Geoffrey Rush

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Geoffrey Rush

Born

7/6/1951, Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Birth Name

Geoffrey Roy Rush

Gender

Male

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Geoff Rush
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Geoffrey Rush adapted Beaumarchais' play The Marriage of Figaro, with Niel Armfield, for the inaugural production in the new Optus Playhouse in the Queensland Performing Arts Complex, in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia, in September, 1998. He also played the title role of Figaro in the same production.
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    • Awards and Nominations: Awards: *In 2005, Geoffrey won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie playing Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. In 2005, Geoffrey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries for his work in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. *In 2005, Geoffrey won a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in the 2004 TV movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. *In 2004, Geoffrey won the Chauvel Award for Distinguished Contributor to Australian Cinema at the Brisbane International Film Festival. *In 2003, Geoffrey won Supporting Actor of the Year at the Hollywood Film Festival for his work in 2003 on the films Swimming Upstream, Ned Kelly, Finding Nemo, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Intolerable Cruelty and Harvie Krumpet. *In 2003, Geoffrey won the Global Achievement Award from the Australian Film Institute. *In 2001, Geoffrey won a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for his work in Quills. In 2001, Geoffrey won the Phoenix Film Critics Society (PFCS) Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Quills. In 2001, Geoffrey won the Kansas City Film Critics Circle (KCFCC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Quills. In 2001, Geoffrey won the Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Quills. In 2000, Geoffrey won the Sierra Award for Best Actor for his work in Quills. In 1999, Geoffrey won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in the 1998 film Elizabeth. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for the Blockbuster Entertainment Award for Favorite Supporting Actor in the Comedy/Romance category for his work in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love. In 1999, Geoffrey & company won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1998, Geoffrey won the London Critics Circle Film (ALFS) Award for Actor of the Year for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won the Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for his work in Shine. *In 1997, Geoffrey won the Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won the Florida Film Critics Circle (FFCC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. *In 1997, Geoffrey won the Film Critics Circle of Australia (FCCA) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. In 1997, Geoffrey won the Broadcast Film Critics Association (BFCA) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. In 1996, Geoffrey won the Society of Texas Film Critics (STFC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. *In 1996, Geoffrey won the Boston Society of Film Critics (BSFC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine *In 1996, Geoffrey won the New York Film Critics Circle (NYFCC) Award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. In 1996, Geoffrey won the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actor in a Lead Role for his work in Shine. In 1996, Geoffrey won the Los Angeles Film Critics Award (LAFCA) for Best Actor for his work in Shine. In 1996, Geoffrey won the L.A. Film Critics Association's award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. In 1996, Geoffrey won the Broadcast Film Critics Association award for Best Actor for his work in Shine. Nominations: *In 2005, Geoffrey was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television for his work in the 2004 TV movie The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. *In 2004, Geoffrey was nominated for a Saturn Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. *In 2004, Geoffrey was nominated for the British Independent Film Award for Best Actor for his work in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. *In 2004, Geoffrey was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in the Comedy or Musical category for this work in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. *In 2004, Geoffrey was nominated for the MTV Movie Award for Best Villain for his work in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. *In 2003, Geoffrey was nominated for the Independent Film (IF) Award for Best Actor for his work in Swimming Upstream. In 2003, Geoffrey was nominated for a Film Critic's Circle of Australia (FCCA) Award for Best Actor for his work in the 2003 film Swimming Upstream. *In 2002, Geoffrey was nominated for the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Swimming Upstream. *In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Quills. In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for the Online Film Critics Society (OFCS) Award Best Actor for: his work in Quills. *In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Quills. *In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role for his work in Quills. *In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture in the Drama category for his work in in Quills. In 2001, Geoffrey was nominated for a Chicago Film Critics Association (CFCA) Award for Best Actor for his work in Quills. In 2000, Geoffrey was nominated for the British Academy Award category of Best Actor for his work in Quills. *In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for an Oscar for Best Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in the 1998 film Shakespeare in Love.  In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in the 1998 film Elizabeth. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for a Chlotrudis Award for Best Supporting Actor for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for a Golden Satellite Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture in the Comedy or Musical category for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1999, Geoffrey was nominated for the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) Film Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in Shakespeare in Love. In 1998, Geoffrey was nominated for the Australian Film Institute (AFI) Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in A Little Bit of Soul. In 1996, Geoffrey & co. were nominated for the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast for their work in the 1996 film Shine.

    • Theater Directing Work:

      *In 1987, Geoffrey directed the theater production of Merry Wives of Windsor in Brisbane.
      *In 1978, Geoffrey directed the theater production of Clowneroonies.

    • Geoffrey has an older sister.

    • When Geoffrey's parents divorced, he moved in with his maternal grandparents with his mother.

    • In 2003, Geoffrey had parts in two Disney films, Finding Nemo and Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Those two films were also the top grossing Disney films of the year.

    • For his honeymoon, Geoffrey and wife Jane Menelaus did a six month stage tour together of The Importance of Being Earnest.

    • Geoffrey studied mime at the Jacques Le Coq School of Mime in Paris, France.

    • Geoffrey married Jane Menelaus in 1988.

    • In the 2000 movie Quills, Geoffrey and his wife Jane Menelaus played characters that were also married to each other (The Marquis de Sade and his wife Renee Pelagie).

    • In 1975, Geoffrey moved to Paris.

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

    • Geoffrey has an Arts Degree from the University of Queensland.

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

    • Geoffrey once lived with Mel Gibson while they were in college.

    • Geoffrey and his wife have two children, Angelica (1992) and James (1995).

    • Currently Geoffrey and his family live in Melbourne, Australia.

    • Geoffrey did the audio commentary for The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004), with director Stephen Hopkins for the release of the DVD.

    • Geoffrey worked as the Director for the QTC production of the Shakespearean play, The Merry Wives of Windsor.

    • Geoffrey was actively involved with Melbourne Community Groups in preserving historical landscapes from adverse development; particularly in regard to Camberwell Railway Station where he organized a protest march, attended by Barry Humphries amongst other luminaries (2004).

    • Geoffrey attended the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater.

    • Geoffrey made his motion picture debut in the film Hoodwink (1981).

    • Known for his classical work over the years, Geoffrey scored an unexpected hit with his role as Snoopy in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.

    • Geoffrey's early interest in theatre led to his 1971 stage debut in Wrong Side of the Moon with the Queensland Theatre Company.

    • Geoffrey is 6' (1.83 m) tall.

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