Gerard Butler

Gerard Butler


11/13/1969, Glasgow, Scotland

Birth Name

Gerard James Butler



Also Known As

Gerald Butler
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Before Gerard Butler found his calling in acting, he spent 7 years studying law. Butler is the youngest of three children, brother and sister. His parents are Margaret and Edward Butler. When Butler was barely six months old, his family relocated to Montral, Canada, where his father undertook…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • In 2010, Gerard accepted one of Cosmopolitan's Fun and Fearless Males awards.

    • Gerard joined a chorus of celebrities who pledged to help Haitian rebuilding efforts by donating $50,000 per year for five years to the Artists for Peace & Justice's Haiti Relief Fund.

    • After the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, Gerard was among the celebrity phone operators at George Clooney's Hope for Haiti Now telethon.

    • In 2009, Gerard was voted "Scot of the Year" in the annual poll held by ScotsCare.

    • After he graduated law school, he became a traveling carnie (slang term for a carnival employee). He was responsible for the Wacky Wire booth, a game where you have to twist a metal ring around metal coils without having them touch each other.

    • While he may be an internationally known celebbrity, that does not get him any slack when he visits his mother in Perthshire, Scotland. When in her home, she still makes him wash the dishes and help scrub the kitchen floor.

    • Amid endless rumors that he and Jennifer Aniston were dating, Gerard jokingly said on The Tonight Show with Conan O'Brien that he and Jennifer were getting married in two days. In reality, the two are simply friends after working together on the film The Bounty.

    • While promoting The Ugly Truth, Gerard and his co-star Katherine Heigl were among the people who were evacuated from a Four Seasons after a bomb threat was issued.

    • For his role in The Ugly Truth, Gerard Butler received professional dance training from Dancing With The Stars pro Julianne Hough.

    • While filming Nim's Island, Gerard's young co-star Abigail Breslin kept a "swear box" around the set and charged him $2 each time he would say a bad word. He jokes that "half his salary" went into the box.

    • On October 7 2008, Gerard physically assaulted a paparazzi photographer who had been aggressively pursuing him all evening.

    • A rumor persisted throughout the summer of 2008 that Gerard was dating Jennifer Aniston. In reality, Aniston had approached Butler about working with her on The Goree Girls after seeing his performance alongside Hilary Swank in P.S. I Love You.

    • Gerard had given up drinking in his mid-20s since he was convinced that if he had continued, he would have died.

    • Thandie Newton refused to film her sex scene with Gerard Butler in RocknRolla because he was so sick the day of the shoot.

    • In an interview prior to the release of RocknRolla, he revealed that when it comes to romantic relationships, he prefers it when women are aggressive.

    • For his role as Dracula in the film Dracula 2000, Gerard spent nearly 9 hours each day having the makeup applied, which included contact lenses and fake fangs. Unfortunately for Gerry, the fangs did draw some blood.... his own!

    • During his audition for The Phantom of the Opera, Gerard had to perform the signature song "The Music of the Night" for Andrew Lloyd Webber. Gerard says he wasn't nervous until he realized that Webber was going to be at the audition.

    • Gerard's prosthetic makeup for The Phantom of the Opera took between 3 and 4 hours to be fully applied. Although he understood the importance of the makeup for the character to come to life, he admits that he hated wearing it.

    • After his breakout performance in 300, Gerard Butler was named as one of Entertainment Weekly's 'Entertainers of the Year: 25 Top Stars of 2007'. In addition, People Magazine named him 'Sexiest Man Alive'.

    • His name is pronounced "ger-ERD". He gets annoyed when people pronounce it as "ger-ARD." During interviews, he always tells the reporter to call him 'Gerry'.

    • Gerard was once a heavy alcoholic and drinking consumed his life until he got help for his addiction.

    • He was the Lead Singer of the rock band "Speed", but singing is now secondary to his acting career.

    • His personal hobbies (besides singing) include playing football (soccer), horseback riding, skiing, and water skiing.

    • Gerard currently resides in London, England, but has lived in many cities throughout the world, including Glasgow, Paisley, Montreal and Los Angeles.

    • Gerard is a huge fan of The Celtic Football Club.

    • He has worked with such charities as 'Kids Kicking Cancer' and 'CLIC Sargent.'

