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Gerard Butler Biography

Birth Name:
Gerard James Butler
Birth Place:
Glasgow, Scotland

Fast Facts

  • Once sang for a Scottish rock band named Speed
  • After training for almost two years at a top Scottish law firm, he was fired in 1995 for his hard-partying ways and lack of interest in actually practicing law
  • First big-screen role came with the 1997 historical drama Mrs
  • Brown
  • Was awarded a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society while filming Mrs
  • Brown, after he saved a boy from drowning in the River Tay in the Scottish Highlands
  • Was considered a top contender to become the next James Bond before Pierce Brosnan decided to return for 2002's Die Another Day
  • Won the lead role in Joel Schumacher's adaptation of The Phantom of the Opera (2004) despite his limited singing experience
  • His charity work includes involvement with the organizations Kids Kicking Cancer and Artists for Peace and Justice


  • Brian Butler -- Brother
  • Claire Catterson -- Cousin
  • Eileen Catterson -- Cousin
  • Morgan Brown -- Ex-significant Other
  • Edward Butler -- Father
  • Margaret -- Mother
  • Lynn Butler -- Sister
  • Alex Coll -- Stepfather