Geoffrey Rush was raised in Brisbane, Australia. He had his stage debut in 1971 in a staging of Wrong Side of the Moon with the Queensland Theatre Company. Over the years he has become known for his classical work. He made an inauspicious debut in films with the 1981 feature Hoodwink and didn't have his first major film role until playing Sir Andrew Aguecheek in Twelfth Night (1986), but remained a durable presence for the most part on stage with acclaimed productions in The Diary of a Madman in 1989 and The Government Inspector in 1991. Filmgoers finally took notice with his performance in Children of the Revolution (1996), which led to the role as the alarmingly dysfunctional piano prodigy David Helfgott in Shine (1996), which marked his breakthrough in film. Rush's astonishing tour-de-force performance in Shine won him every conceivable award imaginable, including the Oscar, Golden Globe, British Film Award and Australian Film Institute Award. Over the years he has made a number of fascinating historical portrayals, notably as Javert in Les Miserables (1998), Walsingham in Elizabeth (1998), and as the Marquis de Sade in Quills (2000). He has also played parts in such different films as Mystery Men (1999), House on Haunted Hill (1999), The Banger Sisters (2002), Finding Nemo (2003), and Pirates of the Caribbean (2003). Rush's amazing versatility continues to impress, most recently as the manic, comedic genius Peter Sellers in a 2004 biopic.