Geoffrey Rush

Mostly Credited As: Geoffrey Rush
Birth Name: Geoffrey Roy Rush
Date Of Birth: July 06, 1951 (Age 64)
Country Of Birth: Australia
Birth Place: Toowoomba, Queensland
Height: 6' (1.82 m)

Geoffrey Rush

Geoffrey Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland on July 6th, 1951, to an accountant father and shop assistant mother. He moved to Brisbane, when his parents split. After school, Rush took an arts degree at the University of Queensland (the institution years later awarded him an Honorary Doctorate of Letters) where, acting in a revue in 1971, he was spotted and recruited by the Queensland Theatre Company. In addition to honing his skills with the classics, Rush lived in Paris for two years, where he studied pantomime at the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime.

After returning to Australia, the actor resumed his stage work, at one point co-starring in Waiting for Godot with former roommate Mel Gibson. He spent much of the early '80s as part of director Jim Sharman's Lighthouse troupe and he also began working in film; his debut came in the 1981 Hoodwink, which also featured a young Judy Davis.

Rush continued to appear in Australian films and on the stage, directing a number of theatrical productions in addition to acting in them. His big international break came in the form of the aforementioned Shine; following the adulation surrounding his performance as the unbalanced piano prodigy, Rush began to garner substantial roles in a number of high-profile projects. First was Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda (1997), in which he played Oscar's great-grandson. The following year the actor drew raves for his work in Elizabeth, which featured him as the Queen's casually sinister confidant, and Shakespeare in Love, for which he again donned tights, this time to play a debt-ridden theater owner. His work in that film scored him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. The same year, he could also be seen as the dastardly Inspector Javert in Bille August's adaptation of Les Miserables.

In 1999, Rush exchanged the past for the future with Mystery Men. Starring as the dastardly Casanova Frankenstein, he shared the screen with an unlikely assortment of actors, including Greg Kinnear, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, and Paul Reubens. The same year, he starred as an eccentric millionaire who invites a few guests (including Bridgette Wilson, Taye Diggs, and Peter Gallagher) over for some tea and terror in the remake of William Castle's 1958 classic The House on Haunted Hill.

At this point audiences in the know were indeed well aware of Rush's versitility, and any actor able to move from the campy, big budget B-horror to the Oscar nominated art-house antics of Quills had little need to prove himself to either critics or audiences. Though he may not have taken home the trophy at the 2001 Academy Awards, his performance as the Marquis de Sade in Quills drew praise from nearly every corner of the critical spectrum and Rush was now recognized as one of the premier talents of his generation. Whether appearing in such deadly serious independent drama as Frida or wide release cotton candy as The Banger Sisters, Rush was never anything less than fascinating to watch and his enthusiasm for his craft always managed to shine through into his performances. Though the film wasn't seen by the majority of stateside audiences, 2003's Swimming Upstream offered Rush in a meorable turn as the distant father of Australian swimmer Tony Figleton. After taking on one of Austrailia's most notorious outlaws in the 2003 drama Ned Kelley and offering vocal work for the popular Pixar family adventure Finding Nemo, Rush remained on this high seas - this time mostly above water - as the leader of an undead crew of pirates in the 2003 swashbuckler Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Though his menacing performance may have been slightly overshadowed by the flamboyant antics of co-star Johnny Depp, Rush nevertheless managed to craft one of the most complex and rousing villians in recent screen history. Next turning up as the hapless victim of a gold-digging maneater in the Coen Brothers' Intolerable Cruelty, Rush soon began preparation for his role as none other than the immortal Inspector Clouseau in the made-for-television biography The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.

Now considered one of Australia's most popular and distinguished actors, Geoffrey Rush will hopefully continue entertaining the world for many years to come.

Movie Credits

Elizabeth: The Golden Age (2006) - Sir Francis Walsingham
Pirates of the Caribbean 3 (2007) - Captain Barbossa
Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) - Captain Barbossa
Candy (2006) - Casper
Munich (2005) - Ephraim
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) - Peter Sellers
Intolerable Cruelty (2003) - Donovan Donaly
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003) - Barbossa
Finding Nemo (2003) (voice) - Nigel
Ned Kelly (2003) - Francis Hare
Swimming Upstream (2003) - Harold Fingleton
The Banger Sisters (2002) - Harry Plummer
Frida (2002) - Leon Trotsky
Lantana (2001) - John Knox
The Tailor of Panama (2001) - Harold 'Harry' Pendel
The Magic Pudding (2000) (voice) - Bunyip Bluegum
Quills (2000) - The Marquis de Sade
House on Haunted Hill (1999) - Stephen H. Price
Mystery Men (1999) - Casanova Frankenstein
Shakespeare in Love (1998) - Philip Henslowe
Elizabeth (1998) - Sir Francis Walsingham
Les Misérables (1998) - Inspector Javert
A Little Bit of Soul (1998) - Godfrey Usher
Children of the Revolution (1996) - Zachary Welch
Shine (1996) - David as an Adult
Call Me Sal (1996) - Wal
Dad and Dave: On Our Selection (1995) - Dave Rudd
Twelfth Night (1987) - Sir Andrew Aguecheek
Starstruck (1982) - Floor Manager
Hoodwink (1981) - Detective 1

... and many more.

