->''"As an actor, you have many tools - your body, your voice, your emotions, mentally. In film, you have your eyes because they communicate your thought process. In fact, generally in film, what you don't say is more important than what you say. That's not so much the case for stage."''

Hugh Michael Jackman (born 12 October 1968) is an Australian actor, producer, and general all-round heartthrob, who first gained worldwide attention as Curley in the West End's revival of ''Theatre/{{Oklahoma}}''. He did not become a household name until he was cast as [[ComicBook/{{Wolverine}} James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine]] in the ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'', a role he played 9 times in total as of 2017, holding the record of appearances of the same actor in a comic book movie franchise. He subsequently won a Tony Award for his performance in the Broadway production of ''The Boy from Oz'' as Australian singer-songwriter Peter Allen. He has also starred in romances and romantic comedies, including ''Film/KateAndLeopold'' (opposite Meg Ryan) and ''Film/{{Australia}}'' (opposite fellow Aussie and close friend Creator/NicoleKidman). He currently plans to star in a future remake of ''Theatre/{{Carousel}}'', a role he had formerly played on Broadway, and got himself an UsefulNotes/AcademyAward nomination for playing Jean Valjean in the film version of the musical ''Film/{{Les Miserables|2012}}'' in 2012. He's also a very well-regarded awards show host, having hosted the Tony Awards four times and the Academy Awards once (and winning an Emmy for his second gig at the Tonys).

He is married to Deborra-Lee Furness, who was his [[RomanceOnTheSet co-star]] on the [[ShortRunners short-lived]] Australian drama series ''Correlli'' - his first screen appearance. They have two children, both adopted.

Incidentally, he won ''People'' Magazine's Sexiest Man Alive award in 2008.

Apparently has a SitcomArchNemesis in Creator/NeilPatrickHarris as seen [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LqJxyuTMMog in this song and dance routine]] and [[http://www.collegehumor.com/video/6770711/hugh-jackmans-teacher-interview backed up here]].

It should also be noted that he has a reputation for being [[RealLife/MeanCharacterNiceActor one of THE nicest celebrities in all of Hollywood]]. Ask anyone... except [[Series/{{Scrubs}} Dr. Cox]].

!! Selected filmography:

* ''Film/XMenFilmSeries'' (2000 -- 2017) as [[Characters/XMenFilmSeriesWolverine James "Logan" Howlett / Wolverine]]:
** ''Film/XMen1'' (2000)
** ''Film/X2XMenUnited'' (2003)
** ''Film/XMenTheLastStand'' (2006)
** ''Film/XMenOriginsWolverine'' (2009)
** ''Film/XMenFirstClass'' (2011)
** ''Film/TheWolverine'' (2013)
** ''Film/XMenDaysOfFuturePast'' (2014)
** ''Film/XMenApocalypse'' (2016)
** ''Film/{{Logan}}'' (2017)
* ''Film/VanHelsing'' (2004) as Gabriel Van Helsing
* ''Film/{{Scoop}}'' (2006) as Peter Lyman
* ''Film/TheFountain'' (2006) as Tomas/Tommy/Tom Creo
* ''Film/ThePrestige'' (2006) as Robert Angier
* ''Film/{{Australia}}'' (2008) as Drover
* ''Film/RealSteel'' (2011) as Charlie Kenton
* ''Film/{{Les Miserables|2012}}'' (2012) as Jean Valjean
* ''Film/{{Prisoners}}'' (2013) as Keller Dover
* ''Film/{{Chappie}}'' (2015) as Vincent Moore
* ''Film/{{Pan}}'' (2015) as Blackbeard
* ''Film/EddieTheEagle'' (2016) as Bronson Peary
* ''Film/TheGreatestShowman'' (2017) as P. T. Barnum

