Bio of the Best Actor in the World!
Since this is a fan site, I thought I would write up a quick Hugh Jackman bio:
Hugh Jackman’s parents are English, but they moved to Australia shortly before he was born on October 12th, 1968. He has five older siblings. He earned a communications degree from the University of Technology Sydney and studied drama in Perth at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. There he was in several stage productions and musicals. The same night he performed for the last time there, in 1995, he received his first acting job. The role, as Kevin Jones in a drama series Correlli was big for him for two reasons. First, it was his first real acting job and it was a lead role. Second, the other lead, a psychologist named Louisa Correlli, became his future wife: they’ve been married since 1996! Unfortunately the show was canceled after only one season, but it allowed Jackman to move on to better things.
He had a few more stage and television roles, including a turn as Curly in the TV movie version of Oklahoma! which he got after a widely successful stint as the character performing onstage in London’s West End. He won an Olivier Award for this performance, and he has said that it is one of the highlights of his career.
Most people will recognize him as the part he played next – Wolverine, a character from the X-Men comics. Jackman was perfectl in this physically and emotionally demanding role. He returned to the part in several more X-Men movies as well as the stand alone films The Wolverine and Logan. After the second of which, he announced that he would be hanging up his claws and moving on.
Between X-Men films, he had a variety of other roles, with some highlights being: the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold, Von Helsing, The Prestige, Les Misérables, and Australia with Nicole Kidman. There were also some amazing stage performances during this time, notably The Boy from Oz, A Steady Rain, and several one-man shows. His skills on Broadway earned him the hosting job for several Tony Award shows, for which he received an Emmy. He returned to film to play the role of P.T. Barnum in The Greatest Showman, which combined acting and singing/dancing.
Aside from being a great actor and talented singer/dancer, he can play the guitar, the piano, and the violin. It almost seems unfair that somebody that good looking would also have so much talent. But there’s more. Hugh Jackman is – by all accounts – a nice guy. He helps entrepreneurs in developing countries by providing microcredit (which are very small loans). He has done work for the Global Poverty Project and raised money for Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS. His philanthropy list is too long to go into detail, but I’ll just say he does a lot.
He’s also the father of two adopted children, a member of the School of Practical Philosophy, and a practitioner and advocate of Transcendental Mediation.
I hope you found this brief bio helpful!