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GEOFFREY RUSH (Ron) is one of Australia's most respected actors and an Oscar, BAFTA and Golden Globe winner. His career has spanned over 70 theatrical productions and more than 20 feature films.

Rush's upcoming projects include The King's Speech, in which he stars and serves as executive producer.

After earning a degree in English from the University of Queensland, Rush traveled to Paris in 1975 to study at the Jaques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theatre. He was a principal member of Jim Sharman's pioneering Lighthouse ensemble in the early 1980s, where he played leading roles in numerous classic productions.

In 1989, Rush's lead performance in Neil Armfield's production of "The Diary of a Madman” earned him the Sydney Critics Circle Award for Most Outstanding Performance, the Variety Club Award and the Victorian Green Room Award. This highly acclaimed production toured Moscow and St. Petersburg before a triumphant return season at the Adelaide Festival. Also for the stage, Rush played starring roles in Gogol's "The Government Inspector,”

Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya” and Mamet's "Oleanna,” in which he co-starred with Cate Blanchett. In 1993, Rush received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his work in the theater.

Rush's Australian film credits include Candy, Lantana, Swimming Upstream, Harvey Krumpet, Ned Kelly, On Our Selection and Children of the Revolution. For his role as pianist David Helfgott in Shine, he won a host of Best Actor honors including an Oscar, a Golden Globe, a BAFTA, a SAG Award, an Australian Film Institute Award, New York and Los Angeles Film Critics Awards, a Broadcast Film Critics Award and a Film Critics Circle of Australia Award. For his performance as Henslowe in Shakespeare in Love, Rush received Oscar and Golden Globe nominations for Best Supporting Actor and won a BAFTA. For his role as Walsingham in Shekhar Kapur's Elizabeth, he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Supporting Actor. Rush was also nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG Award and Oscar for Best Actor for his performance as the Marquis de Sade in Philip Kaufman's Quills.

He was the voice of Nigel in the hugely successful animated feature Finding Nemo and played the swashbuckling Barbossa in Jerry Bruckheimer's Pirates of the Caribbean trilogy, directed by Gore Verbinski. These blockbuster films have set box office records internationally. Other film credits include Les Misérables, Mystery Men, House on Haunted Hill, The Tailor of Panama, The Banger Sisters, Frida, Intolerable Cruelty, Munich and Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

On the small screen, Rush's performance in the title role of the HBO biopic "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers” earned him a SAG Award, a Golden Globe and an Emmy®. Returning to the stage in 2007, Rush played the lead in Ionesco's "Exit the King” at The Malthouse in Melbourne and the Belvoir Theatre in Sydney. He co-translated this play with longterm theatrical collaborator and director Neil Armfield.

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