TOP GUN: Hugh Jackman flew in the 457th Fighter Squadron's F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in 2016.
TOP GUN: Hugh Jackman flew in the 457th Fighter Squadron's F-16 Fighting Falcon at Naval Air Station Fort Worth Joint Reserve Base in 2016.

Famous birthday's: Hugh Jackman

12/10/1968 - currently 50 years old.

"With age, you see people fail more. You see yourself fail more. How do you keep that fearlessness of a kid? You keep going. Luckily, I'm not afraid to make a fool of myself.”

1968: Hugh Michael Jackman was born on October 12 in Sydney to Grace McNeil and Christopher John Jackman, a Cambridge-trained accountant. His parents were English and had come to Australia in 1967 as part of the "Ten Pound Poms” immigration . He is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. Jackman has four older siblings and was the second of his parents' children to be born in Australia. He also has a younger half-sister, from his mother's remarriage.

1970's/80's: Jackman went to primary school at Pymble Public School.

1985: He attended the all-boys Knox Grammar School on Sydney's Upper North Shore, where he starred in its production of My Fair Lady during this year and became the school captain in 1986.

1991: Following graduation, he spent a gap year working at Uppingham School in England as a Physical Education teacher. On his return, he studied at the University of Technology, Sydney, graduating this year with a BA in Communications. After obtaining his BA, Jackman completed the one-year course "The Journey” at the Actors' Centre in Sydney. After completing "The Journey”, he was offered a role on the popular soap opera Neighbours but turned it down to attend the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University in Perth.

1994: He graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.

1995: On the night of his final Academy graduation performance, Jackman received a phone call offering him a role on Correlli. Correlli, devised by Australian actress Denise Roberts, was a 10-part drama series on ABC, Jackman's first major professional job, and where he met his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness. After Correlli Jackman went on the stage in Melbourne.

1996: Jackman married Deborra-Lee Furness on April 11 at St. John's in Toorak, a suburb of Melbourne. Furness later had two miscarriages, following which she and Jackman adopted two children, Oscar and Ava. Jackman also played Gaston in the local Walt Disney production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard.

1998: During his stage musical career in Melbourne, he starred in the Midsumma festival cabaret production Summa Cabaret. He also hosted Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight and Sydney's Carols in the Domain. Jackman became known outside Australia, when he played the leading role of Curly in the Royal National Theatre's acclaimed stage production of Oklahoma!, in London's West End. The performance earned him an Olivier Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical.

1999: Jackman's early film works include Erskineville Kings and Paperback Hero, and his television work includes Law of the Land, Halifax f.p., Blue Heelers, and Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River. He also starred in the film version of the Oklahoma stage musical, which has been screened in many countries.

2000: Jackman had his breakthrough role playing Wolverine in Bryan Singer's X-Men - a superhero film based on the Marvel Comics team of the same name. Co-starring Patrick Stewart, James Marsden, Famke Janssen and Ian McKellen, the film tells the story of a group of mutants, whose superhuman powers make them distrusted by normal humans. Jackman says that his wife advised him against taking on the role, as she found it "ridiculous”. He initially studied wolves to develop his character, as he thought that Wolverine alluded to wolves. X-Men was successful at the box-office, earning US$296 million. The role earned him a Saturn Award for Best Actor.

2001: Jackman starred as Leopold in the romantic comedy film Kate & Leopold, a role for which he received a Best Actor Golden Globe nomination. Jackman plays a Victorian English duke who accidentally time-travels to 21st-century Manhattan, where he meets Kate (Meg Ryan), a cynical advertising executive. Jackman also starred in the action/drama Swordfish with John Travolta and Halle Berry. This was the second time Jackman worked with Berry, and the two have worked together thrice more in the X-Men movies. He also hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live.

2002: He sang the role of Billy Bigelow in the musical Carousel in a special concert performance at Carnegie Hall with the Orchestra of St. Luke's. In addition, Jackman hosted the Tony Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005, garnering positive reviews. His hosting of the 2004 Tony Awards earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program.

2003: Jackman reprised his role in 2003's X2, 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand, and the 2009 prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where Troye Sivan played the younger version of James Howlett. He also cameoed as Wolverine in 2011's X-Men: First Class. He returned for the role of Wolverine again in 2013's The Wolverine, a stand-alone sequel taking place after the events of X-Men: The Last Stand, and reprised the character in the 2014 sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past and the 2016 follow-up X-Men: Apocalypse.

He hosted the Tony Awards in 2003, 2004, and 2005, garnering positive reviews. His hosting of the 2004 Tony Awards earned him an Emmy Award for Outstanding Individual Performer in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program.

2004: Jackman won the Tony Award and the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for his 2003/2004 Broadway portrayal of Australian songwriter and performer Peter Allen in the hit musical The Boy from Oz, which he also performed in Australia in 2006.

2005: Jackman joined with longtime assistant John Palermo to form a production company, Seed Productions, whose first project was Viva Laughlin in 2007. Jackman's wife Deborra-Lee Furness is also involved in the company, and Palermo had three rings made with a "unity” inscription for himself, Furness, and Jackman.

