THE FRONT RUNNER
HUGH JACKMAN (Gary Hart) is an Academy Award-nominated, Golden Globe- and Tony
Award-winning performer who has made an impression on audiences of all ages with
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
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
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
nominations, for both Best Ensemble and Best Male Actor in a Leading Role, and a
nomination. Most recently, he was nominated for Golden Globe for his role as
P.T. Barnum in The
Greatest Showman. In addition to the extraordinary success of the movie musical,
sales for the soundtrack
to the film have broken records the world over ... reaching multi-platinum status
in many countries
including the UK and America.
In 2009, Jackman took on host duties at the 81st Annual Academy Awards, earning
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 starred in Logan, the final iteration of his Wolverine character,
Stewart. Additional film credits include Prisoners, Shawn Levy's Real Steel, Baz
Christopher Nolan's The Prestige, Darren Aronofsky's The Fountain, Woody Allen's
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
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
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
continued dedication to the Broadway community was fĂȘted at the 2012 Tony
Awards, where he received
a Special Award from the Tony Awards Administration Committee, recognizing his
both as a performer as well as a humanitarian.
In 2009, Broadway audiences could see Jackman in the Keith Huff-penned "A Steady
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
'MO' Award; and "Beauty and the Beast," for which he received a 'MO' Award
Jackman's career began in Australia in the independent films Paperback Hero and
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 Movie Convention.
Following The Front Runner, he is in production for the feature film Bad
Allison Janey and Ray Romano.
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