Gerard Butler

54, from Paisley, Scotland, UK

Artwork for How to Train Your Dragon 2Image of Gerard Butler


Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor and film producer. After studying law, he turned to acting in the mid-1990s with small roles in productions such as Mrs Brown (1997), the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies (1997), and Tale of the Mummy (1998). In 2000, he starred as Count Dracula in the gothic horror film Dracula 2000 with Christopher Plummer and Jonny Lee Miller.

He played Attila the Hun in the miniseries Attila (2001), then appeared in the films Reign of Fire with Christian Bale (2002) and Lara Croft: Tomb Raider – The Cradle of Life with Angelina Jolie (2003) before playing André Marek in the adaptation of Michael Crichton's science fiction adventure Timeline (2003). He then was cast as Erik, The Phantom in Joel Schumacher's 2004 film adaptation of the musical The Phantom of the Opera, with Emmy Rossum; it earned him a Satellite Award nomination for Best Actor.

Butler gained worldwide recognition for his portrayal of King Leonidas in Zack Snyder's fantasy war film 300. That role earned him nominations for an Empire Award for Best Actor and a Saturn Award for Best Actor and a win for MTV Movie Award for Best Fight. He voiced Stoick the Vast in the critically and commercially successful How to Train Your Dragon franchise (2010–2019). Also in the 2010s, he portrayed Secret Service agent Mike Banning in the action thriller series Olympus Has Fallen, London Has Fallen, Angel Has Fallen and the upcoming Night Has Fallen. He played military leader Tullus Aufidius in the 2011 film Coriolanus, a modern adaptation of Shakespeare's tragedy of the same name, and Sam Childers in the 2011 action biopic Machine Gun Preacher.


2025Future projects

2024Future projects

  • Poster for The Bricklayer


2023Aged 54

  • Poster for Plane

    Brodie Torrance

  • Poster for Kandahar

    Tom Harris

2022Aged 53

  • Poster for Last Seen Alive

    Will Spann

2021Aged 52

  • Poster for Copshop

    Bob Viddick

2020Aged 51

  • Poster for Love Reaches Everywhere


  • Poster for Greenland

    John Garrity

2019Aged 50

  • Poster for How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World

    Stoick (voice)

  • Poster for The Vanishing


  • Poster for Angel Has Fallen

    Mike Banning

  • Poster for How to Train Your Dragon: Homecoming

    Stoick the Vast (voice)

  • Poster for Them That Follow


2018Aged 49

  • Poster for Den of Thieves

    Det. Nicholas O'Brien

  • Poster for Hunter Killer

    Captain Joe Glass

2017Aged 48

  • Poster for Geostorm

    Jake Lawson

2016Aged 47

  • Poster for Gods of Egypt


  • Poster for London Has Fallen

    Mike Banning

  • Poster for A Family Man

    Dane Jensen

2015Aged 46

  • Poster for Septembers of Shiraz


2014Aged 45

  • Poster for How to Train Your Dragon 2

    Stoick (voice)

2013Aged 44

  • Poster for Movie 43

    Leprechaun 1 & 2 (segment "Happy Birthday")

  • Poster for Olympus Has Fallen

    Mike Banning

  • Poster for Discovering Mavericks


2012Aged 43

  • Poster for Chasing Mavericks

    Frosty Hesson

  • Poster for Playing for Keeps


2011Aged 42

  • Poster for Coriolanus

    Tullus Aufidius

  • Poster for Machine Gun Preacher

    Sam Childers

  • Poster for Dragons: Gift of the Night Fury

    Stoick the Vast (voice)

2010Aged 41

  • Poster for The Bounty Hunter

    Milo Boyd

  • Poster for How to Train Your Dragon

    Stoick the Vast (voice)

  • Poster for Legend of the BoneKnapper Dragon

    Stoick (voice)

2009Aged 40

  • Poster for Tales of the Black Freighter

    The Mariner (voice)

  • Poster for The Ugly Truth

    Mike Chadway

  • Poster for Gamer


  • Poster for Law Abiding Citizen

    Clyde Alexander Shelton

2008Aged 39

  • Poster for Nim's Island

    Jack Rusoe / Alex Rover

  • Poster for RocknRolla


2007Aged 38

  • Poster for 300

    King Leonidas

  • Poster for Wrath of Gods


  • Poster for Butterfly on a Wheel

    Neil Randall

  • Poster for P.S. I Love You


2006Aged 37

  • Poster for Guilty Hearts


2005Aged 36

  • Poster for The Game of Their Lives

    Frank Borghi

  • Poster for Trailer for a Remake of Gore Vidal's Caligula

    Prefect Cassius Chaerea

  • Poster for Beowulf & Grendel


2004Aged 35

  • Poster for Dear Frankie

    The Stranger

  • Poster for The Phantom of the Opera

    The Phantom

2003Aged 34

  • Poster for Lara Croft: Tomb Raider - The Cradle of Life

    Terry Sheridan

  • Poster for Timeline

    Andre Marek

2002Aged 33

  • Poster for Shooters

    Jackie Junior

  • Poster for Reign of Fire


2001Aged 32

  • Poster for Attila

    Atila the Hun

  • Poster for Please!

    Peter (as Gerry Butler)

  • Poster for Jewel of the Sahara

    Captain Charles Belamy

2000Aged 31

  • Poster for Harrison's Flowers

    Chris Kumac

  • Poster for Dracula 2000


1999Aged 30

  • Poster for The Cherry Orchard


  • Poster for One More Kiss


1998Aged 29

  • Poster for Tale of the Mummy


  • Poster for Little White Lies


  • Poster for Fast Food


1997Aged 28

  • Poster for Mrs Brown

    Archie Brown

  • Poster for Tomorrow Never Dies

    Leading Seaman - HMS Devonshire

Year unknown