Gerard Butler's BiographyGerard Butler is a famous Scottish actor, whose fame reached even Hollywood. Butler is a versatile actor, who takes on various genres – be it a criminal action movie, a tearjerker or a musical. However, those are the roles of ruthless warriors, audacious criminals or brave athletes at which he particularly excels.
Childhood and YouthGerard James Butler was born on 13 November 1969 in a small town of Paisley in Scotland. He was the youngest out of three children born to Margaret and Edward Butler. The boy’s father worked at a local betting shop. When Gerard turned 6, his family moved to megapolitan Montreal, Canada. A year later, his parents’ marriage fell apart, and Gerard’s mother came back to Scotland, taking the children back with her.
In his student years, Gerard became the President of his University’s Law Society. Around the same time, Gerard was a lead singer in his rock band named «Speed».
Acting CareerInitially, Gerard has trouble landing even a single role, which is why he worked as a waiter and as a counterman at fairs. Once he ran into an old friend of his, who was a casting director. Fascinated by the stately Scot, she invited him to audition for a part in Shakespeare’s «Coriolanus», directed by Steven Berkoff. Berkoff was so impressed with Butler’s enthusiasm that he hired the novice actor without a second thought.
In 2003 Joel Schumacher, a known blockbuster director, offered Butler the role of the mysterious Phantom in the screen version of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s «The Phantom of the Opera». Gerard, having had zero experience in music apart from his rock band, started to take singing classes.
January 2018 saw the premiere of «Den of Thieves», where Butler played the leader of an elite LAPD Unit.
Butler remains at the peak of his career, as evidenced by his multiple projects. He is currently engaged in a sequel of «Den of Thieves», and is preparing for the premiere of «Hunter Killer» (2018), where the actor collaborated with Gary Oldman.