Gerard Butler
Actor
Gerard Butler
Gerard James Butler 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, he played André Marek in the adaptation of Michael Crichton's Timeline.
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Motor racing-Ricciardo gives Butler the boot
Yahoo News - 4 months
By Alan Baldwin AUSTIN, Texas, Oct 24 (Reuters) - Australian Formula One driver Daniel Ricciardo laughingly handed Scottish film star Gerard Butler a sweaty boot filled with Red Bull on the U.S. Grand Prix podium on Sunday and demanded he drink. "I hear Mr Butler does not drink alcohol, I respect that completely," the Australian, who finished third for the Red Bull team, told the crowd as Butler approached to conduct the podium interviews. "But I believe he's going to drink some Red Bull out of my shoe right now.
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'300' Star Gerard Butler Quietly Lists His L.A. Home for Sale -- or Rent
Fox News - 4 months
Hunky actor Gerard Butler is quietly offering up his Spanish-style home in Los Angeles for lease ($15,000 a month) or purchase ($4.4 million). The post '300' Star Gerard Butler Quietly Lists His L.A. Home for Sale -- or Rent appeared first on Real Estate News and Advice - realtor.com.
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China box office: Fans fall for 'London Has Fallen'; 'Zootopia' hits $230 million
LATimes - 11 months
“London Has Fallen,” the critically panned sequel to “Olympus Has Fallen,” won the weekend at the Chinese box office, taking in $24.4 million in its first three days in theaters. But the Millennium Films thriller starring Gerard Butler, Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman came in second overall for...
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Saving The President's Bacon Again In 'London Has Fallen'
NPR - 12 months
Gerard Butler once again rushes to the aid of the commander in chief in what critic Chris Klimek calls "a slow-release capsule of apocalyptic dread."
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Gereard Butler back in London Has Fallen
Reuters.com - 12 months
LOS ANGELES - Actors Gerard Butler, Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart took to the red carpet Tuesday night for the premiere of action thriller "London Has Fallen".The film is the sequel to the 2013 "Olympus Has Fallen" and sees Butler reprise his role as Secret Service Agent Mike Banning, who this time uncovers a deadly plot targeting world leaders."What got me excited was the scope on this canvas, just making the whole thing bigger and more fun," Butler said.
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'Gods of Egypt' becomes year's first big-budget bomb at the box office
LATimes - 12 months
Looks like the God of Darkness fell upon the opening-day box office for "Gods of Egypt." Lionsgate's hopes for a mythical franchise set in ancient Egypt were dashed heading into the Oscars weekend on Friday, as the swords-and-sandals epic starring Gerard Butler as Set, the God of Darkness, bombed...
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Gerard Butler slaps Jimmy Fallon out of his chair
Houston Chronicle - 12 months
“What You Missed”: Gerard Butler stopped by “The Tonight Show” and played a game of Slapjack with Fallon. The two took turns slapping each other with giant rubber hands until Gerard made Jimmy regret playing the game by smacking him off of his chair. You can tweet our host @TheNickPaschal.
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A roughly $15-million debut is predicted for 'Gods of Egypt' -- a $140-million film
LATimes - 12 months
Movie studio Lionsgate had once hoped that its swords-and-sandals epic "Gods of Egypt" would launch a franchise and help fill the void left by the end of its lucrative "Hunger Games" series. That doesn't look very likely now. The action-packed, special-effects-driven picture, starring Gerard Butler,...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Gerard Butler
    FORTIES
  • 2016
    Age 46
    In 2016, Butler had the leading role in the Olympus Has Fallen sequel London Has Fallen and also portrayed Set in Gods of Egypt.
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  • 2014
    Age 44
    Butler reprised his voice role as Stoick in How to Train Your Dragon 2 in 2014.
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  • 2013
    Age 43
    Butler starred in the action thriller Olympus Has Fallen, which was released in 2013 and co-stars Aaron Eckhart and Morgan Freeman.
    More Details Hide Details While filming Olympus Has Fallen, Butler says he broke two bones in his neck, but did not realise until he had an MRI scan.
    However, in a 2013 interview with Parade, when asked if he had spoken with Manson or Depp about Rock music, Butler stated that "I've never had conversations with Marilyn Manson or Johnny Depp.
    More Details Hide Details Though any conversation with either of them would be awesome!"
  • 2012
    Age 42
    Butler has stated in interviews that he does not drink alcohol. In February 2012, it was announced that he had completed a course of treatment for substance abuse of pain killers at a rehab centre.
    More Details Hide Details This was after he was concerned he was too reliant on prescribed pain relief medication which escalated when he was involved in a surfing incident while filming Chasing Mavericks. In 2011 Butler played in a charity match for Glasgow Celtic F.C., a football club he has supported since childhood. A year later he would represent Celtic in a Hollywood film, starring as a "has been" player in Playing for Keeps. In August 2013, he bought an equity stake in the Jamaica Tallawahs Cricket team, which forms part of the Limacol Caribbean Premier League (CPL). Butler has been a supporter of charity Mary's Meals since 2010.
    In 2012, he co-starred in the biographical drama surf film Chasing Mavericks with Jonny Weston, and the romantic comedy film Playing for Keeps with Jessica Biel.