    • While attending Glasgow University, Gerard was President of the Law Society.

    • In the spring of 2006, he adopted a pug puppy named Lolita.

    • Over the course of his acting career, Gerard Buttler has been awarded the following:

      - Glenfiddich Spirit of Scotland Awards - November 29, 2001 - Screen Winner

      - Ischia Global Film and Music Fest Special Fashion Awards - July 16, 2004 - Best New Actor

      - Bowmore Scottish Screen Awards - June 28, 2005 - Best Actor

      - MTV Movie Award (2007) - "Best Fight" for going up against the "Uber Immortal" in the movie, 300.

    • Gerard used to smoke until this past summer of 2005, where he has made another attempt to quit and so far, so good.

    • It was rumored that Gerard Butler was slated to play James bond after Pierce Brosnan, but the role was taken by Daniel Craig.

    • Gerard frequently jokes about preferring the "mask" side of his face to the regular side of his face. (Making reference to his role in "Phantom of the Opera")

    • In an interview, he claimed that he connected with the Phantom's loneliness and passion in The Phantom of the Opera because of his own life experiences.

    • In 2005, Gerard was nominated for the Golden Satellite Award for Best Actor in a Motion Picture, Comedy or Musical for his role in The Phantom of the Opera.

    • Gerard was chosen as 'Most Attractive Man of 2005' by Hello! Magazine.

    • Gerard has quickly gained a reputation as one of the nicest actors around, as he always takes time to socialize with fans and hangs out with crew members as much as co-stars on film sets.

    • Gerard's eyes are actually grey/green colour but often appear blue on screen.

    • In 1997, while taking a break from shooting the movie, Mrs. Brown, and having a surprise picnic with his mother, Gerard saved a young boy from drowning in the river Tay and received a "Certificate Of Bravery" from 'The Royal Humane Society.'

    • On the first day of shooting his film debut in 1997 movie, Mrs. Brown, Gerard had to bound naked into a freezing sea, and as a result developed hypothermia.

    • During rehearsals for the play 'Coriolanus', he suffered injuries from being poked in the eye with a wooden stake.

    • His first speaking role in a motion picture was in the 1997 movie, Mrs. Brown. He had worked as an extra in The Bodyguard (1992), but had no lines.

    • Gerard's first stage role was in 'Coriolanus.'

    • Gerard did all his own singing in the 2004 movie, The Phantom of the Opera and hated doing the water scenes.

  • Quotes

    • Gerard Butler: (about the stunts he did in the movie, The Bounty Hunter) I was jumping up and down, onto roofs and off of roofs and onto cars I was doing a lot of crazy stuff. That's where I picked up most of my injuries.

    • Gerard Butler: I love doing the stunts. It's as simple as that.

    • Gerard Butler: (When talking about football and the day before he went to sing for Andrew Lloyd Webber) I support the Celtic football team, which was in the semi-final for the European cup, and it was the first time they've been in for many years. I went to the game the night before in Glasgow with all my crazy Glaswegian friends who screamed at the top of their lungs the whole night, and I had to sit there and clap to protect my voice because I was singing for Andrew Lloyd Webber the next day in London.

    • Gerard Butler: (when discussing his formal acting training) When I was 12, I was in Oliver! at a theater in Glasgow.

    • Gerard Butler: I love to do films of all shapes and sizes and feelings and genres. So for me to go from Tomb Raider straight into Dear Frankie, there's nothing that excites me more than to keep mixing it up.

    • Gerard Butler: I think I'm a man out of place. I love Scotland. You can stand amidst those mountains and fell the history. It emanates all around you. When I'm there, I fantasize about the Celts coming over from Europe in bearskins. And the simplicity and purity of society back then--it wasn't as complicated or discolored as it is now. I imagine roaming those hills, fighting those battles...

    • Gerard Butler: (On the success of the movie "300") You come out of that movie so pumped up, so ready to die for your friends or your country or anything. Like, 'I will fight for my parking space! I will kill. This is MY parking space!' (laughs)

    • Gerard Butler: (On his love for Scotland) I love everything about the Scottish people – their warmth, their humor, their potential for violence. Nobody from Glasgow goes into acting. You were seen as weird if you wanted to be an actor. But I didn't mind. It's just what I wanted to do.

