Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney. His parents are from England, his father is Chris Jackman and mother is Grace Watson. Jackman has four older siblings; Ian, Ralph, Sonya and Zoe. After his parents divorced he continued to live with his father and siblings in Australia while his mother left them to go back to England. He also has a half sister from his mother’s new family.
Jackman went to University of Technology Sydney and earned a Bachelor Degree in Communications with a Journalism major. His interest in acting led him to enroll in the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts. Soon after he graduated he was offered a role in “Corelli”, an Australian TV drama series.
When asked about his passion for acting, Jackman’s sister, Sonya, once said, “Jackman likes to get the attention!” While his first début was made on television, Jackman always loved to perform in theater. Oklahoma! was his first international stage performance experience and his leading role as Curly McLain opened up the public’s curiosity about him. The play was produced by the Royal National Theatre and held in London. A combination of charismatic appeal and acting skill earned him a nomination for the Olivier Award for Best Actor in this musical play.Amongst Jackman’s movie success stories is the role of Wolverine in X-Men. Jackman also portrayed Wolverine in the sequels; X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand and X-Men Origins: Wolverine. He gained much interest while doing these movies, and contributed to making X-Men one of the biggest box office draws.
In other roles, Jackman was in Kate & Leopold, co-starring Meg Ryan, for which he received a Golden Globe nomination for Best Actor. Back in the action genre, Jackman starred in Van Helsing, which unfortunately was not a box office hit despite its big budget. Peter Lyman was another character portrayed by Jackman in the mystery movie Scoop co-starring Scarlett Johansson. Jackman’s acting skill was exposed once again when he starred in The Fountain, playing three different roles alongside the star Rachel Weisz. A role in the movie Swordfish brought him the chance to meet his childhood idol, Olivia Newton John, with Jackman co-starring as Olivia’s husband alongside John Travolta and Halle Berry.
His love for theatre continues to draw Jackman back to the stage. As a lead actor in The Boy from Oz, performed on Broadway he earned himself a Tony Award in 2004. We also can enjoy his voice as a talented actor and singer for Flushed Away and Happy Feet, the animated movies.
Jackman married Debora-Lee Furness, his costar in Corelli. The couple adopted two kids; son is Oscar Maximillian Jackman and daughter is Ava Eliot Jackman. While his stardom earns him worldwide recognition, he enjoys simple life and acts as other normal fathers.
Together with his wife and close friend John Palermo, Jackman established the production house; Seed Productions. The company aims to stimulate and to promote local movie productions and talented actors in Australia.
Jackman is not only a charismatic actor with an outstanding voice but he also has a big heart, and is actively involved in humanitarian acts. He gives out small loans for prospective entrepreneurs in less developed countries and participates in the Global Poverty Project together with Donna Karan, Lisa Fox and his wife Debora-Lee. Jackman also contributes to Broadway fundraisers to fight AIDS, along with his Broadway costar, Daniel Craig.
With all of these stories, it is not surprising to find the fact that Hugh Jackman was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World from the year 2000 until 2004!
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