THE GREATEST SHOWMAN
HUGH JACKMAN (P.T. Barnum) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and
Tony Award-winning performer who has made an impression on audiences of all ages
with his multi-hyphenate career persona, as successful on stage in front of live
crowds as he is on film. From his award-winning turn on Broadway as the 1970s
singer/songwriter Peter Allen, to his metal claw-wielding Wolverine in the
blockbuster X-Men franchise, Jackman has proven to be one of the most versatile
actors of our time.
The Australian native made his first major U.S. film appearance as Wolverine in
the first installment of the "X-Men" series, a role he reprised in the
enormously successful X2 and X-Men: The Last Stand. He then starred as the title
character in X-Men Origins: Wolverine, a prequel to the popular series which
grossed an outstanding $85 million domestically in its first weekend of release.
Audiences once again went to see Jackman in the popular role in the next chapter
titled The Wolverine, which grossed over $400 million worldwide. In 2014,
Jackman and the X-Men team reunited for X-Men: Days of Future Past.
Jackman garnered his first Academy Award nomination, for Best Actor, for his
performance in Tom Hooper's Les Miserables, based on popular stage show created
from Victor's Hugo famous novel of the same name. Jackman's standout performance
as protagonist Jean Valjean also earned him a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor
in a Comedy/Musical, as well as Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nominations,
for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a BAFTA Award
In 2009, Jackman took on host duties at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, earning
an Emmy Award nomination for his work. This wasn't, however, Jackman's first
foray into awards show hosting. Previously, he served as host of the Tony Awards
three years in a row, from 2003 to 2005, earning an Emmy Award for the 2004
ceremony, and an Emmy nomination for his appearance at the 2005 ceremony.
Jackman most recently starred in Logan, the final iteration of his Wolverine
character, alongside Patrick Stewart. Additional film credits include Prisoners,
Shawn Levy's Real Steel, Baz Luhrmann's Australia, Christopher Nolan's The
Prestige, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Woody Allen's Scoop, Deception,
Someone Like You, Swordfish, Van Helsing, and Kate & Leopold, for which he
received a 2002 Golden Globe nomination. In addition, he lent his voice to the
animated features Happy Feet, Flushed Away and Rise of the Guardians.
On Broadway, Jackman most recently received rave reviews for his performance as
The Man in the "The River." In 2011, he made a splash on the Great White Way in
his one-man show, "Hugh Jackman - Back on Broadway." Backed by an 18-piece
orchestra, the revue, which previously opened to rave reviews during its limited
engagements in San Francisco and Toronto earlier that year, was comprised of
both Broadway hits and a selection of some of his personal favorite standards.
Jackman's continued dedication to the Broadway community was feted at the 2012
Tony Awards, where he received a Special Award from the Tony Awards
Administration Committee, recognizing his accomplishments both as a performer as
well as a humanitarian.
In 2009, Broadway audiences could see Jackman in the Keith Huff-penned "A Steady
Rain," in which he starred with Daniel Craig. For his portrayal of the 1970s
singer/songwriter Peter Allen in "The Boy From Oz," Jackman received the 2004
Tony Award for Best Actor in a musical as well as Drama Desk, Drama League,
Outer Critics Circle and Theatre World awards. His additional theater credits
include "Carousel" at Carnegie Hall; "Oklahoma!" at the National Theater in
London, for which he received an Olivier Award nomination; "Sunset Boulevard,"
for which he garnered Australia's prestigious 'MO' Award; and "Beauty and the
Beast," for which he received a 'MO' Award nomination.
Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and
Erskineville Kings. His performance in the latter earned him an Australian Film
Critics' Circle Best Actor award and The Australian Film Institute Best Actor
nomination. In 1999, he was named Australian Star of the Year at the Australian
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