Gerard Butler Net Worth
Gerard Butler has an estimated net worth of $40 Million. He is best known for his role as King Leonidas of Sparta in 300. He earned the majority of his income from movies.
Gerard Butler was born on November 13, 1969, in Paisley, Scotland, and is best known for his role as King Leonidas of Sparta in the film 300. He has since starred in several romantic comedies, including P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank and The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl, as well as appearing on numerous “world’s hottest men” lists.
To calculate the net worth of Gerard Butler, subtract all his liabilities from his total assets. Investments, savings, cash deposits, and any equity he has in a house, car, or other similar asset are included in the total assets. All debts, such as loans and personal debt, are included in total liabilities.
Here’s the breakdown of his net worth:
|Net Worth:||$40 Million|
|Monthly Salary:||$200 Thousand+|
|Annual Income:||$3 Million+|
|Source of Wealth:||Actor, Film Producer|
Early Life and Career
Gerard Butler was born on November 13, 1969, in Paisley, Scotland, the youngest of three children in a devout Roman Catholic family. His family moved to Montreal, Canada, when he was six months old, where his father tried a few business ventures but ultimately failed. After his parents divorced a year and a half later, Gerard and his two older siblings were relocated to his mother’s hometown of Paisley, Scotland.
Butler was raised by his mother after the move, with no further contact with his father until he was 16 years old. (Gerard Butler and his later father reconciled and remained close until Butler’s father died of cancer in his early twenties.) Butler was fascinated by movies and acting as a child, and his mother took him to several auditions. He joined the Scottish Youth Theatre and played a street urchin in one of his first roles in the production of Oliver!.
Despite his passion for theater and film, Butler was driven by a desire to please his family and believed that acting was not a viable career option for him. He later explained, “I was a 16-year-old kid on the other side of the world from where they made movies.” “Scottish actors were rarely cast. There was Sean Connery, and that was the end of it.”
Butler graduated near the top of his high school class and enrolled at the University of Glasgow, where he studied to become a lawyer and solicitor. Butler was also the president of the law society at university and graduated with honors. Butler, like many other recent graduates, decided to travel abroad for a year, and his adventures soon landed him in Venice, California, where he indulged in the high life: “This is when things started to go a little crazy,” he later said. “Something compulsive, dark, lustful, pleasurable but damaging took over. It was suddenly realizing that I could live a life of traveling, craziness, adventure, partying, women, and all the other things that come with it—including a sense of abandonment.”
Butler returned to Scotland after California to begin a two-year traineeship at one of Edinburgh’s top law firms, but he soon discovered that he despised the job and began slacking off and letting his depression show. A week before his traineeship was to end, he went to the Edinburgh Film Festival and saw a stage production of Trainspotting, an experience that solidified his dissatisfaction with the law and desire to be an actor: “The actor in the lead role was fantastic. It was a fantastic atmosphere. And I’m dying on the inside. This was the life I desired. This is something I can handle. I’m confident in my abilities. But that time has passed. It’s no longer there. I’m 25. That was an opportunity I blew. They fired me a week later.”
Acting Career Takes Off
Butler, humiliated but determined to pursue his dream of acting, moved to London, England, the next day and worked odd jobs to get his career started. He met the play’s director, Steven Berkoff, in a coffee shop while working as a casting assistant for the play Coriolanus, and begged for a chance to read for the lead role. He describes the experience as follows: “I gave it my all. Following that, the casting director approached me, almost in tears. ‘You’re the best he’s seen in two days!’ she exclaimed. Walking home was probably the happiest moment of my life, when you have an energy that you can’t contain. I’d progressed from distributing pages to landing the lead role.” Following a successful run in Coriolanus, Butler landed the lead in the same stage production of Trainspotting that had inspired him to try acting again, and he was well on his way to becoming a successful actor.
Butler made the transition from stage to screen in 1997, co-starring with Judi Dench and Billy Connolly in Mrs. Brown and also appearing in the James Bond film Tomorrow Never Dies. During the filming, he was picnicking with his mother near a river when he heard screaming from a troubled boy. He immediately dove into the river and saved the young man from drowning, earning a Certificate of Bravery from the Royal Humane Society for his bravery and compassion.
Butler finally got his break as the Phantom in Joel Schumacher’s on-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Phantom of the Opera in 2003, after appearing in a string of largely forgettable films. It was a difficult role that required the actor to sing the majority of his lines. Despite the fact that Butler had been the lead singer of a rock band while in law school, he was terrified of auditioning for the part: “I’d had about four singing lessons before going to sing ‘Music of the Night’ for Andrew Lloyd Webber, which was probably the most nerve-racking experience I’d ever had. But I got the part. Some thought I did an excellent job, while others thought it was sacrilegious.”
Playing King Leonidas in ‘300’
Though Phantom did not become a box office smash, it did get Butler noticed in Hollywood, and four years later he landed the lead role as King Leonidas in 300, the testosterone-fueled historical epic about a small legion of Spartan soldiers defeating the massive Persian army.
Butler trained every day for four months in the most intense workout regimen of his life to look believable as a warrior king, giving him an incredible physique in time for the shoot: “You know that every bead of sweat falling off your head, every weight you’ve pumped—the history of that is all in your eyes,” he said. “It was great to put on that cape and helmet and not have to think, ‘I should have trained more.’ Instead, I stood there feeling like a lion.”
Butler’s role in 300 boosted his career significantly. Since his appearance in 300, the actor has appeared in several romantic comedies, including P.S. I Love You with Hilary Swank and The Ugly Truth with Katherine Heigl, as well as being named to numerous “world’s hottest men” lists. And his career isn’t slowing down any time soon.
Despite his success, Gerard Butler maintains the laid-back demeanor of a guy who rolls with the punches and has a good sense of humor. Looking back, he is still surprised by the turns his life has taken and muses on what could have been: “I had no intention of becoming an actor. I had planned to become a lawyer… Something else was going on at work, something over which I had no control. I wouldn’t be sitting here right now if I hadn’t [failed] at that job. I could be a mediocre lawyer in some small town in the heart of Scotland.”
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