Jackman receives Order of Australia medal
Australian Actor Hugh Jackman poses for photographs with other recipients after he was appointed a Companion in the General Division for eminent service to the performing arts as an acclaimed actor and performer, and to the global community, particularly as an advocate for poverty eradication during an Investitures Ceremony at Government-House in Canberra (AAP Image/Lukas Coch)
Australia's own X-Man has become an AC.
Hugh Jackman received his medal as a Companion of the Order of Australia at an investiture ceremony at Government House in Canberra on Friday.
"Mr Jackman's distinguished career, his compassion and his heartfelt patriotism have brought great credit to Australia and he is deserving of our highest praise," the governor-general's secretary Paul Singer said.
The Hollywood and Broadway actor was recognised in June's Queen's Birthday honours for his contributions to the performing arts and work advocating for ending poverty.
At the time, he said being appointed to the highest merit in the Order of Australia was especially emotional and humbling.
"I am an immensely proud Australian, and am so grateful for the opportunities I have received by being raised there," Jackman said.
On this occasion, I’m reminded that I share this honor with my parents, siblings, friends and, especially w Deb, Oscar & Ava. There are countless teachers, coaches and mentors who’ve taught and inspired me along the way. I will forever be in their debt. Thank you Governor General pic.twitter.com/Y9syilF1mx— Hugh Jackman (@RealHughJackman) September 13, 2019
His portrayal of Wolverine in the X-Men films was among the many on-screen performances lauded in the honours list.
Jackman's stage career has also been celebrated, including the lead role in The Boy From Oz.
His philanthropic efforts include work with the Fight Cancer Foundation and Broadway Cares/Equity Fights AIDS.
Retired Nationals leader Warren Truss, who was deputy prime minister to Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull, also received his honour at Friday's ceremony.
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