* AbilityOverAppearance: Wolverine is a PintSizedPowerhouse and was rarely portrayed as attractive in other adaptations. Hugh is a full foot taller and Wolverine is presented as a bit of a {{Hunk}} - and yet he nails everything about the character. In the first film he claims that most of the rest of the cast stood on {{Scully Box}}es around him to make him appear shorter.
* AwesomeMcCoolName: Bordering on MeaningfulName, Hugh Jackman can be easily spoken as "Huge Jacked Man". Given his [[HeroicBuild physique]], it's as appropriate as it is badass-sounding.
* DyeingForYourArt:
** Each time he plays Wolverine, he has to bulk up considerably. On the first film he underestimated how long it took to get in shape, which is why Logan doesn't appear as buff as he does in later films. His {{Shirtless Scene}}s were filmed later on in production when he'd had a chance to put on more muscle as a result.
** Shaved his head and body hair for ''Film/TheFountain''.
** For ''Film/LesMiserables2012'' he lost weight by recreating the prison rations his character would have received and shaved his head for the beginning scenes where Valjean is a starving prisoner. Amazingly, while he was starving himself, he was also working out extensively because ''Film/TheWolverine'' was scheduled to start production and he needed his body to be ready to quickly pack on muscle mass once he started eating again.
** He shaved his head bald and grew a long beard for ''{{Film/Pan}}''.
* FakeAmerican: Famously as Wolverine (who is actually ''Canadian''), but 60% of his roles have him playing an American. Either that or...
* FakeBrit: He put on a British accent for ''Film/VanHelsing'' and ''Film/LesMiserables2012'', and can switch between that an American easily (as seen in ''Film/ThePrestige'' where he does both). ''WesternAnimation/RiseOfTheGuardians'' is one of the rare projects where he doesn't play either and gets to use his real Australian accent.
* IronyAsSheIsCast: Wolverine loves smoking cigars, but Hugh does not smoke and always hates smoking in movies.
* MeanCharacterNiceActor: Has a tendency to play JerkWithAHeartOfGold characters, and is known for being one of the nicest and friendliest people in the industry.
* NiceGuy: which speaking of...there are reasons why Hugh Jackman is so incredibly beloved and it's more than being MrFanservice. He is incredibly friendly and treats his fans with great respect and gratitude. He is kind-hearted, charming, and meets anyone with open arms and a huge smile.
* OneOfUs: He's a big fan of horror movies, listing ''Film/FridayThe13th1980'' as his favourite. He joked that he became an actor because he wanted to play Jason in a movie. He's also a fan of {{ComicBook/Superman}}. He's also a wrestling fan, and guest hosted an episode of Monday Night Raw.
* TheOtherMarty: Dougray Scott was initially cast as Wolverine. But he was filming ''Film/MissionImpossibleII'' and production was lengthened, so he had to drop out.
* PlayingAgainstType: Plays a camp AgentPeacock - who's also the villain - in ''{{Film/Pan}}''. Wolverine was actually this for him at the time of casting; he had got his start doing musicals in Australia, so a comic book action movie was quite different.
* PlayingTheirOwnTwin: A variation. ''Film/ThePrestige'' has a sequence where his character finds a lookalike to play his double. Hugh plays the double too - though apparently some people thought it was a different actor.
* PlayingWithCharacterType:
** In ''Film/ThePrestige'' as the below type - [[spoiler: who crosses the MoralEventHorizon and becomes the villain]].
** In ''Film/TheFountain'' his character Tommy is desperately trying to save his wife - but she's dying of cancer and his Aesop is learning that he can't save her.
* StarMakingRole: Wolverine, at least outside of Australia. He was virtually unknown when cast in ''X-Men'', and the film brought him to the world's attention in a big way.
* ThoseTwoActors: He's made six films with Creator/HalleBerry. In addition to the four ''X-Men'' movies they did together, they were also in ''{{Film/Swordfish}}'' and ''Movie 43''.
* TypeCasting: As a dark AntiHero who usually has [[TheLostLenore a Lost Lenore]]. He was almost typecast in comic book movies, as he was offered roles in ''{{Film/Daredevil}}'', ''Film/SupermanReturns''[[note]]as Jonathan Kent[[/note]], ''Film/IronMan'', ''Film/TheDarkKnight''[[note]]as Harvey Dent[[/note]], ''{{Film/Hulk}}'' and ''Film/FantasticFour2005''[[note]]As Reed Richards[[/note]]. But he turned them all down, and ''X-Men'' is the only comic book franchise he's appeared in.
->''[[WebVideo/YuGiOhTheAbridgedSeries "Hugh Jackman away!"]]''