GERARD BUTLER solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold
and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film 300. The film broke
box office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450
million worldwide. In 2010, Butler starred opposite Jennifer Aniston in THE
BOUNTY HUNTER, and voiced one of the lead characters in the animated hit HOW TO
TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Butler will reprise his DRAGON role in HOW TO TRAIN YOUR
DRAGON 2, slated for release in 2014.
Butler has several films upcoming for later in 2011 and 2012, including MACHINE
GUN PREACHER directed by Marc Forster; PLAYING THE FIELD, directed by Gabriele
Muccino; and MOVIE 43, a compilation of short films with an all-star cast.
Butler will also reprise his origin
In addition to acting, Butler launched the production shingle, Evil Twins, with
his longtime manager Alan Siegel in March 2008. Their debut project, the
physiological thriller LAW ABIDING CITIZEN grossed over $100 million worldwide
and also became Overture Films' most lucrative opening to date. Butler
previously starred in Robert Luketic's romantic comedy, THE UGLY TRUTH, opposite
Katherine Heigl. He also led the futuristic thriller GAMER and starred in Guy
Ritchie's, ROCKNROLLA, opposite Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven.
Though perhaps best known for his action-adventure films, Butler can easily
cross genres, with credits that include the children's adventure film NIM'S
ISLAND opposite Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; and the romantic drama P.S. I
LOVE YOU, with Hilary Swank. He previously starred in the film version of Andrew
Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. He earned critical acclaim for his work
opposite Emily Mortimer in the independent feature DEAR FRANKIE, which screened
at the Cannes Film Festival. Butler has also starred in BEOWULF & GRENDEL, THE
GAME OF THEIR LIVES, TIMELINE, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE and
REIGN OF FIRE.
In 1997, Butler made his feature film debut in John Madden1s award-winning drama
HER MAJESTY, MRS. BROWN, starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles
in FAST FOOD, ONE MORE KISS, HARRISON1S FLOWERS and the 1999 screen adaptation
of Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD.
Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at the age of twelve in the
musical "Oliver, " at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams
of acting were temporarily 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.
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