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As Logan, A.K.A. Wolverine, in X-Men; Boy from Oz
Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, singer, and producer.
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Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Emmy Award-and Tony Award-winning Australian actor of film, musical theatre, and television. He is known internationally mostly for his starring roles in several major films, including action/superhero roles and films, period roles, and romance roles. Some of his well-known films include the X-Men series, Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, and Australia. A former three-time host of the Tony Awards, Jackman will host the Academy Awards on February 22, 2009. He will also be honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 2009.
Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the youngest of five children of English parents Chris Jackman and Grace Watson, and the second of his siblings to be born in Australia. His mother left the family when he was eight years old, and he remained behind with his father, an accountant with a degree from Cambridge, and siblings.
Jackman attended Pymble Public School and Knox Grammar School, an all-boys school, where he starred in the school`s production of the musical My Fair Lady in 1985. Jackman was School Captain in 1986 and his favourite subject was Ancient History. The following year he spent a gap year working at Uppingham School in England. Upon his return to Australia he worked at a Shell service station in Wahroonga, and worked as a part-time clown for children`s parties while studying at the University of Technology, Sydney. In 1989, Jackman participated in a Christian workcamp on Haast`s Bluff and Areyonga Aboriginal land in the Western Desert in Central Australia. He then graduated with a BA in Communications, having majored in journalism. He later used his inheritance from his grandmother to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, from which he graduated in 1994.
Early stage, film, and television work
On stage in Melbourne, Jackman played Gaston in the city`s production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis in the city`s production of Sunset Boulevard. During his stage musical career in Melbourne, also he starred in the 1998 Midsumma festival cabaret production Summa Cabaret. He also hosted both Melbourne`s Carols by Candlelight and Sydney`s Carols in the Domain.
Jackman`s early film work includes Erskineville Kings and Paperback Hero (1999), while his television work includes Correlli (where he met his wife Deborra-Lee Furness), Law of the Land, Halifax f.p., Blue Heelers, and Banjo Paterson`s The Man from Snowy River.
Jackman first became known outside of Australia in 1998, when he played the leading role of Curly in the Royal National Theatre`s acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London`s West End. He also starred in the 1999 film version of the same stage musical, which has been broadcast on television internationally.
In 2000, Jackman was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer`s X-Men, replacing Dougray Scott. According to a CBS interview in November 2006, Jackman`s wife Deborra-Lee Furness told him not to take the role, a comment she later told him she was glad he ignored.
Jackman, at 6` 2", stands nearly a foot taller than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5` 3". Hence, the filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or only from the waist up to make him appear shorter than he actually was. In an interview with Men`s Health magazine, Jackman stated that he was also required to add a great deal of muscle for the role. An instant star upon the film`s release, Jackman later reprised his role in 2003`s X2: X-Men United, 2006`s X-Men: The Last Stand, and X-Men Origins: Wolverine, due to be released in 2009.
Kate & Leopold
Jackman starred as Leopold, opposite Meg Ryan, in the 2001 romantic comedy film Kate & Leopold, a role for which he was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy. Jackman plays a Victorian English aristocrat who is accidentally time-traveled to 21st-century Manhattan, where he meets Kate, a cynical advertising executive.
In 2001 Jackman also starred in the action/drama Swordfish, with John Travolta, and Halle Berry. This was the second time Jackman worked with Berry, and the two have worked together twice more in the X-Men movies, making a total of four movies starring Jackman and Berry from 2000 to 2006.
Stage musicals 2002–2006
In 2002, Jackman sang the role of Billy Bigelow in the musical Carousel in a special concert performance at Carnegie Hall.
In 2004, Jackman won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, for his 2002–2004 Broadway portrayal of Australian songwriter and performer Peter Allen, in the hit musical, The Boy from Oz, which he also performed in Australia in 2006.
In addition, Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 20
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Knox Grammar School, Wahroonga, Australia (1986)
BA Communications, University of Technology, Sydney (1990), The Actors Centre, Sydney, Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (1994)
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Ian Jackman, Ralph Jackman
Sonya Jackman, Zoe Jackman
Keith Urban, Nicole Kidman, Rupert Murdoch
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Sushi, Gin & Tonic
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Endeavor Talent Agency (USA); Penny Williams Management (Australia); Lou Coulson Agency (U.K.)
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Oscar Jackman (son), Ava Jackman (daughter)
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Hugh Jackman is married to Deborra-Lee Furness, they have been married for 13 months (since 11th April, 1996).
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