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Aussie actor Hugh Jackman has made his mark in theater and film with a wide array of roles.
Dollars make sense
Jackman and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard appear on the set of the movie "The Wolverine" in Sydney on July 24, 2012. News that the Australian government had provided a $13.5 million grant for the X-men comics film spin-off sent a ripple of excitement through local production houses which are hoping it paves the way for more major productions in Australia.
Stunt gone wrong
Oprah Winfrey interviews Jackman during the second taping of the "Oprah Winfrey Show" at the Sydney Opera House in Sydney, Australia, on Dec. 14, 2010. Jackman slammed his face into a lighting rig while performing a stunt upon entering the show via a zipline.
Help from another leading man
Actors Gerard Butler, left, and Jackman attend The Global Poverty Project's launch of their DVD "1.4 Billion Reasons," in New York on Oct. 20, 2010. Jackman kicked off the event aimed at presenting a logical, straightforward account of global poverty in today's developing nations.
Jackman shoots a commercial for Lipton tea in downtown Montevideo, Uruguay, on Oct. 6, 2010. Jackman visited the Central Park Stadium where a soccer match was played between Nacional and Liverpool. He wore the shirt of Nacional and received two membership cards, one with his name and one for his "X-Men" character, Wolverine.
Sinking his hands into Hollywood
Jackman places his hands in cement during a ceremony outside Grauman's Mann Chinese Theater in Los Angeles on Tuesday, April 21, 2009. "It's a very humbling moment as an actor to be here. You look down at the names, from Fred Astaire to Cary Grant, Clint Eastwood, Al Pacino, Steve McQueen, John Wayne, and to think that those people have been immortalized," Jackman said.
In "The Prestige," Jackman stars as one of two young stage magicians who begin their feud when one of their wives dies during a magic trick. From this moment on, their lives become webs of deceit and exposure, secrets and revelations, as they feud to outwit and destroy one another. Their rivalry takes them both to the peak of their careers, but with terrible consequences. Scarlett Johansson co-stars.
On a quest
What if you could live forever? The 2006 film, "The Fountain" is an odyssey about one man's eternal struggle to save the woman he loves. His epic journey begins in 16th-century Spain, where conquistador Tomas (Jackman) commences his search for the Fountain of Youth, the legendary entity believed to grant immortality. As modern-day scientist Tommy Creo, he desperately struggles to find a cure for the cancer that is killing his beloved wife, Isabel (Rachel Weisz).
Jackman performs in "The Boy From Oz," a musical based on the life of 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen. Jackman received the Tony Award for best actor in a musical in 2004 for his portrayal of the flamboyant boy from New South Wales, who helped define the disco era in the 1970s and '80s before succumbing to AIDS in 1992.
In 2001's "Kate and Leopold," a woman executive (Meg Ryan) living in modern-day New York and still looking for love steals the heart of a 19th century duke (Jackman) who has traveled through time, from 1867 to the new millennium. Can this pair with a world of differences and a lifetime of longing find true happiness?
What an animal
In 2001's "Someone Like You," Jane Goodale (Ashley Judd) writes a column for a magazine analyzing the animal-like mating habits of men, and becomes an overnight sensation. Despite her literary attempts to de-mystify romance, she finds a new romance with another co-worker (Jackman) and finds that the human heart -- even a man's -- is too complicated to be simply explained my instinct.
They'll drink to that
Jane Goodale (Ashley Judd) is a young New Yorker in "Someone Like You" who, after a heated romance with a co-worker (Greg Kinnear) sours, begins to piece her life back together by writing a column for a magazine analyzing the animal-like mating habits of men, and becomes an overnight sensation. Despite her literary attempts to de-mystify romance, she finds a new romance with another co-worker (Jackman) and finds that the human heart -- even a man's -- is more complicated than to be easily explained by instinct.
One for the Netflix queue
In the 1999 film, "Paperback Hero," Jack Willis (Jackman) is a handsome roadtrain driver with a secret -- he has just become a top-selling romance novelist. However, being a "man's man" in the Australian outlook, to avoid embarrassment, he needs a name, a woman's name -- and he chooses that of his best friend, Ruby Vale (Claudia Karvan).