Since 1963, the X-Men has been fighting to protect a world that fears and hates them for being different -- aka mutants --, and there has been no other mutant who's the best at what he does ... though what he does isn't very nice.
Hugh Jackman, who turns 45 today, became a household name in the summer of 2000 as the Wolverine. The Australian native has been playing the tragic, brooding, immortal Logan for 13 years, the longest any actor has ever portrayed a superhero. Jackman will reprise the role in next summer's Days of Future Past alongside returning X-Men favorites Sirs Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen, Anna Paquin, Shawn Ashmore, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, and Halle Berry, whom Jackson re-teamed with for 2001's Swordfish with John Travolta.
Besides his role as Logan/Wolverine, Jackman has fought vampires and werewolves as Van Helsing; dueled with fellow big-screen superhero Christian Bale in The Prestige from Christopher and Jonathan Nolan, the duo responsible for The Dark Knight trilogy with Bale as Bruce Wayne/Batman and romanced Ashley Judd in Someone Like You, and Meg Ryan in Kate & Leopold, which earned him a Golden Globe nomination.
Jackman received rave reviews for his performance as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables: winning him a Golden Globe and his first Oscar nomination, and can now be seen in the thriller Prisoners.
Hugh has been married to Deborra-Lee Furness for 17 years, and the couple have two adopted children: son Oscar, 13, and daughter Ava, 8.