Hugh Jackman became an actor to watch with his portrayal of Logan/Wolverine in 'X-Men,' but in today's Way Back When, we trace the earlier work of this Best Actor Oscar nominee and 'Les Miserables' star.


In this 1995 Australian TV series, Jackman plays a prisoner in this drama about a prison psychologist (Jackman's future wife Deborra-Lee Furness). All 10 episodes were aired on ABC TV that same year, but only the first episode, "The Rat Tamer," has been released on  DVD. As you can tell from the clips below, Jackman and his beard apparently never age:

'Snowy River: The McGregor Saga'

This 19th century drama takes place in Paterson's Ridge, a small town set in the mountains of Melbourne, Australia. Based on the poem by Banjo Paterson, the story follows the trials and tribulations of the influential McGregor family. Jackman played Duncan Jones in five episodes in the series' third and final season, and you can check him out below around the 7:24 mark:

'Halifax f.p.'

'Halifax f.p.' is an Australian series that ran from 1994 to 2001 and followed a forensic psychiatrist who specialized in cases involving the mental state of victims and suspects. Jackman appeared in the 12th episode of season 1, titled "Afraid of the Dark." Jackman plays Detective Eric Ringer, who ends up seeking more than just a professional relationship with the psychiatrist. Click on the image below to watch the video:

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'Paperback Hero'

Jackman put his musical theater background to good -- and hilarious -- use in the 1999 movie 'Paperback Hero,' in which he plays an Australian road train driver named Jack Willis who secretly publishes a best-selling romance novel, but to retain his masculine image, he uses the identity of his best friend, Ruby, as a pen name. When a publisher pays "Ruby" a visit, Jack's friend helps him keep up the charade -- and of course, the two end up falling in love:


The London stage revival of the classic musical 'Oklahoma' was filmed for TV, starring Jackman in the lead role as Curly in this tale of cowboys in love. Check out Jackman singing "Oh What a Beautiful Morning" below:

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