Hugh Jackman Makes A Million For Charity
Wolverine and Les Miserables star Hugh Jackman has raised £1.15m ($1.85m) for charity after selling 4,500 tickets for his birthday benefit show One Night Only.
The Australian actor entertained an audience at Hollywood's Dolby Theatre by singing, dancing and telling stories about his family and his home country to celebrate his 45th birthday.
Backed by a 17-member orchestra, he sang a tribute to his wife and played film clips and selections from classic Hollywood musicals including Singin' In The Rain, during which he performed a tap dance.
"This is probably the most narcissistic way to spend your birthday," he said after the show. "I chose my favourite songs and told stories about my life."
Cybill Shepherd, Bryan Singer, Darren Criss and songwriter Carole Bayer Sager were among guests who attended the two-and-a-half-hour show.
"A lot of guys would say to their wife: 'Do you mind if I go play golf with my buddies?' That's how I am about the show," said Jackman.
"I love it. If there's a song I don't like, I cut it and bring in a new song. Everything is something I want to do.
"So to be here tonight, supporting this cause - and it couldn't have been a more generous crowd if it tried - in every way it was great."
Jackman was raising money for the Motion Picture and Television fund, which supports members of the industry "in times of need".