Gerard Butler

From King Leonidas to ‘The Bounty Hunter,’ the Scottish actor has become an action star and a romantic-comedy mainstay, often opposite some of Hollywood’s sexiest leading ladies.

Gerard Butler and co-star Jennifer Aniston arrive at the premiere of "The Bounty Hunter" at The Ziegfeld Theater in New York, on Tuesday, March 16. During the shooting of the film, rumors swirled that Butler and Aniston were more than just co-stars, but the pair have remained silent on that topic. Peter Kramer / AP
In the 2010 romantic comedy, Butler plays Milo Boyd, a down-on-his-luck bounty hunter, who gets his dream job when he is assigned to track down his bail-jumping ex-wife, reporter Nicole Hurly (Jennifer Aniston). He thinks all that's ahead is an easy payday, but when Nicole gives him the slip so she can chase a lead on a murder cover-up, Milo realizes that nothing ever goes simply when the couple is together. Columbia Pictures
In the 2010 animated film "How to Train Your Dragon," Butler gives voice to the Viking character Stoick. DreamWorks Animation
Butler was among the celebrities who worked the phone bank at the "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief" telethon on Friday, Jan. 22 in Los Angeles. Mark Davis / AP
Butler reprised his "300" role as Leonidas in a sketch on the Oct. 18, 2009 episode of "Saturday Night Live." In the sketch, Leonidas slowly comes to realize that his legion of 300 is gay. NBC
Butler co-starred with Michael C. Hall, right, in this 2009 high-concept action thriller set in a near future where gaming and entertainment have evolved into a terrifying new hybrid. Humans control other humans in mass-scale, multi-player online games: people play people...for keeps. Lionsgate
Butler walks across the George Washington Bridge in New York as he participates in the "Giant Steps For 9/11" walk on Sept. 13, 2009. Mike Coppola / Getty Images
In this 2009 romantic comedy, a romantically challenged morning show producer (Katherine Heigl) is reluctantly embroiled in a series of outrageous tests by her chauvinistic correspondent (Butler) to prove his theories on relationships and help her find love. His clever ploys, however, lead to an unexpected result. Columbia Pictures
Butler poses during the "GQ Men Of The Year 2009" award ceremony on Nov. 3, 2009 in Munich, Germany. Steffi Loos / AFP/Getty Images
In this 2009 crime thriller, Butler plays a man who is devastated to learn that, because of a plea bargain, one of his wife and daughter's murderers will be set free. So he unleashes revenge on the killers and those who made the deal. Overture Films
Butler stops to take a picture with a fan after arriving at the premiere screening of "Law Abiding Citizen" at Grauman's Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles on Oct. 6, 2009. Frazer Harrison / Getty Images for Overture
Butler attends the 23rd Annual "Salute to Youth" Benefit and Venetian Masquerade at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on April 24, 2008. Michael Buckner / Getty Images
Butler stars as One Two, a street-smart mobster who has learned to play both sides of the fence, in Guy Ritchie's 2008 mob dramedy. Warner Bros. Pictures
Butler plays both the literary character Alex Rover as well as scientist-father Jack Rusoe in this 2008 children's adventure film. 20th Century Fox
Butler brings his nieces Katie, left, and Rachel Butler to the premiere of "Nim's Island" on March 30, 2008 at Grauman's Chinese Theater in Hollywood, Calif. Gregg Deguire / WireImage
In this 2007 adaptation of the best-selling Cecelia Ahern novel, Hillary Swank plays a grieving young widow who discovers her late husband (Butler) has left her a list of tasks revealed in 10 monthly messages that are intended to ease her out of grief and transition her to a new life. Warner Bros. Pictures
A Japanese fan smiles upon the arrival of Butler at Narita International Airport in Japan on Sept. 9, 2008. Butler was in Japan to promote "P.S. I Love You." Junko Kimura / Getty Images
Butler rose to movie stardom as King Leonidas in this highly-stylized 2006 adaptation of Frank Miller's epic graphic novel. The film tells the true story of 300 elite Spartan warriors led by their fearless king (Butler), who thwart the charge of Xerxes and his massive Persian army at the battle of Thermopylae. Facing insurmountable odds, their valor and sacrifice inspire all of Greece to unite against their Persian foe, leading to the origins of democracy. Warner Bros. Pictures
Butler poses with his "Best Fight" award for "300" in the press room during the 2007 MTV Movie Awards held at the Gibson Amphitheatre in Universal City, Calif., on June 3, 2007. Frederick M. Brown / Getty Images
In this 2007 drama, Butler and co-stars with Claudette Mink in this story of a happily married man whose perfect life is shattered when his beautiful young daughter is kidnapped. Lions Gate Entertainment
In this 2004 drama, Butler plays a man who is hired to pose as nine-year-old Frankie's father for a day. Miramax Films
Butler stars as the Norse warrior Beowulf who is pitted against the monstrous murderous troll, Grendel, in this 2006 film. Union Station Media
Butler plays the mysterious Phantom opposite Emmy Rossum as chorus girl Christine in the 2004 film adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's musical. Warner Bros.
Butler plays bad boy Terry Sheridan opposite Angelina Jolie in the 2003 sequel to "Lara Croft Tomb Raider." Paramount Pictures
Butler and Angelina Jolie strike a fetching pose at the world premiere of "Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life" in 2003. L. Cohen / WireImage
Butler plays Andre Marek, one of a group of scientists who travel to, and get trapped in, 14th century feudal France in this 2003 film. Paramount Pictures
Butler plays Creedy, a lieutenant to Christian Bale's Quinn, right, in this 2002 tale of a collection of survivors trying to fight off a legion of fire-breathing dragons while struggling to maintain a meager existence. Touchstone Pictures