Rush at the 67th Berlin International Film Festival, 2017
Geoffrey Roy Rush
6 July 1951
|Other names||Geoff Rush|
|Education||Everton Park State High School|
|Alma mater||University of Queensland (BA)|
Jane Menelaus (m. 1988)
|Awards||Academy Award |
British Academy Film Award Golden Globe Award
Primetime Emmy Award
Screen Actors Guild Award
Geoffrey Roy Rush Pirates of the Caribbean films. Rush won an Academy Award for Shine (1996), and was nominated for his performances in Shakespeare in Love (1998), Quills (2000), and The King's Speech (2010). He also appeared in various films including Elizabeth (1998), Les Miserables (1998), Frida (2001), Munich (2005), and The Book Thief (2013).(born 6 July 1951) is an acclaimed Australian actor of the stage and screen. He is known for his roles in various films including, his role as Captain Barbossa in the
Rush got his start in the Australian stage before making his Broadway debut in Exit the King in 2009, where he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play his performance. Rush is also known for his work in television playing Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) on HBO and a Albert Einstein in Genius (2017) on National Geographic.
One of Australia's most accomplished actors, Rush is amongst 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award for film, a Primetime Emmy Award for television, and a Tony Award for theatre. Over his illustrious career he has won an Academy Award, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.
Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, the son of Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His father was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was of German descent. His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane. Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School, and graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor's degree in Arts. While at university, he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in Brisbane. Rush began his career with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions.
In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement and theatre at L'École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to resume his stage career with QTC. In 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot.
Rush made his theatre debut in the QTC's production of Wrong Side of the Moon. He worked with the QTC for four years, appearing in roles ranging across classical plays and pantomime, from Juno and the Paycock to Hamlet on Ice. Following these, Rush left for Paris where he studied further.
Rush's acting credits include William Shakespeare's plays The Winter's Tale (with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 1987 at The Playhouse in Adelaide) and Troilus and Cressida (at the Old Museum Building in 1989). He also appeared in an ongoing production of Oscar Wilde's The Importance of Being Earnest as John Worthing (Ernest) (in which his wife, Jane Menelaus, appeared as Gwendolen).
In September 1998, Rush played the title role in the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro for the QTC. This was the opening production of the Optus Playhouse at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank in Brisbane. A pun on Rush's name (and the circumstances) was used in the opening prologue of the play with the comment that the "Optus Playhouse was opening with a Rush".
Rush has appeared on stage for the Brisbane Arts Theatre and in many other theatre venues. He has also worked as a theatre director. In 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionesco's Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield. For this performance, he received a Helpmann Award nomination for best male actor in a play.
Rush made his Broadway debut in a re-staging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatre's touring moniker Malthouse Melbourne and Company B Belvoir. This re-staging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon. The show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Rush won the Outer Critics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, Drama Desk Award, the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Award and the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.
In 2010, Rush played Man in Chair in The Drowsy Chaperone on its Australian tour.
In 2011, Rush played the lead in a theatrical adaptation of Nikolai Gogol's short story The Diary of a Madman at the Brooklyn Academy of Music. He won for this role the Helpmann Award and was nominated for the Drama Desk Award.
From November 2011, Rush played the role of Lady Bracknell in the Melbourne Theatre Company production of The Importance of Being Earnest. Other actors from the 1988 production include Jane Menelaus, this time as Miss Prism, and Bob Hornery, who had played Canon Chasuble, as the two butlers.
Rush made his film debut in the Australian film Hoodwink in 1981. His next film was Gillian Armstrong's Starstruck, the following year. In the coming years he appeared in small roles on television dramas, including a role as a dentist in a 1993 episode of the British television series Lovejoy. He made his breakthrough performance in 1996 with Shine, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. That same year, James L. Brooks flew him to Los Angeles to audition for the part of Simon Bishop in As Good as It Gets and offered him the role, but Rush declined it (it went to Greg Kinnear).
In 1999, Rush took the lead role as Steven Price in the horror film House on Haunted Hill. In 2000, he received his third Academy Award nomination, for Quills, in which he played the Marquis de Sade, and he voiced the role of Bunyip Bluegum in The Magic Pudding.
Rush's career continued at a fast pace, with nine films released from 2001 to 2003. He starred in the film Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, as Captain Hector Barbossa, reprising the role in its sequels, Dead Man's Chest, At World's End, On Stranger Tides and Dead Men Tell No Tales.
Rush reprised his character's voice for the enhancements at the Pirates of the Caribbean attractions at the Disneyland and Magic Kingdom theme parks, which involved an audio-animatronic with Rush's likeness being installed (including one at Tokyo Disneyland). He also voiced Nigel the pelican in Finding Nemo.
Rush played actor Peter Sellers in the television film The Life and Death of Peter Sellers. For this performance, he won the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or Movie, Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Miniseries or Television Film, and Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Miniseries or Television Movie. In 2005, he appeared in Steven Spielberg's Munich as Ephraim, a Mossad agent.
In the beginning of 2009, Rush appeared in a series of special edition postage stamps featuring some of Australia's internationally recognised actors. He, Cate Blanchett, Russell Crowe, and Nicole Kidman each appear twice in the series. Rush's image is taken from Shine.
In 2010, Rush played speech therapist Lionel Logue in The King's Speech, a part that earned him a BAFTA and nominations for the Academy Awards and Golden Globe Awards for Best Supporting Actor. He appeared in the musical film Bran Nue Dae as Father Benedictus alongside Rocky McKenzie, Ernie Dingo, Jessica Mauboy, Missy Higgins, Deborah Mailman, Dan Sultan, and Magda Szubanski.
