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Also Known As: Gerard James Butler Died:
Born: November 13, 1969 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: United Kingdom Profession: actor, lawyer

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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...

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.

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CAST: (feature film)

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 Geostorm (2016)
2.
 Gods of Egypt (2016)
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 Point Break (2015)
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 Motor City (2013)
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 Thunder Run (2013)
9.
 Movie 43 (2013)
10.
 Hunter Killer (2012)
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Received first stage role in the play "Coriolanus" after actor Stephen Berkoff approached him in a London coffee shop
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Cast as Ewan MacGregor's character Renton in stage adaptation of "Trainspotting"
1997:
Made film debut as Billy Connolly's younger brother in "Mrs. Brown"
1997:
Landed small role in James Bond Movie "Tomorrow Never Dies"
1998:
Appeared in Russell Mulchary's "Tale of the Mummy"
2000:
Cast in lead role of Wes Craven's "Dracula 2000"
2001:
Cast in breakthrough role of Attila the Hun in USA Network movie "Attila"
2002:
Appeared opposite Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey in "Reign of Fire"
2003:
Starred alongside Angelina Jolie as a British marine turned mercenary in "Tomb Raider 2: The Cradle of Life"
2003:
Cast as assistant professor Andre Marek in big screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel "Timeline"
2004:
Starred in film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical "The Phantom of the Opera" as the title character
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
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
2008:
Portrayed Abigail Breslin's father in adventure fantasy film "Nim's Island"
2009:
Co-starred with Katherine Heigl in romantic comedy "The Ugly Truth"
2009:
Teamed with Jamie Foxx for thriller "Law Abiding Citizen"
2010:
Played a bounty hunter who tracks down his bail-jumping ex-wife (Jennifer Aniston) in action comedy "The Bounty Hunter"
2010:
Voiced Stoick the Vast in animated feature "How to Train Your Dragon"
2011:
Portrayed a former drug-dealing biker who becomes a crusader for Sudanese children in action drama "Machine Gun Preacher"
2012:
Cast as Tullus Aufidius in feature adaptation of Shakespeare's "Coriolanus," directed by Ralph Fiennes
2012:
Played surfer Frosty Hesson in "Chasing Mavericks"
2012:
Starred in romantic comedy "Playing for Keeps" as a former pro soccer star
2013:
Played the President's Secret Service agent in action thriller "Olympus Has Fallen"
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Education

University of Glasgow: -

Notes

"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 deliberatley, 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."---Gerard Butler quoted to Susan Johnston in Interview, July, 2002.

"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!'"---Gerard Butler quoted in People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive issue, November 29, 2004.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Edward Butler.
mother:
Margaret Butler.

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