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GERARD BUTLER (Clyde Shelton, Producer) solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster 300. The film broke box-office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide. Most recently, Butler starred in Robert Luketic's comedy The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla, opposite Thandie Newton. Butler can next be seen starring in the futuristic thriller Gamer. He is also a voice performer in the animated film How to Train Your Dragon, slated for a March 2010 release.

Though perhaps best known for his action-adventure films, Butler is a versatile actor starring across genre lines. He recently starred in the children's adventure film Nim's Island, opposite Jodie Foster, and the romantic drama P.S. I Love You, with Hilary Swank. Butler previously starred in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical The Phantom of the Opera. He also earned critical acclaim for his work opposite Emily Mortimer in the independent feature Dear Frankie, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. 

Born in Scotland, Butler's stage debut was at the age of 12 in the musical "Oliver,” at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams of acting were deferred and he went on to study law for seven years before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, he landed the lead role in the acclaimed stage production of "Trainspotting.” He later starred on the London stage in such plays as "Snatch” and the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams' "Suddenly Last Summer,” opposite Rachel Weisz.

In 1997, Butler made his feature film debut in John Madden's award-winning drama Mrs. Brown, starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles in Fast Food, One More Kiss, Harrison's Flowers and the 1999 screen adaptation of Chekhov's The Cherry Orchard. Butler's other film credits include Beowulf & Grendel, Timeline, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life and Reign of Fire.

In addition to his acting pursuits, Butler launched the production shingle Evil Twins with his longtime manager Alan Siegel.


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