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Geoffrey Rush
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BornGeoffrey Roy Rush
(1951-07-06) 6 July 1951 (age 63)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
ResidenceCamberwell, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Other namesGeoff Rush
EducationEverton Park State High School
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Home townBrisbane, Queensland
Spouse(s)Jane Menelaus (m. 1988)
Children2
AwardsAcademy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Australian of The Year 2012
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Geoffrey Rush
Geoffrey Rush Cannes 2011.jpg
BornGeoffrey Roy Rush
(1951-07-06) 6 July 1951 (age 63)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
ResidenceCamberwell, Victoria
NationalityAustralian
Other namesGeoff Rush
EducationEverton Park State High School
Alma materUniversity of Queensland
OccupationActor
Years active1971–present
Home townBrisbane, Queensland
Spouse(s)Jane Menelaus (m. 1988)
Children2
AwardsAcademy Award, Tony Award, Emmy Award, British Academy Film Award, Golden Globe Award, Screen Actors Guild Award, Australian of The Year 2012
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Geoffrey Roy Rush, AC (born 6 July 1951), is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the few people who have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting (from four nominations), three British Academy Film Awards (from five nominations), two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.[2][3] He is also notable for being the first actor to win the Oscar, the BAFTA, the Golden Globe, the SAG Award, and the Critics' Choice Award for a single performance (Shine).

Early life[edit]

Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, to Merle, a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force.[4][5] His father was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was of German descent.[6] His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane.[7] Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School. He also has an arts degree from the University of Queensland.[8] While at university, he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in Brisbane. Rush began his career with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions.

In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement, and theatre at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to resume his stage career with QTC.[5] 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.[5][7][8]

Stage career[edit]

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

Rush's acting credits include Shakespeare's plays, The Winter's Tale (with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 1987 at The Playhouse in Adelaide), and Troilus and Cressida (at the Old Museum Building 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 QTC. This was the opening production of the Optus Playhouse, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank in Brisbane. 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".

Rush has appeared on stage for the Brisbane Arts Theatre and in many other theatre venues. He has also worked as a theatre director.

In 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield. For this performance, he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best male actor in a play.[9]

Rush made his Broadway debut in a restaging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatre's touring moniker Malthouse Melbourne. This restaging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon. The show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Rush won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Award and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.[10]

In 2010, Rush played Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone on its Australian tour.

In 2011, Rush played the lead in a theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short atory The Diary of a Madman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. Rush won for this role Helpmann Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award.[11]

From November 2011, Rush played the role of Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest.[12] Other actors from the 1988 production include Jane Menelaus, this time as Miss Prism, and Bob Hornery, who had played Canon Chasuble, as the two butlers.[13]

Film career[edit]

Rush made his film debut in the Australian film Hoodwink in 1981. His next film was Gillian Armstrong's Starstruck, the following year. In the coming years he appeared in small roles on television dramas, including a role as a dentist in a 1993 episode of the British television series Lovejoy. He made his breakthrough performance in 1996 with Shine, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor.

In 1998, he appeared in three major films: Les Misérables, Elizabeth, and Shakespeare in Love for which he received his second Academy Award nomination as Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor.

In 1999, Rush took the lead role as Steven Price in the horror film 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 to 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, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End and On Stranger Tides.

Rush reprised his character's voice for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom 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 at the Sydney premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides in May 2011

Rush played actor Peter Sellers in the television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. For this performance, he won an Emmy Award[14] for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a 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 Munich as Ephraim, a Mossad agent.

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.

In 2010, Rush played speech therapist Lionel Logue in The King's Speech, a part that earned him a BAFTA and nominations for the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor.

Rush returned as Captain Hector Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp. Rush is also preparing for a film version of The Drowsy Chaperone, an award-winning stage musical.[15] In addition, he voiced the alien Tomar-Re in the film adaptation of the Green Lantern comic book series.[16]

In the beginning of 2009, Rush appeared in a series of special edition postage stamps featuring some of Australia's internationally recognised actors. He, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman each appear twice in the series. Rush's image is taken from Shine.[17]

In 2011, Rush made a cameo in a commercial, The Potato Peeler, for the Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF), playing a Polish peasant. He spoke his lines in Polish for the part.[18]

In August 2011 he was appointed the foundation President of the newly formed Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.[19]

In 2013, Rush starred alongside Jim Sturgess in The Best Offer and the film version of the best-selling novel The Book Thief.

Personal life[edit]

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). Geoffrey Rush lives in Camberwell, Victoria.[20]

Filmography[edit]

