Childhood and Early Age
Hugh Jackman is an actor, director, producer, and singer. He is Australian by birth and has nationality in the USA as well. He was born on October 12, 1968, the youngest of five Jackman children, and the only one born in Sydney, Australia. The entire family had moved to Australia from England in 1967, the year before his birth.
When Jackman was eight years old, his parents divorced. His mother left the children with their father, who was a Cambridge University-educated accountant and went back to England. Jackman completed all his studies in Sydney. He graduated in 1994, from the University of Technology in Sydney with a BA in Communications, and journalism as a major subject.
The Start of Acting Career
The Hugh Jackman earliest film credits are considered as in Paperback Hero and Erskine Ville Kings. He worked in many stage plays including Sunset Boulevard and The Beauty and the Beast. In 1998, he settled himself in the UK, and played Curly in the Royal National Theatre production of Oklahoma!
The Roles, which Got His Big Break
His breakthrough came when he was offered to play Wolverine in the Bryan Singer adaptation of the comic book series, X-Men. He did return to the role in the two sequels, X2: X-Men United and X-Men: The Last Stand. In 2001, he got his first International credit, when he was nominated for a Golden Globe award for his role in Kate & Leopold.
He was the main lead in the movie. He starred with John Travolta and Halle Berry in ‘Swordfish’ in 2001. Van Helsing is another movie, he did in 2004 that took him the lead role in the vampire movie. His most challenging film role to date was to undertake, ‘The Fountain’.
He played three different roles and has stated in interviews that it was both emotionally and physically demanding. In 2006, Hugh Jackman replaced Russell Crowe in Australia, for the movie Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men (2000)—a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. It was the Baz Luhrmann film that also starred Nicole Kidman.
Some of the Great Hugh Jackman Movies
- X-Men (2000) (Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi)
- The Prestige (2006) (Mystery, Sci-Fi, Drama, Thriller)
- X: First Class (2011) (Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)
- Les Misérables (2012) (Drama, Musical, Romance)
- Prisoners (2013) (Mystery, Drama, Crime, Thriller)
- X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014) (Thriller, Adventure, Sci-Fi, Action)
- Me and Earl and the Dying Girl (2015) (Comedy, Drama)
- Logan (2017) (Thriller, Action, Drama, Sci-Fi)
The Awards Won by Hugh Jackman
He earned two Tony Awards – Special Tony Award category Actors’ Equity Association 2004 and also got for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Musical for The Boy from Oz.
In the year 2005, he won an Emmy in the category Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program for the 58th Annual Tony Awards.
Jackman won the Golden Globe in the Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical category for Les Misérables in 2013. He got a nomination for an Oscar for his role too. The role he played in the X-Men series has won him many awards including the People’s Choice Favorite Action Movie Star Award, Saturn Best Actor Award for X-Men, and Teen Choice Award for X-Men Origins: Wolverine.
In the year in 2012, he was credited with the 2,487th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame accompanied by his family, and Tom Hooper, the director of “Les Misérables” and co-stars Amanda Seyfried and Anne Hathaway.
Hugh Jackman’s Net Worth and Earnings
As being one of the highest-paid actors, Jackman earns $10 million per year, and his roughly estimated net worth until the year 2019 is $150 million. The major part of all of his earnings comes from his all-time hit movie, ‘The Wolverine’ and its sequels.