Gerard James Butler (born 13 November 1969) is a Scottish actor known for his portrayal of King Leonidas in 300, The Phantom in the 2004 film version of The Phantom of the Opera, Gerry Kennedy in P.S. I Love You, and One Two in "RocknRolla".
Butler was born in Glasgow, Scotland, the son of Margaret Hanton and Edward Butler. His great-grandparents were from Ireland. Butler was raised in a Catholic working-class family. For the first two years of his life, he lived in Montreal, Quebec. When his parents divorced, his mother returned to Scotland with him and his siblings, Lynn and Brian, back to her home town of Paisley. He had no further contact with his father until he was sixteen years old. His father died of cancer when Gerard was 22.
Butler graduated from the School of Law at Glasgow University before embarking on his early career in stage plays. His first roles were in Coriolanus and in the stage version of Trainspotting. Butler landed his first film role as Archie Brown in 1997's Mrs. Brown alongside Judi Dench and Billy Connolly. That same year, he appeared in a minor role in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. He followed this with several appearances in various