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Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor. As of November 2009, he is one of 22 people to have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award, and an Emmy Award, and has also won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild, and the Australian Film Institute awards.

Early life

Rush was born in Toowoombamarker, Queenslandmarker, Australia, the son of Merle (née Kiehne), a department store sales clerk, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in the suburbs. Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School. He also has an Arts Degree from the University of Queenslandmarker. While at university he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in Brisbanemarker. Rush began his career in with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions.

In 1975, Rush took off for Paris for a couple of years, and studied mime and pantomime at the famous L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, before returning to Australia to resume his stage career with QTC. In 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months, while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot.

Stage career

Geoffrey Rush made his theatre debut in Queensland Theatre Company's production of Wrong Side of the Mood. He worked with the company for four years, appearing in roles ranging across classical plays to pantomime, from Juno and the Paycock to Hamlet on Ice. Following these early years in Brisbane, Rush left to Paris where he studied further.

Rush has appeared on stage for Company B, and for the Queensland Theatre Company and the Brisbane Arts Theatre, as well as in many other theatre venues, and has worked as a theatre director.

His credits include William Shakespeare's plays, The Winter's Tale (with the South Australia Theatre Company in 1987 at The Playhouse in Adelaidemarker), and Troilus and Cressida (at the Old Museum Buildingmarker in 1989). He also appeared in an on-going production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as John Worthing (Ernest) (in which his wife, Jane Menelaus, appeared as Gwendolen).

In September 1998, Rush played the title role in the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro for the Queensland Theatre Company. This was the opening production of the Optus Playhouse, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centremarker at South Bank in Brisbanemarker. A pun on Geoffrey Rush's name (and the circumstances), was used in the opening prologue of the play with the comment that the "Optus Playhouse was opening with a Rush".

In 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatremarker in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield.

Geoffrey Rush made his Broadwaymarker debut in a restaging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatre'smarker moniker Malthouse Melbourne. This restaging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon. The show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatremarker.

Other cast includes Lauren Ambrose, Andrea Martin, William Sadler, and Brian Hutchison. Geoffrey won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award, as well as the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Award, and was the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.

Film career

Rush's film debut was in the Australian film Hoodwink in 1981. His next film was Gillian Armstrong's Starstruck, the following year. In 1996, he starred in Shine, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first Australian-born actor to win an Oscar.

In 1998, he appeared in three major films: Les Misérables, in which he played Inspector Javert; Elizabeth, in which he played the suspicious Sir Francis Walsingham, for which he won a BAFTA Award; and Shakespeare in Love in which he played Philip Henslowe, the acting company manager who remained calm in the midst of chaos (and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).

In 1999, Rush departured from his usual dramatic stint and took the lead role as Steven Price in the horror flick House on Haunted Hill. In 2000, he received his third Academy Award nomination, for Quills, in which he played the Marquis de Sade.

Rush's career continued at a fast pace, with nine films released from 2001 through 2003. He starred in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as Captain Hector Barbossa, also appearing in its sequels, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

Rush reprised his character's voice for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneylandmarker and the Magic Kingdommarker theme parks, which involved an Audio-Animatronic with Rush's likeness being installed (including one at Tokyo Disneyland). He also voiced Nigel the pelican in Finding Nemo.

Rush played actor Peter Sellers in the television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. For this performance, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series or Movie, a SAG Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television. In 2005, he starred in Steven Spielberg's film Munich as Ephraim, a cold Mossad officer.

In 2006, Rush hosted the Australian Film Institute Awards for the Nine Network. He was the Master of Ceremonies again at the 2007 AFI Awards.

Rush has confirmed that he is returning as Captain Hector Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, who has signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow as of September 2008. The probable story will be them going to find the fountain of youth, a story revealed at the end of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End.

In the beginning of 2009, Rush appeared in a series of special edition postage stamps featuring some of Australia's great actors. He, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman each appear twice in the series: once as themselves and once as their Academy Award-winning character.

He is the third actor from the Commonwealth to win the Academy Award for Best Actor after Peter Finch and in 2000 Russell Crowe.

