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Hugh Jackman

Hugh Jackman

A star in his native Australia thanks to his work on television and in musical theatre, actor Hugh Jackman became known to American audiences through his role as Logan/Wolverine in Bryan Singer's lavish adaptation of the popular Marvel comic X-Men (2000). Born of English parentage in Sydney on October 12, 1968, Jackman was raised as the youngest of five children. After earning a communications degree as a journalism major from Sydney's University of Technology, he attended the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, where he studied drama. The fledgling actor got his first big break immediately after graduation, when he was offered a starring role on the popular TV series Corelli; his casting proved to be doubly serendipitous, as it provided him with an introduction to his future wife, actress Deborrah-Lee Furness, with whom he would have a son. Jackman starred in a number of other TV series -- and also began to earn recognition for his work on the stage in such productions as Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and Trevor Nunn's acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!, the latter of which featured the actor in an Olivier-nominated performance as Curly McLain. In 1999, a year after being nominated for the Olivier, Jackman was again honored, this time with a Best Actor nomination from the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of a man estranged from his brother in the urban drama Erskineville Kings. The actor's winning streak continued when he was hired to replace Dougray Scott as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's high-profile adaptation of X-Men. The film, whose cast also included Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, and Halle Berry, opened to strong reviews and box-office to become one of the biggest hits of the summer. Jackman's rising international popularity was reflected by his casting in Tony Goldwyn's Someone Like You, a romantic comedy also starring Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear. Jackman was hard to ignore in 2001, appearing just a few short months later in John Travolta's latest comback, Swordfish. 2003 saw the return of the X-Men and, with them, Jackman's Wolverine in X2: X-Men United, a film that not only repeated the first film's financial success, but was considered by many to be the rare sequel that outdoes its predecessor. Sticking with the action genre, Jackman could next be seen in the title role of the 2004 ultra-big-budget film Van Helsing. Although Van Helsing was met with critical disdain, and underperformed at the box office, Jackman rebounded by earning rave reviews as the lead in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz. That same year he hosted the annual Tony awards, again to great acclaim. Fans had numerous opportunities to see Jackman on the big screen in 2006. He took a humorous turn that summer as a possible serial killer in Woody Allen's comedy Scoop, and in fall he starred opposite Oscar winner Rachel Weisz in the stylish The Fountain as a man who searches through three different time periods concurrently, on a single spiritual journey. That same autumn, Jackman could also be seen in the dark fantasy The Prestige, playing a turn of the century magician who some speculate performs real magic, and before winter, audiences were hearing his vocal work in a pair of animated films, Flushed Away and Happy Feet. 2006 also proved to be the year Jackman announced he would produce and star in a big-screen adaptation of the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Carousel. ~ Rebecca Flint Marx, All Movie Guide

Hugh Jackman Trivia

When was Hugh Jackman born?
Hugh Jackman was born on October 12, 1968

What role did Hugh Jackman portray in X-Men Origins: Wolverine?
Hugh Jackman played Logan/Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

What role did Hugh Jackman play in The Prestige?
Hugh Jackman played Robert Angier in The Prestige

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in Flushed Away?
Hugh Jackman was Roddy in Flushed Away

What role did Hugh Jackman play in The Fountain?
Hugh Jackman played Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo in The Fountain

What role did Hugh Jackman portray in Van Helsing: The London Assignment?
Hugh Jackman played Van Helsing in Van Helsing: The London Assignment

Who did Hugh Jackman play in X-Men: The Last Stand?
Hugh Jackman was Logan/Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand

Who did Hugh Jackman play in Oklahoma!?
Hugh Jackman was Curly McClain in Oklahoma!

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in Van Helsing?
Hugh Jackman was Gabriel Van Helsing in Van Helsing

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in X-Men?
Hugh Jackman was Wolverine in X-Men

What role did Hugh Jackman portray in Australia?
Hugh Jackman played The Drover in Australia

Who did Hugh Jackman play in Deception?
Hugh Jackman was Bose, Wyatt in Deception

What role did Hugh Jackman portray in Scoop?
Hugh Jackman played Peter Lyman in Scoop

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in X2: X-Men United?
Hugh Jackman was Wolverine in X2: X-Men United

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in Kate and Leopold?
Hugh Jackman was Leopold in Kate and Leopold

What role did Hugh Jackman portray in Swordfish?
Hugh Jackman played Stanley Jobson in Swordfish

Who did Hugh Jackman play in Someone Like You?
Hugh Jackman was Eddie Alden in Someone Like You

Who did Hugh Jackman portray in Happy Feet?
Hugh Jackman was Memphis in Happy Feet

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