Hugh Jackman. biography
Born on October 12, 1968, in Sydney, Australia, Hugh Michael Jackman graduated from the University of Technology (Sydney) prior to studying acting at the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Jackman soon set foot onto to the live stage of entertainment as Curly in the London production of Oklahoma! and Billy Bigelo in the New York City production of Carousel, which in turn opened the door to feature films.
After making several TV appearances, Jackman earned his first feature film nomination from the Australian Film Institute for his portrayal of Andrew S. Gilbert in the romance comedy Paperback Hero (1999). He finally gained international fame when he starred as Wolverine in X-Men (2000) and continued to boost his following with a starring role in Swordfish (2001) and his role reprisal in X2 (2003) and X-Men: The Last Stand (2006).
Also during this time, Jackman starred alongside some of Hollywood's most established and rising stars, including Scarlett Johansson in Woody Allen's mystery comedy Scoop, Christian Bale in the thriller The Prestige, Ewan McGregor in the mystery drama Deception (2008) and Nicole Kidman in the musical Australia (2008). A year later, Jackman returned to his role as Wolverine in X-Men Origins: Wolverine and again in X-Men: First Class (2011).
In 2012, Jackman rose to true worldwide fame for his performance as Jean Valjean in the musical Les Misérables for which he won a Golden Globe Award and earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor.
Jackman's upcoming films include, the comedy Movie 43 (2013) with Emma Stone, The Wolverine (2013), the crime thriller Prisoners (2013) alongside Jake Gyllenhaal, X-Men: Days of Future Past (2014), the sci-fi comedy Chappie (2015) and the musical The Greatest Showman on Earth (unknown).
Hugh Jackman Wife & Dating History Timeline
April 1996 - Present
Hugh Jackman began dating actress Deborra-Lee Furness after the two starred together in the TV mystery series Correlli in 1995. On April 11, 1996, the two tied the knot at St. John's in Toorak, Victoria, using wedding bans with the inscription "Om paramar mainamar": "We dedicate our union to a greater source."
Following multiple miscarriages, the couple adopted two children, Ava Eliot and Oscar Maximillian.
Is Hugh Jackman Gay?
Despite being married to fellow Aussie actress Deborra-Lee Furness for over 16 years and adopting two children, rumors that Australian hunk Hugh Jackman is gay came to life after he gave an extremely believable performance as Peter Allen in the Broadway production of The Boy from Oz in 2003 - a musical based on the life of the gay singer/songwriter Peter Allen. Rumors continued to build up throughout the years, but were never addressed by the star until he was named the host for the 2009 Oscars and sat down for an interview with the infamous Barbara Walters.
"In The Boy from Oz, which you did on Broadway so fantastically, where you played Peter Allen - Australian, gay, song and dance man - there were those who said you were doing it so well that 'don't tell me he's married, he's gay,'" Walter comments.
"Peter Allen has a great line," Jackman replies. "He goes, 'I know what you're thinking. You're just sitting there looking at me, and thinking now, is he or isn't he? Well, it's true. I am Australian.' Deb used to say - she came about 40 times to the show - and she used to go to the bathroom and she's be in the cubicle in the ladies bathroom, and she would hear people going 'I know he's married, but I'm sure he is. Is he or isn't he?' And she said occasionally she would yell out, 'he isn't!'"
Like so many other actors under the gay speculation spotlight, the rumor seemed to have evolved not only from this convincing performance, but as well as the age difference between the happily married couple. Although Furness is 13 years Jackman's senior, she does not feel as if the fact justifies the gossip that their marriage is a sham and she is more like his 'beard' than life partner, telling Page Six Magazine, "Truth be known, Hugh is much more mature than me, so we balance each other out. And heaven forbid I have a human experience and carry a little weight."
She went on to face the rumors head on, commenting, "The line I heard was, 'Wolverine? Who would have thought?' Hugh and I don't pay much heed. It's kind of tragic that these people have nothing better to do than gossip about people they don't know."