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GERARD BUTLER (Terry Sheridan), born in Glasgow, was a youthful acting enthusiast who was dissuaded from an acting career and channeled for seven years into a career as a lawyer. But after talking his way into a part in "Coriolanus" at London's Mermaid Theatre and winning the lead in "Trainspotting," his career path was set. His film debut was in "Mrs. Brown," the OscarĀ®nominated story of Queen Victoria and the Scottish Highlander John Brown, with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly. More films and theater followed, including the title role of Attila, the historic warrior in the television miniseries "Atilla" directed by Dick Lowry. His big breakthrough came when he portrayed a contemporary Dracula with Jonny Lee Miller and Christopher Plummer in Wes Craven's "Dracula 2000."

During part of 2001 Butler divided his time between the Irish locations of "Reign of Fire" with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey and the British television drama "The Jury" with Derek Jacobi and Antony Sher. Following that, he was cast in the lead role of Andr~ Marek in Michael Crichton's time-travel adventure "Timeline" directed by Richard Donner.

Having just completed shooting the Scottish film "Natural History" with Emily Mortimer, Butler is currently filming "The Game of Their Lives," a true story of the American soccer team that, against all odds, strove to win the 1950 World Cup. Next up for Butler is the title role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" directed by Joel Schumacher.


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