Geoffrey Rush

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Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush at the 2017 Berlin Film Festival
Geoffrey Roy Rush

(1951-07-06) 6 July 1951 (age 72)
  • Actor
  • narrator
  • film producer
  • composer
Notable work
David Helfgott in Shine
Hector Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean
Francis Walsingham in Elizabeth
Philip Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love
Marquis de Sade in Quills
Nigel in Finding Nemo
Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
Ephraim in Munich
Lionel Logue in The King's Speech
Spouse(s)Jane Menelaus (m. 1988-present)
Children1 daughter, 1 son
AwardsAcademy Awards:
Best Actor
1996 Shine,
Emmy Awards:
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Mini-Series or a Movie
2005 The Life and Death of Peter Sellers,
BAFTA Awards:
Best Actor
1996 Shine
Best Supporting Actor
1998 Elizabeth
Golden Globe Awards:
Best Actor - Motion Picture Drama
1997 Shine
Best Actor - Mini-series
2005The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
SAG Awards:
Best Cast - Motion Picture
1998 Shakespeare in Love

Geoffrey Roy Rush, AC (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor who has won the Academy and Emmy awards, as well as several others. He was the first Australian actor to win an Academy Award for acting.[1]

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 foundation President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.

Rush was born on 6 July 1951 in Toowoomba, Queensland.[2][3] He studied at Everton Park State High School and at University of Queensland.[4] Rush was raised in Brisbane.[5]

In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement and theatre at the L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to continue his stage career with QTC.[3] 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.[3][5][4]

Rush is known for his roles in Shine, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Shakespeare in Love, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Quills, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, and in The King's Speech.

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 at Camberwell station, Camberwell, Victoria.[6]

References[change | change source]

  1. Geoffrey Rush named Australian of the Year at
  2. Geoffrey Rush biography. Film
  3. 3.0 3.1 3.2 Geoffrey Rush Biography Archived 2007-10-30 at the Wayback Machine. & tv.
  4. 4.0 4.1 Geoffrey Rush, 1997 Academy award winner Archived 2006-03-01 at the Wayback Machine. Alumni at University of Queensland.
  5. 5.0 5.1 Geoffrey Rush biography Archived 2012-01-17 at the Wayback Machine. Yahoo! Movies.
  6. 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.

Other websites[change | change source]

Media related to Geoffrey Rush at Wikimedia Commons