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Blessed with brains, brawn and rugged good looks, Scotsman Gerard Butler -- born Nov. 13, 1969, in Glasgow -- seemed destined for Hollywood stardom. But success proved far from instant for Butler, who returned to Scotland to practice law when his first foray into film fell flat.

Butler then spent two years at one of Glasgow's top law firms before deciding to give acting another go. This time, he focused first on theater, playing the leading role in "Trainspotting" before landing a supporting role in the 1997 historical drama Mrs. Brown.

A string of British films followed, but it wasn't until Butler bared his chest for the title role in the 2001 miniseries "Attila" that American audiences took note. This paved the way for more action films -- including Reign of Fire -- and in 2004, he starred in The Phantom of the Opera. Subsequent credits include 300, Nim's Island and RocknRolla.

Gerard Butler in London Has Fallen

London Has Fallen

2016 R

In this follow-up to the thriller "Olympus Has Fallen," the U.S. president learns of a planned terrorist attack at the funeral of Britain's prime minister -- an event that will be attended by nearly every Western head of state.

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