Gerard Butler Biography

Gerard Butler is an acclaimed Scottish film and television actor, who achieved a career breakthrough with his iconic role in the film ‘300’. This biography provides detailed information about his childhood, life, achievements & timeline.

Gerard Butler
Quick Facts

Birthday: November 13, 1969

Nationality: Scottish

Famous: Actors Scottish Men

Age: 49 Years, 49 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Scorpio

Also Known As: Gerard James Butler

Born in: Paisley, Scotland

Height: 6'2" (188 cm), 6'2" Males


father: Edward Butler

mother: Margaret

City: Paisley, Scotland

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education: St Mirin's & St Margaret's High School, Glasgow University, Scottish Youth Theatre

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With Greek God looks and a charming aura, Gerard Butler dedicated seven years of his life studying law, before he chose to become an actor. Butler was passionate about movies from his younger days and was an enthusiastic movie goer and member of the Scottish Youth Theatre group. After graduating in law, he was not sure if law was what he wanted to do and thus, relocated to London to pursue his dream of becoming famous. He made his stage appearance in the Shakespeare tragedy, ‘Coriolanus’, while hunting for movie roles. He rose to fame after he played the legendary role of ‘The Phantom’ in the Academy Award nominated film, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’. He is, however, best known for his role as ‘King Leonidas of Sparta’ in ‘300’, a role that gave him immense recognition in Hollywood. This Scotland-born actor has also produced movies and appeared on television. A lesser-known fact is that he was a member of a rock band, before he took up acting professionally.

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Gerard Butler
Childhood & Early Life
  • Gerard James Butler was born to Edward Butler, a bookmaker, and Margaret Butler. He was raised in a very conservative and strict Roman Catholic family.
  • He went to the St Mirin's & St Margaret's High School, where he was a bright student and exhibited strong leadership qualities. He later pursued law at the Glasgow University. Meanwhile, he enrolled himself at the Scottish Youth Theatre during his teen years.
  • After he graduated from law school, he took up a job as a trainee lawyer at an Edinburgh law firm. However, due to his frequent absence from work he was consequently fired.
  • At the age of 25, he decided to relocate to London in order to pursue his dream of becoming famous. In London, he could not find acting roles and took up odd jobs to support himself.
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  • He made his first appearance in the Steven Berkoff play titled, ‘Coriolanus’. Thereafter, he bagged a role in the theatre adaptation of the Irvine Welsh novel, ‘Trainspotting’, which was running at the Edinburgh Festival.
  • In 1997, he played the role of ‘Archie Brown’ in the Academy Award nominated Golden Globe winning British drama film, ‘Mrs. Brown’. The film was also screened at the 1997 Cannes Film Festival.
  • In 1998, he appeared in the British-American horror film titled, ‘Tale of the Mummy’, which was directed by Russell Mulcahy. The film was set in Egypt - in and around Egyptian excavation sites.
  • In 2000, he starred in the horror film, ‘Dracula 2000’, which was directed by Patrick Lussier. The film was a success at the box office.
  • In 2001, he began to star in the TV miniseries titled, ‘The Jury’, which was broadcast on the ITV network. In the series, he played the role of ‘Johnnie Donne’.
  • In 2003, he made an appearance in the action film, ‘Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life’, which was directed by Jan de Bont. In the film, he played the character of ‘Terry Sheridan’.
  • In 2004, he played the role of ‘The Phantom’ in the Academy Award nominated film, ‘The Phantom of the Opera’, which was directed by Joel Schumacher. The film received mixed reviews from film critics.
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  • In 2007, he gained fame and popularity for his acting in the film, ‘300’, which was directed by Zack Snyder. The film was based on a comic series of the same name. The film served as the breakthrough for his career and the turning point of his life.
  • In December 2007, he starred in the American drama film, ‘P.S. I Love You’, directed by Richard LaGravenese. The film was based on Cecelia Ahern's novel of the same name.
  • In 2008, he starred in the Australian adventure-fantasy film, ‘Nim's Island’, which was directed by Jennifer Flackett and Mark Levin. The film was an immense success at the box office.
  • In 2009, he starred opposite Katherine Heigl in the romantic comedy film, ‘The Ugly Truth’, which was directed by Robert Luketic. The film was a commercial success even though it received negative reviews.
  • In 2010, he starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in the romantic action comedy film, ‘The Bounty Hunter’, which was directed by Andy Tennant. The film was not well received by critics.
  • In March 2010, he lend his voice for the 3D animated film, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, which was directed by Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois. The film was an immense commercial success.
  • In 2012, he starred in the biographical film, ‘Chasing Mavericks’, which was based on the life of surfer Jay Moriarity. The film was not well received and negatively reviewed by critics.
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Major Works
  • He appeared in the super successful film ‘300’. The film created a box office record by having the 24th largest box office opening. It went on to earn a whopping $456,068,181 at the box office.
  • He did a voiceover for the film, ‘How to Train Your Dragon’, which became the fifth highest earning animated film of 2010. The film earned a massive $494,878,759 at the box office.
Awards & Achievements
  • In 2007, he was the recipient of the MTV Movie Awards for the category of ‘Best Fight’ for ‘300’.
Personal Life & Legacy
  • He has openly admitted to having problems with alcohol consumption and was also treated for taking pain killers without subscription.
  • This acclaimed Scottish actor poked his eye with a wooden stake, while he was rehearsing for his first role on stage in the play, ‘Coriolanus’.

1. 300 (2006)

  (Fantasy, Action)

2. Law Abiding Citizen (2009)

  (Crime, Thriller, Drama)

3. Olympus Has Fallen (2013)

  (Thriller, Action)

4. The Phantom of the Opera (2004)

  (Thriller, Romance, Drama, Musical)

5. P.S. I Love You (2007)

  (Drama, Romance)

6. The Ugly Truth (2009)

  (Romance, Comedy)

7. Dear Frankie (2004)

  (Romance, Drama)

8. Chasing Mavericks (2012)

  (Sport, Biography, Drama)


MTV Movie & TV Awards
2007 Best Fight 300 (2006)

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