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Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre and television.

Jackman has won international recognition for his roles in major films, notably as action/superhero, period and romance characters. He is well known from his role as Wolverine in the X-Men series, in addition to his leads in Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, and Australia. Jackman is a singer, dancer, and actor in stage musicals, and won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz.

In November 2008, Open Salon named Hugh Jackman one of the sexiest men alive. Later that same month, People magazine named Jackman "Sexiest Man Alive."

A three-time host of the Tony Awards, Jackman hosted the 81st Academy Awards on February 22, 2009.

Early life

Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, the youngest of five children of Englishmarker parents Chris Jackman and Grace Watson, and the second of his siblings to be born in Australia. (He also has a younger half sister.) His mother left the family when he was eight years old, and he remained with his accountant father and siblings.

Jackman attended the all-boys Knox Grammar Schoolmarker, where he starred in its production of the musical My Fair Lady in 1985, and became the captain of the School in 1986. Following graduation, he spent a gap year working at Uppingham Schoolmarker in Englandmarker. On his return to Australia he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating in 1991 with a BA in Communications.After obtaining his BA, Jackman went on in 1991 to complete the one year course "The Journey" at the Actors' Centre in Sydney.

After completing the course he was offered a role on the popular soap opera Neighbours, but turned it down to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan Universitymarker in Perthmarker, Western Australiamarker, from which he graduated in 1994.


Early stage, film, and television work

On stage in Melbournemarker, Jackman played Gaston in the local Walt Disney production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. During his stage musical career in Melbourne, he starred in the 1998 Midsumma festival cabaret production Summa Cabaret. He also hosted Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight and Sydney's Carols in the Domainmarker.

Jackman's early film work includes Erskineville Kings and Paperback Hero (1999), and his television work includes Correlli (a 10-part drama series on the ABC and Jackman's first major professional job, devised by Australian actress Denise Roberts — where he also met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness), Law of the Land, Halifax f.p., Blue Heelers, and Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River.

International stardom


Jackman became known outside of Australia in 1998, when he played the leading role of Curly in the Royal National Theatremarker's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London's West Endmarker. The performance earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He also starred in the 1999 film version of the same stage musical, which has been screened in many countries.


In 2000, Jackman was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men, replacing Dougray Scott. His co-stars include Patrick Stewart, Halle Berry, and Ian McKellen. According to a CBS interview in November 2006, Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness told him not to take the role, a comment she later told him she was glad he ignored.

Jackman, at 6'3, stands a foot taller than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5' 3". Hence, the filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or only from the waist up to make him appear shorter than he actually is, and his co-stars wore platform soles. Jackman was also required to add a great deal of muscle for the role, and in preparing for the fourth film in the series, he bench-pressed over 300 pounds. An instant star upon the film's release, Jackman later reprised his role in 2003's X-Men 2, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which was released May 1, 2009.


Jackman starred as Leopold, opposite Meg Ryan, in the 2001 romantic comedy film Kate & Leopold, a role for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Jackman plays a Victorian English duke who is accidentally time-traveled to 21st-century Manhattan, where he meets Kate, a cynical advertising executive.

In 2001, Jackman also starred in the action/drama Swordfish, with John Travolta, and Halle Berry. This was the second time Jackman worked with Berry, and the two have worked together twice more in the X-Men movies, making a total of four movies starring Jackman and Berry from 2000 to 2006. He also hosted an episode of "Saturday Night Live" in 2001.

Stage 2002–2009

In 2002, Jackman sang the role of Billy Bigelow in the musical Carousel in a special concert performance at Carnegie Hallmarker with the Orchestra of St. Luke's.

In 2004, Jackman won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, for his 2003–2004 Broadwaymarker portrayal of Australian songwriter and performer Peter Allen, in the hit musical, The Boy from Oz, which he also performed in Australia in 2006.

In addition, Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005, garnering positive reviews. His hosting of the 2004 Tony Awards earned him an Emmy Award win for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program in 2005.

Jackman is co-starring with Daniel Craig on Broadwaymarker at the Schoenfeld Theatre in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, opening in previews on September 10, 2009 and closing on December 6, 2009.

Films 2003–2008

After 2003's X2: X-Men United, in 2004 Jackman played the title role of a monster killer named Gabriel Van Helsing in the film Van Helsing. He was featured as the new Van Helsing in the book "Slayers and Their Vampires: A Cultural History of Killing The Dead" written by Bruce A. McClelland.

Also in 2005, Jackman was one of the choices to play James Bond, in 2006's Casino Royale, but eventually lost out to Daniel Craig.

Jackman starred in the 2006 film The Prestige, directed by Christopher Nolan and also starring Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson. As Robert Angier, Jackman portrayed a magician who built up a rivalry with contemporary Alfred Borden in attempt to 'one up' each other in the art of deception. Jackman stated that his main reason for doing The Prestige was to work with the musician Bowie, who played scientist Nikola Tesla.

