Gerard Butler Biography |
  • Gerard Butler Biography

    Born: December 31, 1969 in Paisley, Scotland, UK

    Gerard Butler solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film 300. The film broke box office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.  In 2010, Butler starred opposite Jennifer  Aniston  in THE BOUNTY  HUNTER,  and voiced  one of the lead characters  in the animated  hit HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.   Butler will reprise his DRAGON  role in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, slated for release in 2014.

    Butler has several films upcoming for later in 2011 and 2012, including MACHINE GUN PREACHER directed by Marc Forster; PLAYING THE FIELD, directed by Gabriele Muccino; and MOVIE 43, a compilation of short films with an all-star cast.  Butler will also reprise his origin

    In addition to acting, Butler launched the production shingle, Evil Twins, with his longtime manager Alan  Siegel  in  March  2008.  Their  debut  project,  the  physiological  thriller  LAW  ABIDING CITIZEN grossed over $100 million worldwide and also became Overture Films’ most lucrative opening  to date.  Butler  previously  starred  in Robert  Luketic’s  romantic  comedy,  THE UGLY TRUTH, opposite Katherine Heigl. He also led the futuristic thriller GAMER and starred in Guy Ritchie's, ROCKNROLLA, opposite Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven.

    Though perhaps best known for his action-adventure films, Butler can easily cross genres, with credits that include the children’s adventure film NIM’S ISLAND opposite Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; and the romantic drama P.S. I LOVE YOU, with Hilary Swank.  He previously starred in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA.  He earned critical acclaim for his work opposite Emily Mortimer in the independent feature DEAR FRANKIE, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Butler has also starred in BEOWULF & GRENDEL, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, TIMELINE, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE and REIGN OF FIRE.

    In  1997,  Butler  made  his  feature  film  debut  in  John  Madden1s award-winning  drama  HER MAJESTY,  MRS. BROWN,  starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles in FAST FOOD,  ONE  MORE  KISS,  HARRISON1S  FLOWERS  and  the  1999  screen  adaptation  of Chekhov’s THE CHERRY ORCHARD.

    Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at the age of twelve in the musical “Oliver,” at Glasgow’s famous Kings Theatre.  As a young man, his dreams of acting were temporarily deferred and he went on to study law for seven years before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, he landed the lead role in the acclaimed stage production of “Trainspotting.” He later starred on the London stage in such plays as “Snatch” and the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams’ “Suddenly Last Summer,” opposite Rachel Weisz.

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