Australian actor Hugh Jackman acquired worldwide fame for his portrayal of action hero Logan/Wolverine in Bryan Singer's lavish adaptation of the popular Marvel comic X-Men (2000) and its continuation X-2 (2003), in which he netted the 2001 Saturn Award and received a MTV Movie nomination. Initially, he had built a solid career in his native country in the 1990’s. Rising to prominence with a starring role in the well-known Australian television series "Corelli" (1995), Jackman’s film career received a boost when he landed the lead role of an estranged man named Wace in the Aussie urban drama Erskineville Kings (1999). His bravura performance handed him an Australian Film Critics Circle Award, as well as nabbed a nomination at the Australian Film Institute.
Additionally, Jackman made a reputation for himself as one of Hollywood’s action heroes and a skilled actor for his notable performance as heartthrob Eddie Alden in the romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001), Stanley the hacker in the star-studded action flick Swordfish (2001), the 19th century duke Leopold in the romantic film Kate & Leopold (2001, opposite Meg Ryan), Roger in the short drama Standing Room Only (2004) and a monster hunter in the action/thriller Van Helsing (2004). Jackman’s admirers should not miss his performances in the forthcoming The Fountain (2005), Untitled Woody Allen Fall Project 2006 (2006), Flushed Away (2006), X-Men 3 (2006), Happy Feet (2006), Good (2006) and Wolverine (2007).
On stage, Huge Jackman drew accolades for his Broadway role of Australian performer and songwriter Peter Allen in a production of "The Boy from Oz" (2003), where he took home the 2004 Tony Award. In 1998, he received rave reviews and a nomination for the Laurence Olivier Theatre Award when he was cast in the starring role of Curtly, the "smart-aleck" cowboy, in the Royal National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma. A year before, Jackman won a Variety Club Award and a Mo Award for his bright portrayal of Joe Gillis in the Melbourne production of "Sunset Boulevard" (1997).
Off screen, left handed Jackman was listed as one of People magazine’s 50 Most Beautiful People in the World for five years in a row, 2000-2004.
As for his private life, he shares his life with actress Deborra-Lee Furness, whom he wed in 1996, and their two adopted children, son Oscar Maximilian Jackman (born on May 15, 2000) and daughter Ava Eliot (born on July 10, 2005).
Childhood and Family:
Son to English-born parents, Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. When he was eight years old, his mother moved back to England, leaving the little boy and his four older siblings to be raised by their accountant father, Chris Jackman. Later, his father remarried and Hugh has one half sister from the marriage.
Hugh was educated at an elite all-boys school, Knox Grammar School, in Wahroonga, NSW. He then enrolled at the University of Technology and graduated with a B.A degree in Communications. Upon college graduation, he began acting lessons by attending a year acting program called "The Journey" at the Actors Centre in Sydney. Discovering his true calling was acting, Hugh continued to study drama at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA) in Perth, where he participated in a number of school plays. He finished his studies in 1994 and with several stage performances under his belt, decided to pursue acting professionally.
"I feel a relief that I have found Deb-Lee. No-one knows and understands me as she does. I know we will be happy together for the rest of our lives; she enhances my life." Hugh Jackman
Hugh Jackman met and fell in love with Australian actress Deborra-Lee Furness (born in 1960) while in the production of his television series debut, Corelli, in 1995. They were married in February of 1996. In 2000, Hugh and wife adopted a baby boy named Oscar Maximilian Jackman, who was born on May 15, 2000. The couple later adopted their second child, a daughter named Ava Eliot, who was born on July 10, 2005.
Aside from spending time with his lovely wife and children, Hugh enjoys playing such sports as golf and windsurfing, as well as other outdoors activities. He also practices Transcendental Meditation and is a talented musician who excels in piano, violin and guitar.
College graduate Hugh Jackman was introduced to the stage world while studying acting at WAAPA, in which he took part in several production like director Wayne Harrison’s "Romeo and Juliet," "Tonight We Improvise," "Barbarians" and "Translations." A year after graduating from drama school, Hugh starred in the Australian popular television series "Corelli" (1995), playing angry, sexy prisoner Kevin Jones who falls for his counselor (played by his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness). The success of the show, combined with his good acting, helped catapult Hugh’s career. Jackman then won a role in another television series, "Snowy River: The McGregor Saga" the following year.