Hugh Jackman pictured in New York in 2006 inside the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge.
Hugh Jackman pictured in New York in 2006 inside the hangar bay aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Kearsarge.

2006: Alongside Christian Bale, Michael Caine, and Scarlett Johansson, Jackman starred in The Prestige, a mystery thriller from Christopher Nolan. Jackman portrayed Robert Angier, an aristocratic magician who builds up a rivalry with contemporary Alfred Borden (Bale) in attempt to one-up each other in the art of deception. He also starred in Woody Allen's film Scoop opposite Scarlett Johansson. That year he also reprised the role of Wolverine in X-Men: The Last Stand. He rounded out this year 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.

2007: He produced and guest-starred in the television musical-dramedy series Viva Laughlin, which was cancelled by CBS after two episodes.

2008: Director Baz Luhrmann cast Jackman to replace Russell Crowe as the male lead in his much-publicized epic film, Australia, which co-starred Nicole Kidman. The movie was released in late November in Australia and the US. Jackman played a tough, independent cattle drover, who reluctantly helps an English noblewoman in her quest to save both her philandering husband's Australian cattle station and the mixed race Aboriginal child she finds there.

2009: Jackman hosted the 81st Academy Awards on February 22. He co-starred with Daniel Craig on Broadway at the Schoenfeld Theatre in a limited engagement of the play A Steady Rain, which ran from September 10 to December 6. Jackman and fellow actor Daniel Craig made a unique place for themselves in the history of Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS fundraising December 8, when it was announced that they had raised $1,549,953 in the 21st annual Gypsy of the Year competition, from six weeks of curtain appeals at their hit Broadway drama, A Steady Rain.

2010: Jackman has shown keen interest in sport. In high school, he played rugby union and cricket, took part in high jumping and was on the swimming team. He enjoys basketball and kayaking. He has expressed an interest in football, committing his support to Norwich City F.C. In the United States, Jackman supports the Philadelphia Union of Major League Soccer, attending a match at PPL Park in June of this year.

2011: He later returned to Broadway in a new show, Hugh Jackman: Back on Broadway at the Broadhurst Theatre, which began performances on October 25 and concluded on January 1, 2012.

Hugh Jackman in Sydney on the final stop on the Les Misérables international promotional tour in 2012.
Hugh Jackman in Sydney on the final stop on the Les Misérables international promotional tour in 2012.

2012: In a November release, Jackman voiced the role of E.Aster Bunnymund (the Easter Bunny) in the animated film Rise of the Guardians. He starred as Jean Valjean in the film Les Miserables, an adaptation of the musical. The film opened on December 25.

2013: In November, Jackman announced he had basal-cell carcinoma removed from his nose. He had a second carcinoma removed from his nose in May 2014, telling Associated Press that he expects to have future recurrences. This resulted in Jackman attending the various worldwide premieres of X-Men: Days of Future Past with a bandage on his nose, and urging his followers on Instagram to "wear sunscreen”. His work in Les Miserables earned him his first Academy Award nomination for Best Actor and his first Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.

2015: On March 18, Jackman revealed that he had to cancel stage performances in Turkey because he had a left vocal chord haemorrhage. In November and December, Jackman made a national tour of Australia with his show Broadway to Oz. He performed a range of songs from Broadway musicals, from Les Miserables to a Peter Allen tribute (including classics such as "I Still Call Australia Home”), with his 150-piece orchestra, choir, and backup dancers. He also announced that the 2017 sequel to The Wolverine, Logan, was the final time that he would play the role.

2016: Jackman played fictional ski coach Bronson Peary in Eddie the Eagle, which portrayed how Eddie "The Eagle” Edwards became the first competitor to represent Great Britain in Olympic ski jumping in 1988. He had an uncredited cameo as Wolverine in the 2016 film X-Men: Apocalypse.

2017: He reprised the character in the third Wolverine film, Logan and also starred as P. T. Barnum in the musical The Greatest Showman. He has received a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion Picture Musical or Comedy nomination for the latter film.

Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He was born in Sydney on October 12, 1968.
Hugh Michael Jackman is an Australian actor, singer, and producer. He was born in Sydney on October 12, 1968.

INTERESTING FACTS:

- He is a multi-instrumentalist. He plays the guitar, piano and violin.

- The role of Wolverine was originally written for Russell Crowe who instead suggested Jackman for the part.

- Jackman, at 1.9 m (6 ft 3 in) stands 30 cm taller than his character Wolverine, who is said in the original comic book to be 5 feet 3 inches (1.60 m). The filmmakers were frequently forced to shoot Jackman at unusual angles or only from the waist up to make him appear shorter than he actually is, and his co-stars wore platform soles. Jackman was also required to add a great deal of muscle for the role, and in preparing for the fourth film in the series, he bench-pressed over 136 kg (300 lb).

- He was asked to consider taking on the role as James Bond before Daniel Craig was chosen to play the character, but turned it down due to other commitments.

- He has described himself as a Christian and a "religious person”. He meditates daily and follows the spiritually eclectic School of Practical Philosophy and practises yoga.


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