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For his role as David Helfgott in SHINE, GEOFFREY RUSH received the 1997 Academy Award for Best Actor. He won numerous other awards for this acclaimed performance: the Golden Globe Award, the New York Film Critics Circle Award, the Los Angeles Film Critics Award, the Broadcast Film Critics Award, the Screen Actors Guild Award, the BAFTA Award, the Australian Film Institute Award, the Film Critics Circle of Australia Award and the London Film Critics Circle Award.

One of Australia's most acclaimed and distinguished stage actors, Rush's career has spanned more than two decades and over 70 theatrical productions. In 1975, Rush studied for two years at the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theatre in Paris. On his return to Australia he played The Fool, opposite Warren Mitchell's Lear in KING LEAR; and costarred with Mel Gibson in WAITING FOR GODOT.

Rush was a principal member of Jim Sharman's "Lighthouse" ensemble in the early 1980s, where he played leading roles in A MIDSUMMER NIGHT'S DREAM, TWELFTH NIGHT and THE MARRIAGE OF FIGARO. As a director, he staged productions for the Queensland Theatre Company, the Adelaide Festival, and Belvoir Street; and for Magpie Theatre For Young People, where he served as director for two years. Rush also staged his own co-adaptation (with satirist John Clarke) of Aristophanes' FROGS, for Belvoir Street.

In 1989, Rush's lead performance in Neil Armfield's production of THE DIARY OF A MADMAN earned him the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Award for the Most Outstanding Performance, the Variety Club Award for Best Actor, and, a year later, the Victorian Green Room Award for Best Actor. This highly acclaimed production toured Moscow and St Petersburg prior to a triumphant return season at the Adelaide Festival.

Over the next three years, Rush received Best Actor nominations in the Sydney Theatre Critics Circle Awards for his starring roles in three diverse plays: Gogol's THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR, the Sydney Theatre Company's production of Chekhov's UNCLE VANYA, and Mamet's OLEANNA, in which he costarred with Cate Blanchett.

In 1994, Rush was again nominated, this time for Best Supporting Actor in the Belvoir Street production of HAMLET (as Horatio). Also that year, Rush received the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his work in the theater. The latter is one of Australia's most prestigious prizes, awarded annually to an individual who has shown himself to be an original artist, capable of initiative and daring in his work.

Rush's film credits include Gillian Armstrong's STARSTRUCK, Neil Armfield's TWELFTH NIGHT, George Whaley's ON OUR SELECTION, and Peter Duncan's CHILDREN OF THE REVOLUTION (with Judy Davis and Sam Neill). His most recent roles were in Peter Duncan's A LITTLE BIT OF SOUL, LES MISERABLES (directed by Bille August), and John Madden's forthcoming SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE.

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