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Geoffrey Rush

Rush at the 2008 Toronto International Film Festival
Born Geoffrey Roy Rush
6 July 1951 (1951-07-06) (age 58)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Occupation Actor
Years active 1981 – present
Spouse(s) Jane Menelaus
(1988–present)

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. He has also won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the Australian Film Institute awards.[1]

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Early life

Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, the son of Merle (née Kiehne), a department store sales clerk, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force.[2][3] His parents divorced when he was five and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in the Brisbane suburbs.[4] Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School. He also has an arts degree from the University of Queensland.[5] While at university he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in Brisbane. Rush began his career in with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions.

In 1975, Rush went to 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.[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][4][5]

Stage career

Rush made his theatre debut in Queensland Theatre Company's production of Wrong Side of the Moon. 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. He has worked as a theatre director.

Rush's acting credits include William Shakespeare's plays, The Winter's Tale (with the South Australia Theatre Company 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 Queensland Theatre Company. 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".

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.

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.

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 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 at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, May 2007

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 Disneyland and the Magic Kingdom theme parks, which involved an Audio-Animatronic with Rush's likeness being installed (including one at Tokyo Disneyland).[citation needed] 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 internationally recognised actors. He, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman each appear twice in the series, in a contemporary portrait, and as one of their notable characters. Rush's film image is taken from Shine.[6]

Personal life

Geoffrey Rush moved to Melbourne in the early 1990s via Brisbane and Sydney.[7] Rush lives in Camberwell, a suburb of Melbourne.[8] He has become involved in the preservation of heritage and architecture, becoming a figurehead for a campaign for the preservation of Camberwell Railway Station from demolition by developers[9] and championing a National Trust of Australia (Victoria) poll for the Victorian Heritage Icons Awards.[10]

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).[11][12][13][14][15]

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
2010 The Warrior's Way Ron completed
The King's Speech Lionel Logue post-production
Legend of the Guardians unknown post-production (voice)
Lowdown Narrator post-production (voice)

Other awards

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Up to date as of January 14, 2010

From Wikiquote

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Academy Award- and Emmy Award-winning Australian actor. He is the first Australian-born person to win an Academy Award for acting.

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  • "But there is a scary side to acting for me, because I have always wanted to develop rather than plateau out. When people come to me and tell me I was terrific in this or that, I do not want to fall flat on my face the next time. But, tough, I have fallen flat before. You just get up and dust yourself off".

See also

  • Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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Geoffrey Rush at the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End with Jack the Monkey
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6 July 1951 (1951-07-06) (age 59)
Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
Spouse Jane Menelaus

Geoffrey Roy Rush (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.

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