    More Details Hide Details A year later, he starred as Mike Banning in the action thriller film Olympus Has Fallen opposite Morgan Freeman. He had a small part in the 2014 film 300: Rise of an Empire where he reprised his role as King Leonidas in flashback. Butler's television work includes playing Marty Claymore in The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star (1998), Gus in Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married (1999) and Johnnie Donne in The Jury (2002). Butler was born in Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, the youngest of three children of Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. Butler is from a Catholic family of Irish descent. Butler's family moved to Montreal, Quebec, when he was six months old. His mother returned to Scotland with him, from Quebec, when her marriage broke down, when Gerard was 18 months old.
  • 2011
    Age 41
    On 19 August 2011, NME reported that while filming Playing for Keeps, Butler was writing songs and in the process of recording an album.
    More Details Hide Details Marilyn Manson, Jack Black and Johnny Depp were said to be advising him on becoming a rock star.
    On 18 December 2011, while filming Chasing Mavericks, Butler was hospitalised after he was pulled under big waves.
    More Details Hide Details Subsequently, he was taken to Stanford University Medical Center and later released.
    As of October 2011, Butler splits his time living between Los Angeles and Glasgow.
    More Details Hide Details He has reportedly expressed interest in buying a Scottish castle.
  • 2010
    Age 40
    On 15 and 16 October 2010, thanks to the popularity of his role as Spartan King Leonidas and the use of his lines during athletic events at Michigan State University, he was a guest at their Midnight Madness and homecoming American football game.
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    In 2010 he starred in the action/comedy The Bounty Hunter with Jennifer Aniston, and did a voice-over for the 2010 animated film How to Train Your Dragon as Stoick the Vast.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 2009
    Age 39
    In 2009, he starred in the Mark Neveldine/Brian Taylor film Gamer, The Ugly Truth and Law Abiding Citizen, which he also co-produced.
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    In 2009, he starred in several films including the romantic comedy The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl and the thriller Law Abiding Citizen with Jamie Foxx.
    More Details Hide Details In the 2010s, he voiced the role of Stoick the Vast in the animated action-fantasy film How to Train Your Dragon, a role he later reprised in Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon (2010), Gift of the Night Fury (2011) and How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014). He played military leader Tullus Aufidius in the 2011 film Coriolanus, the modernized adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name. He also played Sam Childers in the 2011 action biopic Machine Gun Preacher.
  • 2008
    Age 38
    In 2008, he appeared in Nim's Island and RocknRolla.
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  • 2007
    Age 37
    In 2007, he also appeared in Butterfly on a Wheel co-starring Pierce Brosnan and Maria Bello, which aired on network TV under the title Shattered, and in the romantic comedy P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank.
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    In 2007, he starred as Spartan King Leonidas in the Warner Bros. production 300, which is often described as his breakthrough role.
    More Details Hide Details Butler, who said he "wanted to look really strong" in the film, trained with a high-intensity workout for four months prior to the film's shooting.
  • 2000
    Age 30
    He was cast as Dracula in Dracula 2000 (2000).
    More Details Hide Details He then appeared in Reign of Fire (2002) as Creedy and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life (2003) as Terry Sheridan, alongside Angelina Jolie. In the role of Andre Marek in the big-screen adaptation of Michael Crichton's novel Timeline (2003), Butler played an archaeologist who was sent back in time with a team of students to rescue a colleague. In 2003, director Joel Schumacher was deciding on the principal casting for the film The Phantom of the Opera, a film adaptation of the Andrew Lloyd Webber musical of the same name, and thought of Butler, whom he had seen earlier in the film Dracula 2000, to play the title character. Butler, who had had no musical experience other than singing in a rock band while he was studying to be a lawyer, was surprised at the interest, but immediately began taking singing lessons with a vocal coach. He then did an acting audition with Schumacher, and a singing audition with Lloyd Webber, both of whom were impressed by his performance. The film, and Butler's performance, received mixed reviews, though Butler was nominated for a Satellite Award for Best Actor.
    In 2000, Butler was cast in two breakthrough roles, the first being Attila the Hun in the American TV miniseries Attila (2001).
    More Details Hide Details The film's producers wanted a known actor to play the part but eventually chose Butler.
    Aged 30, Butler decided to move to Los Angeles; there he won parts in Dracula 2000, Tomb Raider 2, Dear Frankie, and Phantom of the Opera.
    More Details Hide Details In London, Butler held a series of odd jobs until being cast by actor and director Steven Berkoff (who later appeared alongside him in Attila (2001)) in a stage production of Coriolanus. He was cast as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage adaptation of Trainspotting, the same play that had inspired him to become an actor. His film debut was as Billy Connolly's character's younger brother in Mrs Brown (1997). His film career continued with small roles, first in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997) and then Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy (1998).
    In 2000, he starred as Dracula in the horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller.
    More Details Hide Details The following year, he played Attila the Hun in the miniseries Attila (2001). In the 2000s, Butler co-starred in the films Reign of Fire with Christian Bale (2002), and Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie (2003), before playing André Marek in the adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction adventure Timeline (2003). He then was cast as the role of Erik, The Phantom in Joel Schumacher's 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera alongside Emmy Rossum. That role earned him a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor. In 2007, Butler gained recognition for his portrayal of King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's fantasy war film 300. That role earned him nominations for an Empire Award for Best Actor and a Saturn Award for Best Actor and a win for MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. That same year, he starred in the romantic drama film P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank. He was then cast in the 2008 films Nim's Island with Jodie Foster and RocknRolla with Idris Elba.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1969
    Born
    Born on November 13, 1969.
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