Hugh Jackman stars in "Real Steel," alongside Evangeline Lilly and Dakota Goyo, as Charlie Kenton.

Hugh Jackman made his debut major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men" trilogy, a role he reprised in "X2," "X-Men: The Last Stand," "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," "X-Men: First Class" and the forthcoming "The Wolverine." Other upcoming films include "Les Misérables," alongside Russell Crowe, Helena Bonham Carter, Geoffrey Rush, Anne Hathaway and Emma Watson, and "Movie 43," with Emma Stone, Kate Winslet and Gerard Butler.

In the fall of 2009, Jackman made a return to Broadway in the Keith Huff penned "A Steady Rain." Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.

On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of hosting the 81st Annual Academy awards. Live from the Koday Theater, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership from the previous year. This wasn't, however, Jackman's first foray into awards show hosting. Previously, he served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row from 2003 – 2005, earning an Emmy Award for his 2004 duties at the 58th annual ceremony, and a nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th annual ceremony.

In late 2008, Jackman starred in Baz Luhrmann's romantic action-adventure epic "Australia." The film, set in pre-WWI northern Australia, sees Jackman as a rugged cattle driver who assists an English aristocrat (Nicole Kidman) in driving a herd of 2000 cattle across hundreds of miles of rough terrain, where they must also face the Japanese bombing of Darwin, Australia.

In early 2008, Jackman was seen in the 20th Century Fox film "Deception," opposite Ewan McGregor. The dark film explores the mystery of a woman's disappearance and a multi-million dollar heist.

Jackman has also starred in Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige" and Woody Allen's "Scoop." In addition, he voiced characters in the animated features "Happy Feet" and "Flushed Away." He also had leading roles in "Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Van Helsing" and "Kate and Leopold," receiving for the latter a 2002 Golden Globe nomination.



For his portrayal of the 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in the Broadway musical "The Boy from Oz," Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for best actor in a musical, as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.

Previous theater credits include "Carousel" at Carnegie Hall, "Oklahoma!" at the National Theater in London (for which he received an Olivier Award nomination), "Sunset Boulevard" (which garnered him an MO Award, Australia's equivalent of the Tony) and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" (for which he received another MO Award nomination).

Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films "Paperback Hero" and "Erskineville Kings"; for the latter, he won the Australian Film Critics' Circle Best Actor award and received a nomination for best actor from The Australian Film Institute. In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.

Together with John Palermo and Deborra-lee Furness, Jackman founded Seed Productions, a production company which produced "X-Men Origins: Wolverine" and "Deception."




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Age: 48 years old
Birthday: October 12, 1968
Height: 6' 2 ½"
Full Name / Real Name: Hugh Michael Jackman
Birthplace: Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Wife: Deborra-Lee Furness (4/11/1996, 2 children)


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