Geoffrey Roy Rush AC is an Australian actor and film producer. He is the youngest of the few people who have won the Triple Crown of Acting the Academy Award, the Primetime Emmy Award, and the Tony Award. He has won one Academy Award for acting , three British Academy Film Awards , two Golden Globe Awards and four Screen Actors Guild Awards. He is the founding President of the Australian Academy of Cinema and Television Arts and was named the 2012 Australian of the Year. He is also the first actor to win the Academy Award, BAFTA Award, Critics Choice Movie Award, Golden Globe Award, and Screen Actors Guild Award for a single performance in film for his performance in Shine .
Rush was born in Toowoomba, Queensland, the son of Merle , a department store sales assistant, and Roy Baden Rush, an accountant for the Royal Australian Air Force. His father was of English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry, and his mother was of German descent. His parents divorced when he was five, and his mother subsequently took him to live with her parents in suburban Brisbane. Before he began his acting career, Rush attended Everton Park State High School and graduated from the University of Queensland with Bachelors Degree in Arts. While at university, he was talentspotted by Queensland Theatre Company in Brisbane. Rush began his career with QTC in 1971, appearing inproductions.