Scottish actor Gerard Butler was born on November 13, 1969 in Glasgow, Scotland. He graduated from Glasgow University Law School before taking up a career as an actor.
Gerard Butler’s first roles were in the Shakespearean tragedy Corolianus, as well as playing the character Renton in a stage version of Trainspotting, based on the novel by Irvine Welsch. His film debut was as Archie Brown in 1997’s Mrs. Brown, which also starred Judi Dench and Billy Connnolly. He was also given a minor role in a James Bond movie, Tomorrow Never Dies, with Pierce Brosnan and Jonathan Pryce. This was followed by Tale of the Mummy the next year. He also starred in several independent films in the UK, including a role in the series Lucy Sullivan is Getting Married. He was also in films like The Cherry Orchard in 1999 and Harrison’s Flowers in 2000. He also landed the lead role as Attila the Hun in the American miniseries Atilla. The production of the series was stopped so Butler could play another lead role, Dracula in the film Dracula 2000 by Wes Craven. He was also acclaimed for his role in the TV miniseries The Jury, where he played the character Johnnie Donne.
In 2003, Butler starred in Timeline, his second film co-starring with Billy Connolly. That year, he was also cast alongside Angelina Jolie in Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life. He garnered more success playing the title role in Joel Schumacher’s film rendition of Andrew Lloyd Weber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He was also in The Game of Their Lives, as well as being given the role of Beowulf in the Sturla Gunnarson film production of Beowulf & Grendel. While filming it in Canada, Butler also co-produced and participated in the do!$#!#entary Wrath of Gods. In 2006, his fame skyrocketed when he was cast as King Leonidas of Sparta in the acclaimed 300. The film adaptation of the Frank Miller graphic novel became a box office hit, and Butler received various awards for his role. That same year, he also completed Butterfly on a Wheel. He also starred opposite Hilary Swank in the adaptation of Cecilia Ahern’s novel, PS, I Love You. In 2008, he landed a role in Nim’s Island, which also features Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin.
Golden Satellite Award
Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical
The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
MTV Movie Award
MTV Movie Award
World Stunt Awards
Action Movie Star of the Year
Nim's Island - ( Jack Rusoe/Alex Rover / 2008 / Released / )
RocknRolla - ( One Two / 2008 / Released / )
300 - ( King Leonidas / 2007 / Released / )
P.S. I Love You - ( Gerry / 2007 / Released / )
P.S. I Love You - ( Song Performer / 2007 / Released / )
Shattered - ( Neil Warner / 2007 / Released / )
Beowulf & Grendel - ( Beowulf / 2006 / Released / )
Dear Frankie - ( The Stranger / 2005 / Released / )
The Game of Their Lives - ( Frank Borghi / 2005 / Released / )
The Phantom of the Opera - ( The Phantom / 2004 / Released / Warner Home Video )
Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life - ( Terry Sheridan / 2003 / Released / )
Timeline - ( Andre Marek / 2003 / Released / )
Harrison's Flowers - ( Chris Kumac / 2002 / Released / )
Reign of Fire - ( Dave Creedy / 2002 / Released / )
The Cherry Orchard - ( Yasha / 2002 / Released / )
Shooters - ( Jackie Junior / 2001 / Released / )
Fast Food - ( Jacko / 2000 / Released / )
Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 - ( Dracula / 2000 / Released / )
One More Kiss - ( Sam / 1999 / Released / )
Mrs. Brown - ( Archie Brown / 1997 / Released / )
Tomorrow Never Dies - ( Leading Seaman / 1997 / Released / )
"In the new year of 2001, I went into a bit of a depression. It was almost a bit anti-climatic after Dracula (which was filmed in 2000) and Attila," Quote: Gerard Butler [source: K. Ziervogel]
On his new acting career: "[During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I was very happy. And now that I'm actually happier, I don't have to show it. I'm more comfortable with myself."
In Scotland I'm just like a lot of other guys, but in America I'm seen as a very strong, masculine guy.
You've got to move on and it's a shame because there's a part of you that thinks, 'I was so attached to that movie and it's success and what it meant to me.' There's a part of you that wants to pull that off again. I heard some back room chatter about another 300 movie. I don't know if it would be a sequel or a prequel but I haven't read anything. I can't see it myself, the idea in general. I'm not sure which way they would go with that. When Russell Crowe did Gladiator he didn't come back and do another one. Like mine, his character died.
Gerard Butler is not married. Gerard Butler is not Gay. Gerard Butler is single, and is relatively private with regards to his lovelife and his relationships with his past girlfriends.
Gerard Butler was formerly a lead singer in a rock band called Speed.
After graduating in Law, he moved to L.A for 18 months, and appeared as an extra in 'The Bodyguard' movie.
He then returned to Canada to spend time with his father who was diagnosed with cancer.
After his death, Gerard undertook a two year traineeship in a top law firm in Edinburgh.
Eventually Gerard grew bored of the profession and became increasingly unhappy with his career path. Gerard was eventually fired two weeks before he was due to complete his training program.
Determined to find work as an actor, Gerard Butler moved to London two days later. Gerry worked briefly as a waiter and a trade show sales person. He then worked as a casting assistant at the Mermaid Theater for the play Coriolanus. He then bumped into Steven Berkoff the director, in a local coffee bar and was invited to audition for the role Mark Renton in 'Trainspotting'. This was to be first professional lead acting role for Gerry on stage.
Gerard Butler supports the Celtic Football Club.
A former member of the Scottish Youth Theater.
Former President of The Glasgow University Law Society.
Gerard Butler received a Certificate of Bravery in 1997 from the Royal Humane Society, for saving a boy from drowning in the River Tay, Scotland.
Gerard Butler won the Spirit of Scotland Award for Screen in 2001.
He then presented at the MTV Europe Music awards in 2003.
He then won the Ischia Global Film and Music Festival Special Fashion Award in 2004.
He won best actor at the Bowmore Scottish Screen Awards in 2005. Gerard Butler was then voted the Most attractive Man of the year Award in 2005 by Hello Magazine.
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Previously speculated to be a serious candidate for the role of James Bond. Gerard on Bond: "If I was to do Bond, I would like to see something darker in him again - more violence, more of an animal."
Gerard also admits to having a drink problem in the past. He has not touched alcohol for many years.
Gerard Butler once posed for GAP in an advertising campaign in the UK and USA.
Gerard Butler once starred in a Polaroid advert on tv. Please view our Video Clips section to watch the advert!
Gerard Butler once starred in a Sudafed commercial in the UK
Gerard Butler has a huge fan base of guys and gals.