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Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Tony Award-winning
and Emmy Award-winning Australian actor of film,
theatre and television, known mostly for his roles
in several major Hollywood films, including Van
Helsing and X-Men.
was born in Pymble, Sydney, New South Wales, the
youngest of five children of English-born parents
Chris Jackman and Grace Watson. His mother left
the family when he was eight years old, and he
remained behind with his father, an accountant
with a degree from Cambridge, and siblings.
attended Pymble Public School and Knox Grammar
School, an all-boys school, where he starred in
the musical My Fair Lady in 1985, directed by
the headmaster, Dr. Ian Paterson. Jackman was
School Captain in 1986 and his favourite subject
was Ancient History. The following year he spent
a gap year working at Uppingham School in England.
Upon his return to Australia he worked at a Shell
station in Wahroonga and worked as a part-time
clown for children's parties while studying at
the University of Technology, Sydney. In 1989,
Jackman participated in a Christian workcamp on
Hasst's Bluff and Areyonga Aboriginal land in
the Western Desert in Central Australia. He then
graduated with a BA in Communications, having
majored in journalism. He later used his inheritance
from his grandmother to attend the Western Australian
Academy of Performing Arts of Edith Cowan University
in Perth, Western Australia, from which he graduated
early film work includes Erskineville Kings and
Paperback Hero (1999), while his television work
includes Correlli (where he met his wife Deborra-Lee
Furness), Law of the Land, Halifax f.p., Blue
Heelers, and Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy
River (American title: Snowy River: The McGregor
stage, Jackman played Gaston in the Melbourne
production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis
in the same city's production of Sunset Boulevard.
During his stage musical career in Melbourne,
he starred in the 1998 Midsumma festival cabaret
production Summa Cabaret. He also hosted both
Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight and Sydney's
Carols in the Domain.
2006, he was cast to replace Russell Crowe in
Baz Luhrmann's Australia, starring opposite Nicole
first became known outside of Australia when he
played the leading role of Curly in the Royal
National Theatre's acclaimed stage production
of Oklahoma! in the West End during 1998. Jackman
also appeared in a 1999 film version of the stage
2000, he was cast as Wolverine in Bryan Singer's
X-Men, replacing Dougray Scott. 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.
at 6' 2 1/2", stands nearly a foot taller
than Wolverine, who is said in the original comic
book to be 5' 3". Hence, 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 was. In an interview
with Men's Health magazine, he stated that he
was also required to add a great deal of muscle
for the role. An instant star upon the film's
release, Jackman later reprised his role in 2003's
X2: X-Men United, and 2006's X-Men: The Last Stand.
starred as Leopold in the 2001 romantic comedy
film Kate & Leopold, for which he was nominated
for a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Motion
Picture Musical or Comedy. Jackman also starred
in 2001 action/drama Swordfish, along with John
Travolta, and Halle Berry. This would be the second
time Jackman would work alongside with Berry,
The two would work together twice again in the
X-Men movies, making a total of four movies starring
Jackman and Berry from 2000 to 2006.
sang the role of Billy Bigelow in Carousel in
a special concert performance at Carnegie Hall
in Manhattan, New York City in 2002. In 2004 he
played the title role of vampire hunter Gabriel
Van Helsing in Van Helsing. In 2004, Jackman won
a Tony Award for his Broadway portrayal of Australian
songwriter and performer Peter Allen in The Boy
from Oz. He hosted the Tony Awards in 2003, 2004
and 2005, garnering very positive reviews. The
televising of the 2004 awards earned him an Emmy
Award win for Outstanding Individual Performer
in a Variety, Musical or Comedy program in 2005.
