A few biographical details.
Hugh Michael Jackman, born in Sydney, Australia, will be 45 this year, on October 12. Richard Crispin Armitage, born in Huncote, Leicestershire, England, will be 42 on August 22. Both are 6′ 2 1/2″ tall.
Hugh is married with two children and Richard’s personal life is private/single.
Hugh and Richard both worked in musical theater. <sigh> Imagine seeing the two of them on stage together singing and dancing. Yikes!
Hugh and Richard both worked on television. Hugh was first noticed on the Australian tv show Corelli. It was there that he met his future wife Deborra-Lee Furness, a woman 17 years his senior. Richard was first noticed in the BBC mini-series North and South. Based on comments he has made, Richard has apparently not met his future wife yet, although he keeps his private life (sadly, IMHO) PRIVATE.
Hugh went on to acclaim in theater. He was in several musicals in Australia, including Sunset Boulevard which was directed by Trevor Nunn. Trevor Nunn is another connection between Hugh and Richard. Mr. Nunn directed Cats as well as Sunset Boulevard. Richard was an understudy in Cats in London, before he went to drama school.
Richard went on to study at the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Arts after deciding that musical theater was not the direction he wanted to take his career. Hugh was studying to be a journalist when he decided to study acting at the Actors Centre in Sydney and the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts.
Following their dramatic arts studies, Hugh went to work in Australian television. Richard went to work for the Royal Shakespeare Company and then concentrated on work in British television. Hugh went on to work in musical theater and did some film work in Sydney, Australia until he got the part of Curly in the London production of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma.
Richard went on to success in British television, taking roles in popular shows such as Robin Hood and Spooks (known as MI 5 in the U.S.) Following small roles in a couple of films, Richard’s big leap to stardom was as Thorin Oakenshield in Peter Jackson’s three film adaptation of J.R.R. Tolkien‘s book The Hobbit.
Hugh accepted the part of Wolverine in the first X-Men movie, a part which has entirely shaped his future career until the present. Following the first X-Men movie, Hugh decided to go back to musical theater and starred on Broadway in The Boy from Oz, a musical based on the life of Peter Allen, the award winning Australian composer and husband of Liza Minelli.
This is where I became familiar with these two fabulous actors. Richard as Thorin in The Hobbit (2012), and Hugh as Peter Allen in The Boy from Oz (2003-2004). Hugh’s career has, of course, gone into the stratosphere since then, and I can only hope that Richard’s will go there as well.
There are other similarities that I find intriguing between these two men. More to come!
Photos thanks to richardarmitagenet.com and hugh-fan.com.