Geoffrey Roy Rush is an Australian actor. He is among 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting: an Academy Award for film, a Primetime Emmy Award for television, and a Tony Award for theatre. In film, he won an Academy Award for Best Actor for Shine (1996), and was nominated again for his performances in the romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love (1998), the period drama Quills (2000), and historical drama The King's Speech (2010). He is particularly known for his role as Captain Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (2003–2017), and has appeared in films including the historical film Elizabeth (1998), the film adaptation of Victor Hugo's novel Les Misérables (1998) opposite Liam Neeson, the biographical film Frida (2001) starring Salma Hayek, Steven Spielberg's historical action thriller Munich (2005), and the war drama The Book Thief (2013) based on the 2005 novel by Markus Zusak. Rush got his start in the Australian stage before making his Broadway debut in Exit the King in 2009, where he received a Tony Award for Best Actor in a Play for his performance. He is also known for his work in television playing Peter Sellers in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers (2004) on HBO, for which he won a Primetime Emmy Award, and as Albert Einstein in Genius (2017) on National Geographic.Over his career he has won an Academy Award, three British Academy Film Awards, two Golden Globe Awards, and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. Rush is the founding president of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year.
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