For a while in the early 2000s, it appeared as though Scottish-born Gerard Butler would become the first action hero of the new millennium. As of late, however, Butler has gone from a Persian-clobbering, gun-toting warrior to a smarmy, clean-shaven romantic lead… and back again. The actor started to become familiar with audiences after appearing in the ‘Lara Croft: Tomb Raider’ sequel and wreaking musical havoc in a Paris opera house in ‘Phantom of the Opera.’ But it was his portrayal as the barely-clothed Spartan King Leonidas in the 2006 blockbuster ‘300’ that launched Butler - and his sculpted abs - to worldwide fame. Much to the chagrin of his male fans, Butler went on to star in a series of chick flicks opposite actresses like Katherine Heigl and Hilary Swank. Fortunately, Butler’s inner macho man seems to be fighting his way to the surface again, as the actor has lately been starring in action films like ‘Law Abiding Citizen’ and ‘Olympus Has Fallen.’
Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor who has appeared on film, stage, and television. A trained lawyer, Butler turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), which he followed with steady work on television, most notably in the American miniseries Attila (2001). He garnered critical acclaim for his work as the lead in Joel Schumacher's 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera. In 2007, Butler gained recognition through his portrayal of King Leonidas in the film 300. Since then, he has appeared in projects including P.S. I Love You (2007), Nim's Island (2008), RocknRolla (2008), The Ugly Truth (2009), Gamer (2009), Law Abiding Citizen (2009), The Bounty Hunter (2010), and as a voice actor in How to Train Your Dragon (2010). Butler was born in Paisley in Renfrewshire, Scotland, the youngest of three children of Margaret and Edward Butler, a bookmaker.
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