Hugh Michael Jackman  (born 12 October 1968) is an Tony Award-winning and Emmy Award-winning Australian actor of film, theatre and television, known mostly for his roles in several major Hollywood films, including Van Helsing and X-Men.
Jackman's early film work includes Erskineville Kings and Paperback Hero (1999), while his television work includes Correlli (where he met his wife Deborra-Lee Furness), Law of the Land, Halifax f.p., Blue Heelers, and Banjo Paterson's The Man from Snowy River (American title: Snowy River: The McGregor Saga).
On stage, Jackman played Gaston in the Melbourne production of Beauty and the Beast, and Joe Gillis in the same city's production of Sunset Boulevard. During his stage musical career in Melbourne, he starred in the 1998 Midsumma festival cabaret production Summa Cabaret. He also hosted both Melbourne's Carols by Candlelight and Sydney's Carols in the Domain.
In 2006, he was cast to replace Russell Crowe in Baz Luhrmann's Australia,