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GEOFFREY RUSH (Hans Hubermann), an acclaimed actor who started his career in Australian theatre, has appeared in over 70 theatrical productions and more than 20 feature films.
Rush was catapulted to fame with his starring role in directorScott Hicks' feature Shine, for which he won: Academy Award for Best Actor, a Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Film Critics' Circle of Australia Award, Broadcast Film Critics, AFT 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, in addition to the Academy Award nomination and Golden Globe nomination for his role in Shakespeare in Love.
His recent film credits include Weinstein Company's The King's Speech, in which he starred as the speech therapist Lionel Logue and also served as 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. The film won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
Rush was most recently seen in the Eye of the Storm for which he received a AACTA nomination for Best Actor and FFCA Awards.
His upcoming projects include Giuseppe Tornatore's The Best Offer.
His 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, Starstruck,and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, which have collectively grossed more than $2.7 billion worldwide.
Rush received a degree in English at the University of Queensland, then studied at the Jaques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater in Paris. Returning to Australia, he starred in the theatre production of King Lear. He also co-starred with Mel Gibson in Waiting for Godot.
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.
Rush recently starred in the stage productions of The Diary of a Madman, at The Brooklyn Academy of Music, A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, at Her Majesty's Theatre in Melbourne, and The Importance of Being Earnest, all of which received rave reviews.
He was a principle 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 Vanyaand David Mamet's Oleanna. In 1994 he received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his work in theatre.
In 2010 Rush founded the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts Awards, considered the Australian Oscars, for which he currently serves as president. voting is decided by members of the Australian Academy, making them the highest achievement in Australian screen society. In 2012, he was named Australian of The Year for his contribution to the arts, in addition to being part of the "Big 4," in Australia, the four living Oscar Winners. He was recently nominated for the 30th Annual Green Room Award.
Rush is an ambassador for the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra and UNICEF Australia, as well as patron of the Melbourne International Film Festival.
He lives in Melbourne with his wife, Jane, and their two children.
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