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Gerard Butler

Highest Rated:   98% How to Train Your Dragon (2010)
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Birthplace:   Glasgow, Scotland
Scottish actor Gerard Butler spent seven miserable years studying law before trying his hand at acting on the London stage. Half a decade later, a much happier Butler had over a dozen theater, movie, and television credits under his belt, including starring roles in the stage version of Trainspotting (1996) and the award-winning film Mrs. Brown (1997).Born on November 13, 1969, in Glasgow, Butler is the youngest of Margaret and Edward Butler's three children; he has a sister and a brother. 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 simultane

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
No Score Yet How To Train Your Dragon 3
  • Stoick
2019
No Score Yet Geostorm
  • Jake Lawson
2017
33% Enemy Territory (Septembers Of Shiraz)
  • Producer
2016
25% London Has Fallen
  • Mike Banning
  • Producer
2016
16% Gods Of Egypt
  • Set
2016
0% The Headhunter's Calling
  • Actor
2016
No Score Yet Den of Thieves
  • Actor
  • Executive Producer
2016
92% How to Train Your Dragon 2
  • Stoick
2014
No Score Yet Motor City
  • Actor
2014
48% Olympus Has Fallen
  • Producer
  • Mike Banning
2013
4% Movie 43
  • Chaun
2013
No Score Yet Thunder Run
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet Hunter Killer
  • Capt. Joe Glass
2012
3% Playing for Keeps
  • Producer
  • George
2012
31% Chasing Mavericks
  • Frosty Hesson
  • Executive Producer
2012
No Score Yet Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury
  • Stoick
2011
29% Machine Gun Preacher
  • Executive Producer
  • Sam Childers
2011
93% Coriolanus
  • Tullus Aufidius
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks How To Train Your Dragon Legends
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dreamworks Holiday Classics
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Dragons: Gift Of The Night Fury / Book Of Dragons
  • Actor
2011
No Score Yet Legend of the Boneknapper Dragon
  • Stoick
2010
98% How to Train Your Dragon
  • Stoick
2010
13% The Bounty Hunter
  • Milo Boyd
2010
25% Law Abiding Citizen
  • Producer
  • Clyde Shelton
2009
28% Gamer
  • Kable
2009
13% The Ugly Truth
  • Mike
2009
No Score Yet Watchmen: Tales of the Black Freighter and Under the Hood
  • The Sea Captain
2009
59% RocknRolla
  • One Two
2008
51% Nim's Island
  • Jack Rusoe/Alex Rover
2008
No Score Yet Jury
  • Actor
2008
No Score Yet Untouchables: Capone Rising
  • Actor
2008
24% P.S. I Love You
  • Gerry Kennedy
2007
No Score Yet Shattered (Butterfly on a Wheel)
  • Neil Warner
2007
86% Shadow Company
  • Narrator
2007
60% 300
  • King Leonidas
2007
No Score Yet Wrath of Gods
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Wrath of Gods
  • Actor
2006
48% Beowulf & Grendel
  • Beowulf
2006
26% Le match de leur vie
  • Frank Borghi
2005
81% Dear Frankie
  • The Stranger
2005
32% The Phantom of the Opera
  • The Phantom
2005
No Score Yet Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula
  • Actor
2005
11% Timeline
  • Andre Marek
2003
24% Lara Croft Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life
  • Terry Sheridan
2003
40% Reign of Fire
  • Creedy
2002
49% Harrison's Flowers
  • Chris Kumac
2002
No Score Yet Jury
  • Johnnie Donne
2002
No Score Yet Attila
  • Attila
2001
No Score Yet One More Kiss
  • Actor
2001
17% Dracula 2000
  • Dracula
2000
54% The Cherry Orchard
  • Actor
2000
No Score Yet Shooters
  • Jackie Junior
2000
No Score Yet Fast Food
  • Jacko
1999
17% Russell Mulcahy's Tale of the Mummy
  • Burke
1999
No Score Yet Please!
  • Actor
1999
57% Tomorrow Never Dies
  • HMS Devonshire Leading Seaman
1997
No Score Yet Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown
  • Actor
1997
94% Mrs. Brown
  • Archie Brown
1997

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT
No Score Yet Late Night With Jimmy Fallon
2009-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Late Late Show With James Corden
2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
1999-2015
  • Guest
No Score Yet Late Night With Seth Meyers
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet Masterpiece
1971-2015
  • Johnnie Dunne Johnnie Donne Johnnie Dunn
No Score Yet Jimmy Kimmel Live
2003
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Talk
2010
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show With Jay Leno
1992-2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon
2014
  • Guest
No Score Yet The View
1997
  • Guest
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Host

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