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Geoffrey Rush

Highest Rated:   99% Finding Nemo (2003)
Lowest Rated:   15% Gods Of Egypt (2016)
Birthplace:   Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia
One of Australia's most popular and distinguished actors, Geoffrey Rush came to the attention of the international community in 1996 with his performance as pianist David Helfgott in Shine (1996). Rush won an Academy Award for Best Actor, Golden Globe, and Australian Film Institute Award for his work, and he subsequently began appearing in films that would further make him known to audiences all over the world. A Queensland native, Rush was born in Toowoomba on July 6, 1951. After taking an arts degree from the University of Queensland, he began his theater career at Brisbane's Queensland Theatre Company. In addition to honing his skills with the classics, Rush lived in Paris for two years, where he studied pantomime at the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime. After returning to Australia, the actor resumed his stage work, at one point co-starring in Waiting for Godot with former roommate Mel Gibson. He spent much of the early '80s as part of director Jim Sharman's Lighthouse troupe and he also began working in film; his debut came in the 1981 Hoodwink, which also featured a young Judy Davis. Rush continued to appear in Australian films and on the stage, directing a number of theatrical productions in addition to acting in them. His big international break came in the form of the aforementioned Shine; following the adulation surrounding his performance as the unbalanced piano prodigy, Rush began to garner substantial roles in a number of high-profile projects. First was Gillian Armstrong's Oscar and Lucinda (1997), in which he played Oscar's great-grandson. The following year the actor drew raves for his work in Elizabeth, which featured him as the Queen's casually sinister confidant, and Shakespeare in Love, for which he again donned tights, this time to play a debt-ridden theater owner. His work in that film scored him his second Oscar nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. The same year, he could also be seen as the dastardly Inspector Javert in Bille August's adaptation of Les Miserables.In 1999, Rush exchanged the past for the future with Mystery Men. Starring as the dastardly Casanova Frankenstein, he shared the screen with an unlikely assortment of actors, including Greg Kinnear, Janeane Garofalo, Ben Stiller, and Paul Reubens. The same year, he starred as an eccentric millionaire who invites a few guests (including Bridgette Wilson, Taye Diggs, and Peter Gallagher) over for some tea and terror in the remake of William Castle's 1958 classic The House on Haunted Hill.At this point audiences in the know were indeed well aware of Rush's versitility, and any actor able to move from the campy, big budget B-horror to the Oscar nominated art-house antics of Phil Kaufman's Quills had little need to prove himself to either critics or audiences. Though he may not have taken home the trophy at the 2001 Academy Awards, his performance as the Marquis de Sade in the Kaufman film drew praise from nearly every corner of the critical spectrum and Rush was now recognized as one of the premier talents of his generation. Whether appearing in such deadly serious independent drama as Frida or wide release cotton candy as The Banger Sisters, Rush was never anything less than fascinating to watch and his enthusiasm for his craft always managed to shine through into his performances. Though the film wasn't seen by the majority of stateside audiences, 2003's Swimming Upstream offered Rush in a meorable turn as the distant father of Australian swimmer Tony Figleton. After taking on one of Austrailia's most notorious outlaws in the 2003 drama Ned Kelley and offering vocal work for the popular Pixar family adventure Finding Nemo, Rush remained on this high seas - this time mostly above water - as the leader of an undead crew of pirates in the 2003 swashbuckler Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Though his menacing performance may have been slightly overshadowed by the flamboyant antics of co-star Johnny Depp, Rush neverthele


Highest Rated Movies



68% Storm Boy
  • Mike Kingley
73% Final Portrait
  • Alberto Giacometti
30% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Barbossa
$172.6M 2017
77% The Daughter
  • Henry Neilson
$26.9k 2017
83% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
15% Gods Of Egypt
  • Ra
$31.2M 2016
55% Minions
  • TBA
$278M 2015
56% The Best Offer
  • Virgil Oldman
$85.9k 2014
48% The Book Thief
  • Hans
60% The Eye of the Storm
  • Basil Hunter
  • Executive Producer
26% Green Lantern
  • Tomar-Re
$116.7M 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Captain Hector Barbossa
$241.1M 2011
31% The Warrior's Way
  • Ron
$5.7M 2010
94% The King's Speech
  • Executive Producer
  • Lionel Logue
$138.3M 2010
52% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Ezylryb
$54.5M 2010
56% Bran Nue Dae
  • Father Benedictus
$0.1M 2010
No Score Yet Brand New Day
  • Actor
73% $9.99
  • The Angel/Homeless Man
50% Whaledreamers
  • Actor
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Sir Francis Walsingham
$16.3M 2007
44% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Captain Barbossa
$309.5M 2007
47% Candy
  • Casper
53% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Captain Barbossa
$423.1M 2006
No Score Yet Eucalyptus
  • Actor
78% Munich
  • Ephraim
$47.4M 2005
No Score Yet Harvie Krumpet
  • Narrator
61% Swimming Upstream
  • Harold Fingleton
69% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Peter Sellers
76% Intolerable Cruelty
  • Donovan Donaly
$35.1M 2003
79% Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
  • Captain Barbossa
$305.4M 2003
99% Finding Nemo
  • Nigel
$380.6M 2003
55% Ned Kelly
  • Francis Hare
No Score Yet Mercury
  • Actor
75% Frida
  • Leon Trotsky
$25.7M 2002
48% The Banger Sisters
  • Harry
$30.2M 2002
90% Lantana
  • John
$4.3M 2002
77% The Tailor of Panama
  • Harold Pendel
$13.2M 2001
No Score Yet The Magic Pudding
  • Bunyip Bluegum
75% Quills
  • The Marquis de Sade
$4.3M 2000
31% House on Haunted Hill
  • Steven Price
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Soul
  • Godfrey Usher
61% Mystery Men
  • Casanova Frankenstein
92% Shakespeare in Love
  • Philip Henslowe
83% Elizabeth
  • Sir Francis Walsingham
75% Les Miserables
  • Javert
67% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Narrator
80% Children of the Revolution
  • Zachary Welch
91% Shine
  • David Helfgott (adult)
No Score Yet Dad and Dave: On Our Selection
  • Dave
80% Starstruck
  • Floor Manager


71% Genius
  • Albert Einstein (older)
  • 2018
  • 2017
41% Chelsea
  • Appearing
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2016
No Score Yet The Talk
  • Guest
  • 2017
  • 2013
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Colbert Report
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet The Graham Norton Show
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Kath & Kim
  • Guest
  • 2005

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