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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 Deborra-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.



Jackman would spend the following years appearing in numerous films, like X-Men: First Class, Butter, and Real Steel. He would enjoy one of his biggest successes playing Jean Valjean in Tom Hooper's adaptation of the stage musical Les Miserables, a role that earned Jackman a Best Actor nomination from the Academy, his first Oscar nod.

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Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet Larrikins
  • Actor
2018
No Score Yet The Greatest Showman on Earth
  • Producer
  • P.T. Barnum
2017
No Score Yet Logan
  • Logan / Wolverine
2017
27% Pan
  • Blackbeard
2015
82% Me and Earl and the Dying Girl
  • Himself
2015
No Score Yet Dukale's Dream
  • Actor
2015
32% Chappie
  • Vincent Moore
2015
No Score Yet God? The Almighty Question
  • Actor
2015
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past: Mutant Vs. Machine
  • Actor
2015
91% X-Men: Days of Future Past
  • Logan/Wolverine
2014
No Score Yet X-Men: Days of Future Past (Rogue Cut)
  • Logan/Wolverine
2014
81% Prisoners
  • Keller Dover
2013
69% The Wolverine
  • Logan
  • Producer
2013
4% Movie 43
  • Davis
2013
No Score Yet Les Miserables: The History Of The World's Greatest Story
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Unbound Captives
  • Actor
2013
69% Les Misérables
  • Jean Valjean
2012
73% Rise of the Guardians
  • E. Aster Bunnymund, aka The Easter Bunny
2012
33% Butter
  • Boyd Bolton
2012
59% Real Steel
  • Charlie Kenton
2011
21% Snow Flower And The Secret Fan
  • Arthur
2011
86% X-Men: First Class
  • Logan/Wolverine
2011
No Score Yet Ghostopolis
  • Actor
2010
21% Oh My God
  • Actor
2009
38% X-Men Origins - Wolverine
  • Logan/Wolverine
  • Producer
2009
55% Australia
  • The Drover
2008
14% Deception
  • Producer
  • Wyatt Bose
2008
88% ShowBusiness: The Road to Broadway
  • Actor
2007
51% The Fountain
  • Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
2006
75% Happy Feet
  • Memphis
2006
72% Flushed Away
  • Roddy
2006
76% The Prestige
  • Robert Angier
2006
40% Scoop
  • Peter Lyman
2006
58% X-Men: The Last Stand
  • Logan/Wolverine
  • Producer
2006
No Score Yet He Changed Our World: Steve Irwin Memorial Tribute
  • Actor
2006
No Score Yet Stories of Lost Souls
  • Roger
2005
No Score Yet Van Helsing: The London Assignment
  • Van Helsing
2004
23% Van Helsing
  • Van Helsing
2004
No Score Yet Profile of a Serial Killer
  • Actor
2004
86% X2: X-Men United
  • Wolverine
2003
50% Kate & Leopold
  • Leopold
2001
26% Swordfish
  • Stanley Jobson
2001
43% Someone Like You
  • Eddie Alden
2001
81% X-Men
  • Wolverine
2000
No Score Yet Erskineville Kings
  • Wace
1999
No Score Yet Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma!
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Oklahoma!
  • Actor
1999
No Score Yet Paperback Hero
  • Jack Willis
1999
No Score Yet Profile of a Serial Killer
  • Actor
1998
No Score Yet The Rat Tamer
  • Actor
1995

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Show With David Letterman
1993-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Top Gear
2002
  • Actor
  • Appearing
Inside the Actors Studio
1994
  • Guest
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet 60 Minutes
2008
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Appearing
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sesame Street
1969
  • Actor
  • Guest
No Score Yet WWE Monday Night Raw
1993
  • Appearing
  • Guest
No Score Yet Great Performances
2000
  • Curly Curley
No Score Yet Punk'd
2003-2012
  • Appearing
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Chew
2011
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Conan
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Actor
  • Guest
No Score Yet Sunday Morning
2011
  • Appearing

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