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Geoffrey Rush

Highest Rated:   99% Finding Nemo (2003)
Lowest Rated:   15% Gods Of Egypt (2016)
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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

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
29% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales
  • Barbossa
$172.6M 2017
76% The Daughter
  • Henry Neilson
$26.9k 2017
80% David Stratton: A Cinematic Life
  • Actor
2017
78% Final Portrait
  • Actor
2017
15% Gods Of Egypt
  • Ra
$31.2M 2016
56% Minions
  • TBA
$278M 2015
56% The Best Offer
  • Virgil Oldman
$85.9k 2014
46% The Book Thief
  • Hans
2013
58% The Eye of the Storm
  • Executive Producer
  • Basil Hunter
2012
27% Green Lantern
  • Tomar-Re
$116.7M 2011
33% Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides
  • Captain Hector Barbossa
$241.1M 2011
28% The Warrior's Way
  • Ron
$5.7M 2010
95% The King's Speech
  • Lionel Logue
  • Executive Producer
$138.3M 2010
49% Legend of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga'Hoole
  • Ezylryb
$54.5M 2010
57% Bran Nue Dae
  • Father Benedictus
$0.1M 2010
No Score Yet Brand New Day
  • Actor
2009
75% $9.99
  • The Angel/Homeless Man
2008
50% Whaledreamers
  • Actor
2008
35% Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Sir Francis Walsingham
$16.3M 2007
45% Pirates of the Caribbean: At Worlds End
  • Captain Barbossa
$309.5M 2007
49% Candy
  • Casper
2006
54% Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest
  • Captain Barbossa
$423.1M 2006
No Score Yet Eucalyptus
  • Actor
2006
78% Munich
  • Ephraim
$47.4M 2005
No Score Yet Harvie Krumpet
  • Narrator
2004
61% Swimming Upstream
  • Harold Fingleton
2004
77% The Life and Death of Peter Sellers
  • Peter Sellers
2004
75% 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
56% Ned Kelly
  • Francis Hare
2003
No Score Yet Mercury
  • Actor
2003
76% Frida
  • Leon Trotsky
$25.7M 2002
47% 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
2001
75% Quills
  • The Marquis de Sade
$4.3M 2000
28% House on Haunted Hill
  • Steven Price
1999
No Score Yet A Little Bit of Soul
  • Godfrey Usher
1999
60% Mystery Men
  • Casanova Frankenstein
1999
92% Shakespeare in Love
  • Philip Henslowe
1998
82% Elizabeth
  • Sir Francis Walsingham
1998
74% Les Miserables
  • Javert
1998
66% Oscar and Lucinda
  • Narrator
1997
80% Children of the Revolution
  • Zachary Welch
1997
91% Shine
  • David Helfgott (adult)
1996
No Score Yet Dad and Dave: On Our Selection
  • Dave
1995
No Score Yet Starstruck
  • Floor Manager
1982

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
27% Chelsea
2016
  • Appearing
  • 2017
83% Genius
2017
  • Albert Einstein (older)
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
  • 2017
No Score Yet CBS This Morning
2012
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2013
No Score Yet Charlie Rose
2013
  • Guest
  • 2011
No Score Yet Colbert Report
2005-2014
  • Guest
  • 2011

Quotes from Geoffrey Rush's Characters