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Hugh Jackman

Real name: Hugh Jackman
Birthdate: October 12, 1968
Status: Married
Partner: Deborra-Lee Furness

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Jackman was born in Pymble, 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.

Jackman 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. 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, from which he graduated in 1994.

He sang the Australian National Anthem in front of 100,000 people at the Melbourne Cricket Ground before the 1998 Bledisloe Cup. He also sang the National Anthem at the 1999 NRL Grand Final in front of 108,000 people at Stadium Australia.

In 2006, he was cast to replace Russell Crowe in Baz Luhrmann's Australia, starring opposite Nicole Kidman. The film is currently in production in Queensland, at the north-east coastal town of Bowen.

Jackman also appeared in a 1999 film version of the stage musical. His performance was filmed for television broadcast and DVD release. On June 6, 2002.

In 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.

Jackman is also preparing a number of movies which he will both produce and star in, including Wolverine, estimated to begin filming around summer 2007, and a remake of Carousel in which he will play Billy Bigelow.

Jackman also stared in 2001 action/drama Swordfish (film), along with John Travolta, and Halle Berry. This would be the 2nd time Jackman would work alongside with Berry, The two would work together again two more times in the X-men movies, making a total of four movies staring Jackman and Berry from 2000 to 2006.

Jackman married actress Deborra-Lee Furness in April 1996. They met on the set of his first TV acting job in Correlli, an Australian television program. 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".


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