The Law graduate turned actor Gerard James Butler was born on born 13 November 1969, in Paisley, Scotland, to Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker. His family is of Irish origin. Gerard spent some of his very early childhood in Montreal, Quebec, but was mostly raised, along with his older brother and sister, in his hometown of Paisley. His parents divorced when he was a child, and he and his siblings were raised primarily by their mother, who later remarried. He had no contact with his father between the ages of two and 16 years old, after which time they became close. His father passed away when Gerard was in his early 20s. Butler went on to attend Glasgow University, where he studied law. He was the president of the school’s law society thanks to his outgoing personality and great social skills. After he graduated from law school, he took up a job as a trainee lawyer at an Edinburgh law firm. However, due to his frequent absence from work he was consequently fired. At the age of 25, he decided to relocate to London in order to pursue his dream of becoming famous. In London, he could not find acting roles and took up odd jobs to support himself. He was approached in a London coffee shop by actor Steven Berkoff,
He gave him a role in a stage production of “Coriolanus”. After that, Butler decided to give up law for acting. Steven later appeared alongside Butler in Attila (2001).
Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Dracula in the horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller. 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. 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.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. 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. 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 reprized his role as King Leonidas in flashback.
Butler’s also worked in television and his 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 divides his time living between Los Angeles and Glasgow. He has expressed his fondness and interest in buying a Scottish castle. 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 center.
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.
Gerard has always mesmerized the big screen with his Greek God look and charming Personality!!4