DATE OF BIRTH : 12/10/1968
ASTROLOGICAL SIGN : Balance
JOB : Actor actress
Hugh Jackman is an Australian actor. He was born on October 12, 1968 in Sydney.
After high school, he predestined himself for a career in the press and entered the University of Technology in Sydney, where he studied journalism. It was, however, towards the profession of actor that he then chose to orient himself, joining the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts, a school of actors located in Perth.
At the age of twenty-seven, Hugh Jackman made his first stint on the screen, appearing on the Australian series “Correlli” in 1995, before making his way to the big screen with the romantic comedy “Paperback Hero” three years later.
He stood out for playing the role of Wace in Alan White ‘s 1999 film “Erskineville Kings”. His performance earned him the Australian Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor and rose to fame at the nationwide. In the same year, he was voted Australian Star of the Year at the Australian Movie Convention, a distinction that reinforces his new status.
Known in Australia, Hugh Jackman now aspires to start an international career. The opportunity is given to him with the shooting of the American film “X-Men” directed by Bryan Singer. In this feature film taken from the eponymous comic book by Stan Lee, the actor from Sydney lends his features to the overpowered Wolverine, one of the heroes of the comic recognizable by his hair in the shape of an owl head, and especially by his enormous retractable claws that emerge from its lapels. Beside her is actress Halle Berry, who plays the mutant Tornado. The first part of the “X-Men” saga, the film was unveiled in 2000.
Its release was quickly followed by that of “Animal Attraction”. Under the direction of Tony Goldwyn, he gives the answer to Ashley Judd.
In 2002, he starred in “Operation Swordfish” with John Travolta. In front of Dominic Sena’s camera, he plays a computer genius who puts his skills at the service of a curious character, played by the hero of “Saturday Night Fever”. His assistant is played by Halle Berry, who is filming for the second time alongside Hugh Jackman.
Also in 2002, he is opposite Meg Ryan in “Kate and Leopold” by James Mangold, then continues with the filming of “X-Men 2” (2003), again slipping into Wolverine’s skin.
Along with the cinema, Hugh Jackman is also illustrated on the boards, evidenced by the Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical he received in 2004. It is his performance in “The Boy From Oz” which earned him this award. , soon to be followed by several others: the Theater World Award, the Outer Critics Circle Award, the Drama League Award and the Drama Desk Award. With the show “Sunset Boulevard”, he won the MO Award in his country. He also participates in the plays “Carousel at Carnegie Hall” and “Oklahoma! At the National Theater in London, as well as the musical “Beauty and the Beast”.
Returning to the screen, he was given the title role in the film “Van Helsing” (2004) by Stephen Sommers. He therefore becomes Professor Gabriel Van Helsing, a formidable vampire hunter supported by Kate Beckinsale.
In addition to his acting skills, Hugh Jackman is also in demand for his singular voice. He was called upon to dub characters from animated films such as “Happy Feet” by George Miller and “Souris City”, a cartoon presented jointly by DreamWorks and Aardman studios in 2006.
When Christopher Nolan launches his project for a screen adaptation of a Christopher Priest novel, he chooses Hugh Jackman to face Christian Bale in “The Prestige.”
Then it’s Darren Aronofsky’s turn to set his sights on the Australian actor. In “The Fountain”, which offers three accounts that come together in the epilogue, the latter plays in turn an oncologist, a conquistador, then an astronaut.
Also in 2006, the film “Scoop”, directed and starring Woody Allen, presents him as a killer who looks like a respected notable. Scarlett Johansson completes the film poster.
He then returns to the world of mutants with “X-Men, the Final Showdown”, this time staged by Brett Ratner. This third part is screened at the Cannes Film Festival in its 2006 edition.
The following year, Hugh Jackman founded his company Seed Productions, which began producing his thriller “Manipulation” in 2008. He played there with Ewan McGregor under the leadership of Marcel Langenegger.
In the feature film “Australia” by his compatriot Baz Luhrmann, he replies to Nicole Kidman with whom he co-stars in this tale mixing the romantic and the historical. “Australia” is presented on December 24, 2008 in France.