Gerard Butler was born in Glagsgow, Scotland and was raised in his mother's hometown of Paisley, Scotland. Growing up, he also spent time in Canada. His parents got divorced when Gerard was young and was mainly raised by his mother. He had no relationship with his father between the ages of two and sixteen, but after that time they became close. Butler attended college at Glagsgow University, where he studied law. Thanks to his outgoing personality and wonderful social skills, he became president of the university's law society. His film debut was in 1997 when he was cast as Billy Connolly's younger brother in Mrs. Brown. Butler's film career continued with smaller roles, first in the 1997 James Bond movie Tomorrow Never Dies and in the 1998 Russell Mulcahy film, Tale of the Mummy. In 2000, he was cast in two major breakthrough roles. The first was for the United States television movie Attila and the second was Wes Craven's film Dracula 2000. Since then he has appeared in the films Reign of Fire, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Timeline, The Phantom of the Opera, 300 and P.S. I Love You, among others.
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