Born October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia. The youngest of five children, Jackman was eight when his mother left the family. The boy 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.
Back on the big screen, Jackman returned as one of his most famous characters, Wolverine, for X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). The action film proved to be a big success, earning more than $234 million at the box office. Working with director Woody Allen, Jackman starred in the mystery Scoop (2006) with Scarlett Johansson. He next appeared with co-star Christian Bale in the historical drama The Prestige (2006), a film about two rival magicians in Victorian-era England.
Also in 2006, Jackman leant his voice to two animated feature films:Flushed Away and Happy Feet. He did some work on the small screen as well, appearing in the short-lived musical dramatic series Viva Laughlin in 2007. His 2008 thriller, Deception, failed to make much of an impression on the movie-going public, earning only $4.6 million at the box office.
Later that year, Jackman’s highly anticipated work with fellow Australians Nicole Kidman and Baz Luhrmann was released. Epic in its scope, Australia (2008) tells the story of an English woman (Kidman) who travels...
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