Geoffrey Rush

Rush in 2011, image via DFree/

Birth Name: Geoffrey Roy Rush

Place of Birth: Toowoomba, Queensland, Australia

Date of Birth: 6 July, 1951

*father – English, Irish, Scottish
*mother – German

Geoffrey Rush is an Australian actor and producer. He won the Academy Award for Best Actor for Shine (1996).

Geoffrey is the son of Merle (Bischof) and Roy Baden Rush. His father had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry. His mother was of German descent. He is married to actress Jane Menelaus, with whom he has two children.

Geoffrey’s paternal grandfather was Baden Charles Rush (the son of John Thomas Rush and Emily Ruming). Geoffrey’s grandfather Baden was born in Glen Innes, New South Wales. John was the son of John Thomas Rush, who was born in Monaghan, Ireland, and of Jane Hannah Fox, who was born in Devon, England. Emily was the daughter of Robert William Windsor Ruming, who was born in England, and of Catherine Jane Cawdell, who was born in Ireland.

Geoffrey’s paternal grandmother was Agnes May White (the daughter of Robert Charles White and Catherine Isabella Hedge). Robert was the son of Alfred White, who was born in Nottinghamshire, England, and of Mary Maria Murphy, who was born in Galway, Ireland. Catherine was the daughter of Francis John Hedge, who was born in Bedfordshire, England, and of Catherine Allison, who was born in Renfrewshire, Scotland.

Geoffrey’s maternal grandfather was Albert Daniel Kiehne Bischof (the son of Daniel Kiehne Bischof and Wilhelmina Albertina/Albertine Zupp). Geoffrey’s great-grandfather Albert Daniel was the son of German parents, Daniel Bischoff and Henriette Wilhelmine Erdmuth Bleich. Geoffrey’s great-grandmother Wilhelmina was the daughter of Friedrich August Zupp, who was from Görlitz, Silesia, Germany, and of Emilie Goltz, who was also German.

Geoffrey’s maternal grandmother was Rebecca Lillian/Lilly Krienke (the daughter of Ferdinand Carl Krienke and Albertine Emilie/Amelia Willims). Rebecca was born in Gowrie Junction, Queensland. Ferdinand was the son of Carl Johan Ferdinand Krienke, who was born in Pinnow, Prussia, and of Louise Grandsee, who was born in Hohenselchow, Prussia. Albertine was the daughter of Johann Willims, from Steinburg, Germany, and of Emilie Bertha Zupp, from Ammerland, Germany.

Sources: Genealogy of Geoffrey Rush –

Genealogy of Geoffrey’s maternal grandmother, Rebecca Lillian/Lilly (Krienke) Bischof –

6 Responses

  1. Freerk says:

    Some details: Görlitz is in Silesia (East Germany); Steinburg is in Schleswig-Holstein, Ammerland is a small district in NW Germany (Lower Saxony). So his ancestry comes from very different parts of Germany. The name “Louise Grandsee” is French (both fore- and surname), what indicates French ancestry. According to a German website that indicates all surnames in Germany, there is no surname “Grandsee” in Germany any more.

  2. andrew says:

    should be added English or Welsh in ethnicity coz Rush came from there

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