Gerard Butler solidified himself as a leading man when he starred as the bold and heroic King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's blockbuster film 300. The film broke box office records in its opening weekend and went on to earn more than $450 million worldwide.
In March of 2010 Butler will star opposite Jennifer Aniston in Sony Picture’s THE BOUNTY HUNTER, opposite Jennifer Aniston. He will also lend his voice as one of the lead characters, Stoick, in the Dreamworks animated film HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON.
Butler’s next projects include CORIOLANUS which marks Ralph Fiennes’ directorial debut and MACHINE GUN PREACHER directed by Marc Forster.
In addition to acting, Butler launched the production shingle, Evil Twins, with his longtime manager Alan Siegel in March 2008. Their debut project, physiological thriller, LAW ABIDING CITIZEN grossed over $100 million worldwide and also it became Overture Films’ most lucrative opening to date.
Butler previously starred in Robert Luketic’s romantic comedy, THE UGLY TRUTH, opposite Katherine Heigl. He also lead the futuristic thriller GAMER for Lionsgate and starred in Guy Ritchie's, ROCKNROLLA, opposite Thandie Newton and Jeremy Piven.
Though perhaps best known for his action-adventure films, Butler can easily cross genres. In March of 2008 Butler was seen in the children’s adventure film NIM¹S ISLAND opposite Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin. In December 2007, Butler starred in the romantic drama P.S. I LOVE YOU with Hilary Swank.
He previously starred in the film version of Andrew Lloyd Webber¹s THE PHANTOM OF THE OPERA. He also earned critical acclaim for his work opposite Emily Mortimer in the independent feature DEAR FRANKIE, which screened at the Cannes Film Festival. Butler has also starred in BEOWULF & GRENDEL, THE GAME OF THEIR LIVES, TIMELINE, LARA CROFT TOMB RAIDER: THE CRADLE OF LIFE and REIGN OF FIRE.
In 1997, Butler made his feature film debut in John Madden¹s award-winning drama HER MAJESTY, MRS. BROWN, starring Judi Dench. His early film work includes roles in FAST FOOD, ONE MORE KISS, HARRISON¹S FLOWERS and the 1999 screen adaptation of Chekhov¹s THE CHERRY ORCHARD.
Born in Scotland, Butler made his stage debut at the age of twelve in the musical “Oliver,” at Glasgow’s famous Kings Theatre. As a young man, his dreams of acting were temporarily deterred and he went on to study law for seven years before returning to the stage in London. In 1996, he landed the lead role in the acclaimed stage production of “Trainspotting.” He later starred on the London Stage in such plays as “Snatch” and the Donmar Warehouse production of Tennessee Williams “Suddenly Last Summer,” opposite Rachel Weisz.