Hugh Michael Jackman (born October 12, 1968) is an Australian actor and producer who is involved in film, musical theatre, and television and has won many worldwide recognition for his roles in major films, notably as superhero, period, and romance characters. He is well known for his role as Wolverine in the X-Men film franchise, as well for his lead roles in the films Kate & Leopold, Van Helsing, Australia, Real Steel, and Les Misérables. His role in Les Misérables earned him an Academy Award for Best Actor nomination and won the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy in 2013.
In 1996, Jackman played Gaston in the local Walt Disney production of Beauty and the Beast. He also played Robert Angier in the 2006 Touchstone Pictures film The Prestige. He was mentioned in the Liv & Maddie episode "Sing It Live!!!-A-Rooney".