Gerard Butler, born November 13, 1969, is an actor and film producer from Scotland. He studied law before deciding to pursue a career as an actor. He also performed with the Scottish Youth Theater. He moved to London to pursue his ambition of being renowned. While looking for movie parts, he made his stage debut in the Shakespeare tragedy Coriolanus. After playing Erik The Phantom in the Academy Award-nominated picture The Phantom of the Opera, he became well-known. His popularity skyrocketed when he starred as King Leonidas of Sparta in the fantasy war picture 300. We are excited about his birthday today.
Gerard James Butler was born on November 13, 1969, in Paisley, Renfrewshire, Scotland, to Edward Butler, a bookmaker, and Margaret Butler. He was raised in a strict and conservative Roman Catholic family. He went to St Mirin’s and St Margaret’s High Schools, where he excelled academically and demonstrated outstanding leadership skills. He continued his education at Glasgow University, where he majored in law. He enlisted in the Scottish Youth Theater when he was a teenager. After graduating from law school, he worked as a trainee lawyer at an Edinburgh law firm. When he was 25, he moved to London and starred in Steven Berkoff’s play Coriolanus. In 1997, he starred in the Oscar-nominated and Golden Globe-winning British drama film Mrs. Brown as Archie Brown. The film was also shown at the Cannes Film Festival in 1997.
He made his cinematic debut in the British-American horror thriller Tale of the Mummy, directed by Russell Mulcahy, in 1998. In 2000, he starred in Patrick Lussier’s horror thriller Dracula 2000. His acting debut was in the T.V. miniseries The Jury in 2002, playing Johnnie Donne. He starred in Joel Schumacher’s Academy Award-nominated picture The Phantom of the Opera. He rose to prominence in 2006 after playing King Leonidas in Zack Snyder’s film 300. It was based on the same-named comic book series. The film was a defining moment in his profession and a turning point in his life. He starred in the film P.S. I Love You, in 2007, based on Cecelia Ahern’s novel. In March 2010, he voiced ‘Stoick the Vast’ in Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois’ animated picture How to Train Your Dragon, alongside the sequels How to Train Your Dragon 2 and How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World. It was a commercial smash hit. In Olympus Has Fallen, he played secret service operative Mike Banning. In 2014, he reprised his role as King Leonidas in the period drama film 300: Rise of an Empire, and in 2017, Geostorm, directed and produced by Dean Devlin.
During the production of Of Men and Mavericks, he was transported to Stanford University Medical Center in 2011 after sustaining an injury in a surfing accident in Mavericks, California. Butler stated that he no longer consumes alcoholic beverages. Butler played in a charity match for Celtic F.C. in 2011, a team he has loved since he was a boy. A year later, he portrayed a “has-been” Celtic player in the Hollywood film Playing for Keeps. He purchased a stake in the Limacol Caribbean Premier League’s Jamaica Tallawahs cricket team. Since 2010, he has been a supporter of Mary’s Meals organization. In 2018, he attended a $60 million fundraiser banquet hosted by Friends of the Israel Defense Forces (F.I.D.F.). Butler’s home in California was destroyed in the Woolsey Fire in November 2018.
In Steven Berkoff's play “Coriolanus,” he makes his debut appearance.
In the Oscar award-nominated and Golden Globe-winning British drama film “Mrs. Brown,” he plays Archie Brown.
Patrick Lussier directs the horror thriller "Dracula 2000," in which Butler appears.
He features in the Academy Award-nominated picture “The Phantom of the Opera.”
He rises to prominence and popularity as King Leonidas in the film “300.”
He plays Stoick the Vast in the film “How to Train Your Dragon,” a box office smash.
Butler gets into a relationship with Morgan Brown.
In the hit movie "Geostorm," he plays a satellite designer.
He appears in films such as "Den of Thieves," "The Vanishing," and "Hunter Killer."
Why We Love Gerard Butler
He’s a man with a big heart
Butler is one of the few people who have been able to bring attention to the charitable organizations in Scotland that continuously assist their communities. Mary's Meals is a feeding initiative that provides meals to children in underprivileged communities throughout Haiti and Liberia.
He has a beautiful soul and sweet voice
He has a beautiful voice matched with his exceptional acting skill. Butler sings with a voice that warms the heart.
He is an animal lover
His love for animals makes him a gentle soul. He rescued two dogs from a movie set and cared for them.
5 Surprising Facts
He was in a band
He was a singer in a band named Speed.
He went to a rehab
He decided to seek help by going to rehab due to his use of painkillers.
He was raised by his mother
Butler was raised by his mother after his parents divorced.
He loves pineapple pizza
He prefers the Hawaiian kind with pineapple as toppings.
A meteorite is his favorite possession
His meteorite iron ore is his most prized possession.
Gerard Butler FAQs
Does Gerard Butler have kids?
No, he doesn’t have kids.
Does Gerard Butler have tattoos?
Yes, he has a cross tattoo. He also has tattoos on his arms and shoulders.
Does Gerard Butler have tinnitus?
Yes, he does, due to a childhood surgery on his right ear.
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