Julian McMahon

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Julian McMahon
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Julian McMahon, February 19, 2005
BornJulian Dana William McMahon
(1968-07-27) 27 July 1968 (age 45)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Dannii Minogue (1994–1995)
Brooke Burns (1999–2001)
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Julian McMahon
Julian McMahon.jpg
Julian McMahon, February 19, 2005
BornJulian Dana William McMahon
(1968-07-27) 27 July 1968 (age 45)
Sydney, New South Wales, Australia
Years active1989–present
Spouse(s)Dannii Minogue (1994–1995)
Brooke Burns (1999–2001)

Julian Dana William McMahon (/ˈliən məkˈmɑːn/; born 27 July 1968) is an Australian actor and former fashion model. He is best known for his portrayals of Cole Turner in The WB hit series Charmed, womanizing plastic surgeon Christian Troy on the Emmy and Golden Globe award-winning TV show Nip/Tuck and Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Early life[edit]

McMahon was born in Sydney, New South Wales. His father, William "Billy" McMahon, was an MP and went on to become the 20th Australian Prime Minister. His mother, Sonia McMahon (née Sonia Rachel Hopkins), was an occupational therapist and fashion icon.[1][2] He has an older sister, Melinda, and a younger sister, Deborah. McMahon has Irish ancestry through his paternal grandfather.[3]

McMahon was educated at Sydney Grammar School, a private boys school.[citation needed] He briefly studied Law at the University of Sydney and Economics at the University of Wollongong.[citation needed] McMahon began to find his studies at the University to be boring, so he began a successful modeling career. He became known as a model in various fashion capitals throughout the world, such as Milan, London, New York City, Rome, and Paris.[citation needed]


In addition to a career as a fashion model, including a jeans commercial for Levi Strauss, McMahon began an acting career on Australian soap Home and Away, playing the soldier Ben Lucini (1989–1991). McMahon was one of several Home and Away cast-members to star in a stage musical about the soap, which toured the UK in 1991. Adam Willits, Sharyn Hodgson (who played his on-screen wife, Carly), Mouche Phillips and Justine Clarke also starred.[4] Shortly afterward, he moved to the United States, and took voice classes to lose his Australian accent.[5]

He then appeared in the film Wet and Wild Summer! (aka Exchange Lifeguards) in 1992, and following this he appeared with his then soon-to-be wife Dannii Minogue's music videos for her 1993 hits "This Is It" and "This Is the Way". His first role on American television was on the daytime soap opera Another World, playing Ian Rain from 1993 to 1995. He also went on to play Dr. Michael Walsh in the movie Magenta in 1996, Sheriff Hayes in In Quiet Night (aka You Belong to Me Forever) in 1998, George Simian in the psychological thriller Chasing Sleep in 2000, and David Cameron in the made-for-TV movie Another Day in 2001.

From 1996 to 2000, he starred in all four seasons of the NBC drama Profiler as Agent John Grant. Following this, McMahon joined the cast of the WB's supernatural hit show Charmed, playing the conflicted half-demon/half-human Cole Turner from 2000 to 2003, and returned for one episode in 2005. Following Charmed, McMahon's next role was playboy plastic surgeon Christian Troy on the FX series Nip/Tuck. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama in 2005 for his performance.

During this time, McMahon also portrayed supervillain Doctor Doom in Fantastic Four, the 2005 film adaptation of the comic book series of the same name. The film was a box office success, and McMahon reprised his role as Doom in the sequel in 2007.

He also appeared alongside Sandra Bullock in the 2007 supernatural thriller Premonition. McMahon co-starred in 2011 with Milla Jovovich in Julien Magnat's thriller Faces in the Crowd.[6]

Personal life[edit]

In 1994 McMahon married Australian singer and actress Dannii Minogue. The pair divorced after a year.[7]

He married actress Brooke Burns on December 22, 1999 and the pair divorced in 2001. They have a daughter, Madison Elizabeth McMahon (born 9 June 2000).[8][9]


1992and Wild Summer!, WetWet and Wild Summer!Mick Dooley
1996MagentaMichael Walsh
1998Quiet Night, InIn Quiet NightHayes
2000Chasing SleepGeorge
2001Another DayDavidTelevision film
2005Fantastic FourDoctor Doom
2007PremonitionJim Hanson
2007Prisoner, PrisonerDerek Plato
2007Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver SurferDoctor DoomNominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain
Nominated — Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Chris Evans)
2008Meet MarketHutch
2010REDVice President Robert Stanton
2010Faces in the CrowdDetective Kerrest
2012Rogue, RogueKevin LearTelevision film
2012Bait 3DDoyle
2012Fire with FireRobert
2013ParanoiaMiles Meachum
2014You're Not YouPost-production
1989The Power, The PassionKane Edmonds168 episodes
1989-1991Home and AwayBen Lucini145 episodes
1992G.P.Const. Colin 'Clutch' CarmodyEpisode: "Beat It"
1992-1994Another WorldIan Rain200 episodes
1996-2000ProfilerJohn Grant82 episodes
1998Will & GraceGuyEpisode: "Where There's a Will, There's No Way"
2000-2005CharmedCole Turner57 episodes
2003-2010Nip/TuckDr. Christian Troy100 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television (2005, 2006)
Australian Film Institute International Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor - Television Series Drama
2008Robot ChickenDr. Doom/Pilot/DetectiveEpisode: "Monstourage"


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ USA WEEKEND Magazine[dead link]
  3. ^ "Julian McMahon Interview Full Text". Popsyndicate.com. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  4. ^ "Home and Away musical", mook. Retrieved 2007-01-29.
  5. ^ Kappes, Serena; with Adrienne Bard and Linda Trischitta. Celeb Spotlight: Julian McMahon. People, 2005-07-07.
  6. ^ "Victor von Doom and 'Nip/Tuck' Star Joins 'Faces in the Crowd'". Bloody Disgusting. The Collective. 2010-05-05. Retrieved 2010-05-14. 
  7. ^ Todd, Ben (2009-10-29). "Dannii Minogue reveals she stripped off for Playboy to pay her debts". Daily Mail. 
  8. ^ Aguilar, Candice (Summer 2008), "Brooke Burns Interview", U. Magazine: 6–7, retrieved 2008-07-04 
  9. ^ CelebrityWonder.com',' Profile – Brooke Burns. Accessed July 4, 2008

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