Hugh Jackman will receive the 2,487th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame today, honoring a career that has seen him turn from a television and stage star in his native Australia into an international film star best known for his portrayal of Wolverine in four ``X-Men'' films.
Talk show host Jay Leno will join Jackman in speaking at the ceremony, set to begin at 11:30 a.m. in front of Madame Tussauds Hollywood wax museum on Hollywood Boulevard.
The ceremony comes 12 days before the release of ``Les Miserables,'' in which Jackman's portrayal of Jean Valjean has brought him nominations for Screen Actors Guild and Golden Globe awards.
Jackman's films also include ``Van Helsing,'' ``Australia,'' ``Real Steel,'' ``Kate & Leopold,'' ``Someone Like You,'' ``Swordfish,'' ``The Prestige,'' ``The Fountain,'' ``Scoop'' and ``Deception.''
Jackman has also found success on Broadway, winning a Tony Award for best actor in a musical in 2004 for his portrayal of 1970s singer-songwriter Peter Allen in ``The Boy From Oz,'' and co-starring with Daniel Craig in the drama ``A Steady Rain.''
Born on Oct. 12, 1968 in Sydney, Australia, Jackman began his career in 1995 by starring in the Australian television prison drama ``Correlli.'' He then turned to the stage, playing Gaston in an Australian production of the Disney stage ``Beauty and the Beast'' and Joe Gillis in ``Sunset Boulevard.''
Jackman became known outside of Australia in 1998, for his starring role as Curly in the Royal National Theatre's production of ``Oklahoma!'' in London's West End. The performance brought him an Olivier Award nomination.
Jackman began his film career in 1999 with the Australian independent films ``Erskineville Kings,'' for which he won a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for best actor, and ``Paperback Hero.''