Jackman portrayed three different characters in Darren Aronofsky's science-fiction film The Fountain: Tommy Creo, a neuroscientist, who's torn between his wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz) who is dying of a brain tumor and his work at trying to cure her; Captain Tomas Creo, a Spanish Conquistador in 1532 Sevillemarker; and a future astronaut, Tom, travelling to a golden nebula in an eco-spacecraft and seeking to be reunited with Izzi. Jackman said The Fountain was his most difficult film thus far, due to the physical and emotional demands of the part.

Jackman also starred in Woody Allen's 2006 film Scoop, opposite Scarlett Johansson. He rounded out 2006 with two animated films: Happy Feet, directed by George Miller, in which he voiced the part of Memphis, an emperor penguin; and Flushed Away, where Jackman supplied the voice of a rat named Roddy who ends up being flushed down a family's toilet into the Londonmarker sewer system. Flushed Away co-starred Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen (in Jackman's fourth time working with him).

In 2007, Jackman produced and guest-starred in the television musical-dramedy series Viva Laughlin, which was canceled by CBS after two episodes. A decision about the remaining episodes already filmed at the time of cancellation has yet to be made.

Jackman's 2008 movies included Deception (which he starred in and produced), Uncle Jonny, and Australia.


In 2008, director Baz Luhrmann cast Jackman to replace Russell Crowe as the male lead in his much-publicized epic film, Australia, which co-starred Nicole Kidman. The movie was released in late November 2008 in Australia and the U.S.

Jackman played a tough, independent cattle drover, who reluctantly helps an English noblewoman in her quest to save both her philandering husband's Australian cattle station and the half-caste Aboriginal child she finds there.

Of the movie, Jackman said, "This is pretty much one of those roles that had me pinching myself all the way through the shoot. I got to shoot a big-budget, shamelessly old-fashioned romantic epic set against one of the most turbulent times in my native country's history, while, at the same time, celebrating that country's natural beauty, its people, its cultures.... I'll die a happy man knowing I've got this film on my CV."

Future projects

  • An action drama, Drive, starring Jackman, is currently in production
  • Jackman is also planned to star in a remake of Carousel, scheduled to be released in 2010, in which he will play Billy Bigelow.
  • Jackman is being considered, along with Ewan McGregor, to reprise the role of Joe Gillis in a new film version of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical Sunset Boulevard.
  • Jackman is also currently working on creating a new comic book series, Nowhere Man, with U.S. publisher Virgin Comics and writer Marc Guggenheim, with hopes of adapting it to a film as well.
  • Jackman will star in a movie named Unbound Captives, to be released in 2010, where he will play alongside his past co-star, Rachel Weisz and Robert Pattinson.
  • Jackman will star in The Greatest American Showman, a contemporary musical based on the life of P.T. Barnum. The female love interest part is being written with Anne Hathaway in mind.
  • Jackman will be filming Wolverine 2 in Japan.
  • Real Steel (2011), a DreamWorksmarker sci-fi film.

Production company

In 2005, Jackman joined with longtime assistant John Palermo to form a production company, Seed Productions, whose first project was Viva Laughlin in 2007. Jackman's actress wife Deborra-Lee Furness is also involved in the company, and Palermo had three rings made with an inscription meaning "unity" for himself, Furness, and Jackman. About the trio's collaboration Jackman reports "I'm very lucky in the partners I work with in my life, Deb and John Palermo. It really works. We all have different strengths. I love it. It's very exciting."

The Fox-based Seed label has grown in size to include execs Amanda Schweitzer, Kathryn Tamblyn, Allan Mandelbaum and Joe Marino, with Alana Free operating the Sydney-based production office whose goal is to mount modest-budget films to harness local talent in Jackman's home country.

Other interests

Charity work

As a philanthropist, Jackman is a longtime proponent of microcredit — the extension of very small loans to impoverished prospective entrepreneurs in undeveloped countries. He is a vocal supporter of Muhammad Yunus, microcredit pioneer and the 2006 Nobel Peace Prize winner.

Jackman is a global advisor of the Global Poverty Project, for which he narrated a documentary; and he and the project's founder Hugh Evan visited the UN for the cause in 2009..He is also a World Vision ambassador and participated in the climate week NYC ceremony on September 21, 2009.

Jackman supports The Art of Elysium and the MPTV Fund Foundation, and he and his wife Deborra-Lee Furness are patrons of the Bone Marrow Institute in Australia.Jackman also narrated the 2008 documentary about global warming, The Burning Season.

Jackman also uses his Twitter account for charity. On April 14, 2009 Jackman posted on his Twitter page that he would donate $100,000 to one individual's favorite non profit organization. On April 21, 2009 he revealed his decision to donate $50,000 to Charity:Water and $50,000 to Operation of Hope.


Jackman has shown keen interest in a variety of sports. In high school, he played rugby and cricket, took part in high jumping and was on the swimming team. He also enjoys basketball and kayaking. He has also expressed an interest in football, committing his support to Norwich City FC.

