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GEOFFREY RUSH (Ephraim) is one of today's most respected actors. Rush started his career in Australian theater and has since appeared in over 70 theatrical productions and over 20 feature films.

Rush won an Emmy, Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award for his captivating performance in HBO Films' The Life and Death of Peter Sellers, in which he portrays the title character. He is currently in production on the highly anticipated sequel of Disney's Pirates of the Caribbean, where he will revisit his role as Captain Barbossa from the first installment, The Curse of the Black Pearl. He is also in pre-production on Universal Studios' Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

Rush caught the eye of many in his starring role in Scott Hick's feature film Shine, garnering him an Academy Award® for Best Actor. He also won Golden Globe, SAG, BAFTA, Film Critics' Circle of Australia, Broadcast Film Critics, AFI, and New York and Los Angeles Film Critics awards for the performance. Rush also received an Academy Award® nomination for his performance in Philip Kaufman's Quills and an Academy Award® nomination and a Golden Globe nomination for Shakespeare in Love.

His other film credits include Intolerable Cruelty, Finding Nemo, Ned Kelly, Lantana, Frida, The Tailor of Panama, House on Haunted Hill, Mystery Men, Elizabeth, Les Misérables, A Little Bit of Soul, Children of the Revolution, On Our Selection, Twelfth Night, Oscar and Lucinda and Starstruck.

Rush received a degree in English at the University of Queensland before continuing at the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater in Paris. Returning to Australia, he starred in a theater production of King Lear and appeared alongside Mel Gibson in Waiting for Godot.

He was a principal member of Jim Sharman's pioneering Lighthouse Ensemble in the early 1980s, playing leading roles in numerous classics. His work onstage garnered many accolades, including 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 lauded performance in Neil Armfield's The Diary of a Madman. He also received Best Actor nominations in the Sydney Critics Circle Awards for his starring roles in Gogol's The Government Inspector, Chekhov's Uncle Vanya and Mamet's Oleanna. In 1994, he received the prestigious Sidney Myer Performing Arts Award for his work in theater.

Rush resides in Melbourne, Australia with his wife, Jane, and their two children.


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