jackson sent Kruger a congratulatory message via Instagram when she won Best Actress at the Cannes Film Festival.

Since splitting up with Diane Kruger, Jackson has started dating again. But marriage may not be a top goal for him — he revealed in a 2014 interview that being a child of divorce made it difficult for him "to take marriage at face value as the thing that shows you've grown up and are committed to another person."

Katie Holmes

For a short time, Jackson was involved with co-star Katie Holmes after they started working together on Dawson's Creek (1998-2003). Though the pairing didn't last, they maintained a good relationship during the show's run and beyond.

Movies and TV Shows

After starting out as a child star, Jackson became a teen idol, then found success as an adult actor.

'The Mighty Ducks'

Jackson's breakout role came when he was 13 and played Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks (1992). The movie, about kids on a struggling hockey team who go on to achieve success thanks to the coaching of Emilio Estevez, had two sequels in which Jackson reprised his role: D2: The Mighty Ducks (1994) and D3: The Mighty Ducks (1996).

In 2014 Jackson said in an interview with Time magazine that he played in a men's hockey league in Los Angeles, and while on the ice still heard references to his time as a Mighty Duck.

'Dawson's Creek'

On Dawson's Creek, Jackson portrayed Pacey Witter, best friend to Dawson Leery (played by James Van Der Beek) and eventual love interest for Joey Potter (played by Katie Holmes). The teen drama was a hit that boosted ratings for the WB network and went on to enter the pop culture pantheon.

In 2010 Jackson jokingly revisited his character by putting on "Pacey-Con" while Comic-Con was going on in San Diego, an event that was recorded for Funny or Die.


On the mind-bending TV show Fringe (2008-13), Jackson played Peter Bishop, who teamed up with his father (John Noble) and an FBI agent (Anna Torv) to investigate strange occurrences related to an alternate universe.

'The Affair'

In 2014 Jackson began on Showtime's The Affair as Cole Lockhart, whose wife Alison has an affair. He's said he was drawn to the role due to the script and a discussion he had with show creator Sarah Treem.

Jackson has also appreciated working on a series with only ten episodes a season, instead of the twenty-two that are common on network shows like Dawson's Creek and Fringe. The Affair begins its fourth season on June 17, 2018.

Other Roles

Jackson starred in 2008's Shutter, a remake of a Thai horror film, and was the lead in the movie The Skulls (2000). Among his other films are Cruel Intentions (1999), Bobby (2006) — a movie about the assassination of Robert F. Kennedy that was written and directed by Mighty Ducks co-star Emilio Estevez — and Inescapable (2012).

Jackson also joined an HBO production of The Laramie Project (2002), an adaptation of a play about the murder of gay college student Matthew Shepard. And in 2016, he cameoed as a Dawson's Creek devotee in season two of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt.

Roles That Weren't

In any actor's life, there are roles that don't work out. In 2007 Jackson was booked for several episodes of Grey's Anatomy, but his appearance was delayed by the writers' strike; by the time the strike was over, he was no longer available. And he was reportedly considered for the role of Batman in Batman Begins (2005), a part that ended up going to Christian Bale.

Jackson does not play Euron Greyjoy on Game of Thrones — though the actor in that role, Dane Pilou Asbæk, looks like Jackson (a post on Jackson's Instagram revealed he also sees the resemblance).

Stage Work

In addition to movies and TV, Jackson has appeared in plays on Broadway, off-Broadway and in London.


In the spring of 2018, Jackson starred on Broadway in a revival of Children of a Lesser God, a play about a hearing teacher at a school for the deaf who falls in love with a deaf woman (the play was made into a 1986 film that starred Marlee Matlin). Jackson had to learn Signed English for the part.

Though his performance, as well as that of co-star Lauren Ridloff, were applauded, the production had its run shortened due to lackluster sales.


Jackson first appeared on the New York stage in Smart People in 2016. Among his co-stars were Mahershala Ali and Tessa Thompson. In 2015 he told The Hollywood Reporter, "The play is — if there is such a thing — a lightly comedic meditation on race relations and the dynamic of privilege in America."


In 2005 Jackson co-starred with Patrick Stewart in a West End production of David Mamet's A Life in the Theatre. He's shared that the part helped him reconnect with his love of acting after the end of Dawson's Creek.

When Was Joshua Jackson Born?

Joshua Jackson was born on June 11, 1978, in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Early Life and Background

Being born in Canada to an Irish mother and an American father connected Jackson to three nationalities. Growing up he spent time in California and Vancouver; after his parents divorced, he lived with his mother and younger sister.

It was his casting director mother who helped Jackson land his first small part in a film.


Because he was away making a Mighty Ducks movie, Jackson was asked to leave his arts high school. At his next school, he was often late because he'd stayed up to watch a rebroadcast of The Jon Stewart Show; the resulting tardiness led to him being kicked out of this school as well.


In 2002 Jackson was charged with drunkenly assaulting a security guard at a hockey game in North Carolina. The charges were dropped with an agreement that he undergo alcohol education and perform community service.

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