Who is Geoffrey Rush?

Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor who is listed among the very few actors to be awarded the Triple Crown of Acting, a term used to describe actors who have won an Academy, an Emmy, and a Tony award for acting. He is well-known in the entertainment industry for the role of Captain Hector Barbosa in the swashbuckler fantasy movie series, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’.

Quick Infos
Full NameGeoffrey Roy Rush AC
Date of birthJuly 6, 1951
Birth PlaceToowoomba, Australia
Parent(s)Roy Baden Rush
Merle Bischof
SpouseJane Menelaus
Age69 years
Height6 ft
Net worthUS $40 million

He was awarded the Academy Award for his role as David Helfgott in the 1996 Australian biographical drama movie, ‘Shine’ and the Tony award for his work as King Berenger in the absurdist drama, ‘Exit the King’.

Geoffrey Rush

Bio, Age, Family, and Young

Geoffrey Rush’s full name is Geoffrey Roy Rush. He was born on 6 July 1951 in Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia to his mother, Roy Baden Rush who was an accountant, and to his father, Merle Bischof who was a sales assistant at a department store. Unfortunately, his parents separated when he was five years old, and then he was completely raised by his mother in Brisbane, Australia. Besides this, he is currently 69 years old with the zodiac sign of Cancer.


Nationality, Height, and Weight

Geoffrey Rush holds an Australian nationality and descends from Irish and Scottish ancestry through his father’s side and German ancestry through his mother’s side. It is believed that he was raised as a Christian as he was born in a conservative family but the actual facts about his religious views are still unknown. Besides this, he stands at a height of 6 feet (1.83m/183cms) tall and weighs around 73kgs (160lbs). He has an average build with a pair of blue colored eyes and grey colored hair.



Geoffrey Rush studied and completed his high school at the Everton Park State High School, located in Brisbane, Australia, and for further studies, he studied at the University of Queensland, a public research university located in Brisbane, Australia from where he graduated with a Bachelor’s degree in Arts.


Personal Life, Wife, and Daughter

Geoffrey Rush is married to Jane Menelaus, an actress since the year 1998. The couple has been blessed with a daughter whose name is Angelica in the year 1992 and a son whose name is James in the year 1995. The family lives together in Melbourne, Australia.

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Social: Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter

Geoffrey Rush is not active on social media platforms.




Geoffrey Rush gave his debut performance in the year 1981 with a small role of a detective in the Australian thriller movie, ‘Hoodwink’ followed by another small role of a floor manager in the 1982 Australian comedy-drama musical movie, ‘Starstruck’ and the role of Sir Andrew Aguecheek in the 1987 Australian movie, ‘Twelfth Night’.

Likewise, he has starred in movies like ‘Dad and Dave: On Our Selection’ in the year 1995, ‘Shine’ and ‘Children of the Revolution’ in the year 1996, ‘Oscar and Lucinda’ in the year 1997, ‘A Little Bit of Soul’, ‘Elizabeth’, ‘Les Miserables’ and ‘Shakespeare in Love’ in the year 1998, ‘Mystery Men’ and ‘House on Haunted Hill’ in the year 1999, ‘Quills’ and ‘The Magic Pudding’ in the year 2000, ‘The Tailor of Panama’ and ‘Lantana’ in the year 2001, ‘Frida’ and ‘The Banger Sisters’ in the year 2002 and ‘Swimming Upstream’, ‘Ned Kelly’, ‘Finding Nemo’, ‘Intolerable Cruelty’ and ‘Harvey Krumpet’ in the year 2003.

In between these years, he has also starred in movies like ‘Munich’ in the year 2005, ‘Candy’ in the year 2006, ‘Elizabeth: The Golden Age’ in the year 2007, ‘$9.99’ in the year 2008, ‘Bran Nue Dae’ in the year 2009, ‘Legends of the Guardians: The Owls of Ga’Hoole’, ‘The King’s Speech’ and ‘The Warrior’s Way’ in the year 2010, ‘Green Lantern’ and ‘Eye of the Storm’ in the year 2011, ‘The Best Offer’ and ‘The Book Theif’ in the year 2013, ‘Unity’ in the year 2014, ‘The Daughter’, ‘Minions’ and ‘Holding the Man’ in the year 2015, ‘Gods of Egypt’ in the year 2016 and ‘Final Portrait’ in the year 2017.

His most recent work came in the year 2019 when he played the role of Mike ‘Storm Boy’ Kingsley in the Australian drama family movie, ‘Storm Boy’.


Pirates of the Caribbean Moments

In the year 2003, he was also cast for the role of Captain Hector Barbossa in the American fantasy swashbuckler movie, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl’; a role that he would go on to play in the movies like ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest’ in the year 2006, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’ in the year 2007, ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides’ in the year 2011 and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales’ with Stephen Graham and Javier Bardem in the year 2017.

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Television Shows

Geoffrey Rush gave his debut on television in the year 1979 to the year 1981 when he played the role of Jim Boy in the television series, ‘Consumer Capers’ followed by the role of Fr. Peter Fuller for thirteen episodes of the 1981 Australian television series, ‘Menotti’ and the role of David Collins for three episodes of the television miniseries, ‘Frontier’ in the year 1987. Likewise, he has also played the role of Bill Wyatt for thirteen episodes of the 1996 Australian television series, ‘Mercury’ and the voice role of the narrator in the 2010 Australian television comedy series, ‘Lowdown’.

Moreover, he has also played the role of Geoff in the 2004 Australian situation comedy, ‘Kath and Kim’ and appeared as himself in the 2015 Australian television documentary, ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’ where he made an appearance for an episode each. Furthermore, he has also played the role of Peter Sellers in the 2004 television movie, ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’.


Achievements and Awards

Geoffrey Rush won the Academy Award for the Best Actor in a Leading Role in the year 1997 for his work in the movie, ‘Shine’ and two Golden Globes awards in the years 1997 and 2005. Likewise, he has also won the Primetime Emmy award in the year 2005 for his work in ‘The Life and Death of Peter Sellers’ alongside 42 other awards and accolades throughout his entire career as a professional actor.


Net Worth

As of the year 2020, Geoffrey Rush has an approximate net worth of $40 million.