Julian McMahon

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Julian McMahon
Julian McMahon Dec 2011 (cropped).jpg
McMahon in December 2011
Born Julian Dana William McMahon
(1968-07-27) 27 July 1968 (age 46)
Sydney, Australia
Occupation Actor, model
Years active 1989–present
Spouse(s) Dannii Minogue (m. 1994; div. 1995)
Brooke Burns (m. 1999; div. 2001)
Kelly Paniagua (m. 2014)
Children 1
Parent(s) William McMahon
Sonia McMahon

Julian Dana William McMahon (/ˈliən məkˈmɑːn/; born 27 July 1968) is an Australian actor and model. He is best known for his portrayals of Cole Turner in The WB series Charmed, Christian Troy on the series Nip/Tuck, and Doctor Doom in the films Fantastic Four and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.

Early life[edit]

McMahon was born in Sydney. His father, William "Billy" McMahon, was an MP and went on to become the 20th Australian Prime Minister (from 1971 to 1972). 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 is of part Irish descent.[3]

McMahon was educated at Sydney Grammar School,[citation needed] a private boys school. He briefly studied law at the University of Sydney and economics at the University of Wollongong.[citation needed][which?][when?] McMahon began to find his studies at the university[which?] boring, so he began a successful modelling 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]


Year Title Role Notes
1992 and Wild Summer!, WetWet and Wild Summer! Mick Dooley
1996 Magenta Michael Walsh
1998 Quiet Night, InIn Quiet Night Hayes
2000 Chasing Sleep George
2001 Another Day David Television film
2005 Fantastic Four Doctor Doom
2007 Premonition Jim Hanson
2007 Prisoner, Prisoner Derek Plato
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Doctor Doom
2008 Meet Market Hutch
2010 RED Vice-President Robert Stanton
2010 Faces in the Crowd Detective Kerrest
2012 Rogue, Rogue Kevin Lear Television film
2012 Bait 3D Doyle
2012 Fire with Fire Robert
2013 Paranoia Miles Meachum
2014 You're Not You Liam
Year Title Role Notes
1989 The Power, The Passion Kane Edmonds 168 episodes
1989–1991 Home and Away Ben Lucini 145 episodes
1992 G.P. Const. Colin 'Clutch' Carmody Episode: "Beat It"
1992–1994 Another World Ian Rain 200 episodes
1996–2000 Profiler John Grant 82 episodes
1998 Will & Grace Guy Episode: "Where There's a Will, There's No Way"
2000–2003, 2005 Charmed Cole Turner 46 episodes
2003–2010 Nip/Tuck Dr. Christian Troy 100 episodes
2008 Robot Chicken Dr. Doom/Pilot/Detective Episode: "Monstourage"

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Nominated work Award Result
2003 Nip/Tuck Satellite Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
2004 Nip/Tuck Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Television Series Drama Nominated
2005 Nip/Tuck Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television Won
2006 Nip/Tuck Saturn Award for Best Actor on Television Won
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Villain Nominated
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Teen Choice Award for Choice Movie Rumble (with Chris Evans) Nominated


  1. ^ [1][dead link]
  2. ^ USA WEEKEND Magazine[dead link]
  3. ^ "Julian McMahon Interview Full Text". Popsyndicate.com. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  4. ^ "Home and Away musical", mook. Retrieved 29 January 2007.
  5. ^ Kappes, Serena; with Adrienne Bard and Linda Trischitta. Celeb Spotlight: Julian McMahon. People, 7 July 2005.
  6. ^ "Victor von Doom and 'Nip/Tuck' Star Joins 'Faces in the Crowd'". Bloody Disgusting. The Collective. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 

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