Gerard Butler

Mostly Credited As: Gerard Butler
Sometimes Credited As: Gerald Butler
Gerry Butler

Birth Name: Gerard James Butler
Date Of Birth: November 13, 1969 (Age 46)
Country Of Birth: United Kingdom
Birth Place: Paisley, Scotland
Height: 6' 2" (1.87 m)

Gerard Butler

Before Gerard Butler found his calling in acting, he spent 7 years studying law. Butler is the youngest of three children, brother and sister. His parents are Margaret and Edward Butler. When Butler was barely six months old, his family relocated to Montréal, Canada, where his father undertook several failed business ventures. A year and a half later, Butler's parents divorced, and his mother took the children back to Scotland. He saw his father once more when he was four years old, and then not again until he was 16. In the meantime, Butler grew up in his mother's hometown of Paisley, where he frequented a nearby movie theater. Enamored with acting, he convinced his mother to take him to auditions, eventually joining the Scottish Youth Theatre and playing a street urchin in Oliver! at the Kings Theatre in Glasgow. An exceptional student, Butler graduated at the top of his class. Hoping to please his family and his teachers, who felt acting was an unrealistic career choice, Butler enrolled in Glasgow University's law program. He served as the president of the school's law society and earned an honor's degree. After finishing college, Butler took a year and a half off to live in Los Angeles, where he appeared as an extra in the Kevin Costner/Whitney Houston vehicle The Bodyguard (1992). He then traveled to Canada to be at his father's bedside as he succumbed to cancer. Shortly after his father's death, Butler returned to Scotland to begin a two-year law traineeship in Edinburgh at one of the country's top firms. But he was bored and discontented as a lawyer, and still dreamed about performing. He went to see Trainspotting on-stage at the Fringe Festival in Edinburgh and knew he had made the wrong career choice. Soon enough, Butler's unhappiness began to show in his work, and his firm fired him with only a week left in his training. Two days later, at age 25, he moved to London to begin his acting career. Butler took on a series of odd jobs -- from waiting tables to demonstrating clockwork toys at a trade show -- while looking for work as an actor. He was supposed to be serving as a casting assistant for the play Coriolanus at the Mermaid Theatre, when he ran into the show's director, actor Steven Berkoff, at a coffee bar and asked to read for a part. Impressed with the ex-barrister's moxie, Berkoff agreed and Butler secured his first professional acting role. While rehearsing for Coriolanus, he accompanied one of the other actors to an audition for the same stage adaptation of Trainspotting he had seen in Edinburgh and landed the lead part of Mark Renton.

In 1997, with his theater career firmly established, Butler made his big-screen debut opposite Billy Connolly and Judi Dench in Mrs. Brown. Sometime later, he had returned to the film's shooting location, Taymouth Castle, for a picnic when he saw a child drowning in the nearby River Tay. Butler dove into the water and saved the boy. The actor received a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society for his selfless act. That same year, he earned a small speaking part as a bad guy in the Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies, before spoofing ex-Wet Wet Wet singer Marti Pellow for the 1998 series The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star. Butler finished out the '90s by appearing in the television comedy Lucy Sullivan Is Getting Married, as well as returning to the stage to appear opposite Sheila Gish and Rachel Weisz in Suddenly Last Summer in London's West End. Butler began the new millennium with supporting parts in the gangster film Shooters (2000) and the war drama Harrison's Flowers (2000). He then simultaneously landed the high-profile title roles in Wes Craven's Dracula 2000 (2000) and the USA television movie Attila (2001). Produced by the creators of The Mummy (2000) franchise, Attila chronicled the life of the eponymous fifth century barbarian and co-starred veteran actors Tim Curry and Powers Boothe. It also reteamed Butler with his Coriolanus director, Berkoff, who played his uncle in the film. The hype that surrounded both Dracula 2000 and Attila was fueled by CNN's announcement that Butler was the frontrunner to replace Pierce Brosnan as the next James Bond. The following months, however, were anticlimatic for Butler. Dracula 2000 bombed at the box office and Attila, though one of the year's highest-rated television miniseries, proved to be forgettable. The rumors surrounding his involvement with 007 were quickly quelled when Brosnan announced that he was staying on for at least two more Bond films, and the series' producers never contacted Butler. Determined to get back on his feet, Butler signed on with a new agency. He returned to British television for ITV's miniseries The Jury (2000), which also featured Derek Jacobi and Antony Sher, while simultaneously filming a role as Christian Bale's dragon-slaying best friend in the special effects spectacle Reign of Fire (2002). He then quickly landed a supporting role in Renny Harlin's Mindhunters with Val Kilmer and LL Cool J, but then pulled out of the project to play the lead in Richard Donner's long-awaited adaptation of Michael Crichton's best-selling novel Timeline (2003).

