Biography / trivia
# Gerard Butler’s birth name is Gerard James Butler. He was born on 13th Nov 1969 in Paisley, Scotland to Edward Butler, a bookmaker and Margaret. He is the youngest of three children and spend his early childhood days in Montreal, Quebec.
# His parents broke up when he was just 18 months baby. Her mother took the custody of the children and moved to Scotland.
# After gap of nearly 15 years Butler met his father at a Glasgow restaurant and he cried for hours after the first meeting with he father. But the reunion was short lived. After 6 years of reunion his father was diagnosed with cancer and died soon. This had catastrophic effect on Butler’s life.
# He did his schooling in Paisley and studied law in at Glasgow University. He later gained interest in acting and joined “Scottish Youth Theatre”.
# After law graduation he worked as a trainee at an Edinburgh law firm. But due to his frequent absence from work he was fired a week before qualifying as a lawyer.
# After losing job at law firm he moved to London to pursue his dreams in acting. But unfortunately he was unable to get acting roles and worked as a waiter, a telemarketer etc. One fine day he met an old friend from “Scottish Youth Theatre” who was working as a casting agent in London. His friend was able get him a lead role in Steven Berkoff’s play of”Coriolanus”. From there he started to get good opportunities.
# His Hollywood debut was with “Mrs. Brown” in 1997. he later did small roles in Tomorrow Never Dies and Tale of the Mummy.
His first major blockbuster of his career was in 2007 “300″. His performance as “King Leonidas” earned him fame all over the world.
# Though he did plenty of violent roles in films he is a very kind hearted person according to his friends, fans and co-workers.
“I did spend a lot of my childhood playing out movie scenarios in my head. I’d walk along the road, pretending like I was in the army, talking on the radio, and doing maneuvers. I had a lot of powerful dreams — some of them terrifying. One was about being in an underground tunnel, and this train was coming behind me. I smashed up my room trying to get away and then climbed out the window. My mom had to pull me back in by my legs.”
“I did expect to succeed and I did have faith that I would. In reality, though, it has turned out to be something very different to what I wanted. It’s the work and not the adulation that has proved to be the most fulfilling.”
“300 was a real turning point in my career,’ Butler, now 39, says. ‘Until then, I felt like a steam train that was slowly chugging to the top of a hill. Now I’m over that hill, my career seems to have its own momentum.”
“When I’m making a movie, it’s making use of my creative juices, and it fills me up with what really is—I think my purpose here is to tell stories. When I’m not, then I really have to learn how to live life and make use of the time properly.”
Filmography / all movies list
|1||1997||Mrs. Brown||John Madden||Judi Dench|
|2||-||Tomorrow Never Dies||Roger Spottiswoode||Pierce Brosnan|
|3||1998||Tale of the Mummy||Russell Mulcahy||Jason Scott Lee,Louise Lombard|
|4||-||Fast Food||Stewart Sugg||Douglas Henshall,Emily Woof|
|5||1999||The Cherry Orchard||Mihalis Kakogiannis||Charlotte Rampling,Alan Bates|
|6||2000||Dracula 2000||Patrick Lussier||Jonny Lee Miller|
|7||-||Harrison’s Flowers||Elie Chouraqui||Andie MacDowell|
|8||2002||Shooters||Colin Teague||Adrian Dunbar,Andrew Howard,|
|9||-||Reign of Fire||Rob Bowman||Matthew McConaughey,Christian Bale,|
|10||2003||Lara CroftTomb Raider||Jan De Bont||Angelina Jolie,Ciarán Hinds|
|11||-||Timeline||Richard Donner||Paul Walker,Frances O’Connor|
|12||2004||The Phantomof the Opera||Joel Schumacher||Emmy Rossum|
|13||2005||Dear Frankie||Shona Auerbach||Emily Mortimer,Jack McElhone|
|14||-||Beowulf & Grendel||Sturla Gunnarsson||Stellan Skarsgård,Sarah Polley|
|15||-||The Game ofTheir Lives||David Anspaugh||Wes Bentley|
|16||2007||300||Zack Snyder||Lena Headey,David Wenham|
|17||-||P.S. I Love You||Richard La Gravenese||Hilary Swank|
|18||-||Butterfly on a Wheel||Mike Barker||Pierce Brosnan,Maria Bello|
|19||2008||Nim’s Island||Jennifer Flackett||Abigail Breslin,Jodie Foster|
|20||-||Rockn Rolla||Guy Ritchie||Tom Wilkinson|
|21||2009||The Ugly Truth||Robert Luketic||Katherine Heigl|
|22||-||Gamer||Neveldine||Michael C. Hall|
|23||-||Law Abiding Citizen||F. Gary Gray||Jamie Foxx|
|24||2010||The Bounty Hunter||Andy Tennant||Jennifer Aniston|
|25||2011||Coriolanus||Ralph Fiennes||Ralph Fiennes,Vanessa Redgrave|
|26||-||Machine Gun Preacher||Marc Forster||Michelle Monaghan,Michael Shannon|
|27||2012||Movie 43||Patrik Forsberg||Elizabeth Banks,Kristen Bell,Jimmy Bennett|
|28||-||Chasing Mavericks||Curtis Hanson||Leven Rambin,Jonny Weston|
|29||-||Playing for Keeps||Gabriele Muccino||Jessica Biel,Uma Thurman,Catherine Zeta-Jones|
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