Rush returned as Captain Hector Barbossa in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, starring Johnny Depp, in 2011. Rush is also preparing for a film version of The Drowsy Chaperone, an award-winning stage musical. In addition, he voiced the alien Tomar-Re in the film adaptation of the Green Lantern comic book series.
In August 2011, Rush was appointed the foundation president of the newly formed Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts. He resigned from the post in December 2017 after Sydney Theatre Company announced they had received an accusation of inappropriate behaviour against him.
|1979–81||Consumer Capers||Jim Boy||TV series|
|1981||Menotti||Fr. Peter Fuller||13 episodes|
|1987||Frontier||David Collins||Miniseries; 3 episodes|
|1996||Mercury||Bill Wyatt||13 episodes|
|2004||The Life and Death of Peter Sellers||Peter Sellers||Television Movie, HBO|||
|2004||Kath & Kim||Geoff||Episode: "Sitting on a Pile"|||
|2010||Lowdown||Narrator/God||Voice; 16 episodes|
|2015||Who Do You Think You Are?||Himself||Episode: "Geoffrey Rush"|||
|2017||Genius||Albert Einstein||Miniseries, National Geographic|||
|1983||The Blind Giant is Dancing||Allen Fitzgerald||Australian Theatre Company|||
|1987||The Winters Tale||Performer||The Playhouse, Adelaide|||
|1989||Troilus and Cressida||Performer||Old Building Museum, Australia|||
|1994||Hamlet||Horatio||Belvoir St Theatre, Australia|
|1998||The Marriage of Figaro||Figaro||Queensland Arts Centre, Australia|
|2007||Exit the King||King Berenger||Malthouse Theatre, Australia|
|2009||Ethel Barrymore Theatre, Broadway|||
|2010||The Drowsy Chaperone||Man in Chair||Arts Centre Melbourne, Australia|||
|2011||Diary of a Madman||Aksentii Poprischin||Harvey Theatre, Brooklyn|||
|2011–12||The Importance of Being Earnest||Lady Augusta Bracknell||Sumner Theatre, Australia|||
|2012||A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum||Prologus Pseudolus||Her Majesty's Theatre, Australia|||
|2015–16||King Lear||Lear||Roslyn Packer Theatre, Australia|||
Awards and nominations
- 1994: Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards
- 1998: Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Queensland, in Australia.
- 2001: Awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to the arts.
- 2003: Hollywood Film Festival – Supporting Actor of the Year
- 2003: Australian Film Institute Award – Global Achievement Award
- 2004: Brisbane International Film Festival – Chauvel Award
- 2009: Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award
- 2009: Rush was announced as one of the Q150 Icons of Queensland for his role as an "Influential Artist".
- 2011: Santa Barbara International Film Festival – Montecito Award
- 2012: Australian of the Year
- 2014: Appointed a Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) Australia's second-highest civilian honour, for eminent service to the arts as a theatre performer, motion picture actor and film producer, as a role model and mentor for aspiring artists, and through support for, and promotion of, the Australian arts industry.
Since 1988, Rush has been married to actress Jane Menelaus, with whom he has a daughter, Angelica (born 1993), and a son, James (born 1995). Rush lives in Melbourne, Australia, and spent several years in Castlemaine, Victoria.
Defamation case against The Daily Telegraph
On 30 November 2017, the Sydney tabloid newspaper The Daily Telegraph published a front-page article alleging that Rush engaged in "inappropriate behaviour" onstage with a co-star during the Sydney Theatre Company's 2015 production of King Lear. The story contained no corroboration for the allegations, though the STC divulged to the Telegraph that they had received a complaint about alleged sexual harassment by Rush. Eryn Jean Norvill, who had starred as Cordelia alongside Rush, alleged that the actor had touched her inappropriately without her consent and that he had followed her into a toilet during an after-party. The Telegraph's story was picked up various newspapers in Australia but not by the Melbourne Herald Sun, because of concerns that the Telegraph was "running with a yarn which is highly libellous". Rush denied the allegations and, on 8 December 2017, announced that he had filed a defamation suit with the Federal Court of Australia, charging that the Telegraph "made false, pejorative and demeaning claims, splattering them with unrelenting bombast on its front pages". In an affidavit, Rush stated that as a result of the allegations, he had been suffering from anxiety, insomnia and loss of appetite, and felt that "his worth to the theatre and film industry is now irreparably damaged".
During the opening week of the trial, director Neil Armfield spoke in support of Rush. When testifying over a text sent by Rush to Norvill about him "thinking of you more than is socially appropriate", Rush said that he was only using mentoring talk and that a drooling emoji sent to her was the closest to one he wanted to send. In closing arguments, Rush's attorneys claimed that Telegraph journalist Jonathan Moran was looking for "a Weinstein story" and was "motivated by malice". The trial was concluded on 9 November 2018. On 11 April 2019, the judge ruled in favour of Rush, awarding him $850,000. In his written statement defending his ruling, Justice Wigney said that none of Norvill's claims were proven, due to her evidence being "not credible or reliable and contradicted by other members of the cast", and that Rush's evidence was overwhelming. He also criticised the Telegraph for "recklessly irresponsible pieces of sensationalist journalism of the very worst kind".
On 16 December 2018, The New York Times published an interview with Australian actress Yael Stone, who accused Rush of sexual misconduct during the production of a theatre adaptation of Diary of a Madman in 2010 and 2011. She alleged that he had sent her sexually inappropriate texts, had touched her back at an awards show, and had danced naked in front of her while they were in the dressing room. Rush responded in a statement to the Times through his attorneys, saying that Stone's allegations were "incorrect and in some instances have been taken completely out of context. However, clearly Yael has been upset on occasion by the spirited enthusiasm I generally bring to my work. I sincerely and deeply regret if I have caused her any distress. This, most certainly, has never been my intention."
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