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Hugh Jackman (born 12.10.1968) is an Australian actor, best known for his role as Wolverine in X-Men.
Childhood: Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, Australia. His parents, Grace Watson and Chris Jackman were English and Hugh was the youngest of five siblings. His mother left when Hugh was just eight years old and the children lived with their father, who was a Cambridge University-educated accountant.
Whilst studying at Knox Grammar School, Hugh starred in a production of My Fair Lady. He graduated from the University of Technology in Sydney with a BA in Communications, and a major in journalism.
Using money left to him by his grandmother, Jackman attended the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. He graduated in 1994.
Early Acting Career: Hugh Jackman's earliest film credits were in Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings. His stage work includes performances in Beauty and the Beast and Sunset Boulevard. In 1998, his established himself in the UK when he played Curly in the Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!
In 2006, Hugh Jackman was chosen to replace Russell Crowe in Australia, the Baz Luhrmann film that also starred Nicole Kidman.
Big Break: Hugh Jackman's breakthrough came when he was chosen to play Wolverine in the Bryan Singer adaptation of the comic book series, X-Men. He later returned to the role in the two sequels, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand.
In 2001, Hugh Jackman was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in Kate & Leopold, in which he was the male lead. That year, he also starred in Swordfish, a film that also starred John Travolta and Halle Berry, his X-Men co-star.
In 2004, Jackman took the lead role in the vampire movie Van Helsing.
2005 saw Jackman undertake his most challenging film role to date. In The Fountain, Jackman played three different roles and has stated in interviews that it was both physically and emotionally demanding.
Hugh Jackman's next film appearance was in the 2006 film The Prestige, which featured performances from Christian Bale, Scarlett Johansson and Michael Caine.
2006 also saw Hugh provide voices for two animated movies, Happy Feet and Flushed Away.
Hugh Jackman was cited as a potential James Bond actor, but lost out on the role, to Daniel Craig
Personal Life: In 1996, Hugh Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness. They had met on the set of Correlli, Jackman's first TV acting role. After Furness suffered two miscarriages, the couple adopted two children, Oscar (b.2000) and Eva (b.2005). The family live in Melbourne.
The abandonment was 'traumatic' for the actor as a child.
While Hugh Jackman may have patched up his relationship with his mother in his adulthood, traumatic memories of her leaving when he was just a child still haunt him to this day. He opened up about the experience to an Australian publication recently, revealing just how being abandoned affected him.
Hugh Jackman at a photocall for 'The Greatest Showman'
When 'The Greatest Showman' star was just 8-years-old, his mother Grace left him, his two brothers and his father Christopher and moved back to England with his sisters. He even remembers the day that she left, and never really accepted her moving away.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Opens Up About The Pain Of His Mother Leaving Him
He enjoyed getting to do this original musical.
Original movie musicals are rare, so song-and-dance man Hugh Jackman is thrilled that he got a chance to be involved in The Greatest Showman, the story of three-ring circus pioneer P.T. Barnum. Of course, there were challenges, but he was more than willing to rise up to them.
Hugh Jackman in 'The Greatest Showman'
Jackman says that bringing a musical to the big screen "is notoriously one of the hardest things to do in Hollywood. I think just the climate of Hollywood was like, 'There's just too many risks. There's too much to do.' I mean, there's been musicals, obviously: Les Mis, Mamma Mia. But an original movie musical is really hard."
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Admits That The Greatest Showman Was A Risk
Looking back at some crazy times in Hugh Jackman's life.
Best known for playing Wolverine, did you know he was nearly James Bond? Or that Venus Williams was responsible for a parenting milestone in his life? Here are ten weird and wonderful facts about one of Australia's greatest actors that you probably never knew. Here's to Hugh Jackman!
Hugh Jackman at 'The Greatest Showman' photocall
1. He learnt yoga for a movie role - In order to perfect his role as Tom in the Darren Aronofsky-directed film 'The Fountain', he practised yoga daily for twelve months and learned to perfect a lotus position underwater.
Continue reading: Ten Surprising Truths About Hugh Jackman
The actor decided to stick with 'X-Men' at the time.
Pierce Brosnan is without a doubt one of the most memorable names to take on the role of 007, James Bond, whether or not it's for the right reasons. What many didn't know up until this week however is that a certain Australian actor was being eyed to become his replacement, but turned down the position because of his busy work schedule.
