Australian Jackman's handsome face was familiar Down Under before he took on Hollywood as a pompadour-sporting, claw-baring mutant in the X-Men
After studying at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Melbourne, he landed a role on the short-lived 1995 prison series Corelli
opposite Deborra-Lee Furness, who soon became his wife. In between TV work, Jackman showed off his impressive singing and dancing skills in the musicals Beauty and the Beast
and Sunset Boulevard
. His critically acclaimed performance as Curly in a London revival of Oklahoma!
upped his profile considerably.
His career went into overdrive when he was picked to replace Dougray Scott as Wolverine in 2000's X-Men
. The role made excellent use of his easygoing wit and perfect body and showcased his effortless charisma. A slew of Hollywood movies followed, including romantic comedies (Kate & Leopold
), thrillers (Swordfish
) and, of course, more action flicks (Van Helsing
In 2003 Jackman took time off from his busy filming schedule to make his Broadway debut in The Boy from Oz
as the late showman Peter Allen. Not only did he earn a 2004 Tony for his performance, but he also hosted the awards telecast that year, a gig that netted him an Emmy in 2005. His subsequent successful turns at hosting the Tonys resulted in being selected as host of the 81st annual Academy Awards in 2009. Off the stage, Jackman devotes time and money to charity work, which has included a stint as a World Vision ambassador.Hugh Jackman Fast Facts:
- Turned down a role in the popular Australian drama Neighbours to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
- Met wife Deborra-Lee Furness while starring with her in the prison drama Corelli in 1995.
- Has a strong musical-theater background, including starring roles in Australian productions of Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard, and a National Theatre revival of Oklahoma! in London's West End.
- Appeared in the 2002 short film Standing Room Only, his wife's directorial debut.
- Declined the role of Billy Flynn in the 2002 film adaptation of Chicago (which later went to Richard Gere) because he felt he was too young for the part.
- Debuted on Broadway in 2003's The Boy From Oz as Peter Allen, the showman who died of AIDS in 1992.
- Named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 2008.
- Donated $100,000 to one of his Twitter followers' favorite charities in 2009.
- Hugh Jackman Relationships:
- Grace Watson - Mother
- Sonya Jackman - Sister
- Ava Eliot Jackman - Daughter
- Oscar Maximillian Jackman - Son
- Chris Jackman - Father
- Ian Jackman - Brother
- Ralph Jackman - Brother
- Deborra-Lee Furness - Wife
- Grace Murdoch - Godchild
- Chloe Murdoch - Godchild
- Hugh Jackman Awards:
- 2006 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Nominee
- 2005 Emmy: Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program - Winner
- 2002 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy - Nominee
- 2004 Tony: Actor (Musical) - Winner
- 2009 Emmy: Outstanding Special Class Program - Nominee
- 2010 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Action Star - Winner
- 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
- 2012 Oscar: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
- 2012 Tony: Special Tony Award - Winner
- 1999 Australian Film Institute Awards: Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role - Nominee
- 2008 Australian Film Institute Awards: Readers' Choice Award - Winner
- 2012 Screen Actors Guild Awards: Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture - Nominee
- 2007 Australian Film Institute Awards: International Award for Best Actor - Nominee
- 2012 People's Choice Awards: Favorite Action Movie Star - Winner
- 2013 Golden Globe: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy or Musical - Winner
- 2012 BAFTA Film Awards: Best Leading Actor - Nominee
- University of Technology, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia (BA, 1990); Edith Cowan University, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, Perth, Western Australia, Australia (1994)