- NAME: Hugh Jackman
- OCCUPATION: Film Actor, Producer
- BIRTH DATE: October 12, 1968 (Age: 45)
- Did You Know?: Hugh Jackman was offered the role of James Bond in the 2006 film Casino Royale, but turned it down.
- EDUCATION: Knox Grammar School, University of Technology, Sydney
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Sydney, Australia
- Full Name: Hugh Michael Jackman
- AKA: Hugh Jackman
- ZODIAC SIGN: Libra
Best Known For
Australian actor and producer Hugh Jackman is best known for playing Wolverine in the X-Men series. He's also known for parts in the films The Prestige, Australia and Les Miserables.
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Jackman also had the distinction of serving as the host of the Academy Awards in February of 2009. His next big film project, X-Men Origins: Wolverine,
was released the following summer. He soon followed up his summer blockbuster with several smaller pictures. In Real Steel (2011), Jackman played a father builds a better relationship with his son through training a fighting robot. He also appeared in the comedy Butter that same year.
In 2012, Jackman helped bring one of the most famous musicals of all time to the big screen: He starred in Les Miserables with Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe. In the film, Jackman plays Jean Valjean, a former prisoner who tries to hold on to the new life he has built for himself. Russell Crowe portrays the police officer on his trail. In January 2013, Jackman received a Golden Globe Award (best actor in a musical or comedy) for his Les Miserables performance. For his acclaimed role in Les Mis, Jackman was nominated for an Academy Award in 2013 in the category of Best Actor, but lost to Daniel Day-Lewis for his role in Lincoln.
On December 13, 2012, Jackman was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. According to the Los Angeles Times, Jackman stated during the momentous event, "I believe this is the 2,487th star on the Walk of Fame. However, apart from Lassie, I'm the only one who's gotten it for playing the same character in 15 movies."
After the immense succes of Les Mis, Jackman took on a lighter film role in the comedy Movie 43 (2013). The film had several A-list names attached, including Dennis Quaid, Halle Berry, Kate Winslet, Richard Gere, Gerard Butler and Emma Stone, among several others. However, even with a star-studded cast, the film was highly criticized and did far worse than expected at the box office.
He reprised his role as as Wolverine in his next two roles, starring in The Wolverine (2013) and X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014). Jackman took on lead roles as the popular mutant hero in both films, and stars alongside other actors who have also reprised their roles from previous X-Men films, including Jennifer Lawrence, Patrick Stewart and James McAvoy.
Married since 1996, Jackman and his wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness, live in Melbourne, Australia, with their two adopted children, Oscar Maximilian and Ava Eliot. They met while making the Australian television show Correlli (1995).
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