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Born October 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia, Jackman was born the youngest of five children to parents who, before his birth, had moved from the U.K. to Australia.

Today, the actor, singer, showman and film heartthrob is probably best known for his film role as Wolverine in X-Men, and with theater audiences for his bravura performance on Broadway in The Boy from Oz. Named "Sexiest Man Alive" by People Magazine in 2008, a year later he took the international stage as host of the 2009 Oscar Awards.

A naturally gifted performer who would persue an acting career throughout his teens, Jackman later majored in journalism at the the University of Technology, Sydney.

Soon after graduation, his dream of a show business career continued to tug at Jackman, who decided to return to acting and enrolled at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts. Graduating in 1994, at age 20 Jackman had his first leading role in the Australian television prison drama, Corelli in 1995, where he met is future wife, actress Deborra-Lee Furness.

Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Hugh Jackman in X-Men Origins: Wolverine

Minor film roles followed, including stage work as Gaston in the Australian production of Beauty and the Beast and as Curly in the London production of Oklahoma! demonstrating his talent as a singer as well as an actor.

The actor's big break finally came in 2000 when he was a last-minute addition to X-Men, the hit action movie based on Marvel Comic series, as the hero Wolverine. His Hollywood career was launched, leading to starring roles in Someone Like You opposite Ashley Judd, as a computer hacker in Swordfish alongside John Travolta and Halle Berry, and as a 19th century duke transported to 21st century New York in the romantic comedy, Kate & Leopold, opposite Meg Ryan.

In 2003, Jackman became Broadway's biggest star with his Tony award-winning performance as Australian singer Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz. He also has appeared on the silver screen to lukewarm reviews in the lead role of the vampire hunter, Van Helsing.

His national U.S. appearance on American television as host at the annual 2005 Tony Awards in New York garnered the actor an Emmy Award for Best Individual Performance in 2005.

The actor has also appeared on the silver screen in a reprise of his Wolverine role opposite Halle Berry in X-Men 3 and alongside Scarlet Johansson in Woody Allen's Scoop.

In 2007, Jackman began his first foray into American television co-starring with Ripley Holden and Melanie Griffith in the pilot for Viva Laughlin, a musical version of a popular UK series, Viva Blackpool! The show met with almost universal disdain by TV critics and was cancelled after a short two-week run.

Next up, the Aussie actor appeared in The Tourist starring with Ewan McGregor; in the historical screen drama Australia opposite Nicole Kidman; and in a new installment in the X-Men franchise, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, which opened in 2009.

Jackman's most notable screen credits include the starring role of Jean Valjean in the highly-anticipated film adaptation of the Broadway hit, Les Misérables which premiered in 2012 to rave reviews and earned Jackman an Oscar nod for Best Actor.

More about Hugh Jackman around the Web:

Hugh Jackman - Wikipedia
- Complete overview including biography, career highlights and awards, photos, related resources.

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