Geoffrey Rush Biography

Birthday: 1951-07-06
Place of Birth: Toowoomba, Queensland Australia
Height: 6' (1.83 m)
Wiki Biography: Born on July 6, 1951, in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia, but raised in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia after his parents (he an accountant, she a sales clerk) split up, actor Geoffrey Rush attended Everton Park State High School during his formative years. His early interest in the theatre led to his 1971 stage debut at age 20 in "Wrong Side of the Moon" with the Queensland Theatre Company. Known for his classical repertory work over the years, he scored an unexpected hit with his Queensland role as Snoopy in the musical "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown". A few years later he moved to France to study but subsequently returned to his homeland within a short time and continued work as both actor and director with the Queensland company ("June and the Paycock," "Aladdin," "Godspell," "Present Laughter," "The Rivals"). In the 1980s Rush became a vital member of the State Theatre Company of South Australia and showed an equally strong range there in such productions as "Revenger's Tragedy," "A Midsummer Night's Dream," "Mother Courage...and Her Children," "Blood Wedding," "Pal Joey," "Twelfth Night" and as The Fool in "King Lear". Rush made an inauspicious debut in films with the feature Hoodwink (1981), having little more than a bit part, and didn't carry off his first major role until playing Sir Andrew Aguecheek in a movie production of Twelfth Night (1987). Yet, he remained a durable presence on stage with acclaimed productions in "The Diary of a Madman" in 1989 and "The Government Inspector" in 1991. Rush suffered a temporary nervous breakdown in 1992 due to overwork and anguish over his lack of career advancement. Resting for a time, he eventually to the stage. Within a few years filmgoers finally began taking notice of Geoffrey after his performance in Children of the Revolution (1996). This led to THE role of a lifetime as the highly dysfunctional piano prodigy David Helfgott in Shine (1996). Rush's astonishing tour-de-force performance won him every conceivable award imaginable, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, British Film Award and Australian Film Institute Award. "Shine" not only put Rush on the international film map, but atypically on the Hollywood "A" list as well. His rather homely mug was made fascinating by a completely charming, confident and captivating demeanor; better yet, it allowed him to more easily dissolve into a number of transfixing historical portrayals, notably his Walsingham in Elizabeth (1998), Marquis de Sade in Quills (2000), and Leon Trotsky in Frida (2002). He's also allowed himself to have a bit of hammy fun in such box office escapism as Mystery Men (1999), House on Haunted Hill (1999), The Banger Sisters (2002), Finding Nemo (2003) and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003). More than validating his early film success, two more Oscar nominations came his way in the same year for Quills (2000) (best actor) and Shakespeare in Love (1998) (support actor) in 2000. Geoffrey's amazing versatility continues to impress, more recently as the manic, volatile comedy genius Peter Sellers in the biopic The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004). Rush's intermittent returns to the stage have included productions of "Marat-Sade," "Uncle Vanya," "Oleanna," "Hamlet" and "The Small Poppies". In 2009 he made his Broadway debut in "Exit the King" co-starring Susan Sarandon. His marriage (since 1988) to Aussie classical actress Jane Menelaus produced daughter Angelica (1992) and son James (1995). Menelaus, who has also performed with the State Theatre of South Australia, has co-starred on stage with Rush in "The Winter's Tale" (1987), "Troilus and Cressida" (1989) and "The Importance of Being Earnest" (as Gwendolyn to his Jack Worthing). She also had a featured role in his film Quills (2000).

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Filmography

TV Title Appeared As Year Genre
Lowdown Narrator 2012
Movies Title Appeared As Year Genre
Ned Kelly Superintendent Francis Hare 1970 0, Fantasy
Dad and Dave: On Our Selection Dave Rudd 1995 Comedy
Shine David Helfgott - Adult 1996 0
Children of the Revolution 1997 Comedy, Drama
Oscar and Lucinda 1997 Drama, Romance
Shakespeare in Love Philip Henslowe 1998 Biography, 0, 0
A Little Bit of Soul Godfrey Usher 1998 Comedy
Elizabeth Sir Francis Walsingham 1998 Drama, History
Mystery Men Casanova Frankenstein 1999 Action, Comedy, Fantasy
House on Haunted Hill Stephen H. Price 1999 Horror, Mystery, Thriller
The Magic Pudding Bunyip Bluegum 2000 Animation, Family
Quills The Marquis de Sade 2000 Drama, History
Lantana John Knox 2001 Comedy, 0
The Tailor of Panama Harold 'Harry' Pendel 2001 0
The Banger Sisters Harry Plummer 2002 0
Harvie Krumpet 2003
Finding Nemo Nigel 2003
Swimming Upstream Harold Fingleton 2003 Drama, Sport
Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl Barbossa 2003 Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Intolerable Cruelty Donovan Donaly 2003 Comedy, Romance, Crime
The Life and Death of Peter Sellers Peter Sellers 2004 Drama
Munich Ephraim 2006 Drama, History, Thriller
Elizabeth: The Golden Age Sir Francis Walsingham 2007 0, 0
Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End Captain Barbossa 2007 0
Whaledreamers 2008
$9.99 The Angel/Homeless Man 2008
The King's Speech Lionel Logue 2010 0, 0
Bran Nue Dae Father Benedictus 2010 Comedy, Drama, Musical
Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole Ezylryb 2010 Animation, Adventure, Fantasy
The Warrior's Way Ronald 2010 Action, Fantasy
The Eye of the Storm Basil Hunter 2012 Drama
La migliore offerta Virgil Oldman 2013 Crime, Drama, Romance
The Book Thief Hans Hubermann 2013 Drama
The Daughter Henry 2015 Drama
Consider Yourself Lionel Bart 2016 Biography, Drama, Music
Gods of Egypt Ra 2016 0, Sport