Gerard James Butler (born November 13, 1969) is a Scottish actor perhaps best known for his portrayal of King Leonidas in 300, The Phantom in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, and Gerry Kennedy in P.S. I Love You.
In 2005, he starred in The Game of Their Lives, a film based on a true story of the 1950 U.S. soccer team who beat England 1 - 0 in Belo Horizonte, Brazil. The same year he was cast in as Beowulf in the Sturla Gunnarsson film production of Beowulf & Grendel. Filmed entirely in Iceland, Beowulf & Grendel was widely released in Canada to moderate success. During filming, Butler also participated in and co-produced the documentary Wrath of Gods. Directed by Jon Gustafsson, the film documents the dramatic circumstances the cast and crew faced while making the film Beowulf & Grendel. Later this same year Butler began production of 300, in which he starred as King Leonidas of Sparta. The film, directed by Zack Snyder and co-starring Lena Headey, was released in March 2007. The film was an adaptation of Frank Miller's graphic novel of the same name based on events surrounding the Battle of Thermopylae in Greece circa 480 BC. 300 was released in the US on March 9, 2007. It currently holds the record for the highest opening weekend box office gross in the month of March at over $72 million during that first weekend. As of May 2007, 300 had a box office gross of $438 million after nine weeks. Butler received various awards for this role including "Action Star of the Year" at the Taurus World Stunt Awards and "Biggest Ass Kicker" at the 2007 Spike TV Guys' Choice Awards.
In 2006, Butler completed filming Butterfly on a Wheel (renamed Shattered in the U.S.) and began work on PS, I Love You with Hilary Swank, based on Cecilia Ahern's novel and released in December 2007. On July 7, 2007 Butler appeared at the UK leg of Live Earth at Wembley Stadium, London. In November 2007, an Entertainment Weekly readers' poll named Gerard as #5 Ultimate Male Hottie of All Time. Later in November, Entertainment Weekly named Gerard as one of the Top 25 Entertainers of 2007.
Nim's Island, which also stars Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin, opened in cinemas on April 4, 2008. Butler was cast in the role of Nim's father, Jack, and as Nim's imaginary hero, Alex Rover. The dual role allowed Gerard to use his natural Scottish burr when playing Alex, while he adopted an American accent as Jack.
Butler was a heavy smoker but quit smoking in 2007 when he played Gerry Kennedy in PS, I Love You. "I was smoking a huge amount and having real bad premonitions and then I got this role where the guy dies of cancer," Butler said. "The film made me contemplate death and realize I was playing Russian roulette with my health. I've stopped smoking since".
Gerard keeps his private life private, but has been linked to numerous leggy models.
|1997||Mrs. Brown||Archie Brown|
|Tomorrow Never Dies||Leading Seaman|
|1998||Tale of the Mummy||Burke|
|Little White Lies||Peter||TV movie (UK)|
|The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star||Marty Claymore||TV series (UK)|
|1999||The Cherry Orchard||Yasha|
|One More Kiss||Sam||TV movie (UK)|
|Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married||Gus||TV series (UK)|
|2000||Dracula 2000||Count Dracula/Judas Iscariot|
|Harrison's Flowers||Chris Kumac|
|2001||An Unsuitable Job for a Woman||Tim Bolton||TV series (UK)|
|Attila||Attila the Hun||TV miniseries|
|Jewel of the Sahara||Captain Charles Belamy||Short Film|
|The Jury||Johnnie Donne||TV miniseries (UK)|
|Reign of Fire||Creedy|
|2003||Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life||Terry Sheridan|
|2004||The Phantom of the Opera||The Phantom|
|2005||Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula||Prefect Cassius Chaerea||Short Film|
|Dear Frankie||The Stranger|
|Beowulf & Grendel||Beowulf|
|The Game of Their Lives||Frank Borghi|
|Butterfly On A Wheel||Neil Randall|
|PS, I Love You||Gerry Kennedy|
|2008||Nim's Island||Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover|
|The Ugly Truth||Mike Alexander||post-production|
|Tales of the Black Freighter||The Captain (voice)||filming|
|Law Abiding Citizen||District Attorney||pre-production|
|2010||''How to Train Your Dragon||Stoick the Vast (voice)||In production|