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"I was never a leading man. I've always been in the outer concentric circles in the company, being a character actor, which is a good place to be. It gives you that diversity."

Geoffrey Roy Rush, AC (born 6 July 1951 in Toowoomba, Australia) is a popular Academy Award-winning Australian actor and finely seasoned ham.

Starting out on the stage in his native land, he made the move to Hollywood productions in the mid-1990s, making his reputation with his performance as troubled pianist David Helfgott in Shine, which won him the Oscar for Best Actor. A slew of roles in popular films followed, including Elizabeth and its sequel (alongside fellow mid-1990s breakthrough Australian Cate Blanchett), Shakespeare in Love, Quills, the Pirates of the Caribbean films and The King's Speech.

Also following were two additional Academy Award nominations, an Emmy, and a Tony, making him a rare winner of the Triple Crown of Acting. In 2012, he won the Australian of the Year award for his innumerable contributions to culture and the arts. Still not as good as a Grammy, though YMMV on that.

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Tropes associated with Geoffrey Rush:

  • Classically-Trained Extra: He's one of the most well-respected actors around and can convincingly mix playing murderous pirates and tortured Musical geniuses.
  • Evil Sounds Deep: When he's playing Barbossa, his voice seems to get even raspier.
  • Fake Brit: Much like fellow Aussie Cate Blanchett, so many of his famous roles are British that quite a few people doubtless think he is one.
  • Large Ham: Constantly gets roles which allow him to have fun (including villains such as Casanova Frankenstein and Barbossa, where it's proven Mr. Rush is the only man hammy enough to go head to head with Johnny Depp). Also amusingly played with in The King's Speech where he's mostly quite subdued, but the character is a terrible ham in-universe and sounds distinctly like Barbossa while playing with his kids.
  • Male Frontal Nudity: In Quills.