Geoffrey Roy Rush (born 6 July 1951) is an Australian actor. As of November 2009, he is one of 17 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.
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Rush made his theatre debut in the Queensland Theatre Company’s production of Wrong Side of the Moon. He worked with the QTC for four years, appearing in roles ranging across classical plays to pantomime, from Juno and the Paycock to Hamlet on Ice. Following these early years in Brisbane, Rush left to Paris where he studied further.
Rush’s acting credits include Shakespeare’s plays, The Winter’s Tale (with the State Theatre Company of South Australia in 1987 at The Playhouse in Adelaide), and Troilus and Cressida (at the Old Museum Building in 1989). He also appeared in an on-going production of Oscar Wilde’s The Importance of Being Earnest as John Worthing (Ernest) (in which his wife, Jane Menelaus, appeared as Gwendolen).
In September 1998, Rush played the title role in the Beaumarchais play The Marriage of Figaro for the QTC. This was the opening production of the Optus Playhouse, at the Queensland Performing Arts Centre at South Bank in Brisbane. A pun on Geoffrey Rush’s name (and the circumstances), was used in the opening prologue of the play with the comment that the “Optus Playhouse was opening with a Rush“.
In 2007, he starred as King Berenger in a production of Eugène Ionesco’s Exit the King at the Malthouse Theatre in Melbourne and Company B in Sydney, directed by Neil Armfield. d Rush has appeared on stage for the Brisbane Arts Theatre and in many other theatre venues. He has also worked as a theatre director.
Rush made his Broadway debut in a restaging of Exit the King under Malthouse Theatre’s touring moniker Malthouse Melbourne. This restaging featured a new American cast including Susan Sarandon. The show opened on 26 March 2009 at the Ethel Barrymore Theatre. Rush won the Outer Crditics Circle Award, Theatre World Award, and Drama Desk Award, as well as the Distinguished Performance Award from the Drama League Award, and was the winner of the 2009 Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play.