Gerard Butler

Actor, Lawyer
With his thick Scottish brogue and manly scruff, Gerard Butler rose to big screen fame as an appealing hero in stylish, battle-oriented epics. His first big break came with the title role in Joel Schumacher's "Phantom ... Read more »
Born: 11/12/1969 in United Kingdom

Filmography

Actor (64)

Geostorm 2016 (Movie)

Jake Lawson (Actor)

Gods of Egypt 2016 (Movie)

Set (Actor)

How to Train Your Dragon 3 2016 (Movie)

Stoick (Voice)

Hollywood Film Awards 2014 - 2015 (TV Show)

Himself

London Has Fallen 2015 (Movie)

Mike Banning (Actor)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

Stoick (Voice)

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Late Night with Seth Meyers 2014 (Tv Show)

Guest

Dreamworks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Movie 43 2013 (Movie)

Leprechaun 1 & 2 (Actor)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

Mike Banning (Actor)

The Late Show With David Letterman 2010, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

The Tonight Show With Jay Leno 2012 - 2013 (Tv Show)

Actor

Chasing Mavericks 2012 (Movie)

Rick "Frosty" Hesson (Actor)

Playing For Keeps 2012 (Movie)

George (Actor)

The 69th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2011 - 2012 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Graham Norton Show 2011 - 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

CNN Heroes: An All Star Tribute 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Actor

Coriolanus 2011 (Movie)

Tullus Aufidius (Actor)

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

Sam Childers (Actor)

The British Academy Film Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

2009 MTV Video Music Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

How to Train Your Dragon 2010 (Movie)

Stoick (Voice)

The 67th Annual Golden Globe Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The 82nd Annual Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

The Bounty Hunter 2010 (Movie)

Milo Boyd (Actor)

Gamer 2009 (Movie)

Kable (Actor)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

Clyde Shelton (Actor)

Saturday Night Live 2009 (Tv Show)

Host

The 66th Annual Golden Globes Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

The Jay Leno Show 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The Ugly Truth 2009 (Movie)

Mike Alexander (Actor)

Nim's Island 2008 (Movie)

Jack Rusoe/Alex Rover (Actor)

RocknRolla 2008 (Movie)

One Two (Actor)

2007 Taurus World Stunt Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

300 2007 (Movie)

King Leonidas (Actor)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

Gerry (Actor)

Shattered 2007 (Movie)

Neil Randall (Actor)

The 2007 MTV Movie Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Beowulf & Grendel 2006 (Movie)

Beowulf (Actor)

Dear Frankie 2005 (Movie)

The Stranger (Actor)

The 10th Annual Critics' Choice Awards 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

The Game of Their Lives 2005 (Movie)

Frank Borghi (Actor)

The 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The Phantom of the Opera 2004 (Movie)

The Phantom (Actor)

Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life 2003 (Movie)

Terry Sheridan (Actor)

The Jury 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

Actor

Timeline 2003 (Movie)

Andre Marek (Actor)

Harrison's Flowers 2002 (Movie)

Chris Kumac (Actor)

Reign of Fire 2002 (Movie)

Dave Creedy (Actor)

The Cherry Orchard 2002 (Movie)

Yasha (Actor)

Attila 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Attila: The Making of an Epic Mini-Series 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Shooters 2001 (Movie)

Jackie Junior (Actor)

Fast Food 2000 (Movie)

Jacko (Actor)

Playing God 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Wes Craven Presents: Dracula 2000 2000 (Movie)

Dracula (Actor)

One More Kiss 1999 (Movie)

Sam (Actor)

Mrs. Brown 1997 (Movie)

Archie Brown (Actor)

Tomorrow Never Dies 1997 (Movie)

Leading Seaman (Actor)

Motor City (Movie)

(Actor)

The Jury (Movie)

Johnnie Donne (Actor)

Thunder Run (Movie)

(Actor)
Producer (7)

London Has Fallen 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

The Septembers of Shiraz 2015 (Movie)

(Producer)

Olympus Has Fallen 2013 (Movie)

(Producer)

Chasing Mavericks 2012 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Playing For Keeps 2012 (Movie)

(Producer)

Machine Gun Preacher 2011 (Movie)

(Executive Producer)

Law Abiding Citizen 2009 (Movie)

(Producer)
Music (2)

How to Train Your Dragon 2 2014 (Movie)

("For The Dancing And The Dreaming") (Song Performer)

P.S. I Love You 2007 (Movie)

"Love You 'Til The End" (Song Performer)

