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GEOFFREY RUSH (Barbossa), an acclaimed actor who started his career in Australian theater, has appeared in over 70 theatrical productions and more than 20 feature films.

Multiple-award-winning actor Geoffrey Rush was catapulted to fame with his starring role in director Scott Hicks' feature "Shine,” for which he won an Academy Award® for Best Actor, a Golden Globe®, SAG®, BAFTA, Film Critics' Circle of Australia Award, Broadcast Film Critics, AFI and New York and Los Angeles Film Critics' Awards.

In addition, Rush won an Emmy®, a Golden Globe® and a Screen Actors Guild® Award for his captivating performance as the title character in HBO Films' "The Life and Death of Peter Sellers.”

He also earned an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Philip Kaufman's "Quills” and an Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe® nomination for his role in "Shakespeare in Love.” His recent film credits include The Weinstein Company's "The King's Speech,” in which he stars as the speech therapist Lionel Logue and also serves as the executive producer. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Supporting Actor and earned an Academy Award nomination, a Golden Globe nomination and a SAG® nomination for his performance.

In addition to "Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” Rush starred in all three previous films in the series, which grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide.

Other film credits include "The Warrior's Way,” "Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole,” "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.”

Rush received a degree in English at the University of Queensland, then studied at the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater in Paris. Returning to Australia, he starred in the theater production of "King Lear.”

Rush most recently starred in the stage production of "The Diary of a Madman” at the Brooklyn Academy of Music, for which he has received rave reviews. 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.”

He was a principal member of Jim Sharman's pioneering Lighthouse Ensemble in the early 1980s, playing leading roles in many classics. His work on stage was honored with the Sydney Critics Circle Award for Most Outstanding Performance, the Variety Club Award for Best Actor and the 1990 Victorian Green Room Award for his performance in Neil Armfield's "The Diary of a Madman.” He also received Best Actor nominations from the Sydney Critics' Circle Awards for his starring roles in Gogol's "The Government Inspector,” Chekhov's "Uncle Vanya” and Mamet's "Oleanna.” In 1994, he received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his work in theater.

Rush lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jane, and their two children.


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