Hugh Jackman could have at one point become 007
Hugh Jackman was that man, and at the time of the offer was already making a big name for himself in the Marvel Universe, taking on Wolverine on the big screen since 2000 and immediately becoming a hit with comic book movie fans.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Turned Down Offer To Become James Bond
Hugh Jackman signs autographs as he arrives at the BBC Radio Two studios to promote his brand new biopic film 'The Greatest Showman' on the Chris Evans Breakfast Show. He stars as 19th century businessman P.T. Barnum in the movie, the founder of Barnum & Bailey Circus - London, United Kingdom - Friday 1st December 2017
The actor reveals a personal throwback that set him up to pass the torch.
For the majority of comic book and Marvel fans, Hugh Jackman is the best live-action adaptation of Wolverine that the world has ever seen. Slicing his way through a number of big blockbuster releases, before hanging up his adamantium claws following his last hoorah in this year's 'Logan', he worked his way into the hearts of everybody watching and proved that even a mutant with a usually frosty heart can be open about their emotions.
Patrick Stewart and Hugh Jackman in the latter's final 'X-Men' film, 'Logan'
Wolverine wasn't a dead-cert role for Jackman, with fellow actor Dougray Scott initially eyed up to take on the character. Delays in production and conflicts with scheduling meant that Scott had to exit the role, but it's not something he was bitter about. Whilst shooting the first 'X-Men' movie, Jackman got some advice from Scott which has now allowed him to be open to the idea of another actor rebooting the role on the big screen in the future.
Continue reading: Hugh Jackman Explains Why He Doesn't Mind Wolverine Being Recast
When P. T. Barnum (Hugh Jackman) loses his business when the company goes bankrupt, he's left to search for another job to keep a roof, albeit a leaking one, over his head. He just wants a better life for his wife Charity (Michelle Williams) and children, and one day has the most fantastic idea of open Barnum's American Museum of Curiosity. Soon he puts together a travelling circus, a freak show featuring giants and dwarves, Siamese twins and bearded ladies. But for him it isn't about exploiting people who are different for the entertainment of the general public, it's about encouraging them to be part of a dance and acrobatic show to celebrate what's special about them. To many people today, there really is no difference between the two, but it's safe to say that his unique venture made Barnum the greatest showman who ever lived.
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Hugh Jackman and Debora-Lee Furness Jackman at the David Lynch Foundation event A National Night Of Laughter And Song. Held at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts - Washington DC, District Of Columbia, United States - Monday 5th June 2017
Ten brave stars that lived through cancer.
Cancer is a foul disease that leaves suffering and death in its wake far too often. No amount of money or fame can protect you from it, but very often it can be beaten. When a celebrity overcomes such a hurdle in their lives, it's an inspiration to regular people everywhere.
Here are just a few stars who have been struck and struck back at cancer and survived:
Mr T snapped out and about in 2012
They were spotted with the real Eddie Edwards.
'Eddie the Eagle' made it's European premiere at the Odeon in London yesterday (March 17th 2016) and with it came a host of British stars as well as Hugh Jackman, who flew over the pond to re-unite with co-star Taron Egerton and, of course, the movie's subject Eddie Edwards himself.
Hugh Jackman, Eddie Edwards and Taron Egerton hang out at 'Eddie The Eagle' premiere
The comedy biopic saw 'Kingsman' star Taron Egerton in the role of the titular Olympic ski jump legend; a man who became famous not for his exceptional talent on the slopes, but indeed for his distinct lack of such and yet overwhelming determination and perseverance that struck accord with the whole nation at the 1988 Winter Olympics.
The retelling of the classic children’s tale has failed to find an audience this weekend at US cinemas.
Pan has failed to take flight at the box office this weekend, debuting with a disappointing estimated $15.5 million total and taking third place. Joe Wright’s retelling of the classic tale stars newcomer Levi Miller as Peter Pan and Hugh Jackman as Captain Blackbeard.
Hugh Jackman as Blackbeard in Pan.
Pan was rolled out in more than 3,500 US theatres this weekend, but studio Warner Bros will be hoping it does better when it hits more markets. The film, which cost over $150 million to make, had been scheduled to hit cinemas back in July, but was pushed back earlier this year.
Continue reading: 'Pan' Bombs At US Box Office, As 'The Martian' Holds Tight
The actor admits his children are the most difficult to impress with his movies.
In the new adventure fantasy origin movie Pan, Hugh Jackman finally gets a chance to play the villain of the piece. "That nice guy stuff is boring," he laughs about his reputation as the nicest actor in the world, adding that he is "perpetually curious and hungry, wanting to get better."
Hugh Jackman likes playing the bad guy
Jackman plays Captain Blackbeard in the movie, a character who is only mentioned once in J.M. Barrie's original Peter Pan novel. "There's one line - page 53 - that Hook originally learned his trade as the bosun for Blackbeard," Jackman explains.
Continue reading: Pan Lets Hugh Jackman Explore His Dark Side
Date of birth
12th October, 1968
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