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Geoffrey Rush Geoffrey Rush i(A22586 works by)
Born: Established: 1951 Toowoomba, Toowoomba area, Darling Downs, Queensland, ;
Gender: Male
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Australian stage and film actor Geoffrey Rush grew up in Brisbane, Queensland. He worked with the Queensland Theatre Company in the 1970s and the State Theatre Company of South Australia in the 1980s. His role as the Australian pianist David Helfgott (q.v.) in the film Shine (1996) brought an international reputation and he appeared in many films in Australia and overseas while continuing his stage work.

His acting awards include those from the Australian Film Institute (AFI), British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA), the Hollywood Foreign Press Association (Golden Globe), Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (Emmy), Screen Actors Guild, American Theatre Wing (Tony) and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Oscar).

Most Referenced Works


  • Geoffrey Rush's awards for acting are not recorded separately on AustLit.

Personal Awards

2014 recipient Order of Australia Companion of the Order of Australia (AC) For eminent service to the arts as a theatre performer, motion picture actor and film producer, as a role model and mentor for aspiring artists, and through support for, and promotion of, the Australian arts industry.
2013 winner Helpmann Awards for Performing Arts in Australia Best Male Actor in a Musical for A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum
2012 winner Australian of the Year Awards Australian of the Year
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