Hugh Jackman will not be forgotten in a hurry for his indelible impact on the movie industry. The Australian actor and producer is not only into movies, he is also a singer, a dancer, and a multi-instrumentalist, talk about versatility. Jackman is popularly known for his notable role as ‘Wolverine’ in X-Men series. The talented Australian actor has also had his impact duly felt on Broadway with productions like The Boy from Oz which earned him a Tony Award. Jackman may have started out with journalism but he always knew he was meant for more than that. Here are lesser known facts about the Hollywood icon.
Hugh Jackman’s Biography (Age)
He was born Hugh Michael Jackman on October 12, 1968, to his parents Grace McNeil his mother, and Christopher John Jackman his father, in Sydney, New South Wales, Australia. He is the younger brother to four older siblings and also has a younger half-sister. When he was eight, his parents got divorced and he remained with his father and two brothers in Australia. His mother moved to England with his two sisters. He attended Pymble Public School in Sydney and later moved to Knox Grammar School.
After his graduation, he worked for a year at Uppingham School as a teacher of Physical Education. He then proceeded to the University of Technology where he graduated with a BA in Communications. After taking up a drama course, he enrolled at the Actors’ Centre located in Sydney. Jackman went further to enroll at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Edith Cowan University. He was getting small roles at the time but turned them down to be fully trained in the field. It was not an easy journey at first, Jackman who had challenges inculcating what he had learned, gradually got used to the art as time went on.
Upon graduating in 1995, he immediately got a role in the ABC series Correlli, where he would meet his wife. He played a supporting character, ‘Gaston’ in Beauty and the Beast, a local production. The actor soon started getting film roles in movies like; Halifax f.p, Blue Heelers, Law of the Land, and many others.
He made his debut as ‘Wolverine’ in the X-Men series in 2000, when the first installation was released. The superhero film which was an adaptation of the Marvel Comics team became his breakthrough movie, after earning him worldwide recognition. He then went on to reprise his role in the sequels X2: X-Men United, 2006’s X-Men: The Last Stand, and the 2009 prequel X-Men Origins: Wolverine, where he played the title character. He appeared in X-Men: First Class in 2011.
His Net Worth
Hugh Jackman has worked his way to greatness in the competitive movie industry and has his wealth to show for it. The talented actor sits on a net worth estimated at $100 million. This is quite befitting for a celebrity of his caliber. Jackman has his movie stints as well as his endorsements to thank for his net worth. He reportedly earned a whopping $20 million for his remarkable standalone role in X-Men Origins: Wolverine (2009).
Personal Life – Wife, Kids
Hugh Jackman may seem loud and dramatic on set but he is quite different in reality. He is a traditional family man who still upholds the values of marriage and togetherness. He is a Christian and is quite religious. The versatile actor has been married to his wife Deborra-Lee Furness who he met on the set of Correlli. He confesses that meeting the lovely woman was the best thing that came out of his stint with the production.
The couple who soon became friends and later lovers finally tied the knot on April 11, 1996. They have two adopted children Oscar Maximillian and Ava Eliot. Jackman and Furness opted for adoption after Furness suffered two miscarriages.
Is He Gay?
The question above became a trending topic in 2011 following rumors and speculations about Jackman’s sexuality. These speculations emerged after New York Times reviewer, Ben Brantley jokingly labeled the actor as ‘bisexual’. Brantley in a revue wanted to sound as light as possible while he commended the actor as the ‘bi-est’ guy in town.
In his words, Hugh Jackman was bicultural, biomorphic, binational, bi-professional and ’’for entertainment purposes, bisexual’’. This had led to an uproar with some chastising the reviewer for making such irrational comments and others getting more curious as to the actual reason for his comments. Although Brantley maintained he was not referring to Jackman’s sexuality when he made the bi-sexual comments, the backlash continued.
But Jackman who is happily married to his wife appears unbothered about the rumors. However, he is only concerned that the rumors tend to bother his wife who frequents the internet more than he does.
His Cancer Treatment
Hugh Jackman suffered Basal-cell carcinoma, a form of skin cancer in 2013. To treat the ailment the actor revealed that he underwent surgery which included having skin cut from his nose where the cancer was located. He underwent surgery again in 2014 and had another carcinoma removed from his nose.
Hugh who had a total of six cancer removal surgeries wore a bandage on his nose to make appearances at movie premieres. In February 2017, the actor who shared a photo of the treatment on his Instagram account assured fans that all was good with him, and also encouraged them to wear sunscreen to avoid being exposed to such health risks.