TV Appearances

Main cast 
Guys Choice (2007)As: Himself (Biggest Ass Kicker (in 300) 2007)
Soccer Aid (2006)As: Himself (Rest of the World Team 2012)
The Jury (UK) (2002)As: Johnnie Donne, Juror #1
The Young Person's Guide to Becoming a Rock Star (1998)As: Marty Claymore
Episode Cast Credits 

The Late Late Show with James Corden (2015) 
  Gerard Butler, Will Forte, M. Ward 02x32: (Mar/03/2016) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live with Kelly (1983) 
  Gerard Butler, Chrissy Teigen 35x42: (Mar/01/2016) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Josh Groban, Eric Ripert, guest co-host Mark Consuelos 32x205: (Jun/13/2014) As Himself 
  Gerard Butler 27x235: (Jul/24/2009) As Himself 

Lorraine (2010) 
  Series 4, Show 213 04x213: (Jul/01/2014) As Himself 
  Series 3, Show 79 03x79: (Dec/20/2012) As Himself 
  Series 2, Show 85 02x85: (Jan/16/2012) As Himself 

Good Morning Britain (2014) 
  July 1, 2014 01x47: (Jul/01/2014) As Himself 

Today (US) (1952) 
  Season 63, Episode 109 63x109: (Jun/12/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014) 
  Gerard Butler, Tony Shalhoub, Myq Kaplan 01x60: (Jun/12/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Jimmy Kimmel Live (2003) 
  Gerard Butler, Meagan Good, Matisyahu 12x146: (Jun/10/2014) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Daybreak (2010) 
  April 10, 2013 03x151: (Apr/10/2013) As Himself 
  February 25, 2013 03x119: (Feb/25/2013) As Himself 
  December 20, 2012 03x79: (Dec/20/2012) As Himself 
  November 29, 2012 03x64: (Nov/29/2012) As Himself 

Ant and Dec's Saturday Night Takeaway (2002) 
  Series 10, Episode 7 10x07: (Apr/06/2013) As Himself 

The Graham Norton Show (2007) 
  Tom Cruise, Olga Kurylenko, Gerard Butler, Paramore 13x01: (Apr/05/2013) As Himself 
  Gerard Butler, Martin Freeman, Karen Gillan, Noel Gallagher 10x09: (Jan/06/2012) As Himself 

BBC Breakfast (2000) 
  February 25, 2013 14x56: (Feb/25/2013) As Himself 
  March 17, 2010 11x76: (Mar/17/2010) As Himself 

The One Show (2006) 
  December 14, 2012 07x90: (Dec/14/2012) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Jay Leno (1992) 
  Gerard Butler, Olivia Munn, the Polyphonic Spree 20x196: (Dec/03/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Betty White, Ledisi 20x08: (Jan/12/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Whitney Cummings, Kelly Clarkson 19x155: (Sep/20/2011) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Sofia Vergara, Rodrigo y Gabriela 18x17: (Mar/23/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Natasha Leggero, Katy Perry 17x16: (Oct/06/2008) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Tim McGraw 15x126: (Apr/03/2007) As Himself 
  Queen Latifah, Gerard Butler, Buckcherry 15x109: (Mar/02/2007) As Himself 
  Farrah Fawcett, Gerald Butler, The Killers 13x133: (Apr/14/2005) As Himself 
  Glenn Close, Gerard Butler, 3 Doors Down 13x107: (Mar/02/2005) As Himself 
  Scarlett Johansson, Gerard Butler, John Legend 13x71: (Jan/11/2005) As Himself 

