Career Watch is a bi-weekly column by veteran film reporter and Moviefone guest-blogger Anne Thompson. Every other week, Thompson will look at the career of a major Hollywood star, analyze the moves they've made thus far and offer career advice on where they could or should head from here. This week: Gerard Butler.

Signature Line: "Madness? This is Sparta!"

Career Peaks: In 2006, 37-year-old Scottish journeyman actor Gerard Butler broke out in the role of the muscled warrior King Leonidas in Zack Snyder and Frank Miller's sword-and-sandal battle epic '300,' which grossed $456 million worldwide. While Butler hasn't achieved those heights since, he has delivered two modest hits, which scored better with global audiences of both genders than they did with critics.

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