2012 Nobel Peace Prize Concert
Scottish actor Gerard Butler made his stage debut at the age of twelve in the musical, Oliver, at Glasgow’s famous Kings Theatre. A gifted actor with a striking charm and humor, he has impressed audiences in film roles ranging from Machine Gun Preacher to Coriolanus to the blockbuster film 300. He was most recently seen in Chasing Mavericks, directed by Curtis Hanson, which is based on the true story of Santa Cruz surfer Jay Moriarity and his quest to ride the treacherous Northern California breaks known as ‘Mavericks.’
Butler stars in the Gabriele Muccino-directed film, Playing For Keeps, to be released Dec. 7, in which he portrays a retired world-famous soccer star who tries to rebuild his relationship with his son and ex-wife by coaching his son’s soccer team. In the thriller, Olympus Has Fallen, to be released April 5, 2013, Butler plays a Secret Service agent who tries to stop a takeover of the White House. Morgan Freeman, Angela Bassett and Aaron Eckhart also star and Butler is co-producing the film.
Butler has appeared in a wide variety of films including: The Bounty Hunter opposite Jennifer Aniston; The Ugly Truth, opposite Katherine Heigl; Lionsgate’s Gamer; Guy Ritchie’s RocknRolla; Nim’s Island, with Jodie Foster and Abigail Breslin; P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank; Beowulf & Grendel; The Game of Their Lives, Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera; Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life; and John Madden’s award-winning drama Her Majesty, Mrs. Brown, starring Judi Dench. He also voiced “Stoick” in the Dreamworks Oscar nominated animated film, How to Train Your Dragon.
Butler’s interests extend to social causes as well, and he is a board member of Artists for Peace and Justice, a fundraising effort founded by Paul Haggis in 2009 that addresses issues of poverty and social justice around the world.