Personal life

Geoffrey Rush moved to Melbournemarker in the early 1990s via Brisbanemarker and Sydneymarker. Rush lives in Camberwellmarker, a suburb of Melbourne. He has become involved in the preservation of heritage and architecture, becoming a figurehead for a campaign for the preservation of Camberwell Railway Stationmarker from demolition by developers and championing a National Trust of Australia (Victoria) poll for the Victorian Heritage Icons Awards.

He is also Patron of the Spina Bifida Foundation of Victoria, a charity which was co-founded by his late father-in-law, Malcolm Menelaus, a well-respected Australian orthopaedic surgeon.

Since 1988, Rush has been married to actress Jane Menelaus, with whom he has a daughter, Angelica (born 1992) and a son, James (born 1995).

Australian stamp honour

Geoffrey Rush is among the people who are featured on the series of "Australian Legends" 55 cent stamps.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1981 Hoodwink Detective 1
Menotti TV Series
1982 Starstruck Floor Manager
1987 Twelfth Night Sir Andrew Aguecheek
1996 Shine David Helfgott (adult) Academy Award for Best Actor
Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Boston Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Actor - Male
Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
New York Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role
Society of Texas Film Critics Awards for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture













Mercury Bill Wyatt TV series
Children of the Revolution Zachary Welch
1997 Frontier Soldier Administrator David Collins TV mini-series
Oscar and Lucinda Narrator (voice)
1998 A Little Bit of Soul Godfrey Usher Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Elizabeth Sir Francis Walsingham BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Shakespeare in Love
Les Misérables Inspector Javert
Shakespeare in Love Philip Henslowe Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor - Comedy/Romance
Nominated — Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor also for Elizabeth
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role








1999 Mystery Men Casanova Frankenstein
House on Haunted Hill Stephen H. Price
2000 Quills Marquis de Sade Florida Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Kansas City Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Satellite Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Academy Award for Best Actor
Nominated — BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Drama
Nominated — Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role









The Magic Pudding Bunyip Bluegum (voice)
2001 The Tailor of Panama Harold 'Harry' Pendel
Lantana John Knox
2002 Frida Leon Trotsky
The Banger Sisters Harry Plummer
2003 Swimming Upstream Harold Fingleton Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated — Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Actor - Male
Nominated — Inside Film Awards for Best Actor

Ned Kelly Superintendent Francis Hare
Finding Nemo Nigel (voice)
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Captain Hector Barbossa Nominated — MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor - Motion Picture
Nominated — Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor

Intolerable Cruelty Donovan Donaly
Harvie Krumpet Narrator (voice)
2004 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peter Sellers Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor – Miniseries or a Movie
Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie
Nominated — British Independent Film Award for Best Actor
Nominated — London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor
Nominated — Satellite Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film




2005 Munich Mossad case officer Ephraim Nominated — Washington DC Area Film Critics Association for Best Supporting Actor
2006 Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest Captain Hector Barbossa uncredited
Candy Casper Film Critics Circle of Australia Awards for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated — Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2007 Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Hector Barbossa
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Sir Francis Walsingham
2008 $9.99 Angel (voice)
2009 Bran Nue Dae Father Benedictus
The Warrior's Way Ron completed
2010 Lowdown Narrator filming (voice)
Guardians of Ga'Hoole unknown post-production (voice)


Other awards



References

  1. imdb Awards page
  2. Geoffrey Rush biography. Film Reference.com.
  3. Geoffrey Rush Biography. Tiscali.film & tv.
  4. Geoffrey Rush biography. Yahoo! Movies.
  5. Geoffrey Rush, 1997Academy award winner. Alumni at University of Queensland.
  6. Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman Happy to Be Licked — On Stamps People.com, February 4, 2009
  7. Tavis Smiley's interview transcript with Geoffrey Rush
  8. Rush to flat earth
  9. Actor Rush lifts lid on Camberwell station plan from theage.com.au
  10. 2006 Heritage Icon announced | National Trust of Australia (Victoria)
  11. Geoffrey Rush Biography — Theatre, Television and Film Biographies
  12. Geoffrey Rush Biography — Tiscali
  13. Geoffrey Rush Biography — Tribute
  14. Geoffrey Rush Biography — Hollywood.com
  15. Geoffrey Rush interview — The Independent


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