Hugh Michael Jackman AC (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor. He landed his breakthrough role as Wolverine / Logan in the X-Men film series (2000–2017), a tenure that earned him the Guinness World Record for “longest career as a live-action Marvel superhero”.
Jackman has headlined several films during his career, including the romantic comedy Kate & Leopold (2001), the action horror Van Helsing (2004), the drama The Prestige (2006), the fantasy drama The Fountain (2006), the animated film Flushed Away (2006), the period romance Australia (2008), the epic musical Les Misérables (2012), Rise of the Guardians (2012), the thriller Prisoners (2013), Missing Link (2019), and the musical The Greatest Showman (2017). For the lattermost, he received a Grammy Award for Best Soundtrack Album. As Jean Valjean in Les Misérables, Jackman was nominated for the Academy Award for Best Actor and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy.
In Broadway theatre, Jackman won the 2004 Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical for his role in The Boy from Oz. A four-time host of the Tony Awards, he won an Emmy Award for hosting the 2005 ceremony. He also hosted the 81st Academy Awards in 2009. Jackman was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia in the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to performing arts and to the global community.
2019–present: Concert tour and future work
In 2019, Jackman went on his first world tour called The Man. The Music. The Show. to perform songs from the album, The Greatest Showman: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack, and Broadway/Hollywood musical numbers. Comprising 88 shows, the tour visits North America, Europe, and Oceania. It began on 7 May 2019, in Glasgow, Scotland and concluded on 15 October 2019, in San Antonio, United States. In the 2019 Queen’s Birthday Honours, Jackman was appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia for “eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication.”
He starred in the comedy-drama Bad Education (2019), opposite Allison Janney. In April 2021, it was announced that Jackman and Laura Dern will star together in Florian Zeller’s adaptation of his stage play, The Son. He will return to Broadway in a revival of The Music Man, playing Harold Hill, which is set to begin previews in December 2021 and open in February 2022.