Hugh Jackman Profile
Birth Name: Hugh Michael Jackman
Date of Birth: 12 October 1968
Place of Birth: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Height: 6' 3''
Education: University of Technology in Sydney (majored in Communications; graduated; B.A.);
Actor's Center, Sydney, Australia; Western Australian A
Claim to Fame: as Wolverine in X-Men in 2000
Nicknames: Hughey (family nickname), Worm (because he was so tall and skinny as a teen), Bear (at WAAPA), Jack Human (never called by this name, but he did make
Born of English parentage in Sydney on October 12, 1968, Hugh Jackman was raised as the youngest of five children. After earning a communications degree as a journalism major from Sydney's University of Technology, Hugh Jackman attended the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts, where Hugh Jackman studied drama. The fledgling actor got his first big break immediately after graduation, when Hugh Jackman was offered a starring role on the popular TV series Corelli; his casting proved to be doubly serendipitous, as it provided him with an introduction to his future wife, actress Deborrah-Lee Furness, with whom he would have a son.
A star in his native Australia thanks to his work on television and in musical theatre, actor Hugh Jackman became known to American audiences through his role as Logan/Wolverine in Bryan Singer's lavish adaptation of the popular Marvel comic X-Men (2000). Hugh Jackman starred in a number of other TV series -- and also began to earn recognition for his work on the stage in such productions as Beauty and the Beast, Sunset Boulevard, and Trevor Nunn's acclaimed Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!, the latter of which featured the actor in an Olivier-nominated performance as Curly McLain. In 1999, a year after being nominated for the Olivier, Hugh Jackman was again honored, this time with a Best Actor nomination from the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of a man estranged from his brother in the urban drama Erskineville Kings. The actor's winning streak continued when Hugh Jackman was hired to replace Dougray Scott as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's high-profile adaptation of X-Men. The film, whose cast also included Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Anna Paquin, James Marsden, and Halle Berry, opened to strong reviews and box-office to become one of the biggest hits of the summer. Hugh Jackman's rising international popularity was reflected by his casting in Tony Goldwyn's Someone Like You, a romantic comedy also starring Ashley Judd and Greg Kinnear. Hugh Jackman was hard to ignore in 2001, appearing just a few short months later in John Travolta's latest comback, Swordfish.
2003 saw the return of the X-Men and, with them, Hugh Jackman's Wolverine in X2: X-Men United, a film that not only repeated the first film's financial success, but was considered by many to be the rare sequel that outdoes its predecessor. Sticking with the action genre, Hugh Jackman has recently been seen in the title role of the 2004 ultra-big-budget film Van Helsing.