On top of the numerous awards that Hugh Jackman has received throughout his career, none would be more valuable than the one from his own country.
Late last week, the multi-awarded performer was awarded the Order of Australia by the Australian Government in Canberra. He becomes a Companion of the Order. Accordingly, this medal of honor figures to be the highest award the government of Australia could bestow upon its citizens.
Evidently, he receives the award for his notable performances on screen and on stage. However, he also receives the medal for his efforts towards poverty eradication. Additionally, his efforts towards ensuring fair wage especially in his own restaurants partly figure as well. Notably, the actor has worked on a number of philanthropic events and activities that helped alleviate poverty across the globe. Jackman supports the Fight Cancer Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS groups.
In a Twitter post, Jackman thanked the government and his family for the bestowed honor.
According to Paul Singer, Secretary to the Governor-General, “Mr. Jackman’s distinguished career, his compassion, and his heartfelt patriotism have brought great credit to Australia and he is deserving of our highest praise”. At the same time, the Governor-General himself handed over the medal to Jackman at an awarding event in Canberra.
Hugh Jackman of All Trades
Hugh Jackman gained worldwide acclaim with his casting and subsequent portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men film series. Analysts consider it to be one of the best casting decisions ever made for the film. Jackman portrayed Wolverine for almost two decades before Disney bought out Fox. Likewise, his dramatic and moving performances as Jean Valjean in Les Miserables, as well as The Greatest Showman figure as some of his best work as well.
Jackman, 50, lives in Australia with his wife of 23 years and their two children.