Fast Facts

  • Gained prominence on stage in 1972 as Snoopy in the musical You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.
  • Lived in Paris from 1975 to '77 and attended the Jacques Lecoq School of Mime, Movement and Theater.
  • Shared an apartment with Mel Gibson in 1979 while appearing on stage with him in a Sydney production of Waiting for Godot.
  • Suffered a nervous breakdown in 1992 which he claims provided the insight for his Oscar-winning performance in Shine.
  • Actively involved in Melbourne community groups and regularly turns down high-paying parts in Hollywood in favor of directing and performing on stage in Australia.
  • Earned his first executive-producer credit for The King's Speech, which he helped develop into a film after the work was first presented to him as a stage play.

Awards

  • 2000, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1999, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2009, Tony — Actor (Play): Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1998, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2010, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Winner
  • 2002, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1997, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Winner
  • 2005, Emmy — Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Winner
  • 2001, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Drama: Nominee
  • 2003, Australian Film Institute Awards — Global Achievement Award: Winner
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Winner
  • 1998, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2005, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Winner
  • 1996, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Television Movie or Miniseries: Winner
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 1996, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2011, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Motion Picture: Nominee
  • 2010, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role: Nominee
  • 2000, Oscar — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Nominee
  • 2011, AACTA Awards — Best Lead Actor: Nominee
  • 1996, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 2009, Australian Film Institute Awards — Raymond Longford Award: Winner
  • 2006, Australian Film Institute Awards — Best Supporting Actor: Nominee
  • 1996, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Actor in a Leading Role: Winner
  • 1998, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture: Winner

Relationships

  • Angelica Rush — Daughter
  • Merle Rush — Mother
  • James Rush — Son
  • Roy Rush — Father
  • Jane Menelaus — Wife

College

  • University of Queensland, Brisbane, Queensland, Australia (BA in English, 1971)