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Lowdown (2010)As: Narrator -- [Voice]
Mercury (1996)As: Bill Wyatt
Episode Cast Credits 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Geoffrey Rush 19x24: (Nov/14/2013) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Circle (2010) 
  Season 3, Episode 9 03x09: (Jan/26/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Lady Gaga, Gwyneth Paltrow, Geoffrey Rush 09x05: (May/13/2011) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  May 12, 2011 12x132: (May/12/2011) As Himself 

The Colbert Report (2005) 
  Geoffrey Rush 07x62: (May/10/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 1, Show 176 01x176: (May/10/2011) As Himself 

The Academy Awards (1953) 
  The 83rd Annual Academy Awards 59x01: (Feb/27/2011) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor (for 'The King's Speech'), [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 73rd Annual Academy Awards 49x01: (Mar/25/2001) As Nominee: Best Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 71st Annual Academy Awards 47x01: (Mar/21/1999) As Nominee: Best Supporting Actor, [Co-Guest Stars]
  The 70th Annual Academy Awards 46x01: (Mar/23/1998) As Presenter, [Featuring]

Piers Morgan Live (2011) 
  Geoffrey Rush / Helena Bonham Carter 01x14: (Feb/03/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Lowdown (2010) 
  Who's Your Baddy? 01x07: (Jun/02/2010) As God, [Special Guest Stars]

The View (1997) 
  Susan Sarandon, Geoffrey Rush, Carol Leifer 12x145: (Mar/27/2009) As Himself 
  Geoffrey Rush, James Pickens Jr., Billy Ray Cyrus, guest co-host Marie Osmond 10x167: (May/10/2007) As Himself 
  Season 2, Episode 76 02x76: (Dec/14/1998) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Geoffrey Rush, Mary Lynn Rajskub, Linkin Park 05x81: (May/18/2007) As Himself 

Good Morning America (1975) 
  Geoffrey Rush 32x179: (May/10/2007) As Himself 

The Emmy Awards (1949) 
  The 57th Annual Emmy Awards 57x01: (Sep/18/2005) As Winner: Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie (for 'The Life and Death of Peter Sellers') 

The Screen Actors Guild Awards (1995) 
  11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 11x01: (Feb/05/2005) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries (for 'The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers') 
  3rd Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 03x01: (Feb/22/1997) As Winner: Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role (for 'Shine') 

The Golden Globes (1944) 
  The 62nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 62x01: (Jan/16/2005) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture made for Television (for 'The Life and Death Of Peter Sellers') 
  The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 54x01: (Jan/19/1997) As Winner: Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture – Drama (for 'Shine') 

The Tony Danza Show (2004) (2004) 
  Ivana Ma, Linda Dano, Geoffrey Rush, Nancy Sinatra 01x60: (Dec/03/2004) As Himself 

Kath & Kim (AU) (2002) 
  Sitting on a Pile 03x03: (Oct/21/2004) As Geoff, [Special Guest Stars]

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Ewan McGregor, Charley Boorman, Geoffrey Rush, Nancy Sinatra, The Hives 07x05: (Oct/01/2004) As Himself, [Interviewees]

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Sarah Jessica Parker, Geoffrey Rush, Barry Manilow 04x98: (Feb/11/1997) As Himself, [Interviewees]
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In 1997, Geoffrey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for: Shine (1996).

In 2005, Geoffrey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for: The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004).

In 2003, Geoffrey won Supporting Actor of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival.

Geoffrey has an Arts Degree from the University of Queensland.

In 2003, Geoffrey won Supporting Actor of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival.

In 2001, Geoffrey won the KCFCC Award Best Actor for: Quills (2000).

In 2000, Geoffrey won the Sierra Award for Best Actor for: Quills (2000).

Geoffrey was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Queensland, in Australia.

Geoffrey began his acting career with the Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia.

In 1998, Geoffrey won the ALFS Award for Actor of the Year for: Shine (1996).

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