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Gerard Butler

Arriving at the "Elton John Aids Foundation" Oscar Party
Born Gerard James Butler
13 November 1969 (1969-11-13) (age 40)
Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland
Occupation Actor
Years active 1997–present

Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor. He is best known for his roles in the films 300, The Phantom of the Opera, RocknRolla, P.S. I Love You, The Ugly Truth, Gamer (film), and Law Abiding Citizen.

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Early life

Butler was born in Paisley, Scotland, the youngest of three children of Margaret and Edward Butler.[1] He was raised in a Roman Catholic working-class family[2][3] and spent the first few years of his life in Canada (Montreal)[4], before returning to Scotland.[5]

Career

Auditions for the film Trainspotting and the 1987 classic The Lost Boys inspired him to become an actor. Butler left everything he had and went down to London where he was approached in a coffee shop by actor Steven Berkoff, who later appeared alongside Butler in Attila (2001/I) (TV), who gave him a role in a stage production of Coriolanus. After that Butler decided to give up law for acting. He was cast as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage adaptation of Trainspotting. His film debut was as Billy Connolly's younger brother in Mrs. Brown (1997). While filming the movie in Scotland, he was enjoying a picnic with his mother, near the River Tay, when they heard the shouts of a young boy who had been swimming with a friend who was in some trouble. Butler jumped in and saved the young boy from drowning for which he received a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society.

His film career continued with small roles, first in the James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and then Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, Butler was cast in two breakthrough roles, the first being Attila the Hun in USA film Attila (2001/I) (TV). The film's producers wanted a known actor to play the part but kept coming back to Butler's screen tests and decided he was their man. He had to lose the thick Scottish accent for the role. Around the time Attila was being filmed, casting was in progress for Wes Craven's new take on the Dracula legacy. Also wanting a known name, Butler wasn't much of a consideration. He sent them a clip of his portrayal of Attila and was cast in the form of Butler in Dracula 2000 (2000). Attila's producers finished shooting a little early so he could get to work on Dracula 2000. Attila ended up being the second highest-rated TV movie ever. Following these two roles, Butler developed a fan base, an Internet site and began appearing on numerous lists.

Since then he has appeared in Reign of Fire (2002) as Creedy and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) as Terry Sheridan, alongside Angelina Jolie. The role of Andre Marek in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Timeline (2003) attracted attention from both moviegoers and movie makers. Butler played an archaeologist who was sent back in time with a team of students to rescue a colleague. He went on to appear in Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera (2004), playing the title character in the successful adaptation of the stage musical. It was a role that brought him much international attention. Other projects that followed include Dear Frankie (2004), The Game of Their Lives (2005) and Beowulf & Grendel (2005).

His breakthrough role came in 2007, when he starred as Spartan King Leonidas in the Warner Bros. production 300 (2007), based on the Frank Miller graphic novel, and Butterfly on a Wheel (2007) co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello, which aired on network TV under the title Shattered. In 2007, he starred in P.S. I Love You with Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank . In 2008, he appeared in Nim's Island (2008) and RocknRolla (2008). More recently he has also starred in the Mark Neveldine / Brian Taylor film Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen.

Filmography

Year Film Role Notes
1997 Mrs. Brown Archie Brown
Tomorrow Never Dies Leading Seaman Scene
1998 Tale of the Mummy Burke
Fast Food Jacko
Little White Lies Peter TV movie (UK)
The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star Marty Claymore TV series (UK)
1999 The Cherry Orchard Yasha
Please! Peter Short film
One More Kiss Sam TV movie (UK)
Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married Gus TV series (UK)
2000 Dracula 2000 Count Dracula/Judas Iscariot
Harrison's Flowers Chris Kumac
2001 An Unsuitable Job for a Woman Tim Bolton TV series (UK)
Attila Attila the Hun TV miniseries
Jewel of the Sahara Captain Charles Belamy Short film
The Jury Johnnie Donne TV miniseries (UK)
2002 Shooters Jackie Junior
Reign of Fire Creedy
2003 Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life Terry Sheridan
Timeline André Marek
2004 The Phantom of the Opera The Phantom
2005 Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula Prefect Cassius Chaerea Short film
Dear Frankie The Stranger
Walk the Line Guitar player
Beowulf & Grendel Beowulf
The Game of Their Lives Frank Borghi
2006 Shadow Company James Ashcroft (voice)
2007 300 King Leonidas
Butterfly on a Wheel Neil Randall
P.S. I Love You Gerry Kennedy
2008 Nim's Island Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover
RocknRolla One Two
2009 Tales of the Black Freighter The Captain (voice)
The Ugly Truth Mike Chadway
Gamer Kable
Law Abiding Citizen Clyde Shelton
2010 How to Train Your Dragon Stoick the Vast (voice) post-production
The Bounty Hunter Milo Boyd
2011 Coriolanus Tullus Aufidius shooting

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