Biography

With his thick Scottish brogue and manly scruff, Gerard Butler rose to big screen fame as an appealing hero in stylish, battle-oriented epics. His first big break came with the title role in Joel Schumacher's "Phantom of the Opera" (2004) in which Butler sang his heart out, but no one really listened. The viewers who did considered him a second-rate Michael Crawford, so Butler's supposed star-making vehicle stalled. But it became quickly apparent that he really drew the crowds when donning a shield and little else, charging into battle as a seemingly invincible warrior. Woman swooned while men stood and cheered Butler on in the historic actioners "Beowulf and Grendel" (2005) and "300" (2007), where, in the latter, he essayed the sword-wielding King Leonidas of Sparta to an over $400 million worldwide box office take. Riding the crest of post-"300"fame - during which Entertainment Weekly named him fifth on their "Ultimate Male Hottie" list - Butler proved that even with a shirt on, he still possessed appeal while grounded in the here and now. Other late-decade work included an uneven mix of action and romantic comedy films, such as "RocknRolla" (2008), "The Ugly Truth" (2009), "Gamer" (2009), and "The Bounty Hunter" (2010), alongside rumored love interest, Jennifer Aniston. By 2011, Butler's leading man credentials were firmly established; the only question that remained was whether or not he could parlay that reputation into a sustainable career as a headlining star.

Relationships

Edward Butler

Father
Left the family when Gerard was 2 and later reunited with son when Gerard was 16 Died of cancer when Gerard was 22

Margaret Butler

Mother

Brian Butler

Brother
Older

Lynn Butler

Sister
Older

Madalina Ghenea Actor

Companion
Butler revealed on "The Tonight Show with Jay Leno" (NBC) in December 2013 they had been dating for seven months

EDUCATION

University of Glasgow

Was president of the law society; graduated with honors

Milestones

2013

Played the President's Secret Service agent in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"

2012

Cast as Tullus Aufidius in feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes

2012

Starred in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps" as a former pro soccer star

2012

Played surfer Frosty Hesson in "Chasing Mavericks"

2011

Portrayed a former drug-dealing biker who becomes a crusader for Sudanese children in action drama "Machine Gun Preacher"

2010

Voiced Stoick the Vast in animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon"

2010

Played a bounty hunter who tracks down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston) in action comedy "The Bounty Hunter"

2009

Teamed with Jamie Foxx for thriller "Law Abiding Citizen"

2009

Co-starred with Katherine Heigl in romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth"

2008

Portrayed Abigail Breslin's father in adventure fantasy film "Nim's Island"

2007

Cast as Spartan King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's "300," an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel

2007

Co-starred in "P.S. I Love You" with Hilary Swank

2005

Starred in "The Game of Their Lives," based on true story of 1950 U.S. soccer team who, against all odds, beat England in small town of Belo Horizonte, Brazil

2004

Starred in film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera" as the title character

2003

Cast as assistant professor Andre Marek in big screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel "Timeline"

2003

Starred alongside Angelina Jolie as a British marine turned mercenary in "Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life"

2002

Appeared opposite Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey in "Reign of Fire"

2001

Cast in breakthrough role of Attila the Hun in USA Network movie "Attila"

2000

Cast in lead role of Wes Craven's "Dracula 2000"

1998

Appeared in Russell Mulchary's "Tale of the Mummy"

1997

Landed small role in James Bond Movie "Tomorrow Never Dies"

1997

Made film debut as Billy Connolly's younger brother in "Mrs. Brown"

Received first stage role in the play "Coriolanus" after actor Stephen Berkoff approached him in a London coffee shop

Cast as Ewan MacGregor's character Renton in stage adaptation of "Trainspotting"

Bonus Trivia

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"Sometimes, when I look in the mirror, I have this communion with my soul. It's amazing and horrible, because you're seeing your self. It's happened probably only 10 times in my life. It's the most bizarre experience, one that you can never have deliberately, and it happens to me while acting sometimes. Or when I'm up in the Hollywood hills, looking out over L.A. It's a different world from when I was in Scotland going to movie theaters, wishing I could do that. There was pain then, because I knew that [becoming an actor] wasn't going to happen. But those wishes have come true. It's pretty fantastic." – Butler quoted in Interview, July 2002

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"When I'm 80 and sagging all over, I can tell my grandkids, 'Look, when I was a lad, People magazine thought I was sexy!'" – Butler quoted in People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, Nov. 29, 2004

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Butler on being linked with several actress in Hollywood: "You can walk around with a hundred of your buddies and it's cool, but the second there's a woman involved..." – Butler quoted in Esquire, August 2009

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In February 2012, Butler reportedly checked himself into the Betty Ford Center for substance abuse treatment. According to TMZ.com, the actor entered rehab for "pain management." Butler allegedly struggled with pain medication in an attempt to recover from injuries he suffered on the set of "300" (2006) as well as a surfing accident during filming of the 2012 drama "Of Men and Mavericks."

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In February 2013, Butler sued Randall Emmett and George Furla's Emmett/Furla Films, the producers of "Motor City," for $5.1 million in damages, claiming he was not paid after the film was scrapped.

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