1995-1996 also saw Jackman playing the lead of comical villain Gaston in the premiere Australian production of "Beauty and the Beast," where he received a Mo nomination for Best Actor in a Musical. He also continued his stage career and starred as Joe Gillis in the Melbourne production of "Sunset Boulevard," for director Trevor Nunn. His good acting handed him a Variety Club award for Musical Theater Performer of the Year and a Mo for Musical Theater Performer of the Year in 1997. His next stage performance brought international attention. Starring as Curtly, the "smart-aleck" cowboy in the Royal National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma (1998, in London) Jackman’s fine acting received rave reviews. Moreover, he was nominated for Best Actor in a Musical with the Laurence Olivier Theatre Awards in 1999.
Following his successful stage performance, Jackman made a big move to the wide screen in 1999. He was cast as Aussie outback truck driver Jack Willis, who pens a romance novel under an assumed name, in the comedy Paperback Hero (1999). He then starred in the low-budget Australian urban drama Erskineville Kings (1999). His impressive turn as Wace, a guy separated from his brother, awarded him a Film Critics Circle of Australia for Best Actor, as well as received an Australian Film Institute nomination for Best Actor. The same year, Jackman reprised his stage role of Curly McLain for the made-for-television movie Oklahoma (1999).
"The character I play is actually only 1.6 meters [5' 3"]. Before I had any kind of acting profile I was encouraged to lie about my height. I was told to say I was about six foot [1.83m] tall. I was worried about it when I first had my audition because pleasing fans of the franchise is important. My height was brought up on the Internet. They didn't think it was right. A lot of people who never met me think I'm very short. Jimmy Marsden (Cyclops), who's only 10cm [4 inches] shorter than me, was put on boxes and platforms in our scenes together. You'll notice that every character in X-men looks taller than me." Huge Jackman on Logan/Wolverine
His big breakthrough arrived a year later when Jackman was chosen to replace Dougray Scott (by director Bryan Singer) to portray Logan/Wolverine in his high-profile adaptation of X-Men (2000, also starring Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, and Halle Berry). His outstanding performance gained positive reviews from critics and handed him a Saturn for Best Actor in 2001. He also earned a MTV nomination for Breakthrough Performance. The film was a large success at the box-office and became one of the biggest hits of the year. The huge triumph put the Australian actor on the Hollywood A-List.
Jackman cemented his position as a movie star when he was hired to star in three silver screen films in 2001. He first costarred with Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear in Tony Goldwyn's romantic comedy Someone Like You (2001). He next portrayed hacker Stanley Jobson, opposite John Travolta and Halle Berry, in the high-impact action thriller Swordfish (2001) and starred as a 19th century duke thrust into present-day New York City, Leopold Alexis Elijah Walker Gareth Thomas, in the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001, starring with Meg Ryan). Jackman’s performance in the latter earned praise and the Hollywood Foreign Press nominated Jackman in the Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy category.
Taking a year hiatus, Jackman returned to the spotlight with his much anticipated returning role of Logan/Wolverine in X2 in 2003. Like its predecessor, the action film was also a smash hit. 2003 also marked the comeback of Jackman to his theatrical roots when he debuted on Broadway in the role of Australian performer and songwriter Peter Allen in "The Boy from Oz." He added to his accomplishments a Tony for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical.
In 2004, Jackman appeared in the short film (his wife’s directorial debut) Standing Room Only, acted in the television film Making the Grade (2004) and played the title character in the ultra-big-budget, disappointing, Van Helsing (2004). Jackman also tried his hand at hosting and appeared in the Tony Awards in 2004 and 2005. For his excellent hosting gigs, Jackman recently nabbed an Emmy nomination. In the following year, Jackman reprised his role of Roger for the segment of Standing Room Only in Stories of Lost Souls (2005). He will soon star with Rachel Weisz and Ellen Burstyn in director Darren Aronofsky’s The Fountain (2005) and will be seen in the upcoming untitled Woody Allen Fall Project 2006 (2006), the third sequel of X-Men (2006), the animated films Flushed Away (2006, provide voice) and Happy Feet (2006, voice), as well as star in directed Lone Scherfig’s drama Good (2006). Jackman is also scheduled to reprise his well-known character Logan/Wolverine in the forthcoming Sci-Fi/Thriller Wolverine (2007).