GERARD BUTLER (Andre Marek), 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
Butler's film debut came in "Mrs. Brown," the
Academy AwardÂ®-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 of the same name, directed by Dick Lowry. His big breakthrough came
when he portrayed a contemporary Dracula in Wes Craven's "Dracula
2000," with Jonny Lee Miller and Christopher Plummer. His other work
includes "Reign of Fire," with Christian Bale and Matthew McConaughey,
and the British television drama "The Jury," with Derek Jacobi and
Butler was most recently seen opposite Academy AwardÂ®-winner
Angelina Jolie in "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life." He
also completed shooting the Scottish film "Dear Frankie," with Emily
Mortimer. and "The Game of Their Lives," a true story of the American
soccer team that strove, against all odds, 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
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