Geoffrey Rush
Biographical Information
Born July 6th, 1951
Towoomba, Australia
Productions Intolerable Cruelty as Donovan Donelly
Bran Nue Dae as Father Benedictus
A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum as Pseudolus/Prologus
Vocal Type Baritone

Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor.


Born in Queensland, Rush was talent spotted as a student by the Queensland Theatre Company and starred in 17 productions with them. He made his film debut and most of his early performances in Australian productions before gaining the Academy Award for Best Actor for his role in Shine. He would subsequently gain three more nominations as well as win both an Emmy (for the lead in The Life and Death of Peter Sellers) and a Tony (for Exit the King).

Over the years his performances ranged from artistic biopics (such as Quills and The King's Speech both of which would gain him Academy Award nominations) to Hollywood blockbusters like the Pirates of the Caribbean series. Rush was also sought out as a voice actor, playing Nigel the Pelican in Finding Nemo and remained a prolific stage performer in both his native Australia and abroad.


Rush's varied career occasionally brought him singing roles, firstly performing "The Boxer" in Intolerable Cruelty and in the Australian musical comedy Bran Nue Dae, as the solemn German priest Father Benedictus. Greater however, was his part in the 2012 Melbourne production of A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum, where he played the lead role, the wily trickster slave, Pseudolus.


Intolerable Cruelty (2003)

  • The Boxer (solo)

Bran Nue Dae (2009)

  • Nothing I Would Rather Be (contains solo lines)
  • Nothing I Would Rather Be (reprise)


A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (2012)

  • Comedy Tonight (contains solo lines)
  • Free (duet)
  • Pretty Little Picture (contains solo lines)
  • Everybody Ought to Have a Maid (contains solo lines)
  • Bring Me My Bride (contains solo lines)
  • Lovely (reprise) (duet)
  • The Dirge (contains solo lines)
  • Comedy Tonight (reprise) (contains solo lines)