Geoffrey Roy Rush is an Australian actor. He is known for his eccentric leading man roles on stage and screen. He is among 24 people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting, having received an Academy Award, a Primetime Emmy Award and a Tony Award. He first gained prominence for his film role in Shine (1996) for which he won the Academy Award for Best Actor. In 1998 he received acclaim for his performances as Sir Francis Walsingham in the period drama Elizabeth (1998), Inspector Javert in epic Les Misérables, and Philip Henslowe in romantic comedy Shakespeare in Love, the latter of which received him another Academy Award nomination, this time for Best Supporting Actor. He then portrayed the supervillain Casanova Frankenstein in the superhero comedy film Mystery Men (1999), as well as the Marquis de Sade in the period drama Quills (2000), and Leon Trotsky in Frida (2001) while gaining mainstream popularity for his role as Captain Hector Barbossa in the Pirates of the Caribbean franchise (2003–2017). During this time he also appeared in Steven Spielberg's historical action thriller Munich (2005), the Coen brothers romantic comedy Intolerable Cruelty (2003) and the war drama The Book Thief (2013). Rush received his fourth Academy Award nomination for his role as Lionel Logue in the historical drama The King's Speech (2010). 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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