Hugh Jackman: Snapshot

Name
Hugh Jackman
Date of Birth
October 12, 1968
Birth Place
Sydney, Australia
A charismatic song-and-dance man with a serious body, Hugh Jackman made a ripped impression as Wolverine in the record-breaking X-Men trilogy.

For the charming hunk from Down Under, important roles followed in Swordfish (with Halle Berry), the monster flick Van Helsing (opposite Kate Beckinsale), and Woody Allen's Scoop. But it was his star turn in the Broadway musical The Boy From Oz that earned him a Tony in 2004.

The father of two went on to score PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive title in 2008, led the cast of blockbuster prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, hosted the 81st annual Academy Awards and the 2014 Tony Awards. He'll make another return to Broadway in the fall of 2014 in the Jez Butterworth play The River.

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Hugh Jackman: Five Fun Facts

  1. Hugh Jackman told PEOPLE that if he were forced to listen to only one song for the rest of his life, it would be "You Can't Always Get What You Want" by the Rolling Stones.
  2. Hugh Jackman's first job was as a gas station attendant on the midnight to dawn shift.
  3. Of the claws Hugh Jackman had to don for his role as Wolverine in X-Men, Jackman jokes to PEOPLE, "I use them as back scratchers."
  4. If Hugh Jackman weren't an actor, he tells In Style, he would have become a daytime television host or a stockbroker.
  5. A talented singer – Hugh Jackman's sung in such musicals as Oklahoma!, Beauty and the Beast, and Sunset Boulevard – Jackman also sang at pal (and fellow Aussie) Nicole Kidman's wedding to Keith Urban.

Hugh Jackman: Biography

1995

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Captured Heart

Jackman makes his onscreen debut as a vicious inmate in an Australian television prison drama. Acting opposite him is his future wife, Deborra-lee Furness, whom he weds in 1996. Jackman tells In Style in 2000 that he is "indecisive – except on big things like marriage. I was 100 percent certain about my wife, Deb."

1998

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Oklahoma!

Jackman stars in the leading role of Curly in the London revival of Rodgers and Hammerstein's Oklahoma! Says costar Maureen Lipman to PEOPLE, "Women, men, children and dogs completely went to pieces when Hugh took his shirt off." Beyond sex appeal, though, the leading man has acting chops. The following year, Jackman is nominated for an Olivier Award – the U.K.'s major theater honor – for his role in the musical.

2000

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July 14

The Triple X Factor

When Dougray Scott backs out of playing Wolverine in the comic book epic, X-Men, Jackman dons the superhero claws. The film pulls in nearly $55 million in its opening weekend. In 2003, Jackman again sinks his claws in X2, which grosses a monstrous $215 million. In 2006, after starring in the final installment, X-Men: The Last Stand, Jackman nabs a Wolverine spin-off scheduled for 2008.

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BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): AUSTRALIAN BROADCASTING CORPORATION; 20TH CENTURY FOX/EVERETT

Edited by Julia Wang

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