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Birth name: Austin Robert Butler
Birth date: August 17, 1991
Birthplace: Anaheim, California, USA
Hair color: Blonde
Eye color: Blue
Height: 6′ (1.83 m)
Occupation: Actor
Years active: 2005-present
Zodiac sign: Leo

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Austin Robert Butler was born on August 17, 1991 to Lori Anne Howell and David Butler in Anaheim, California. His mother was an aesthetician, while his father is a real estate appraiser. When Butler’s parents divorced when he was only seven, he and his older sister Ashley would spend an equal amount of time with them. Growing up in Anaheim, his mother would splurge on season passes to Disneyland for them, though they didn’t grow up with much money. She would even take them out of school occasionally for a day at Disneyland. At 13, Butler was approached by a representative from a background-acting management company after showing up at an audition with his step brother and started working not long after that. He attended public school until his sophomore year in high school, he then began homeschooling and took the California High School Proficiency Exam (CHSPE) to attain his diploma.

His first acting role came as Zippy Brewster on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide in 2005. He was only meant to be an extra, but quickly became a regular through the second and third seasons. Butler had two separate appearances on the mega-popular Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, playing Toby in an episode in season one and Derek Hanson in season two. He would also appear in an episode titled “iLike Jake” in the first season of iCarly as Jake Krandle. The same year, Butler starred alongside Jake Lefferman in the short film The Faithful as Danny. The short follows Kevin, who on his thirteenth birthday wishes his dog Danny could be a real friend and the next morning, he finds his furry friend had become human. A ten-episode stint on Zoey-101 came next, where he portrayed Danifer in an episode in the third season and James Garrett in the fourth season. In 2008, Butler appeared as Lance in an episode of Out of Jimmy’s Head. 2009 brought his first role in a feature film, Aliens in the Attic. He played Jake Pearson in the family comedy were a group of kids having to protect their vacation home from invading aliens. Butler would go on to be a regular on the short-lived ABC Family series Ruby & the Rockits as Jordan Gallagher, starring Alexa Vega. Guest appearances on Zeke and Luther, Wizards of Waverly Place, and Jonas also came within the next year. He would eventually make appearances, as every young actor does, on episodes of CSI: Miami and CSI: NY. He would also make an appearance on an episode of the Jerry O’Connell-led series The Defenders as Cody Dennis. Butler starred alongside Tessa Thompson and David Gallagher in the television movie Betwixt before landing another season-regular role as Jones Mager in Life Unexpected starring Britt Robertson.

2011 brought a straight-to-video film, Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, the fourth film in Disney’s High School Musical franchise where we follow Sharpay to New York to pursue her dreams of performing on Broadway. Butler played Peyton Leverett opposite Ashley Tisdale. Later, he starred as Zack Garvey in Lifetime’s telling of The Bling Ring, which was based on a true story of celebrity robberies that happened between 2008 and 2009 by a group of teenagers wanting to experience the life of the rich. He would next book his next recurring television role playing James ‘Wilke’ Wilkerson III on the ABC Family series Switched at Birth through its first season. He returned to film in 2012 to appear in the comedy My Uncle Rafael starring John Michael Higgins and Missy Pyle, followed by the television movie Intercept which also starred Danielle Panabaker and Chloe Bennet. The next year, Butler starred in the short film Life Life in in Space Space where he portrayed Assistant Shnotzy alongside Roberto Hoffman and Carter Jenkins. His next regular-season role came playing Sebastian Kydd on The CW’s prequel series The Carrie Diaries, where we follow the young life of Carrie Bradshaw of Sex and the City. He would also spend three episodes on The CW’s DC series Arrow as Chase. Butler starred alongside Miranda Cosgrove in the mystery drama The Intruders, where he played Noah Henry. The film follows Rose after the traumatic loss of her mother, where she tries to uncover the dark secrets behind her new home. He next played Hunter Calloway in Kevin Smith’s horror comedy Yoga Hosers with Lily-Rose Depp, Harley Quinn Smith, and Johnny Depp. He next starred in MTV’s popular fantasy series The Shannara Chronicles as Will Ohmsford through its two seasons.

With doubt hovering over his head about his acting career, his received a call from his agent to be a part of the Broadway revival of The Iceman Cometh by Eugene O’Neill. Butler spent days with his acting coach to help create his audition tape to play Don Parrit, a troubled 18-year-old. He inevitably won the part and began working alongside Denzel Washington and Colm Meaney. Previews began in March 2018 and opening night came a month later on April 26th at the Bernard B. Jacobs Theatre. With performing on Broadway, Butler’s love of acting was reinvigorated and went back to work in film once the the play ended on July 1st. He would appear in Awkwafina’s 2018 Netflix film Dude as Thomas and Jack in comedic horror film The Dead Don’t Die starring Bill Murray and Adam Driver. Butler continued on with portraying Tex Watson in Quentin Tarantino’s 2019 smash One Upon a Time in Hollywood, which starred Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, and Margot Robbie. He delivered one of the film’s most memorable lines, dubbed by Vogue: ā€œIā€™m as real as a donut, motherfucker.ā€ With the encouragement from his then-girlfriend Vanessa Hudgens and a good-word from Denzel Washington to director Baz Luhrmann, he put together an audition, finding the perfect one as Butler recalls in many interviews, he inevitably won the part of Elvis Presley over the likes of Harry Styles and Miles Teller. Filming began in 2020, being pushed back initially due to COVID-19, and lasted ten months. Elvis premiered June 24, 2022 and gracefully made over $287 million worldwide. Butler has accepted his first Golden Globe Award and BAFTA for his performance in the film and earned SAG, Critics Choice Award, and Academy Award nominations as well.

His slate of upcoming projects include the television mini-series Masters of the Air alongside Barry Keoghan and Callum Turner. The series follows eleven men inside a bomber known as the “Flying Fortress” as they fight for their lives against German fighters during World War II and will be premiering on Apple TV+ in 2023. The Bikeriders, a crime drama following the rise of a Midwestern motorcycle club through the lives of its members, is currently in post-production and also stars Tom Hardy and Michael Shannon. Butler will also portray Feyd-Rautha Harkonnen in the highly-anticipated Dune: Part Two, expected to be released on November 3, 2023.