Geoffrey Rush

Actor, Director, Playwright
Actor Geoffrey Rush was little known outside his native Australia when he soared to international prominence on the wings of his remarkable portrayal of eccentric pianist David Helfgott in Scott Hicks' acclaimed biopic ... Read more »
Born: 07/06/1951 in Toowoomba, Queensland, AU

Filmography

Actor (58)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales 2017 (Movie)

Barbossa (Actor)

Gods of Egypt 2016 (Movie)

Ra (Actor)

Minions 2015 (Movie)

(Narrator)

The Best Offer 2014 (Movie)

Virgil Oldman (Actor)

The Daughter 2014 (Movie)

Henry (Actor)

The Book Thief 2013 (Movie)

Hans (Actor)

The Daily Show 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Eye of the Storm 2012 (Movie)

Basil Hunter (Actor)

17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Green Lantern 2011 (Movie)

Tomar-Re (Voice)

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides 2011 (Movie)

Barbossa (Actor)

The 68th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2010 - 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Bran Nue Dae 2010 (Movie)

Father Benedictus (Actor)

Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole 2010 (Movie)

Ezylryb (Voice)

The King's Speech 2010 (Movie)

Lionel Logue (Actor)

The Warrior's Way 2010 (Movie)

Ron (Actor)

$9.99 2008 (Movie)

Voice of The Angel/Homeless Man (Actor)

Whaledreamers 2008 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Elizabeth: The Golden Age 2007 (Movie)

Sir Francis Walsingham (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End 2007 (Movie)

Barbossa (Actor)

Candy 2006 (Movie)

Casper (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest 2006 (Movie)

Captain Barbossa (Actor)

Munich 2005 (Movie)

Ephraim (Actor)

Swimming Upstream 2005 (Movie)

Harold Fingleton (Actor)

Ned Kelly 2004 (Movie)

Francis Hare (Actor)

Finding Nemo 2003 (Movie)

Voice of Nigel (Actor)

Intolerable Cruelty 2003 (Movie)

Donovan Donnelly (Actor)

Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl 2003 (Movie)

Pirate Captain Barbossa/Captain Blackheart (Actor)

Frida 2002 (Movie)

Leon Trotsky (Actor)

Harvie Krumpet 2002 (Movie)

Voice of Narrator (Actor)

The Banger Sisters 2002 (Movie)

Harry (Actor)

16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Lantana 2001 (Movie)

John Knox (Actor)

The Critics' Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Tailor of Panama 2001 (Movie)

Harry Pendel (Actor)

Quills 2000 (Movie)

Marquis de Sade (Actor)

The Magic Pudding 2000 (Movie)

of Bunyip Bluegum--The Koala (Voice)

14th Independent Spirit Awards 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Presenter

A Little Bit of Soul 1999 (Movie)

Godfrey Usher (Actor)

Mystery Men 1999 (Movie)

Casanova Frankenstein (Actor)

The House on Haunted Hill 1999 (Movie)

Steven Price (Actor)

Elizabeth 1998 (Movie)

Sir Francis Walsingham (Actor)

Les Miserables 1998 (Movie)

Javert (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

Shakespeare in Love 1998 (Movie)

Philip Henslowe (Actor)

The 70th Annual Academy Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Children of the Revolution 1997 (Movie)

Welch (Actor)

Inside the Academy Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Shine 1996 (Movie)

David Helfgott as an Adult (Actor)

Twisted 1995 (Movie)

Harry Chisholm (Actor)

Dad & Dave - On Our Selection 1994 (Movie)

(Actor)

Twelfth Night 1985 (Movie)

Sir Andrew Aguecheek (Actor)

Hoodwink 1982 (Movie)

Detective Number 1 (Actor)

Starstruck 1982 (Movie)

Floor Manager (Actor)

Biography

Actor Geoffrey Rush was little known outside his native Australia when he soared to international prominence on the wings of his remarkable portrayal of eccentric pianist David Helfgott in Scott Hicks' acclaimed biopic "Shine" (1996), for which he won a slew of awards, including an Oscar for Best Actor. Arguably his country's top stage actor, he had struggled for years to achieve recognition, but post-"Shine," Rush would remain both prolific and highly regarded as a film presence. Rush chewed the scenery with relish in the Academy Award-winning "Shakespeare in Love" (1998), opposite Gwyneth Paltrow, and brought the depraved Marquis de Sade to life with unsettling voracity in "Quills" (2000). He played brilliantly off of a cast-against-type Pierce Brosnan in the spy thriller "The Tailor of Panama" (2001) before taking to the high seas in the mega-franchise "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl" (2003), as the ghost pirate Barbossa, who Rush would portray several more times. He went on to win awards for his title performance in the cable biopic "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers" (HBO, 2004), and won critical praise for his role as an early 20th-Century vocal therapist in "The King's Speech" (2010). Always unconventional, Rush excelled in essaying characters who were alternately eccentric, cowardly, brilliant, or insane - sometimes a combination of all four - creating one of the most impressive résumés of any actor of his generation.

