Julian McMahon

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Julian McMahon
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McMahon in December 2011
Born Julian Dana William McMahon
(1968-07-27) 27 July 1968 (age 47)
Sydney, Australia
Education Sydney Grammar School
Alma mater University of Sydney (attended)
University of Wollongong (attended)
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.

McMahon won recognition for his roles in Television dramas, in portrayals of Ben Lucini in the award-winning Australian soap drama Home and Away, and as Christian Troy in the award-winning American drama Nip/Tuck, as well as his appearance in films with leading and supporting roles, in films such as the romantic-drama Magenta (1996), the action-superhero Fantastic Four franchise (2005 & 2007), the action-comedy film Red (2010), and the horror-thriller Bait (2012). However, his work in television with Nip/Tuck garnered him more success. The series won an Emmy Award and a Golden Globe. McMahon played the lead role in Nip/Tuck alongside Dylan Walsh, and appeared in all seasons.

Early life[edit]

McMahon was born in Sydney, the son of Lady Sonia McMahon (née Hopkins), a socialite and fashion icon, and Sir William McMahon, a prominent Australian politician. His father was a Member of the Australian Parliament and a high-ranking minister in the 24-year Liberal Government for many years before Julian's birth; he became the 20th Prime Minister of Australia in March 1971, when Julian was two years old. His mother left their three children in the care of a nanny to be with her husband in Canberra during his premiership. He has an older sister, Melinda, and a younger sister, Deborah. McMahon is of Irish descent through his father.[1]

McMahon was educated at the private, boys-only, Sydney Grammar School,[citation needed], which his father had attended. He briefly studied law at the University of Sydney and economics at the University of Wollongong.[citation needed][which?][when?] McMahon found no interest his studies at the university[which?], and began a 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.

In addition to his modelling, he began an acting career in commercials, including one for Levi Strauss jeans. From 1989 to 1991, McMahon starred in the successful Australian television soap opera Home and Away, playing the soldier Ben Lucini, alongside Dannii Minogue, his future wife (now ex-wife). He was also one of several Home and Away cast members to star in a stage musical about the soap, which toured the United Kingdom in 1991. McMahon has also appeared as Christian Troy in the entire 100-episode series of the American drama series, Nip/Tuck, which was nominated for 45 awards, and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.


McMahon appeared in the film Wet and Wild Summer! (aka Exchange Lifeguards) in 1992, and 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. Then 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; he 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 appeared alongside Sandra Bullock in the 2007 supernatural thriller Premonition. He co-starred in 2011 with Milla Jovovich in Julien Magnat's thriller Faces in the Crowd.[2]

Personal life[edit]

McMahon jokingly noted in an interview that his mother was "a very scary lady", because she would visit him on the set of his films and patronise him whenever he finished filming a scene.[3]

McMahon married former Home and Away co-star Dannii Minogue in January 1994, and divorced in mid-1995, after less than two years of marriage. Referring to the divorce, Minogue stated that it was her "biggest regret and biggest downfall", and later posed nude in an Australian edition of Playboy, commenting "I just had a marriage break-up. Most women go to the hairdressers – I did Playboy. I chose the photographer, the location, what I did or didn't want to wear and everything else about the pictures. I found it a really liberating, empowering experience". The edition featuring Minogue sold out in under four days and became one of the best-selling editions in Australia. After their divorce, Minogue had a very public falling out with McMahon's mother when she (Lady McMahon) said that "[Minogue] was not worthy of marrying into her family".[citation needed]

In 1999, McMahon married former Baywatch star Brooke Burns. They have one child but divorced in 2001. In 2014, at Lake Tahoe, California, McMahon was married for the third time, to his girlfriend of 11 years, Kelly Paniagua, after having been engaged for six months.[4]


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 Victor Von Doom/Doctor Doom
2007 Premonition Jim Hanson
2007 Prisoner, Prisoner Derek Plato
2007 Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer Victor Von Doom/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. ^ "Julian McMahon Interview". Popsyndicate.com. Archived from the original on 7 May 2008. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  2. ^ "Victor von Doom and 'Nip/Tuck' Star Joins 'Faces in the Crowd'". Bloody Disgusting. The Collective. 5 May 2010. Retrieved 14 May 2010. 
  3. ^ YouTube; accessed 23 September 2015.
  4. ^ Julian McMahon marries girlfriend Kelly Paniagua, dailymail.co.uk; accessed 27 August 2015.

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