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HUGH JACKMAN

Hugh Jackman is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony Award-winning performer who has made an impression on audiences of all ages with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the blockbuster "X-Men" franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile actors of our time.

The Australian native made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in the first installment of the "X-Men" series, a role he reprised in the enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. He then starred as the title character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel to the popular series which grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release. Audiences once again went to see Jackman in the popular role in the next chapter titled The Wolverine, which grossed over $400 million worldwide. In 2014, Jackman and the X-Men team reunited for X-Men: Days of Future Past.

Jackman garnered his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, for his performance in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, based on popular stage show created from Victor's Hugo famous novel of the same name. Jackman's standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award nomination.

In 2009, Jackman took on host duties at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, earning an Emmy Award nomination for his work. This wasn't, however, Jackman's first foray into awards show hosting. Previously, he served as host of the Tony Awards three years in a row, from 2003 to 2005, earning an Emmy Award for the 2004 ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his appearance at the 2005 ceremony.

Jackman's additional film credits include Prisoners, Shawn Levy's Real Steel, Baz Luhrmann's Australia, Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Woody Allen's Scoop, Deception, Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate & Leopold, for which he received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features Happy Feet, Flushed Away and Rise of the Guardians.

On Broadway, Jackman most recently received rave reviews for his performance as The Man in the "The River." In 2011, he made a splash on the Great White Way in his one-man show, "Hugh Jackman – Back on Broadway." Backed by an 18-piece orchestra, the revue, which previously opened to rave reviews during its limited engagements in San Francisco and Toronto earlier that year, was comprised of both Broadway hits and a selection of some of his personal favorite standards. Jackman's continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012 Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as well as a humanitarian.

In 2009, Broadway audiences could see Jackman in the Keith Huff-penned "A Steady Rain," in which he starred with Daniel Craig. For his portrayal of the 1970s singer/songwriter Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz," Jackman received the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League, Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards.

His additional theater credits include "Carousel" at Carnegie Hall; "Oklahoma!" at the National Theater in London, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination; "Sunset Boulevard," for which he garnered Australia's prestigious 'MO' Award; and "Beauty and the Beast," for which he received a 'MO' Award nomination.

Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and Erskineville Kings. His performance in the latter earned him an Australian Film Critics' Circle Best Actor award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor nomination. In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention.

Jackman is currently filming The Greatest Showman alongside Michelle Williams.

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