HUGH JACKMAN (Keller Dover) 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 lucrative "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. This summer, audiences once again went to see Jackman in the popular role
in the next chapter titled "The Wolverine," which was number one at the box office in its
opening weekend and which has, to date, grossed over $300 million worldwide. In 2014,
Jackman and the X-Men team will reunite once more for "X-Men: Days of Future Past," which
is currently in production.
Late last fall, Jackman starred in the much-anticipated film adaptation of Les Miserables,
directed by Tom Hooper and co-starring Anne Hathaway and Russell Crowe, based on the
popular stage show originally created from Victor's Hugo famous novel of the same name.
Jackman's standout performance as protagonist Jean Valjean 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. The film also garnered him his
first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
On February 22, 2009, Jackman took on the prestigious role of hosting the 81st
Academy Awards, earning an Emmy Award nomination. Live from the Kodak Theater in
Hollywood, he wowed those in attendance and helped ABC score a 13% increase in viewership
from the previous year. 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 his 2004 duties at the 58th
annual ceremony, and an Emmy
nomination for his 2005 appearance at the 59th
Jackman's additional film roles include Shawn Levy's "Real Steel," Baz Luhrmann's
"Australia," Christopher Nolan's "The Prestige," Darren Aronofsky's "The Fountain," and
Woody Allen's "Scoop." In addition, he lent his voice to the animated features "Happy Feet"
and "Flushed Away." Other films in which he has had leading roles include "Deception,"
"Someone Like You," "Swordfish," "Van Helsing," and "Kate and Leopold," for which he
received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. He also lent his vocal talents to the animated family
holiday adventure "Rise of the Guardians."
In the fall of 2011, Jackman made a splash on the Big White Way in his one-man show,
"Hugh Jackman -- Back on Broadway." Backed by an eighteen-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 fêted 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 the fall of 2009, Broadway-goers could see Jackman in the Keith Huff-penned "A
Steady Rain." Co-starring Daniel Craig, the play tells the story of two Chicago cops who are
lifelong friends and whose differing accounts of a few traumatic days change their lives forever.
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 the MO Award, Australia's Tony Award; and "Beauty and
the Beast," for which he received an 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.