2005 after his award-winning role in The Boy from
Oz, Jackman began filming his most challenging
role to date. Jackman played the part of three
different characters in Darren Aronofsky's sci-fi
experience The Fountain. As Tommy Creo a neuroscientist,
Jackman played a man who was torn between his
wife, Izzi (Rachel Weisz) who is dying of a brain
tumor and his work at trying to cure her. As Captain
Tomas Creo, a Spanish Conquistador in the year
1532, Savile, Spain who is seeking the mythical
Tree of Life for his Queen, Isabel (also played
by Weisz) in order to retain her throne. Tomas
is a character in the book Izzi is writing called
The Fountain, and finally, as the future space
traveller Tom enclosed in a transparent treeship
seeking to be reunited with Izzi within a dying
star called Xibalba. Jackman has stated The Fountain
was his most difficult role to date due to the
physical and emotional demands his director asked
of him in the part. In the end, The Fountain wasn't
well received and Jackman went un-rewarded.
one to stop working, Jackman filmed The Prestige
directed by Christopher Nolan and also starring
Christian Bale, Michael Caine, Scarlett Johansson,
Andy Serkis, and musician David Bowie. As Robert
Angier, Jackman portrayed a magician who built
up a rivalry with contemporary Alfred Borden in
attempt to 'one up' each other in the art of deception.
Jackman stated his main reason for doing The Prestige
was to work with David Bowie, who played scientist
Nikola Tesla. He also starred in another 2006
film with Scarlett Johansson, Woody Allen's Scoop.
rounded out 2006 with two animated films: Happy
Feet in which he voiced the part of Memphis, an
Emperor Penguin and directed by George Miller,
and Flushed Away where Jackman also supplied the
voice of a rat named Roddy who ends up being flushed
down his Kensington family's toilet into the London
sewer system. Flushed Away also starred Kate Winslet,
Ian McKellen (the fourth time Jackman has worked
with him), Jean Reno, Andy Serkis and Bill Nighy.
2007, Jackman produced and guest starred in the
unsuccessful television drama Viva Laughlin. Viva
Laughlin was cancelled by CBS after only two episodes.
A decision about the remaining episodes already
filmed at the time of cancellation has yet to
be made. Both Jackman and his wife Furness were
shocked and saddened by this cancellation.
is also preparing a number of movies which he
will both produce and star in, including Wolverine,
estimated to begin filming in early 2008, and
a remake of Carousel in which he will play Billy
was also one of the choices to play James Bond
but eventually lost out to Daniel Craig.
is also currently working on a new comic series,
Nowhere Man, with US publisher Virgin Comics and
writer Marc Guggenheim.
married actress Deborra-Lee Furness in April 1996.
They met on the set of his first TV acting job
in Correlli, an Australian television series.
Furness had two miscarriages, after which she
and Jackman adopted two children, Oscar Maximillian
(b. May 15, 2000) and Ava Eliot (b. July 10, 2005).
They currently live in Melbourne. Jackman personally
designed an engagement ring for Furness, and their
wedding rings bore the Sanskrit inscription "Om
paramar mainamar", translated by Furness
as "we dedicate our union to a greater source".
2005, Jackman joined with longtime assistant John
Palermo to form a production company, Seed Productions,
whose first project was Viva Laughlin in 2007.
Furness is also involved in the company, and Palermo
had three rings made with an inscription meaning
"unity" for himself, Furness, and Jackman.
About the trio's collaboration Jackman reports
"I'm very lucky in the partners I work with
in my life, Deb and John Palermo. It really works.
We all have different strengths. I love it. It's
is a longtime supporter of Manly Warringah Sea
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Jackman announces $100,000 Twitter charity competition,
by Andrew Ramadge - 15th April 2009
Jackman has announced a competition to donate
$100,000 to a charity of the winner’s choice
— as long as they can make their case in
will donate 100K to one individual’s favorite
non profit organization.Of course,you must convince
me why by using 140 characters or less,”
he said, with atrocious spelling, on Twitter this
competition is probably a stunt to make up for
a public relations gaffe last week, after it was
revealed that an American staffer updated the
actor’s Twitter page.
to the Opera House as the “Opera Center”
was what gave it away.
even if the charity competition is a stunt, it’s
a pretty cool one.
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