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A gifted actor with a striking charm and humor, GERARD BUTLER (George) has impressed audiences in roles that cross all ends of the spectrum. Butler will be next be seen in in the multi-director, ensemble comedy MOVIE 43 with an all-star cast; and in Antoine Fuqua's White House-set action thriller OLYMPUS HAS FALLEN, where he stars opposite Aaron Eckhart, Angela Bassett and Melissa Leo. The actor is also presently reprising the role of Stoick for the second installment of HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON. Earlier this year, Butler starred in CHASING MAVERICKS directed by Curtis Hanson, based on the true story of Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as ‘Mavericks.'

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 2011, Butler starred in MACHINE GUN PREACHER, directed by Marc Forster. Butler also starred in the critically acclaimed film CORIOLANUS, based on the Shakespearean play, alongside Ralph Fiennes who also directed the film. In 2010 Butler was the voice to the lead character, "Stoick,” in the Dreamworks Oscar nominated animated film, HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.

Butler has appeared in films spanning all genres including THE BOUNTY HUNTER opposite Jennifer Aniston, Robert Luketic's THE UGLY TRUTH opposite Katherine Heigl, Lionsgate's GAMER, Guy Ritchie's ROCKNROLLA, NIM'S ISLAND with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, P.S. I LOVE YOU with Hilary Swank, BEOWULF & GRENDEL, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, Andrew Lloyd Webber's THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA, the independent feature DEAR FRANKIE opposite Emily Mortimer, TIMELINE, LARA CROFT: TOMB RAIDER -- THE CRADLE OF LIFE, REIGN OF FIRE, and John Madden's award-winning MRS. BROWN, starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles in HARRISON'S FLOWERS, ONE MORE KISS, FAST FOOD, and the screen adaptation of Chekhov's THE CHERRY ORCHARD.

In addition to acting, Butler launched the production shingle with his longtime manager Alan Siegel in March 2008. Their debut project starring Butler, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN grossed over $100 million worldwide and became Overture Films' most lucrative opening to date.

Butler is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, established in 2009 and is a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis that encourages peace and social justice and addresses issues of poverty and enfranchisement in communities around the world.

Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at age twelve in OLIVER, at Glasgow's famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams of acting were temporarily deterred and he went on to study law for seven years before returning to the stage. 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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