Jackman is a longtime fan and supporter of the Manly Warringah Sea Eagles, a NRL club based in Sydney's north. He sang the national anthem at the 1999 NRL Grand Final. Hugh also revealed on Sky Sports Soccer AM that he was a Norwich City F.C Fan.

Jackman can also play the piano, does yoga every day, and has been a member of the School of Practical Philosophy since 1992.

Personal life

Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness on 11 April, 1996. They met on Correlli, an Australian television series. Jackman personally designed an engagement ring for Furness, and their wedding rings bore the Sanskrit inscription "Om paramar mainamar," translated as "we dedicate our union to a greater source." They currently divide their time between Sydneymarker and New York Citymarker.

Furness had two miscarriages, following which she and Jackman adopted two children, Oscar Maximillian (born 15 May, 2000) and Ava Eliot (born 10 July, 2005).


Year Film Role Notes
1994 Law of the Land Charles McCray One episode
1995 Correlli Kevin Jones Main role
Blue Heelers Brady Jackson One episode
1996 Snowy River: The McGregor Saga Duncan Jones Five episodes
1999 Erskineville Kings Wace Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor

Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor
Paperback Hero Jack Willis
2000 X-Men Logan / Wolverine Saturn Award
2001 Kate & Leopold Leopold Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy
Someone Like You Eddie
Swordfish Stanley Jobson
2003 X2 Logan / Wolverine Nominated — Empire Award for Best Actor
2004 Van Helsing Gabriel Van Helsing
Van Helsing: The London Assignment Gabriel Van Helsing (voice)
2004 Standing Room Only Roger
2005 Stories of Lost Souls Roger segment "Standing Room Only"
2006 Happy Feet Memphis (voice)
Flushed Away Roddy (voice)
The Prestige Robert Angier Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor
The Fountain Tomas / Tommy / Tom Creo Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
Scoop Peter Lyman
X-Men: The Last Stand Logan / Wolverine
2008 Deception Wyatt Bose Producer
Uncle Jonny Uncle Russell Tropfest 2008 Finalist Film
Australia The Drover
The Burning Season Narrator Documentary
2009 X-Men Origins: Wolverine James Howlett / Logan / Wolverine Producer

Awards and nominations



Mentions in popular culture

  • Jackman was chosen as People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive of 2008.
  • In the ABC comedy-drama Scrubs, Dr. Cox mentions his seemingly irrational hatred of Jackman in his infamous rants throughout the series, only for J.D. to whisper 'Hugh Jackman's Wolverine! How dare he.', once he leaves.
  • Punk'd - "Fire in the hole" - On the 7th season of Punk'd Jackman was led to believe that he had accidentally blown up director Brett Ratner's house.
  • On the Season 6, Episode 13 of Will & Grace, which aired on February 10, 2004, the character Jack (Sean Hayes), mentions he's going to see The Boy From Oz, because he can't wait to see Hugh Jackman. He later discusses wanting to sue Hugh Jackman/The Boy From Oz for stealing some of his moves.


  3. Gans, Andrew. "Tony Winner Jackman to Host Academy Awards,", 12 December 2008
  4. "MATINEE IDOL." The Independent. 1 May 2004.
  5. Hugh Jackman: X Appeal
  6. ; can be viewed at
  7. Marvel Universe: Wolverine (James Howlett)
  8. "saturday night live"
  9. Gans, Andrew. "A Steady Rain, with Craig and Jackman, to Play Broadway's Schoenfeld", July 9, 2009
  12. Hugh Jackman Will Host 81st Academy Awards
  15. Jackman, Guggenheim go 'Nowhere' - Entertainment News, Film News, Media - Variety
  16. Trio bound to Stow's 'captives'
  17. "Hugh Jackman to Star in Real Steel."
  18. Real Steel at the Internet Movie Database
  19. Movies Online
  20. Movie News
  21. Hugh Jackman Congratulates Professor Yunus (video)
  22. "Books That Made a Difference to Hugh Jackman."
  23. "Hugh Jackman's Bookshelf: Banker to the Poor, by Muhammad Yunus."
  24. Global Poverty Project narrated by Hugh Jackman
  25. Hugh Jackman goes to UN
  26. Hugh Jackman steals lead role on climate
  27. World Vision ambassador Hugh Jackman speaks on climate change
  28. The Art of Elysium
  29. MPTV Fund Foundation
  30. Bone Marrow Donor Institute
  31. The Burning Season
  32. Charity Tweet
  33. Jackman Reveals Charity Donation
  34. Operation of Hope
  35. Inside the actors studio
  36. Sydney Morning Herald - Kayaking
  39. Sky Sports Interview
  40. Hugh Jackman takes up piano lessons
  41. People Magazine - yoga
  42. School of Practical Philosophy
  43. Enough Rope with Andrew Denton
  44. Jackman buys apartment in Manhattan
  45. Furness on enough rope-adoption
  46. Uncle Jonny - ninemsn Video
  47. Hugh Jackman's prints recorded in cement
  48. Hugh Jackman gets seriously punk'd

External links

Hugh Jackman A Steady Rain On Broadway - Opening Night Blog

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