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GERARD BUTLER (Sam Childers) solidified his leading-man status when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's action blockbuster 300. The film broke box-office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.

Butler has a highly anticipated film being released this fall, Coriolanus, based on the Shakespeare play about authority, power and the emotions that drive them. The film also stars Ralph Fiennes and marks Fiennes' directorial debut.

Butler is currently in production on Gabriele Muccino's Playing the Field, starring as a world-famous soccer star who, now retired, tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son's soccer team. Next, Butler begins production on Curtis Hanson's Mavericks, based on the true story of Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity (Jonny Weston) and his quest to ride the notoriously treacherous Northern California break known as Mavericks. Gerard plays Moriarity's surf mentor and friend.

Butler gave voice to the lead character, the dragon Stoick, in the Oscar®-nominated animated film How to Train Your Dragon. He will reprise his role in the forthcoming sequel.

In association with his longtime manager Alan Siegel, Butler launched a production shingle in 2008, Evil Twins. He also starred in their debut project, Law Abiding Citizen, which grossed more than $100 million worldwide.

Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films spanning the genres. He starred in The Bounty Hunter, opposite Jennifer Aniston; The Ugly Truth, opposite Katherine Heigl; Gamer, with Michael C. Hall; RocknRolla, with Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven; P.S. I Love You, with Hilary Swank; Nim's Island, with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; The Phantom of the Opera, with Emmy Rossum; Dear Frankie, opposite Emily Mortimer; and the award-winning drama Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, starring Judi Dench.

Other film credits include Beowulf & Grendel, The Game of Their Lives, Timeline, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Reign of Fire, Fast Food, One More Kiss, Harrison's Flowers and The Cherry Orchard.

Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at age 12 in the musical "Oliver,” at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams of acting were temporarily deferred when he studied law for seven years before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, Butler 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.

Butler is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice (APJ), established in 2009 by Paul Haggis to encourage peace and social justice. It also raises funds to address issues of poverty in communities around the world, with a current focus on Haiti.

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