Geoffrey Rush Bio
Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor. He is amongst 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Tony Award.
Rush has won one Academy Award for acting, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards.
Geoffrey Rush Quick Facts
He was born on 6 July 1951 in Toowoomba, Australia
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Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, the son of Merle (Bischof), a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force.
Rush father was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was of German descent. His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane.
Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Brisbane State High School, and graduated from the University of Queensland with a bachelor’s degree in Arts.
While at university, he was talent-spotted by Queensland Theatre Company (QTC) in Brisbane. Rush began his career with QTC in 1971, appearing in 17 productions.
In 1975, Rush went to Paris for two years and studied mime, movement and theatre at L’École Internationale de Théâtre Jacques Lecoq, before returning to resume his stage career with QTC.
In 1979, he shared an apartment with actor Mel Gibson for four months while they co-starred in a stage production of Waiting for Godot.
Personal life, Married, Wife, Children
Since 1988, Rush has been married to actress Jane Menelaus, with whom he has a daughter, Angelica (born 1992), and a son, James (born 1995). Rush lives in Melbourne, in the suburb of Camberwell.
Geoffrey Rush wins at least $850,000
- Geoffrey Rush has been awarded at least $850,000 – rising to millions – over a series of articles printed by the Daily Telegraph.
- Justice Michael Wigney said the articles conveyed the imputations that Rush was “a pervert”, “a sexual predator” and “committed sexual assault in a theatre” during a production of King Lear in 2015-16.
- The Telegraph’s defence of truth failed.
- Wigney said the complainant, Eryn Jean Norvill, was “prone to exaggeration and embellishment”, and had been “contradicted” by the director, Neil Armfield, and cast members Robyn Nevin and Helen Buday.
- Wigney awarded Rush aggravated damages because of the Telegraph’s poor journalistic conduct, calling it “a recklessly irresponsible piece of sensationalist journalism of the worst kind”.
- He awarded Rush $850,000 for the damage to his reputation alone, and said he would award more in compensation for Rush’s lost earnings. This will be determined on 10 May, but will be in the millions, given Rush’s earning capacity.
- The Daily Telegraph can appeal the costs and the judgment, but this will only be known after 10 May.
- Outside court, Norvill said she stood by what she said, and she never intended for this to go to court.