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Gerard Butler

Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), which he followed with steady work on television, most notably in the American miniseries Attila (2001).


In 2003, Butler played André Marek in the adaptation of Michael Crichton's Timeline. He garnered critical acclaim for his work as the lead in Joel Schumacher's 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera. In 2007, Butler gained recognition through his portrayal of King Leonidas in the film 300. Since then, he has appeared in projects including P.S. I Love You (2007), Nim's Island (2008), RocknRolla (2008), The Ugly Truth (2009), Gamer (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), The Bounty Hunter (2010), and Olympus Has Fallen (2013). He also voiced Stoick in How to Train Your Dragon (2010) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014).

Butler has been open in interviews about struggling with alcoholism. In February 2012, Butler's publicist announced that Butler had completed a course of treatment for substance abuse of pain killers at a rehab centre. This was after Butler was concerned he was too reliant on prescribed pain relief medication which escalated when he was involved in a surfing incident before Christmas 2011.


A fan of the Glasgow football club Celtic and having played a charity match with them in 2011, Butler regularly attended Celtic Park as a supporter, but found that moving to Hollywood can be a problem when trying to keep up with the results due to the time difference between Los Angeles and Glasgow. In August 2013, Butler bought an equity stake in the Jamaica Tallawahs Cricket team, which forms part of the Limacol Caribbean Premiere League (CPL). 

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

Gerard James Butler is a Scottish actor

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