GERARD BUTLER (Agent Banning, Producer) is a gifted actor with striking charm and humor who has impressed audiences in roles across the dramatic spectrum. Butler is currently reprising his voice role as "Stoick the Vast" in the sequel to the hit How to Train Your Dragon. The Oscar-nominated film grossed over $490 million at the box office and the second installment is due out in 2014.
In addition to acting, Butler formed a production company in 2008 with his longtime manager Alan Siegel. Their debut project, Law Abiding Citizen, grossed more than $100 million worldwide and co-starred Jamie Foxx.
Butler solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film 300. This period-action spectacle broke box-office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.
Butler's other films grossing more than $100 million 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 all genres. His notable credits include Playing for Keeps, Chasing Mavericks, Machine Gun Preacher, Coriolanus, Gamer, RocknRolla, Beowulf & Grendel, The Game of Their Lives, Dear Frankie, Timeline, Reign of Fire and John Madden's award-winning drama Mrs. Brown, starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes Harrison's Flowers, One More Kiss, Fast Food and a 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," produced 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 Butler landed the lead role in an acclaimed production of "Trainspotting." He also starred in "Snatch" on the London stage 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. A fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis in 2009, APJ encourages peace and social justice while addressing issues of poverty in communities around the world.