The Daily Show with Trevor Noah (1996) 
  Gerard Butler 18x14: (Oct/23/2012) As Himself, [Interviewees]

OK! TV (2011) 
  Series 1, Show 186 01x186: (Nov/11/2011) As Himself 

GMTV (1993) 
  March 23, 2010 18x82: (Mar/23/2010) As Himself 
  November 17, 2009 17x321: (Nov/17/2009) As Himself 

This Morning (1988) 
  March 17, 2010 22x135: (Mar/17/2010) As Himself 

The Late Show with David Letterman (1993) 
  Gerard Butler, Mindy Kaling, Free Energy 17x113: (Mar/17/2010) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Live From Studio Five (2009) 
  Series 1, Show 124 01x124: (Mar/16/2010) As Himself 
  Series 1, Show 52 01x52: (Nov/24/2009) As Himself 

The New Paul O'Grady Show (2006) 
  Series 8, Show 44 08x44: (Nov/19/2009) As Himself 

Friday Night with Jonathan Ross (2001) 
  Michael McIntyre, Sarah Harding, Gerard Butler, Arctic Monkeys 17x11: (Nov/13/2009) As Himself 

Saturday Night Live (1975) 
  Gerard Butler/Shakira 35x04: (Oct/17/2009) As Himself, [Guest Hosts]

The Bonnie Hunt Show (2008) (2008) 
  Gerard Butler, Judge Jeanine Pirro, "Chicken" Charlie Boghosian 02x30: (Oct/16/2009) As Himself 

The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005) 
  Gerard Butler, Phoenix 05x166: (Oct/09/2009) As Himself 
  Gerard Butler, Jackie Collins 05x123: (Jul/21/2009) As Himself 
  Jennifer Hudson, Gerard Butler, Anberlin 03x41: (Mar/05/2007) As Himself, [Interviewees]
  Gerard Butler, Kathleen Edwards, Andie MacDowell 01x51: (Mar/24/2005) As Himself 

The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien (2009) 
  Gerard Butler, Venus Williams, Daughtry 01x29: (Jul/16/2009) As Himself, [Interviewees]

Late Night with Conan O'Brien (1993) 
  Liv Tyler, Gerard Butler, The Fratellis 14x112: (Mar/23/2007) As Himself 

The Ellen DeGeneres Show (2003) 
  Jennifer Love Hewitt/Gerard Butler/Austin Preiss 02x119: (Mar/03/2005) As Himself 

An Unsuitable Job for a Woman (1997) 
  Playing God 02x02: (May/16/2001) As Tim Bolton 

In 2005, Gerard was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for: The Phantom of the Opera (2004).

Gerard's natural hair colour is dark brown.

Gerard was chosen as the most attractive man of 2005 by Hello! Magazine.

Gerard shares his birthday with Steve Zahn, Jimmy Kimmel, and Joe Mantegna.

Gerard has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nicest actors around, as he always takes time to socialize with fans and hangs out with crew members as much as co-stars on film sets.

It was said that Gerard had the "rock and roll" voice that Andrew Lloyd Webber always wanted to play the "Phantom."

Gerard was at one time the lead singer for a Scottish rock band named Speed.

Gerard was a presenter at the 2003 MTV Europe Music Awards with fellow Scotsman Billy Boyd.

It was rumoured that Gerard was possibly going to be picked to replace Pierce Brosnan as the next "James Bond."

Gerard's eyes are actually grey/green in colour but often appear blue on screen.

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