Hugh Jackman was born in Sydney, New South Wales, the youngest of five children of English parents Chris Jackman and Grace Watson, and the second of his siblings to be born in Australia (he also has a younger half sister). His parents divorced when he was eight years old, and he remained with his accountant father and siblings, while his mother moved back to England. When he was a child, Jackman was very fond of the outdoors. He spent a lot of time in nature, going to beach very frequently, camping trips and vacations all around Australia. He had a fondness to see the world, stating “I used to spend nights looking at atlases. I decided I wanted to be a chef on a plane. Because I’d been on a plane and there was food on board, I presumed there was a chef. I thought that would be an ideal job.”
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On the night of his final Academy graduation performance, he got a phone call offering him a role on Correlli. Jackman said of getting the job so quickly, “I was technically unemployed for thirteen seconds.” Correlli was a 10-part drama series on the ABC and Jackman’s first major professional job, devised by Australian actress Denise Roberts, which is where he also met his future wife, Deborra-Lee Furness). The show only lasted one season. He said of Furness, “Meeting my wife was the greatest thing to come out of it.”
In 2000, Jackman was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer’s X-Men, replacing Dougray Scott. His co-stars include Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Famke Janssen, and Ian McKellen. According to a CBS interview in November 2006, Jackman’s wife Deborra-Lee Furness told him not to take the role, a comment she later told him she was glad he ignored.
Jackman portrayed three different characters in Darren Aronofsky’s science-fiction film The Fountain: Tommy Creo, a neuroscientist, who’s torn between his wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz) who is dying of a brain tumor and his work at trying to cure her; Captain Tomas Creo, a Spanish Conquistador in 1532 Seville; and a future astronaut, Tom, travelling to a golden nebula in an eco-spacecraft and seeking to be reunited with Izzi. Jackman said The Fountain was his most difficult film thus far, due to the physical and emotional demands of the part.
Jackman also starred in Woody Allen’s 2006 film Scoop, opposite Scarlett Johansson. He rounded out 2006 with two animated films: Happy Feet, directed by George Miller, in which he voiced the part of Memphis, an emperor penguin; and Flushed Away, where Jackman supplied the voice of a rat named Roddy who ends up being flushed down a family’s toilet into the London sewer system. Flushed Away co-starred Kate Winslet and Ian McKellen (in Jackman’s fourth time working with him).
In 2007, Jackman produced and guest-starred in the television musical-dramedy series Viva Laughlin, which was canceled by CBS after two episodes. A decision about the remaining episodes already filmed at the time of cancellation has yet to be made.
Jackman’s 2008 movies included Deception (which he starred in and produced), Uncle Jonny, and Australia.
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