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Joshua Jackson

Real name: Joshua Carter Jackson
Birthdate: June 11, 1978
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Joshua Carter Jackson (born June 11, 1978) is a Canadian actor. He has appeared in American television and films, and is known for his role as Pacey Witter in the television series Dawson's Creek and Charlie Conway in The Mighty Ducks film series.

Jackson was born in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada to an American father, John Carter, and an Irish-born mother, Fiona Jackson, a casting director. He has a sister, Aisleagh, and two half-brothers, Lyman and Jonathan. Jackson grew up in California and Seattle until age 8, when he moved back to Vancouver with his mother and younger sister. He briefly attended Ideal Mini School and later switched to Kitsilano Secondary School.

Soon after he took up acting, Jackson landed the role of Charlie 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). However the role for which Jackson is best known is as the lovable-smart-ass-side-kick Pacey Witter on Dawson's Creek. This television show, which was one of the most popular on the now defunct WB network, ran 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 Cruel Intentions, 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, 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. Recently, he was in Tokyo, filming a US remake of the Asian horror film Shutter. Currently, he is in Canada filming an independent film called, "One Week".

In November 2002, Jackson was arrested by Raleigh, North Carolina police and charged with assaulting a security guard at a Carolina Hurricanes hockey game. Jackson registered a blood alcohol level of 0.14 when tested at the Wake County Jail. He posted a $1,000 bail and was released. He was later charged to enter an alcohol education program, a fine of $150 and complete 24 hours of community service.

Jackson divides his time between Los Angeles and Vancouver. Previously he lived in Wilmington, North Carolina, where the television program Dawson's Creek was filmed. He has dated Katie Holmes, Brittany Daniel, Julia Stiles, Rosario Dawson and is currently dating Diane Kruger, despite rumors that they broke up in March 2007. The couple were at the Cannes film festival and in various other events together in summer 2007.


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