Hugh Jackman is one of Hollywood’s most successful Australian actors. He is also a singer and producer and is famous for starring as Wolverine or Logan, in the Marvel X-men series since 2000.
The role earned him the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero,” having played it for 18 years.
Table of Contents
- Early Life
- Concert Tour and Production
- Personal life
- Philanthropic work
- Awards & Achievements
- Net Worth
|Full Name||Hugh Michael Jackman|
|Nationality||Australian and British|
|Occupation||Actor, Singer, Producer|
Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. His parents Christopher John Jackman and Grace McNeil, were English and had moved to Australia in 1967. Hugh Jackman holds Australian and British citizenship.
Hugh has four older siblings from the same parents. His parents got divorced when he was eight years old. He remained in Australia with his father and two older brothers while his mother got remarried and moved back to England with his two sisters. Hugh also has a younger half-sister from his mother’s remarriage.
Hugh attended Knox Grammar School in Sydney and went to England for a year after graduating high school. On his return to Australia, Hugh took a course in communications at the University of Technology, Sydney, and graduated with a BA in Communications in 1991.
During his time at the university, Hugh had the opportunity to take a drama course which he enjoyed and later decided to enroll in a one-year course at the Actors’ Centre in Sydney.
He furthered his education at Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts at Edith Coward University and graduated in 1994.
Hugh got his first acting gig at the night of his graduation performance; he was offered a role on the Australian series “Correlli” (1995).
He transitioned to stage musicals in 1996 and was involved in productions such as “Beauty and the Beast” and “Sunset Boulevard.” Other projects featuring his appearance at that time include “Erskineville Kings” and “Paperback Hero” in 1999. He also featured in television shows like “Law of the Land” and “Blue Heelers.”
Hugh first gained recognition outside Australia when he starred in the 1998 production of “Oklahoma!” at the Royal National Theatres in London’s West End. His outstanding performance in London earned him a nomination for Best Actor in a Musical at the 1999 Olivier Awards.
Hugh experienced a breakthrough in his career when he starred as Wolverine in the Marvel superhero film “X-Men” in 2000. He performed alongside Patrick Stewart, Famke Janssen, Ian McKellen, and James Marsden.
The “X-Men” movie was a box-office success, earning $296 million. The role landed Hugh a Saturn Award for Best Actor. He repeated the role of Wolverine in subsequent X-men series, which includes “X2” (2002), “X-Men: The Last Stand” (2006), “X-Men Origins: Wolverine” (2009), “The Wolverine” (2013), “X-Men: Days of Future Past” (2014), and “Logan” (2017). Hugh earned a Guinness World Record for “Longest career Career-action Marvel superhero,” for his portrayal of Wolverine, which lasted from 2000 to 2017.
Hugh also starred in numerous films and got involved in other projects outside of Marvel, such as “Kate & Leopold” in 2001, “Swordfish” in 2001, “The Boy” from 2003 – 2004, “The Prestige” 2006, “Australia” 2008 “Les Misérables” 2012, and “The Greatest Showman” in 2017.
Hugh Jackman also starred in several theatre and musical performances, such as a production of the play “A Steady Rain,” alongside Daniel Craig from September to December 2009; The “Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway” show from October 2011 to January 2012 at the Broadhurst Theatre; “The River” a Broadway production of the play from October 2014 to February 2015; and The “Broadway to Oz” from November to December 2015.
Concert Tour and Production
Hugh Jackman held his first world tour titled “The man The Music The Show,” where he performed songs from the album “The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack.” The tour, which was held in 2019, had a total of 88 shows across North America, Oceania, and Europe in addition to various Broadway and Hollywood musical numbers.
In 2005, Hugh created his production company “Seed Productions” alongside his longtime assistant John Palermo and his wife, Deborra-Lee Furness.
Hugh Jackman got married to actress Deborra-Lee Furness in April 1996; they met on the set of the television show “Correlli.” The couple adopted their children Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot after Deborra suffered two miscarriages
The family lives in Melbourne, Australia. Hugh suffered a type of skin cancer called basal cell carcinoma, but he was able to overcome it.
Hugh serves as a global advisor for the Global Poverty Project, and also supports The Art of Elysium as well as the MPTV Fund Foundation.
Hugh and his wife are also patrons of the Bone Marrow Institute in Australia. He is also a World Vision ambassador.
One of Hugh’s most outstanding philanthropic work is The Laughing Man Coffee Company, which he launched in 2011. The Laughing Man Coffee shop has two branches in New York, as well as an online shop.
All profits from the company go to the Laughing Man Foundation, which funds educational and entrepreneurship programs, and also community development, in various locations all around the globe.
Awards & Achievements
Hugh Jackman has won several awards in the course of his career. These include Tony awards, Theatre World Award, Drama League Award, Outer critics circle award, Drama Desk award, Saturn Awards, Golden Global Awards, and Favourite Action Movie Awards.
Hugh also holds a Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero,” having played the “Wolverine” role from 2000 to 2018.
Hugh Is one of the highest-paid actors in America, and as of August 2020, he has an estimated net worth of $160 million. Asides making a fortune from the Marvel X-men franchise, Hugh has also been the face of several high-profile brands, earning through endorsements, advertisements, and TV show appearance.
Hugh also owns a triplex apartment in New York City worth $40 million. The 11,000 square-meter home is made up of the 8th, 9th, and 10th floors of the building.