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Jon Peters Biography
Jon Peters (Full name- John H. Peters) is an American film producer and former hairdresser. He was born on June 2, 1945, Van Nuys, California, U.S.
Jon Peters Family
Peters was born to Helen (née Pagano), a receptionist and Jack Peters, a cook who owned a Hollywood diner in Van Nuys, California. His father is Cherokee and his mother is of Italian descent. His mother’s family owned a renowned salon on Rodeo Drive in Beverly Hills. Jack Peters died when Jon was 10 years old and Helen later remarried.
Jon Peters Spouse | Marriages
Jon Peters married got married to Henrietta Zampitella in 1962 but divorced in 1966. He then married actress Lesley Ann Warren in 1967. They divorced in 1977. The couple has a son, Christopher Peters, from their 10-year marriage. From 2001 to 2004, Peters was married to 2004.
Jon Peters Age
Peters was born on June 2, 1945, California, U.S. His mothers family owned a hairdressing business in Beverly Hills where Peters started out as a hairdresser. He is 74 years old as of 2019.
Jon Peters Barbra Streisand
Jon Peters first joined the family hairdressing business at Rodeo Drive where he made many film industry connections. Peters designed a short wig that Barbra Streisand wore for the comedy For Pete’s Sake (1974) to which the couple began a relationship.
Peters later produced Streisand’s studio album ButterFly (1974) and also gained a producing credit on Streisand’s remake of A Star Is Born (1976), although the extent of his contribution has been disputed. From 1989 until 1991, he also worked alongside Peter Guber for the next 10 years with whom he headed Sony Pictures Entertainment.Peters’ Photo
Jon Peters A Star Is Born
John Peters received producing credit on Barbra Streisand’s remake of A Star Is Born (1976), although the extent of his contribution has been disputed. A Star Is Born is a 1976 American musical romantic drama film about a young singer (Barbra Streisand) who meets and falls in love with an established rock and roll star (Kris Kristofferson), only to find her career ascending while his goes into decline.
This film is a remake of the 1937 original drama starring Janet Gaynor and Fredric March, which had also been adapted in 1954 as a musical starring Judy Garland and James Mason. In 2018, the story was again adapted starring Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper.
Jon Peters Book
Deadline Hollywood blog (owned by Nikki Finke) reported on a book proposal for the autobiography of Peters, written by himself and Los Angeles writer William Stadiem. Jon Peters reportedly intended to write about his life with Streisand and a string of other celebrity lovers.
Peters subsequently withdrew in 2009, from the HarperCollins book deal after adverse publicity. It was triggered by the leaking of the proposal and potential lawsuits.
John Peters Superman
Jon Peters bought the film rights to the Superman franchise from Warner Bros in the early 1990s. Writer/director Kevin Smith talked about working for Peters when he was hired to write a script for a new Superman film which was then called Superman Reborn and later Superman Lives in his Q&A/comedy DVD An Evening With Kevin Smith. Peters had expressed disdain for most of Superman’s iconic characteristics by demanding that Superman was never to fly nor appear in his trademark costume according to Smith.
Peters also suggested Sean Penn as being ideal for the role based on his performance as a death row inmate in Dead Man Walking in which he said that Penn had the eyes of a “caged animal, a fucking killer.” Peters then demanded that the third act of the film include a fight between Superman and a giant spider, to be unveiled in an homage to King Kong. Peters later produced the 1999 steampunk western comedy Wild Wild West, the finale of which featured a giant mechanical spider.
Smith met Peters after completing a script and Peters instructed him to include a robot sidekick for Brainiac, a fight scene between Brainiac and two polar bears and a marketable “space dog” pet similar to Star Wars character Chewbacca. Smith inserted them into his script but the project was then abandoned and the script discarded.
In Look, Up in the Sky: The Amazing Story of Superman, Peters admitted that the Superman franchise was problematic for him: “The elements that I was focusing on were away from the heart, it was more leaning towards ‘Star Wars’ in a sense, you know. I didn’t realize the human part of it, I didn’t have that.”
He subsequently served as a producer for Superman Returns, the 2006 Superman film directed by Bryan Singer and as an executive producer for Man of Steel, the 2013 Superman film directed by Zack Snyder. Peters was banned from the Man of Steel set by producer Christopher Nolan.
Jon Peters Sandman
Jon Peters was a producer for a planned adaptation of the Sandman comics for Warner Bros., which met with controversy. One draft script commissioned by Peters was reviewed on the Internet at Ain’t It Cool News, and was met with scorn. Sandman creator Neil Gaiman called the last screenplay that Warner Bros. would send him “…not only the worst Sandman script I’ve ever seen, but quite easily the worst script I’ve ever read.” The project had become stranded in development hell by 2001.
Gaiman commented: “But Sandman movies, they just got increasingly appalling. It was really strange. They started out hiring some really good people and you got Elliott and Rossio and Roger Avary came in and did a draft. They were all solid scripts. And then Jon Peters fired all of them and got in some people who take orders, and who wanted fistfights and all this stuff. It had no sensibility and it was just…they were horrible,” in a 2005 interview.
Jon Peters Net Worth
Jon Peters gained huge net worth by becoming a multi award-winning producer over 30 years. He also managed Barbara Streisand’s early music and film career during the 1970’s. Peters has an estimated net worth of $200 million.