A brief biography on the great Hugh Jackman. From his greatest movie roles, to his net worth, and other fast facts about the immensely talented actor.
Hugh Jackman: The beginning
Hugh Jackman was born on October 12th, 1968 in Sydney, Australia. The future actor was born to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-trained accountant. Hugh Jackman’s parents were English and immigrated to Australia in 1967. Hugh’s parents were devout Christians and were even converted by Evangelist Billy Graham after they were married. Grace and Christopher Jackman divorced when Hugh Jackman was only 8 years old. Hugh Jackman remained in Australia with his father and his two brothers, while Jackman’s two sisters moved back to England with his mother. Jackman studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating with a BA in Communications in 1991, after receiving his BA, Jackman completed the one-year course “The Journey” at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney. Jackman turned down a role on the popular soap opera “Neighbours,” but turned it down to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University in Perth, Western Australia, where he graduated in 1994. Jackman received a phone call on the night of his final Academy graduation performance, offering him a role on Correlli, a 10-part drama series on ABC. This was Hugh Jackman’s first major professional job and also where he met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
Hugh Jackman: The Wolverine
After a handful of roles throughout the 1990’s, including a performance in “Oklahoma!” that earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical in 1998. This helped Jackman become well known outside of Australia and in 2000, his massive breakthrough came when he was cast as Wolverine in X-Men. This role would change the trajectory of his life and career as an actor. Jackman was the perfect fit for Logan, a mutant known as Wolverine who is amongst a group of superheroes with superpowers that aren’t trusted by normal humans. The role for Wolverine was originally written for fellow Australian actor, Russel Crowe who instead suggested Hugh Jackman for the part. Jackman is also quoted as saying that his wife advised him against taking on the role as Logan, because she found it to be “ridiculous.” X-Men was the movie for Marvel Comics that started the trend that would take over the world over the next 2 decades. X-Men was very successful at the box-office, earning $296 million dollars. Jackman would later reprise his role as Wolverine in X2: X-Men United, X-Men: The Last Stand, and the 2009 prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Hugh Jackman had a cameo as Wolverine in X-Men: First Class and he returned for the role of Wolverine again in The Wolverine, a stand-alone sequel taking place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and reprised the character in the sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past and the follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse. In 2015, Jackman announced that the 2017 sequel to The Wolverine, Logan, was the final time that he would play the role. Hugh Jackman played Wolverine in nine different X-Men films. For one time, he can tell his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness that she was wrong. He can also thank Russell Crowe for referring Jackman for the role, as it was life-changing. Jackman was actually offered the role of James Bond, before Daniel Craig and Hugh decided that he didn’t want to play James Bond and Wolverine at the same time, considering that both roles were so massive. Jackman is obviously a man of great integrity who takes his craft as an actor very seriously, because there are not many actors who turn down a role as James Bond just because they already had a massive role as another larger than life character.
Hugh Jackman: The greatest showman
Hugh Jackman has gained international recognition as one of the great talents in multiple film genres. Jackman is an actor, singer and producer with Academy Award and Golden Globe nominations for best actor for his work in Les Misérables in 2013. The talented actor and performer also won a Tony Award for his role in The Boy from Oz. Jackman has hosted the Tony Awards 4 times and won an Emmy Award for one of those performances. In February of 2009, Jackman also hosted the 81st Academy Awards to rave reviews. Les Misérables might be the film that Jackman has been nominated for the most, but he has been in a ton of truly great award winning films, including The Prestige and Prisoners. He has worked with some of the great directors in film, including Christopher Nolan and with Woody Allen, alongside Scarlett Johansson, in Scoop. Jackman received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor nomination in 2017 playing P. T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman.
Hugh Jackman: Net worth and other facts about the actor
Jackman, the X-Men: Days Of Future Past and Les Misérables actor has accumulated a net worth of $150 million dollars. A lot of his net worth can be attributed to his massively successful role as Wolverine, which his wife was against him taking the role of. Hugh Jackman met his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness, on the set of the Australian TV show, “Correlli.” They were married on April 11th in 1996 in St. John’s in Toorak, Victoria, a suburb of Melbourne. Furness had 2 miscarriages, which led to the couple adopting 2 children, Oscar and Ava. Jackman had a cancer scare in November 2013, Jackman announced he had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose. He had a second carcinoma removed from his nose in May 2014 and has said that he is prepared for the particular cancer to have future recurrences. Jackman is a true performer and proved with turning down a role as James Bond, that he is more dedicated to his art than his net worth. He plays guitar, piano and violin and is also an avid practitioner of Transcendental Meditation. Jackman has done a lot of charity work as a philanthropist and has proven that along with great power, comes great responsibility. Jackman is a man who has stepped up to the plate for all of us and we are very lucky to have him.