Thursday, April 11, 2013

Hugh Jackman: Life and Career

Hugh Jackman is one of the biggest stars in Hollywood and on Broadway. The Sydney-born actor is a stage-trained performer having studied and worked extensively in his native Australia. Hugh Jackman is married to actress Deborra-Lee Furness. The couple have two children, Oscar and Ava.

Hugh Jackman as The Wolverine

Movie-goers and film critics took note of Hugh early in his career, for performances in Erskineville Kings (1999), Paperback Hero (1999). In 2000, Hugh's career exploded when he was cast as Logan/Wolverine in the world-wide box-office hit, X-Men.

With his easy charm and handsome good looks, Hugh was cast as the romantic lead in Someone Like You... (2001, with Ashley Judd) and Kate & Leopold (2001, with Meg Ryan). Hugh was now a bonafide international movie star.

Hugh Jackman in a scene from Les Miserables
Throughout the decade fans enjoyed seeing Hugh in Van Helsing (2004); Scoop (2006); The Fountain (2006); The Prestige (2006), as well as the X-Men sequels (see Hugh's selected filmography at the end of the post).

Looking for even more challenges Hugh signed on for the film adaption of the hit Broadway musical, Les Misérables, and enthralled audiences and critics with his performance as Jean Valjean.

Released in late 2012, Les Misérables, became another box-office success for Hugh and earned Hugh his first Academy Award nomination as Best Actor!

Hugh Jackman on stage as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz
In 2004, Hugh Jackman won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his portrayal of Australian singer/songwriter Peter Allen in the hit musical The Boy from Oz.

In 2009, Hugh Jackman and Daniel Craig co-starred on Broadway in a limited engagement run of the play, A Steady Rain.

In 2011, Hugh Jackman returned to Broadway in a new hit show, Hugh Jackman, Back on Broadway.

For hosting the 2004 Tony Awards, Hugh Jackman won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program.

Explore our Wolverine / X-men and

  • Erskineville Kings (1999, co-starring Marty Denniss)
  • Paperback Hero (1999, co-starring Claudia Karvan)
  • Oklahoma! (1999, TV movie)
  • X-Men (2000, co-starring Patrick Stewart)
  • Someone Like You... (2001, co-starring Ashley Judd)
  • Swordfish (2001, co-starring Halle Berry)
  • Kate & Leopold (2001, co-starring Meg Ryan)
  • X2: X-Men United (2003, co-starring Anna Paquin)
  • Van Helsing (2004, co-starring Kate Beckinsale)
  • X-Men: The Last Stand (2006, co-starring Shawn Ashmore)
  • Scoop (2006, co-starring Scarlett Johansson)
  • The Fountain (2006, co-starring Rachel Weisz)
  • The Prestige (2006, co-starring, Christian Bale)
  • Flushed Away (2006, voice only. Co-starring Ian McKellen)
  • Happy Feet (2006, voice only. Co-starring Elijah Wood)
  • Deception (2008, co-starring Ewan McGregor)
  • Australia (2008, co-starring Nicole Kidman)
  • X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009, co-starring Liev Schreiber)
  • Snow Flower and the Secret Fan (2011, co-starring Gianna Jun)
  • Butter (2011, co-star Jennifer Garner)
  • Real Steel (2011, co-starring Evangeline Lilly)
  • Rise of the Guardians (2012, voice only. Co-starring Chris Pine)
  • Les Misérables (2012, Hugh Jackman was nominated for an Academy Award in the role of Jean Valjean. Co-starring Anne Hathaway)
  • Movie 43 (2013, an anthology. Hugh appears only in a segment called The Catch; co-starring Kate Winslet)
  • The Wolverine (2013, co-starring Famke Janssen)
  • X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014, co-starring Michael Fassbender)
  • Prisoners (2013, co-starring Jake Gyllenhaal)