Gerard Butler is a Scottish-Canadian actor born in Paisley, Scotland, on November 13, 1969. He spent the first year of his life in Montreal, Quebec, but returned to Scotland with his mother when he was an infant. Butler initially studied law at Glasgow University. During his time...Read more there, his estranged father, whom he had only reconnected with at age 16, died of cancer, causing Butler to spiral out of control into a deep depression. He decided to change tracks from law to a career in the entertainment industry. He got his breakout role in a theater adaptation of "Trainspotting," after which he moved to Los Angeles, where he finally got roles in big movies like "Dracula 2000" (2000), "Tomb Raider 2" (2003), and "Phantom of the Opera" (2004). Butler is best known for his roles in "300" (2006), "P.S. I Love You" (2007) and "How to Train Your Dragon" (2010).