Relationships

Jane Menelaus

Wife
Married since 1988 met when they co-starred in an Australian stage production of "Benefactors" (1986) acted opposite Rush in "Quills" (2000)

Roy Rush

Father
Worked for the Royal Australian Air Force

Merle Rush

Mother
After divorcing husband, took children to live with her parents in the suburbs

Angelica Rush

Daughter
Born in 1992 mother, Jane Menelaus

James Rush

Son
Born in 1995 mother, Jane Menelaus

EDUCATION

Center For Advanced Film Studies, American Film Institute

1973 - 1975
Graduated 1975

University of Queensland

1971

Queensland Theatre Company

L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq

Paris 1975 - 1977
Studied Mime

Milestones

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Academy Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role

2011

Reprised role as Captain Barbossa in "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides"

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role ("The King's Speech")

2011

Nominated for the 2011 Golden Globe Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture ("The King’s Speech")

2010

Helps Colin Firth's King George VI overcome his speech impediment of stuttering in "The King’s Speech"

2009

Reprised role of King Berenger for the Broadway production of "Exit the King"

2007

Starred as King Berenger in a Melbourne production of Eugene Ionesco's "Exit the King"

2007

Once again played Captain Barbossa in "Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End"

2007

Reprised the role of Sir Francis Walsingham in "Elizabeth: The Golden Age," a sequel to the award winning feature "Elizabeth"

2006

Reprised role as the ghostly Captain Barbossa in Gore Verbinski's "Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest"

2005

Portrayed the overbearing, alcoholic father of champion swimmer Tony Fingleton in "Swimming Upstream"

2005

Cast as Ephraim, a cold Mossad officer, in Steven Spielberg's "Munich"

2004

Played the title role in "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers"; premiered at at the Cannes film festival and aired on HBO

2004

Joined an ensemble cast in the Australian gangster biopic, "Ned Kelly"

2003

Played Captain Barbossa in "Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl"; film based on the popular Disney theme ride

2002

Portrayed Leon Trotsky in "Frida"

2002

Cast as Goldie Hawn's nebbishy love interest in "The Banger Sisters"

2001

Played the title role in John Boorman's adaptation of the spy novel, "The Tailor of Panama"

2001

Appeared in the critically hailed Austrian film, "Lantana"

2000

Cast as the Marquis de Sade in the feature adaptation of "Quills"; received a Best Actor Oscar nomination

2000

Returned to the Sydney stage in "Small Poppies"

1999

Appeared as the villainous Cassanova Frankenstein in "Mystery Men"

1998

Dogged Liam Neeson as Inspector Javert in the dramatic adaptation of "Les Miserables"

1998

Played Philip Henslowe, the acting company manager in "Shakespeare in Love"; garnered Supporting Actor Golden Globe and Oscar nominations

1998

Portrayed the mysterious Sir Francis Walsingham, the Master of Spies and royal court enforcer of "Elizabeth"; starred Blanchett in the title role

1997

Co-starred in the historical Australian miniseries, "Frontier"

1996

Cast as a crusty newspaper editor in the Australian TV production, "Mercury"

1996

Won international acclaim for his performance as the adult pianist David Helfgott in "Shine"

1995

First lead role in a feature, "Dad and Dave: On Our Selection"

1993

Co-starred with Cate Blanchett in Sydney stage production of David Mamet's "Oleanna"

1992

Re-teamed with director Sharman for the Australian documentary, "The Burning Bed"

1992

Directed the Australian stage production of "The Frogs"; also co-adapted (with John Clarke) but did not act in the production

1991

Played the title role in Gogol's "The Government Inspector" for the Sydney stage

1989

Won praise for his role in Nikolai Gogol's play, "The Diary of a Madman"; re-teamed with Armfield who directed

1986

Had first major film role as Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Neil Armfield's "Twelfth Night"

1982

Portrayed a Floor Manager in Gillian Armstrong's "Starstruck"

1981

Made debut in the Australian film, "Hoodwink"

1979

Appeared alongside Mel Gibson in "Waiting for Godot"

1978

Made stage directing debut with Queensland Theatre Company's production of "Clowneroonies"; also acted

1977

Returned to Australia

1975

Moved to France to study mime

1972

Scored a hit as Snoopy in "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown"

1970

Joined Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane; made stage debut in "Wrong Side of the Moon"

Performed with Jim Sharman's Lighthouse troupe in the early 1980s

Bonus Trivia

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Shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months, while they co-starred in a stage production of "Waiting for Godot" in 1979

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