Film and television
YearTitleRoleNotes
1979–1981Consumer CapersJim BoyTV Series
1981HoodwinkDetective 1
1981MenottiTV Series
1982StarstruckFloor Manager
1987Twelfth NightSir Andrew Aguecheek
1996ShineDavid 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 Award 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 Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Most Promising Actor
Nominated – National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Nominated – Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
1996MercuryBill WyattTV series
1996Children of the RevolutionZachary Welch
1997FrontierSoldier Administrator David CollinsTV mini-series
1997Oscar and LucindaNarrator(voice)
1998A Little Bit of SoulGodfrey UsherNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1998ElizabethSir Francis WalsinghamBAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
1998Les MisérablesInspector Javert
1998Shakespeare in LovePhilip HensloweScreen 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 – 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
1999Mystery MenCasanova Frankenstein
1999House on Haunted HillStephen H. Price
2000QuillsMarquis de SadeFlorida 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 – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth 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
Nominated – Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Actor
2000Magic Pudding, TheThe Magic PuddingBunyip Bluegum(voice)
2001Tailor of Panama, TheThe Tailor of PanamaHarold 'Harry' Pendel
2001LantanaJohn Knox
2002FridaLeon Trotsky
2002Banger Sisters, TheThe Banger SistersHarry Plummer
2003Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black PearlCaptain Hector BarbossaNominated – MTV Movie Award for Best Villain
Nominated – Satellite Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor
2003Swimming UpstreamHarold FingletonNominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – Inside Film Award for Best Actor
2003Ned KellySuperintendent Francis Hare
2003Finding NemoNigel(voice)
2003Intolerable CrueltyDonovan Donaly
2003Harvie KrumpetNarrator(voice)
2004Life and Death of Peter Sellers, TheThe Life and Death of Peter SellersPeter SellersPrimetime 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
2005MunichMossad case officer EphraimNominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2006Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's ChestCaptain Hector BarbossaCameo (Uncredited)
2006CandyCasperFilm Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
Nominated – Australian Film Institute Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
2007Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's EndCaptain Hector Barbossa
2007Elizabeth: The Golden AgeSir Francis Walsingham
2008$9.99Angel(voice)
2009Bran Nue DaeFather Benedictus
2010Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'HooleEzylryb & Lyze of Kiel (voice only)(voice)
Nominated – Annie Award for Best Voice Acting in an Animated Feature Production
2010King's Speech, TheThe King's SpeechLionel LogueAlso Producer
BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Supporting Role
British Independent Film Award for Best Supporting Actor
Central Ohio Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Supporting Actor
Santa Barbara International Film Festival for Best Ensemble Cast
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
Southeastern Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Acting Ensemble
Nominated – Broadcast Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Chicago Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Dallas-Fort Worth Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Denver Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Detroit Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor – Motion Picture
Nominated – Houston Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Las Vegas Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Los Angeles Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – National Movie Award for Best Performance of the Year
Nominated – North Texas Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Online Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Cast
Nominated – Phoenix Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – San Diego Film Critics Society Award for Best Supporting Actor
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
Nominated – St. Louis Gateway Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Toronto Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Utah Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Vancouver Film Critics Circle Award for Best Supporting Actor
Nominated – Washington D.C. Area Film Critics Association Award for Best Supporting Actor
2010LowdownNarrator(voice)
2010Warrior's Way, TheThe Warrior's WayRon
2011Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger TidesCaptain Hector BarbossaNominated – People's Choice Award for Favorite Ensemble Movie Cast
2011Green LanternTomar-Re(voice)
2011Eye of the Storm, TheThe Eye of the StormBasil HunterNominated – AACTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role
Nominated – Film Critics Circle of Australia Award for Best Actor – Male
Nominated – Inside Film Award for Best Actor
2013The Best OfferVirgil Oldman
2013The Book ThiefHans HubermannNominated – AACTA International Award for Best Supporting Actor
2014UnityNarratorDocumentary
2016Gods of EgyptRaFilming
2017Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No TalesCaptain Hector BarbossaUnder script rewrite. Filming begins Fall 2014.

Other awards[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Geoffrey Rush". Front Row. 1 May 2013. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s4qr3. Retrieved 2014-01-18.
  2. ^ Australian of the Year Awards 2012 Recipients
  3. ^ Singer, Jill "Rush to flat earth". Herald Sun. 24 March 2008.
  4. ^ Geoffrey Rush biography. Film Reference.com.
  5. ^ a b c Geoffrey Rush Biography. Tiscali.film & tv.
  6. ^ http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001691/bio
  7. ^ a b Geoffrey Rush biography. Yahoo! Movies.
  8. ^ a b Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Academy award winner. Alumni at University of Queensland.
  9. ^ "Past nominees and Winners". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Tony Awards – Search Past Tony Award Winners and Nominations". Tony Award Productions 2000. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  11. ^ "Past nominees and Winners". Helpmann Awards. Retrieved 11 December 2013. 
  12. ^ "The Importance of Being Earnest". Melbourne Theatre Company. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  13. ^ The importance of being Geoffrey Rush by Peter Craven, The Australian (12 November 2011)
  14. ^ Geoffrey Rush Emmy Winner
  15. ^ "Geoffrey Rush to Take a Seat in Drowsy Chaperone Film". Broadway. Retrieved 13 September 2010. 
  16. ^ Vilensky, Mike (30 March 2011). "Geoffrey Rush Joins Green Lantern". New York. Retrieved 17 April 2011. 
  17. ^ Cate Blanchett, Nicole Kidman Happy to Be Licked – On Stamps People, 4 February 2009
  18. ^ MIFF Trailer 2011 – The Potato Peelers on YouTube (23 June 2011). Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  19. ^ "Rush named president of Australian Oscars". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. 19 August 2011. 
  20. ^ Spencer, Adam; Champness, Lawrence (21 January 2011). "The King's Speech: From Geoffrey Rush's letterbox to the big screen". Australian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 7 September 2012. 
  21. ^ "Geoffrey Rush". Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  22. ^ "Companion (AC) in the general division of the Order of Australia at the 2014 Australia Day honours" (pdf). Official Secretary to the Governor-General of Australia. 26 January 2014. p. 5. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 
  23. ^ "Australian of the Year 2012". National Australia Day Council. Retrieved 27 January 2014. 

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