Gerard Butler

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Gerard Butler (born 13.11.1969)

Gerard Butler is a Scottish actor who has appeared both on television and on the big screen, starring in films such as 'Phantom of the Opera' (2004), '300' (2007) and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (2008). Butler currently lives between London, Los Angeles and New York, and in 2008 launched his own production company 'Evil Twins' with his manager.

Gerard James Butler was born in Glasgow on 13th November 1969 and spent his first two years in Montreal, Canada. His parents, Margaret and Edward divorced when he was a child and he returned with his mother and elder siblings Lynn and Brian to Ralston in Paisley where he developed a love of acting and joined the Scottish Youth Theatre.

After graduating from Glasgow University Law School, Gerard found roles in Shakespeare's Coriolanus and as Ewan McGregor's character Renton in the stage version of Trainspotting. His first film appearance was in 'Mrs. Brown' with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly, followed by minor roles in 'Tomorrow Never Dies' (1997), 'Tale of the Mummy' (1998), and the British TV series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star.

2000 was Butler's breakthrough year for film. He was cast as Attila the Hun in the American TV film 'Attila', leading to a central role in Wes Craven's 'Dracula 2000'. Butler has found time to continue to appear in independent films, as well as the Hollywood blockbusters like 'Reign of Fire' (2002) featuring Christian Bale, and 'Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life' (2003) with Angelina Jolie.

In 2004, Butler gained international attention, taking the lead role in the film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical 'The Phantom of the Opera'. Butler went on to play Beowulf, the Norse warrior, in 'Beowulf and Grendel' (2005), and co-starred in 'P.S. I Love You' (2007) with Hilary Swank. More starring roles followed: in 2007 Butler played Spartan King Leonidas in '300', which was based on the Frank Miller graphic novel and was a surprise box office hit, earning Butler the title of Action Star of the Year at the Taurus World Stunt Awards. Showcasing the range of his talents in 2008, Butler featured both in the family adventure 'Nim's Island' and the gangster film, 'RocknRolla'.

Entertainment Weekly rated Butler as the fifth 'Ultimate Male Hottie of All Time' and named him as one of the top 25 Entertainers of 2007.

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The ‘Point Break’ remake finally has its Bohdi as Edgar Ramirez takes over the role from Gerard Butler. The film, which will retain the original story of an FBI agent infiltrating a ring of criminals...

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7th May 2014 -

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Gerard Butler has quit the Point Break remake because of a confluence of factors, including creative differences and a scheduling conflict. Butler was set to play the Zen-infused thief originally played by Patrick Swayze, opposite...

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2nd May 2014 -

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Gerard Butler has signed on for the Olympus Has Fallen sequel, titled London Has Fallen, which will hit theaters on October 2, 2015. U.S distribution rights to the sequel have been acquired by Focus Features,...

How To Train Your Dragon 2

23rd April 2014 -

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17th March 2014 -

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Former addict Davina McCall has admitted that she won’t even touch a drop of alcohol, because “it just leads [her] to drugs.” Davina has been vocal about her struggles with Class A drugs in her...

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7th March 2014 -

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While everyone is going wild over today's release of 300: Rise of an Empire, we take time to remember the original movie which came out back in 2006. 300 has become one of the most...

Is Gerard Butler Ready to Take Over Patrick Swayze's 'Point Break' Character?

9th January 2014 -

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Gerard Butler has done a lot since playing the daring soldier in 300, and has quickly become a sex symbol around the world. So it's no surprise that he would be taking over a role...

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17th December 2013 -

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Blacksmith apprentice Hiccup and his pet dragon Toothless have managed to end the war between the Vikings of Berk and the once predatory dragons after both rescuing each other from death. Now, five years on,...

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31st October 2013 -

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If you thought Olympus Has Fallen was bad, then wait until you heard this: the brainiacs at Millennium Films have decided a sequel is in order, and will move the action over to the U.K...

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10th July 2013 -

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Kate Hudson and mum Goldie Hawn apparently had a ball at last night’s charity dinner, hosted by the Novak Djokovic foundation. The event, held at London’s Roundhouse theatre attracted a number of A-listers, from Rolling...

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5th July 2013 -

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Despite a number of exhilarating surfing sequences, the interesting true story of surf legend Jay Moriarty is transformed into another dull Hollywood biopic. Painfully family-friendly, it's all so relentlessly smiley and sun-kissed that we wonder...

Katy Perry, Gerard Butler And Jon Bon Jovi Are Guests At The White House Correspondents' Dinner - Part 4

1st May 2013 -

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Pop superstar Katy Perry was one of the biggest international stars to hit the annual White House Correspondents' Association Dinner at the Washington Hilton in a lush green gown. Other famous faces included journalist Pierce...

Olympus Has Fallen

19th April 2013 -

 Movie Review

As this massive blockbuster thriller progresses, it's impossible not to become amused by how ridiculous its script becomes. Because the production values are first-rate, with mammoth set pieces, rampant destruction and elaborate stunt action. Meanwhile,...

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22nd March 2013 -

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This week's big global release is the DreamWorks animated prehistoric comedy-adventure The Croods, led by an all-star vocal cast including Nicolas Cage, Emma Stone and Ryan Reynolds. Look for a huge push for must-have spin-off...

