Peter Jackson Peter Jackson is also a brand of cigarettes owned by Imperial Tobacco and a men's clothing store that sells suits in Australia. Peter Jackson CNZM (born October 31, 1961, Pukerua Bay) is a New Zealand-born filmmaker best-known as the director of the epic film trilogy The Lord of the Rings, which he, along with wife, Fran Walsh, and Philippa Boyens adapted from the novel by J.R.R. Tolkien.
Jackson first gained attention with his "splatstick" horror comedies, and came to prominence with his film Heavenly Creatures, for which he shared an Academy Award nomination for Best Screenplay Written Directly for the Screen with Walsh. He and Walsh have two children, Billy and Katie. His parents were the late Bill and Joan Jackson, both of whom were immigrants from England.