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strong>GEOFFREY RUSH (Ezylryb) has won multiple international awards and acclaim, appearing in over 70 theatrical productions and more than 20 feature films since his start on stage in Australia.

Catapulted to fame with his starring role in Scott Hicks' feature "Shine," Rush received worldwide accolades, including an Academy Award® for Best Actor, as well as Golden Globe, SAG®, Australian Film Institute (AFI) and BAFTA Awards. His memorable performance also garnered international critical acclaim, winning the Film Critics' Circle of Australia Award, Broadcast Film Critics, and New York and Los Angeles Film Critics' Awards. Rush went on to earn an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Philip Kaufman's "Quills,” and Academy Award® and Golden Globe nominations for his role in "Shakespeare in Love.” His captivating performance as the title character in HBO's "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” won Rush an Emmy, a Golden Globe and a SAG Award®.

More recently, Rush starred in all three popular "Pirates of the Caribbean” blockbusters, which grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide. He will once again reprise his role in the much-anticipated "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” alongside Johnny Depp. Also upcoming is Tom Hooper's historical drama "The King's Speech,” opposite Helena Bonham Carter, Guy Pearce and Colin Firth; "Eye of the Storm,” alongside Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis; and the film version of the successful Australian stage musical "Bran Nue Dae,” directed by Rachel Perkins, which premiered in the U.S. at January's Sundance Film Festival and is set for release in September.

In 2009, Rush won a Tony Award for Best Leading Actor in a Play for his acclaimed performance as the ailing king in Ionesco's comedy "Exit the King.” Previously, his life's work in the theatre was acknowledged with the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award. A principal member of Jim Sharman's pioneering Lighthouse Ensemble in the early 1980s, Rush played leading roles in many classics. He was honored with the Sydney Critics Circle Award (SCCA) for Most Outstanding Performance, for his role in Neil Armfield's "The Diary of a Madman,” as well as the Variety Club Award for Best Actor and the 1990 Victorian Green Room Award. He also received SCCA Best Actor nominations for his starring roles in Gogol's "The Government Inspector,” Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya” and Mamet's "Oleanna.”

Rush received a degree in English at the University of Queensland, and studied at the Jaques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater in Paris. Returning to Australia, his early roles included starring in the theatre production of "King Lear” and alongside Mel Gibson in "Waiting for Godot.”

His other film credits include "Munich,” "Elizabeth: The Golden Age,” "Candy,” "Intolerable Cruelty,” "Finding Nemo,” "Ned Kelly,” "Lantana,” "Frida,” "The Tailor of Panama,” "House on Haunted Hill,” "Mystery Men,” "Les Miserables,” "A Little Bit of Soul,” "Children of the Revolution,” "On Our Selection,” "Twelfth Night,” "Oscar and Lucinda” and "Starstruck.” He is also the voice of God in ABC's comedy series "Lowdown.”

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