Hugh and his friend Stan were once clowns at kids' parties. Hugh was Coco and Stan was Bozo. Hugh also spent years of his early life pumping gas from midnight to dawn at a Shell station. He quit his job after another worker was held up with a shotgun.
Hugh's first acting role was in an onstage play called Camelot when he was 5 years old.
Hugh's parents were English. His father, Chris, was an accountant from Cambridge.
Hugh was immortalized as a caricature at New York's famous restaurant, Sardi's, during his run on Broadway as the star of The Boy from Oz.
During the filming of X-Men, Hugh was able to bench press a maximum of 315 pounds.
Hugh was nominated for an Emmy Award for hosting the TV broadcast of the 2005 Tony Awards. He was up against Barry Manilow and host David Letterman for 'Individual Performance'. As of 2006, Hugh hosted the Tony Awards 3 times
Hugh had to film a sex scene for a film with Rachel Weisz that her husband directed.
Hugh's son has a Wolverine punching bag and sleeps with a Wolverine toy that speaks in Hugh's voice.
When performing in The Boy from Oz, in one performance, Hugh heard someone in the audience scream "Don't do it Wolverine!" before he was about to kiss his male costar.
Hugh was cast in the role of Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard. He received several awards for this stage performance.
1998 Best Male Actor in a Musical - Variety Club Award for Sunset Boulevard
1997 Male Musical Theatre Performer of the Year - MO Award '97 for Sunset Boulevard
1996 Male Musical Theatre Performer of the Year - MO Award '96 for Sunset Boulevard
In the Australian run of Disney's Beauty and the Beast, Hugh was cast as Gaston. This was his first professional stage appearance and he received an MO nomination for Best Actor.
Hugh reprised his role from his Tony Award winning performance in The Boy From Oz. It played in 4 cities in Australia in August and September of 2006.
Hugh accidentally broke an extra's hand while filming Van Helsing in 2004.
Hugh was chosen as one of People magazine's 'Sexiest Men Alive' for 2007. He was also chosen by the same magazine as one of the '50 Most Beautiful People in the World' for 5 years in a row.
Hugh won an Emmy for Outstanding Individual Performance in a Variety or Music Program at The 58th Annual Tony Awards in 2004.
Hugh enjoys playing golf and windsurfing. He also plays the piano and the guitar.
Hugh is 6' 2 1/2" tall with hazel eyes. He is left-handed.
Hugh attended Knox Grammar School, an elite all-boys school in Wahroonga, NSW. He holds a degree in journalism from the University of Technology in Sydney. After deciding to pursue acting, he followed a stint at the Actors' Center in Sydney by graduating from the prestigious Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts in Perth, coincidentally as a classmate of Dominic Purcell.
Hugh met Deborra-Lee Furness in 1995 while co-starring in the Australian TV Series, Correlli. The couple married in February, 1996 and adopted their son, Oscar Maximillian Jackman, in May 2000 and their daughter, Ava Eliot, in July, 2005.
Hugh: (joking that George Clooney wasn't too please with him nabbing the People's Sexiest Man Alive crown from him) George Clooney rang me at two in the morning ... I was half asleep and I said to him, 'Ah, George sweetie, good to hear from you.' ... He goes, "Shut up, Jackman!' ... [He said,] 'I know what you did! You started this big campaign that's been going on and [you] took the title away from me.' I thought that was unnecessary.
Hugh: (on wearing his movie costumes to please wife Deborra-Lee Furness) She loves the idea of me coming home in costume because it makes her feel like she's having an affair - in a good way. When we met, I was cast as a prisoner with tattoos and she'd say, 'Don't take your tattoos off tonight!' and I'd be like, 'All right!' But what works best with her is the stockbroker look. She also says, 'Do your sexy dance for me,' an 80s-like, hip-swivelling number, and that works for me!
Hugh: I've always felt that if you back down from a fear, the ghost of that fear never goes away. It diminishes people. So I've always said 'yes' to the thing I'm most scared about. The fear of letting myself down - of saying 'no' to something that I was afraid of and then sitting in my room later going, 'I wish I'd had the guts to say this or that' - that galvanizes me more than anything.
Hugh: (on his role of Wolverine) Now I meet people with full-color Wolverine tattoos on their backs. Thank God I did okay, because I think if I hadn't, they'd spit on me in the street.
Hugh: It's a little strange when you're on the stage and people fling underwear at you. It was clean underwear, by the way! I made the ultimate error the first time it was done to go, 'Oh, is that for me?' and to put it on. From that moment, in every second show, something flew my way.
Hugh: I did the show [The Boy From Oz] in Australia in an arena of 15,000 people. It was all my rock-star fantasies come true, except I was in sequins which is not exactly how I'd imagined it! It was like a celebration. It was on that grand scale, yet it was a story about an Australian with an all-Australian cast. It featured songs like I still Call Australia Home, which is almost like our national anthem. I'd look out there and people would just be in tears. It was really satisfying.
Hugh: Americans are the most generous country on the planet. I've worked in Europe, I've worked in Australia. There is no where else where you get absolutely no attitude for being a foreigner. If you do your job well, they embrace you.
Hugh (talking about an X-Men kissing scene): I had to lay down there and think of England as one by one they bring out the girls. It was a very tough morning. After each girl had finished, the crew would hold up scorecards.
Hugh: Basically, I'll make an ass of myself anywhere.
Hugh: Being on Broadway is the modern equivalent of being a monk. I sleep a lot, eat a lot, and rest a lot.