Hugh Jackman Announces His Father Has Died at Age 84

by Jacklyn Krol

Hugh Jackman revealed that his father passed away.

On Monday, September 6, the Wolverine star shared an emotional Instagram post announcing Christopher John Jackson’s death. He was with him in Australia as he left his New York home this past June.

“In the early hours of Father’s Day (AU), my Dad peacefully passed away,” Jackman wrote. “And whilst there is deep sadness, I am filled with such gratitude and love. My Dad was, in a word, extraordinary. He devoted his life to his family, his work and his faith. I pray he is now at peace with God.”

Hugh Jackman previously paid tribute to his dad on American Father’s Day.

“My Father taught me to always keep my promises,” he wrote. “Even if it turns out that there’s a better option or something that will benefit me more. Be true to your word.”

He later added that his father taught him many lessons in life. One of the most important was when he was a child.

“Before eating any snacks, you have to pass them around to everyone else FIRST,” he revealed. “People thought I was so well mannered. But, honestly, I was just hungry. #happyfathersday.”

Hugh Jackman’s Relationship

Hugh Jackman grew up with his two brothers, Ian and Ralph. They were raised by his father in Sydney. While Hugh was 8, his mother left them for her home country of England. Meanwhile, Hugh’s sisters Zoe and Sonya lived with their mother. He had a strained relationship with his mother and repaired the relationship in his adult years. He was extremely close with his father and admired him greatly.

“To the man who taught me to show respect for others, for education, for being led by your passions,” he previously wrote. “Who taught me to never stop growing and learning. To work hard and realize that preparation is the bedrock for success. And, above all, to find purpose beyond oneself. I love you Dad.”

In an interview with 60 Minutes, he explained that his father was his rock. Some of his favorite traits included “loyalty, dependability, being there day in, day out, no matter what.”

Even during his adult years, he would still offer him life advice. He constantly reminded him that family is the most important thing in life.

“It’s always about the family,” he said tearfully. It’s not about work and I think that’s him living with, probably some of his regrets and feelings of maybe he…at the wrong time put too much into his career and he doesn’t want me to make that mistake. And so, in his gentle way, he always reminds me that this is the most important thing.”

Outsider sends our condolences to Hugh Jackman and his family.