Julian Dana William McMahon is an Australian actor and model, and the son of a former Prime Minister of Australia, Sir William McMahon. McMahon won recognition for his roles in television dramas, in portrayals of Ben Lucini in the Australian soap opera Home and Away, Detection John Grant in the American crime drama Profiler and Christian Troy in the American medical drama Nip/Tuck. Take a look below for 25 more awesome and interesting facts about Julian McMahon.
1. McMahon was born in Sydney, the son of Sir William McMahon, a prominent Australian politician, and Lady McMahon, a socialite and fashion icon.
2. His father was a Member of the Australian House of Representatives 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.
3. His mother left their three children in the care of a nanny to be with her husband in Canberra during his Prime Ministership.
4. He has an older sister, Melinda, and a younger sister, Deborah.
5. He is of Irish descent through his father.
6. McMahon was educated at the private, boys-only, Sydney Grammar School, which his father had attended.
7. He briefly studied law at the University of Sydney and economics at the University of Wollongong.
8. McMahon found no interest in his studies, and began a modelling career.
9. He became known as a model in various fashion capitals, such as Milan, London, New York City, Rome, and Paris.
10. In addition to modelling, he began an acting career in commercials, including one for Levi Strauss jeans.
11. From 1989–91, McMahon starred in the successful Australian television soap opera Home and Away, playing the soldier Ben Lucini, alongside Dannii Minogue, his then future wife (now former wife).
12. He was one of several Home and Away cast members to star in a stage musical about the soap, which toured the United Kingdom in 1991.
13. 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 over the course of its run, and won a Golden Globe and an Emmy Award.
14. McMahon appeared in the film Wet and Wild Summer! (aka Exchange Lifeguards) in 1992, and appeared with Dannii Minogue’s music videos for her 1993 hits “This Is It” and “This Is the Way”.
15. His first role on American television was on the daytime soap opera Another World, playing Ian Rain from 1993 to 1995.
16. 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.
17. He appeared with Sandra Bullock in the 2007 supernatural thriller Premonition.
18. He co-starred in 2011 with Milla Jovovich in Julien Magnat’s thriller Faces in the Crowd.
19. In 2017 he began playing Jonah, the Messianic extraterrestrial life-form and benefactor of Pride, on the Hulu series Marvel’s Runaways.
20. McMahon’s decision to drop out of his university studies caused a rift between him and his parents. However, they reconciled before his father’s death in 1988.
21. McMahon jokingly noted in an interview with Jimmy Kimmel that his mother [was] “a very scary lady” because she would visit him on the set of his films and patronize him whenever he finished filming a scene.
22. McMahon married Australian pop star and former Home and Away co-star Dannii Minogue in January 1994, and divorced in mid-1995, after less than two years of marriage.
23. In 1999, McMahon married former Baywatch star Brooke Burns.
24. They have one child and divorced in 2001.
25. In 2014, at Lake Tahoe, California, McMahon was married for the third time.