John H. Peters-Personal Life, Career and Death:
John H. Peters (born June 2, 1945) is an American film producer and former hairdresser. John H. Peters-Personal Life, Career and Death
Peter was born in Van Nuys, California as the son of Helen, a receptionist and Jack Peters, a cook who owned a Hollywood dinner. He is one of Cherokee (father) and Italian (mother) 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.
Peter’s four marriages ended in divorce. He had a high-profile personal and business relationship with Barbra Streisand in the mid-1970s and 1980s.
Peter has three children; one son with second wife actress Lesley Ann Warren and two daughters with third wife Christine Peters. Streisand is godmother to his daughter Caleigh Peters. Son Christopher Peters is an actor and producer.
In January 2020, Peters married actress Parmela Anderson.
John H. Peters Career:
Prior to becoming a producer, Peter first joined the family hairdressing business at Rodeo Drive where he made many film industry connections. He designed a short wig that Barbra Streisand wore for the comedy For Peter Sake (1974), as a result of which Peters and Streisand began a relationship. Later he 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. Moreover, he worked alongside Peter Guber for the next 10 years, which whom he headed Sony Pictures from 1989 until 1991.
In the early 1990s, Peter bought the film rights to the Superman franchise from Warner Bros. In his Q& A/ comedy DVD An Evening With Kevin Smith, filmmaker Kevin Smith talked about working for Peters when he was hired to write a script for a new Superman Reborn and later Superman Lives.
Smith met Peter after completing a script, to which Peter 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 the Star Wars character Chewbacca. Smith inserted them into his script, but then the project was abandoned and the script discarded.
He subsequently produced Superman Returns, the 2006 Superman film directed by Bryan Singer, and executive produced Man of Steel, the 2013 Superman film directed by Zack Snyder. Peter was banned from the Man of Steel set by producer Christopher Nolan.
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 has 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.
In a 2005 interview, 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 Elliot and Rossio and Roger Avary came in and did a draft.
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…, they were horrible”.
Nikki Finke’s Deadline Hollywood blog reported on a book proposal for the autobiography of Peters, written by himself and Los Angeles writer William Stadium. Peters reportedly intended to write about his life with Streisand and a string of other celebrity lovers. In 2009, he subsequently withdrew from the HarperCollins book deal after adverse publicity triggered by the leaking of the proposal and potential lawsuits.
Harassment Lawsuit and end of career:
In August 2011, a Los Angeles jury ordered John H. Peters to pay a former assistant $3.3 million after finding she was subjected to sexual harassment and a hostile work environment during the production of Superman Returns. Since 2009, Peters has only been credited for four projects: Two for executive producing and two for producing.
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