Geoffrey Roy Rush is an Australian actor. As of November 2009, he is one of the only 25 people to have won the "Triple Crown of Acting": an Academy Award, a Tony Award and an Emmy Award. He has also won the Golden Globe, the BAFTA, the Screen Actors Guild and the Australian Film Institute awards.
Rush's film debut was in the Australian film ‘Hoodwink’ in 1981. His next film was Gillian Armstrong's ‘Starstruck’, the following year. In 1996, he starred in ‘Shine’, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor, becoming the first Australian-born actor to win an Oscar.
In 1998, he appeared in three major films: ‘Les Misérables’, in which he played Inspector Javert; ‘Elizabeth’, in which he played the suspicious Sir Francis Walsingham, for which he won a BAFTA Award; and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ in which he played Philip Henslowe, the acting company manager who remained calm in the midst of chaos (and received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor).
In 1999, Rush departured from his usual dramatic stint and 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.
Rush's career continued at a fast pace, with nine films released from 2001 through 2003. He starred in the film ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’, as Captain Hector Barbossa, also appearing in its sequels, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest’ and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End’.
Rush played actor Peter Sellers in the television film ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’. For this performance, he won an Emmy Award for Best Actor in a Mini-series or Movie, a SAG Award for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries, and a Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture made for Television. In 2005, he starred in Steven Spielberg's film ‘Munich’ as Ephraim, a cold Mossad officer. In 2006, Rush hosted the Australian Film Institute Awards for the Nine Network. He was the Master of Ceremonies again at the 2007 AFI Awards. In 2010, Rush played Speech Therapist Lionel Logue in ‘The King's Speech’, a part that got him Academy Award and Golden Globe Award nominations for Best Supporting Actor.
Rush has confirmed that he is returning as Captain Hector Barbossa in ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’, starring Johnny Depp, who has signed on to return as Captain Jack Sparrow as of September 2008. The probable story will be the two of them going to find the fountain of youth, a story revealed at the end of ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End’. Rush is also preparing for a film version of ‘The Drowsy Chaperone’, an award-winning stage musical, in which he'll be portraying The Man in the Chair.
Since 1988, Rush has been married to actress Jane Menelaus, with whom he has a daughter, Angelica (born 1992), and a son, James (born 1995).