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20th March 2013 -

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Bow Down? Beyonce experienced something for the very first time this week: mixed reaction. The R&B superstar has wowed critics and fans alike with her solo material, though new single Bow Down/I Been On has...

Gerard Butler Gets Angry With Fan Who Insists On Multiple Autographs Outside David Letterman Studios

18th March 2013 -

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'300' star Gerard Butler signs autographs and poses for photos for press and with fans as he arrives for his appearance on 'The Late Show With David Letterman' in New York. One fan keeps...

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13th March 2013 -

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13th March 2013 -

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Gerard Butler Admits Sleeping With Brandi Glanville: "She Is Wild"

12th March 2013 -

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Gerard Butler has admitting to hooking up with 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' star Brandi Glanville, but says he forgot her name. The actor, star of Olympus Has Fallen, confirmed the tryst on The Howard...

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25th February 2013 -

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It’s become the case that as sure as night follows day, so the Jimmy Kimmel Live Show will run a bang up program post-Oscars awards show.The show followed the immediate aftermath of the 2013 Oscars,...

A Week In Movies: Beautiful Creatures opens, Tom Cruise visits a post-apocalyptic Earth and Billy Crystal and John Goodman reunite in Monsters University

16th February 2013 -

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Being Valentine's Day week, cinemas are flooded with romantic movies like the new teen franchise-launcher Beautiful Creatures. US audiences can also weep their way through the new Nicholas Sparks drama Safe Haven, while in the...

Olympus Has Fallen

12th February 2013 -

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President of the United States Benjamin Asher has had enough trauma while being in office, and things are about to get a whole lot worse. What with the current conflicts between the States and North...

Movie 43

25th January 2013 -

 Movie Review

A collection of random shorts that focus mainly on idiotic male behaviour, this portmanteau comedy is only occasionally amusing, never making anything of its astonishing cast. Frankly, we spend most of the time wondering how...

Hot Tickets! This Weekend’s US Movie Releases: Hyde Park On Hudson, Playing For Keeps, Lay The Favorite, Bad Kids Go To Hell

7th December 2012 -

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I would like to personally Welcome Gerry to Sydney! Us Aussie's are so excited that you made it Down under finally. Cannot wait to see Gods Of Egypt and so proud that it will be made here! I have seen every movie that Gerry has made ad this will certainly be my next! Would love a heads up on any day that he makes himself available to meet the fans! Love your work Gerry now and forever!

8 months 3 weeks ago
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We've been loyal fans of Gerry since Dracula 2000 and his other films,etc...We are members of his fan club based from his wonderful website called GB.net...I'm so proud to say that I am one of the lucky fans who received acknowledgement letters from Gerry.We still support and admire him because inspite of his successful career, he is still the same down-to-earth Gerry we knew. Gerry is a unique, multi-talented, and a caring person. I do not care what other people say negatively about him but I think this guy is very awesome, naturally good-looking and although he has aged a bit, he still got that sizzling charisma and sex appeal that girls like me are so crazy about. Please do not change Gerry..we love you just the way you are! I love you FOREVER and ever...mmmmwahhh(Kisses)!!

6 years 2 months ago
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I THINK THAT GERARD BUTLER DID A VERY GOOD JOB PLAYING THE PHANTOM AND HE DID A GOOD REALLY GOOD JOB SINGING HE HAS A ROMANTIC VOICE AND HE WAS VERY SWEET HE HAD A LOT OF SEX APPEAL IN THE MOVIE THE WAY HE LOOKED AT CHRISTINE

5 years 7 months ago
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Jodie34

Gerard James Butler is one of the "very few" men in this world who has a vast variety of talents. I have enjoyed each and every thing he has done in his career. From the short films, such as "Please!" to the present. He really seems to bring out the best in people around him. From what I hear from the people who have actually met this man, he is caring, attentive, polite, cheerful, funny, sexy and so very personable. If I ever had a chance to act with this man or even just to meet him, it would truly be an exhilarating experience. :) Jodie

6 years 11 months ago
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taw11

Gerralicious, Geramazing, Gerrymarkable and Gerryintense....we need new ways to describe this talented man/actor. May only the best come his way for his special gifts shared with us all.

7 years 4 months ago
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Hi. I’m working with Sony Pictures. Gerard’s new movie "The Bounty Hunter" is on Twitter so follow @BountyHunter for giveaways and more updates on the film!

4 years 8 months ago
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KokomoSoul

First time to see and hear GB was in "The Phantom of the Opera", and well, boom! Had to find out about this remarkable person first,actor/singer second. Gerry, you have been so blessed to have come upon an opportunity as you have to act out your fantasies and not having the repercutions of giving false evidence. You are you and no thing(drink)or no one (family member)can take that away from you. A acceptA allowA wardYou have a friend in me.

8 years 12 months ago
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what do you know, about Gerard Butler probably nothing he has so many followers, so what if we adore and think he is great, you sound like you would kick a dog around. get a life.

7 years 7 months ago
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I think the moderator of contactmusic.com should add 'Dear Frankie' and 'The Game Of Their Lives' to Gerard Butler Film Reviews. Thanks! :-)

9 years 1 month ago
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Gerard James Butler is one of the few men in this world who has a vast variety of talents. I have enjoyed each and every thing he has done in his career. From the short films, such as "Please!" to the present. If I ever had a chance to act with this man or even just to meet him, it would be a truly exhilarating experience. :)

6 years 11 months ago
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