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Geoffrey Rush

Date of birth : 1951-07-06
Date of death : -
Birthplace : Toowoomba, Queensland,
Nationality : Australian
Category : Arts and Entertainment
Last modified : 2011-08-31

Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor and film producer. He is one of the people who has won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. Apart from being nominated for 4 Academy Awards for acting (winning 1) and 5 BAFTA Awards (winning 3), he has also won 2 Golden Globe and 4 Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the foundation President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts.

Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, to Merle (née Kiehne), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. 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. He also has an arts degree from the University of Queensland. 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 the famous 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.

Filmography:

2010 : Lowdown
2010 : The Warrior's Way
2011 : Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
2011 : Green Lantern
2011 : The Eye of the Storm

Other awards:

Awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Letters by the University of Queensland, in Australia.
Awarded the Australian Centenary Medal in the 2001 Queen's New Year's Honours List for his services to the arts especially through a distinguished acting career.
2011: Santa Barbara International Film Festival Montecito Award
2009: Australian Film Institute Longford Life Achievement Award
2003: Australian Film Institute Awards Global Achievement Award
2004: Brisbane International Film Festival Chauvel Award
2003: Hollywood Film Festival for Supporting Actor of the Year
1994: Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards


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