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Birthday: Oct. 12th, 1968
Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
Marital Status: Married
Astro. Sign: Libra
Eyes: Brownish Emerald Green
Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, Australia on October 12, 1968. Born to English parents, Hugh was the youngest of five children. After his parents separated, Hugh and his four older brothers and sisters lived with their father, Chris. Jackman didn't grow up with stars in his eyes, nor did he wish to follow Chris into the madcap world of accounting. Believe it or not but Hugh didn’t take to the acting bit right away either.
It wasn’t until he went to college, and did some amateur productions, that the acting bug bit. In his hometown at the University of Technology Sydney Hugh sought a study in radio journalism. He fancied himself the next Edward Murrow. Hugh graduated with a degree in Communications majoring in Journalism.
Using an inheritance from his grandmother, Hugh took a one-year course, called “The Journey,” at the Actors’ Centre. Then Hugh applied at the Western Australia Academy of Performing Arts (WAAPA). The day after Hugh was excepted he was offered a role in the popular Australian soap “Neighbours,” a show partially to blame for the careers of fluff-pop singers Kylie Minogue and Natalie Imbruglia. He turned the role down to better himself as an actor.
"I had the weekend to decide," Hugh explained to the Sunday Herald. "I had no real snobbishness about doing something like ‘Neighbours,’ but I'm in for the long haul. I wanted to learn."
He wasn't always so certain though. "I felt like the dunce in acting school. I wasn't smoking, wearing a leather jacket, or carrying my angst on my shoulder," Hugh confessed to People. "I thought that I should find some serious darkness … because no one would take me seriously. So I tried and my family said to make up my mind and have fun with acting."
While at the school, he took roles in Romeo and Juliet, Tonight We Improvise, Barbarians, and Translations. In 1994 he graduated from WAAPA.
Immediately thereafter Hugh was asked and cast to play the male lead for a show by the name of “Correlli,” on Australia’s ABC. The character Kevin Jones in the prison drama was an angry, sexy, prisoner set on seducing his female prison counselor, Louisa Correlli, played by Deborra-Lee Furness. Audiences and the show’s producers loved the two’s on-screen chemistry. Hugh and Deborra’s relationship though, continued off-screen as well eventually culminating into their marriage. The pair made headlines in the entertainment biz and Showbiz Rocket deemed it the “Showbiz wedding of the year.”
Correlli pushed Hugh’s career in high gear. Several TV appearances as actor and variety guest. Hugh even hosted a style telemag called “InFashion.”
As TV actor Hugh played the guest staring role of Brody Jackson, in “Blue Heelers,” which was produced by Southern Star Films for the Seven Network. A second guest staring role was as Duncan Jones in Banjo Patterson’s “The Man from Snowy River” which was produced by Pro Films for the Nine Network. Another guest staring role included Chicka McCray in “The Law of the Land,” which was produced by Roadshow Coote & Carroll for the Nine Network. Halifax, f.p. "Afraid of the Dark"- Eric Ringer [199?]
Merely a TV actor he was not and proved it as the theater stage called to him again.
With an incredible singing voice Hugh stole the show in 1995 as the arrogant Gaston in Australia’s production of the Disney musical “Beauty and the Beast.” A role that earned him a nomination for a Mo award for “Best Actor in a Musical.” In May of 1996 Hugh finished the twelve-month role.
In October of 1997, Sunset Boulevard opened, at London’s Royal National Theater, with Hugh performing the lead role of Joe Gillis; Norma Desmond’s doomed boy toy. Trevor Nunn, the show’s world-renowned theatre director, was thoroughly impressed by Hugh’s performance. So were the critics and Hugh was awarded the “Best Actor” Olivier (aka the British Tony), Variety Club’s award for “Best Male Actor in a Musical,” a Green Room award for “Best Male Actor in a Musical,” and 1997’s Mo Award for “Male Musical Theatre Performer of the Year.”
"I don't know whether to describe him as a brilliant singing actor or a brilliant acting singer because he is so strong in both disciplines," Trevor Nunn said.
Hugh later auditioned for the Royal National Theatre in London, and won the role of Curly in “Oklahoma!” This role is considered his biggest stage project to date and brought him international attention. The season sold out and critics applauded his performance again when in 1998 Hugh was nominated for an Olivier award for “Best Actor.”
With a release in 1999, “Paperback Hero,” a romantic comedy, was Hugh’s Australian film debut. He played Jack Willis, a train conductor and a manly man who just happens to have a knack for writing romance novels.
In the same year the dramatic “Erskineville Kings” garnered him yet another nomination for “Best Actor” from the Australian Film Institute (Australia’s equivalent to the American Oscars) for his role as Wace.
While still doing his run as Curly in “Oklahoma!” Hugh sent in an audition tape to “X-Men” director Bryan Singer. Singer, however, opted to cast a one mister Dougray Scott as Wolverine instead. Scott had already signed on for “Mission: Impossible 2” to play the movie’s villain but delays in shooting meant Scott would be unable to play Wolverine. Of course that just opened the doors once again for Hugh.
Late in 1999 Singer who had seen the tape Hugh sent earlier auditioned Hugh. A last minute film test in a Toronto hotel opposite Anna Paquin, who played Rogue, was enough to seal the deal. And Hugh sliced into the claws of Wolverine, arguably one of the most popular comic characters Marvel’s created. Audiences’ reaction was immediate, overwhelmingly positive and critically lauded.
“I always thought I was cast because I was cheap and I was there,” Hugh joked.
The blockbuster summer movie opened in July of 2000 and propelled Hugh’s Hollywood career into overdrive. Once his acting ability became evident to the American people he was offered several more roles in Tinsel Town.
Since then Hugh has played Eddie Alden in a romantic comedy opposite Ashley Judd in “Someone Like You,” in the psychological thriller “Swordfish,” as Stanley Jobson, opposite John Travolta and Halle Berry. Alongside Meg Ryan in “Kate and Leopold,” a romantic comedy, as Leopold. He currently has several more projects in the works including his return as Wolverine in the “X-Men” sequel. On the small screen Hugh has appeared on several shows several times, including Jay Leno.