Hugh Jackman – famous Wolverine
Hugh Jackman is an Australian and American film and stage actor and producer. He is best known for his role of a superhero mutant Wolverine in the anthology X-Men. The peak of his acting career was his role in a detective thriller Prisoner (2013). He is also widely known for the films Kate & Leopold, Password Swordfish, Van Helsing, The Fountain, Prestige, Real Steel, Les Miserables and Chappie. Hugh was nominated for Oscar (2013), BAFTA (2013) and Golden Globe (2002). He was a winner of cinema award Golden Globe (2013), theater award Tony (2004) and the television prize Emmy (2005).
Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney. He was the youngest of five children. Hugh was born into the family of Chris Jackman and Grace Watson, emigrants from the UK. In the 1960s they moved to Australia. When Hugh was 8 years old, his parents divorced, Grace returned to England with daughters, and three sons stayed with their father. A few years later, when Hugh was 12, his parents tried to be together again, but the attempt was unsuccessful. Grace came to Australia for three weeks every six months. Later Hugh began to travel to London to visit his mother and sisters.
Hugh was a captain of the school basketball team and liked hiking with his family in Australia.
After school, Hugh entered the Sydney University of Technology at the Faculty of Journalism. Jackman’s introduction to acting was by accident, as he had to take an acting class as part of the requirements for a college diploma. He became interested in the craft and used some money inherited from a relative to attend the WAAPA of Edith Cowan University in Perth, from which he graduated in 1994.
In 1991 he attended the annual theater courses The Journey at the Actors Centre in Surrey Hills in Sydney.
Schools, where Hugh studied:
Knox Grammar School, 1986
University of Technology, Journalism, Bachelors of Arts, B.A., 1990
Actors Centre, 1991
Edith Cowan University, 1994
The School of Practical Philosophy (1993-2009).
In 1994 Jackman took part in the filming of the Australian television series Correlli. The series tells the story of the female psychologist Dr. Correlli in the men’s prison. Hugh played the role of the most difficult of her patients – prisoner Kevin Jones.
From October 1996 to June 1997 he was engaged in the Australian production of the musical Sunset Boulevard in the role of Joe Gillis. For this role, Jackman was twice awarded Mo – Best Actor of the Year (an analogue of the Australian Tony theater award).
Jackman also played Gaston in the musical Beauty and the Beast.
Since 1998, he played at the Royal National Theatre in London. For the role of Curly MacLane in the musical Oklahoma! Hugh was nominated for a Laurence Olivier theater award.
In 1999, Jackman was named best actor in Australia.
In 2000, Hugh was noticed in Hollywood, and the role of Wolverine in X-Men brought him international fame and millions.
In 2001, Jackman together with Meg Ryan starred in the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold. For the role of a charming nobleman Leopold, he was nominated for Golden Globe in the category Best Actor. He also starred with John Travolta in the action movie Password Swordfish, and in the comedy Flirting with the Monster.
In 2004 Hugh played in the movie Van Helsing.
In 2005, Jackman along with his business partner John Palermo founded the production company Seed Productions. Their first project was the series Viva Laughlin (2007), in which Hugh played a minor role.
In 2008 the film Australia with Nicole Kidman and Hugh in the lead roles was released.
In 2009 X-Men: The Beginning. Wolverine was produced by Jackman’s Seed Productions. As a part of the campaign of the film, Hugh Jackman visited Russia, where he participated in the TV program ProjectorParisHilton.
In 2009-2011, he starred in Lipton tea commercials.
Hugh Jackman has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame – for his contribution to the film industry, opened on December 13, 2012.
In 2013, Jackman starred in the thriller Captive.
In 2015 Hugh starred in Chappie and Peng: Journey to Neverland. In the same year he toured Australian cities with his first big concert Hugh Jackman – Broadway to Oz.
In April 2016 Hugh played Bronson Peary in sports drama with elements of comedy Eddie The Eagle.
In April 1996, Hugh married actress Deborra-Lee Furness. Deborra is 13 years older than Hugh.
They met on the set of his first TV acting job in Corelli, an Australian television program. Jackman played an angry prisoner who fell in love with his counsellor, played by Furness. The couple suffered through two miscarriages, after which they adopted two children, son Oscar Maximillian (born on May 15, 2000) and daughter Ava Eliot (born on July 10, 2005).
In the interviews Hugh calls his wife “the best mom in the world”.
– Do not smoke in real life. He believes that smoking in the movies is terrible.
– He plays the piano, guitar and violin.
– Hugh plays golf, rugby, cricket, swims and is engaged in windsurfing.
– He is the only artist in the history of Broadway, won all the major theater awards in a single season – for his role in The Boy from Oz: Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle (so-called triple crown of Broadway).
– He was trained in boxing during the filming of Real Steel.
– Jackman has very poor vision, and is unable to even read a menu when he is not wearing his contact lenses.
– He is left-handed.
– He knows how to juggle 5 balls in the air at the same time.