2006

Hugh Jackman

October 20

A Prestigious Role

The Prestige reunites Jackman with Johansson. He plays an ambitious magician involved in a feud. The New York Times praises the film as "stuffed with hard-working actors, sleek effects and stagy period details… an intricate and elaborate machine designed for the simple purpose of diversion."

Hugh Jackman

November

For the Kids

Jackman lends his vocal talents to the animated features Happy Feet and Flushed Away. In Flushed Away, Jackman plays Roddy, a spoiled pet mouse who, by a strange twist of fate, winds up trying to survive in a London sewer. In Happy Feet, he voices the penguin Memphis – dad of protagonist penguin, Mumble – and warbles to his onscreen wife Norma Jean voiced by Nicole Kidman.

Hugh Jackman

November 22

The Art of Multitasking

Jackman stars in three roles opposite Rachel Weisz in Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain. In the film, which hurdles through space and time, all of Jackman's characters – he plays a medical researcher, a Spanish conquistador, and a 26th century space voyager – live during different points of history. Variety declares "charismatic Jackman (and his chiseled cheekbones) does his best to carry the film through its many lulls."

2008

Hugh Jackman

November 19

Hugh Named Sexiest Man Alive

The 40-year-old father of two nabs the cover of PEOPLE's Sexiest Man Alive issue. Jackman, who stars opposite Nicole Kidman in the epic Australia, is dubbed a romantic in a hard body. Of his most admired feature, the Aussie hunk tells PEOPLE: "Lately my pecs. I'm being honest!"

2009

Hugh Jackman

February 22

Hugh Takes Over the Oscars

Jackman hosts the 81st annual Academy Awards, bringing his showman skills to Hollywood's Kodak Theatre. In his opening skit, the Aussie hunk lifts nominated actress Anne Hathway out of her seat and into a spoof of nominated movie Frost/Nixon, and sings a medley with Beyoncé, Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens. "I never imagined that I'd one day have the chance to be up on that stage myself," he said prior to the show. "I am very grateful to the academy for giving me this opportunity."

Hugh Jackman

May 01

Clawing His Way to the Top

Despite being prematurely leaked online, X-Men Origins: Wolverine kicks off the summer movie season with an impressive $87 million. Jackman packed on the muscle for his fourth go-around as the indestructible mutant, leading costar Ryan Reynolds to proclaim he "looked a lot like a guy who was going to make a necklace out of my teeth."

2011

Hugh Jackman

October 07

'Steel'-ing the Deal

Jackman portrays a boxer who trains robots in Real Steel, opposite Evangeline Lilly. "I don't really enjoy training," Jackman confesses to Men's Health of preparing for the boxing flick with fighter Sugar Ray Leonard. "The intensity that a fighter possesses. [Leonard] taught me how to express that without words." The film tops the box office during opening weekend, pulling in more than $27 million.

2013

Hugh Jackman

January 13

Not So Misérables

Putting his singing voice on display yet again, Jackman stars as convict Jean Valjean in the movie adaptation of Les Misérables, for which he wins the best actor in a comedy/musical Golden Globe and earns SAG Award and Oscar nominations. "The one thing I relate to about Jean is that I'm probably a little hard on myself," he tells Parade. "Jean lives with this constant striving to be a better man, but he never feels he attains it, and I, too, strive all the time."

Photo Credits

BIOGRAPHY (top to bottom): Touchstone Pictures; DreamWorks/Everett; Warner Bros.; Michael Yada/EPA; Twentieth Century FOX; DreamWorks; Laurie Sparham/Universal Pictures

Edited by Julia Wang

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