    • Gerard Butler: (talking about his decision to leave his career as a lawyer to pursue acting after having seen "Trainspotting" on stage) A week later, I packed my bags and moved to London to become an actor. I had no connections, no experience, no training, and no prospects. Everybody was laughing at me. Everybody was thinking I'd just messed up my whole career.

    • Gerard Butler: I am for equal opportunities. Why should it be the guy's job to kiss? If a woman wants to kiss she should totally do that. I think it is awesome when women take the lead. I love that idea.

    • Gerard Butler: (discussing his days of heavy binge drinking) I once woke up in Paris at 4am, five miles from where I'd been at a party. I had gashes to my head, my face, my arms, and I had blood all over my clothes. To this day, I don't know what happened.

    • Gerard Butler: I think there's a part of you that always imagines that if you encounter success , every fibre of your being will change. You know your whole cellular structure will change. And you will suddenly think and feel and behave like a different person . . . And you don't.

    • Gerard Butler: I love nutty roles; those roles that you can climb into and give a lot of color too. It might be some off-beat wacky, low-budget script, and I might just say 'Oh my God, I have to do this.'

    • Gerard Butler: (on why he trained so hard for his role in "300") I wanted to look really strong. I've seen so many actors play these kinds of roles, and you see all this equipment on either a big belly or skinny little arms. That was a great thing, to put on that cape and put on that helmet, and not have to think, 'S**t, I should have trained more.' Instead, I was standing there feeling like a lion.

    • Gerard Butler: No matter what you have to go through and what you suffer, when you have true love, you can put up with anything.

    • Gerard Butler: I was smoking a huge amount and having real bad premonitions and then I got this role where the guy dies of cancer. The film P.S. I Love You made me contemplate death and realize I was playing Russian roulette with my health. I've since stopped smoking.

    • Gerard Butler: (On his new acting career) [During] some of the most miserable periods of my life, people thought I was very happy. And now that I'm actually happier, I don't have to show it. I'm more comfortable with myself.

    • Gerard Butler: (On his name) GerERD. Your name is GerERD. And, and, but, it's funny, but, I did a magazine interview a few years ago, and they asked me, "What do we call you?" And I said, "Well, you say it just 'Gerry,'" because when Americans say "GerARD," it drives me crazy, when my mum does that. But they got it the wrong way around, and they put it in the magazine that I hated being called Gerry. And so then all my friends are calling me, going, [in a high-pitched, mocking voice] "Ooh, GERard." [audience laughs] And [I said] "I didn't say that! I didn't say that!"

    • Gerard Butler: My dad was nuts. He was a very entertaining man, the best story-teller, the best joke-teller, like a big kid. I realised I had a lot of anger in me about not having spent my childhood with him, but when I met him and got to know him, I realised he was just trying his best, the way he knew how. He was quite an irresponsible man, but I don't think he had a lot of evil in him. He was very childish in a way, but a good man. I am really glad I got to know him.

    • Gerard Butler: I think it's one of the nicest privileges as an actor is to know that you can move people in one moment, make them think about their lives, or make them laugh or make them cry or make them understand something. Or just make them feel something because I think so many of us, including myself, spend too much time not feeling enough, you know?

    • Gerard Butler: I was never into law. Even now, I never read contracts. I just sign them.

    • Gerard Butler: I appreciate and love women for many reasons, tall and small, plump and skinny, and crazy and demure. I see beauty in all of them.

    • Gerard Butler: Craig and I are both from Long Beach. This whole thing.
      Craig Ferguson: Shut up, shut up, shut up!
      Gerard Butler: I hate to give the game away but we're both from Long Beach, born and bred!

    • Gerard Butler: I had never done that before: singing while trying to give a cinematic performance. The temptation is to open your mouth and belt it out and do something theatrical, which would just be ghastly because every time you open your mouth it's 30 feet wide on a big screen.

    • Gerard Butler: (Discussing his preparations for his role in 'Phantom of the Opera') By that point, I had started taking singing lessons. And after the first session, I mean, I was surprised that the windows didn't shatter. And after the third session, I really didn't know where this voice had come from.