Jungle

Gerard Butler

Birth Name: 
Gerard James Butler
Birthday: 
Thursday, November 13, 1969
Sign: 
Birth Place: 
Paisley, Scotland, UK
Height: 
6' 2"

Born in Glasgow, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, Gerard Butler was raised (along with his older brother and sister) in his mother's hometown of Paisley, Scotland. He also spent some of his youth in Canada. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his siblings were raised primarily by their mother, who later remarried. He had no contact with his father between the ages of two and 16 years old, after which time they became close. His father passed away when Gerard was in his early 20s. Butler went on to attend Glasgow University, where he studied to be a lawyer/solicitor. He was president of the school's law society thanks to his outgoing personality and great social skills.

His acting career began when he was approached in a London 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 [i]Trainspotting[/i]. 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. He received a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society. He felt he only did what anyone in the situation would have done.

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 the 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, but managed well. 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. His unending tenacity and drive drove him to hounding the producers. Eventually, he sent them a clip of his portrayal of Attila. Evidently they saw something because Dracula 2000 (2000) was cast in the form of Butler. Attila's producers, thinking that his big-screen role might help with their own film's ratings, finished shooting a little early so he could get to work on Dracula 2000 (2000). Attila ended up being the second highest-rated TV movie ever. Following these two roles, Butler developed quite a fan base, an Internet site and began appearing on lists everywhere.

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 that garnered him most attention from both moviegoers and movie makers alike was that of Andre Marek in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Timeline (2003). Butler played an archaeologist who was sent back in time with a team of students to rescue a colleague. Last year he appeared 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 include Dear Frankie (2004), The Game of Their Lives (2005) and Beowulf & Grendel (2005).

In 2007 he starred as Spartan King Leonidas in the Warner Bros. production 300 (2006), 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. He most recently starred in P.S. I Love You (2007) with Academy Award-winner Hilary Swank .

In 2007, he appeared in Nim's Island (2008) and RocknRolla (2008), and recently completed the new Mark Neveldine / Brian Taylor film Gamer (2009). His latest film The Ugly Truth (2009) co-starring Katherine Heigl began filming in April 2008.

News

Gerard Butler Joins Hunter Killer

After hefting heavy weaponry in the service of charity for Machine Gun Preacher, Gerard Butler’s looking to do some real damage – albeit heroically – by kicking off negotiations to star in Relativity Media’s Hunter Killer.... Read more
Share

Machine Gun Preacher with Gerard Butler gets start date and more cast

It's the true story of Sam Childers, a dirty drug dealing biker who finds God and goes on a mission of his own crusading for children that have been kidnapped and forced to become sex slaves or soldiers. Lionsgate finally decided to pick up the film and will start shooting this summer.... Read more
Share

Who will have consent to kill: Gerard Butler, Colin Farrell or Matthew Fox?

With the BOURNE series slumbering, all the studios are looking for their own commercially palatable espionage-loaded action-guy franchise.... Read more
Share

'300' star Gerard Butler charged with misdemeanor battery

The AP is reporting that the Los Angeles City Attorney's office charged British-born actor, Gerard Butler, best known for his leading roles in 300 and P.S. I Love You, with misdemeanor battery in relation to a run-in with a photographer last October outside the premiere of his movie, RocnRolla.... Read more
Share

Reviews

Coriolanus

 I hated this movie and I don’t know why.  I watched it; had no idea the whole time what was going on.  I get there was this guy, Caius Martius Coriolanus played by Ralph Fiennes who was just wreaking all kinds of havoc against Gerard Butler a.k.a.... Read more
Share

DreamWorks Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury / Book of Dragons (BLU-RAY)

How To Train Your Dragon is one of my favorite animated films from last year and among one of the very best reference BD’s that I own.... Read more
Share

Machine Gun Preacher

Machine Gun Preacher sounds like some B-movie action hero who spends his days preaching in church and his evenings ridding the streets of crime with his massive machine gun. Sounds pretty cool, doesn’t it?... Read more
Share

The Bounty Hunter (BLU-RAY)

The romantic comedy genre has been done to death in films and The Bounty Hunter is full of the same clichés we've seen time and time again. The movie itself is pretty drab but how does the Blu-ray shape up?... Read more
Share

How To Train Your Dragon

Hiccup lives in the land of Vikings, something which he is not. He can’t lift a sword, he can’t swing a hammer, and he has never killed a dragon, something every Viking aims to achieve in their lifetime.... Read more
Share

Videos

Olympus Has Fallen (Banning Is Special Forces)

Olympus Has Fallen (Banning Is Special Forces)

Olympus Has Fallen (Banning Is Special Forces) Clip ... Read more
Share
Olympus Has Fallen (Contact)

Olympus Has Fallen (Contact)

Olympus Has Fallen (Contact) ... Read more
Share
Olympus Has Fallen (You Are Acting President)

Olympus Has Fallen (You Are Acting President)

Olympus Has Fallen (You Are Acting President) ... Read more
Share
Olympus Has Fallen (Recall)

Olympus Has Fallen (Recall)

Olympus Has Fallen (Recall) ... Read more
Share
Olympus Has Fallen (Get Me Coffee)

Olympus Has Fallen (Get Me Coffee)

Olympus Has Fallen (Get Me Coffee) ... Read more
Share

Photos