Hugh Jackman Biography
Born in Australia in 1968, Hugh Jackman began his acting career on stage, appearing in several Melbourne musicals, and later won a Tony Award for his role as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. Additionally, Jackman has won international recognition for his roles as superheroes, most notably as Wolverine in the X-Men film series, as well as parts in such films as Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, The Prestige, Australia and Les Miserables. He was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive” in 2008.
Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, Australia. The youngest of five children, Jackman was 8 when his mother left the family, and he and his siblings were largely raised by their father. He attended the exclusive Knox Grammar School and graduated from the University of Technology, Sydney. He got his first taste of professional acting on the stage, appearing in several Melbourne musicals. He soon entered the international scene, earning critical praise for his portrayals of Curly in Oklahoma! in London and Billy Bigelo in Carousel in New York City.
To mainstream audiences, Jackman is perhaps best known for the role of Wolverine in the American film X-Men (2000). Other films include Swordfish, Kate and Leopold and Van Helsing. Despite his growing big-screen career, Jackman remains true to his stage roots. In 2004, he won a Tony Award for his lead role in Broadway’s The Boy from Oz. The following year, he won an Emmy Award for his turn as host of the 2005 Tony Awards.