GERARD BUTLER (Stoick the Vast) mostly recently starred
opposite Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart in Antoine Fuqua's
"Olympus Has Fallen" as a Secret Service agent trying to stop a terrorist
takeover of the White House. He is currently in pre-production on several films,
including Alcon's remake of the early 1990s classic surf film, "Point Break,"
Summit's "Gods of Egypt" opposite Nikolaj Coster-Waldau and "London Has Fallen,"
the sequel to "Olympus Has Fallen."
In addition to acting, Butler launched a production shingle with his longtime
manager Alan Siegel in March 2008. Their debut project starring Butler, "Law
Abiding Citizen," grossed more than $100 million worldwide and became Overture
Films' most lucrative opening to date. Most recently, the duo produced "Olympus
Has Fallen," which went on to gross more than $161 million worldwide at the box
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
Butler's other $100 million plus films include "The Bounty Hunter" opposite
Jennifer Aniston; Robert Luketic's "The Ugly Truth," opposite Katherine Heigl; "Nim's
Island" with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; "P.S. I Love You" opposite Hilary
Swank; Andrew Lloyd Webber's "The Phantom of the Opera" opposite Emmy Rossum;
and "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" opposite Angelina Jolie.
Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films spanning across all genres
including: "Playing for Keeps," "Chasing Mavericks," Marc Forster's "Machine Gun
Preacher"; "Coriolanus"; Lionsgate's "Gamer"; Guy Ritchie's "RocknRolla";
"Beowulf & Grendel"; "The Game of Their Lives"; the independent feature "Dear
Frankie" opposite Emily Mortimer; "Timeline"; "Reign of Fire"; and John Madden's
award-winning drama "Her Majesty, 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."
Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at the age of 12 in the musical
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 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.