After working as an extra on several television series, Austin Butler found he thoroughly enjoyed the work, began taking acting lessons and won his first regular role as Zippy in Nickelodeon’s Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide (2004-07). Following guest appearances on the popular tween series Hannah Montana (Disney 2006-11) and “iCarly” (Nickelodeon 2007-12), Austin landed a recurring role as James, the love interest of the title character (Jamie Lynn Spears) on the final season of Nickelodeon’s Zoey 101 (2005-08).
In 2009, he landed his first leading role, alongside Ashley Tisdale in the family comedy Aliens in the Attic, in which he played Jake, fighting alongside his family to protect their vacation home from invading aliens. He reunited with Tisdale, in the direct-to-DVD “High School Musical” spin-off Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011).
Moving to more mature fare, Austin joined the cast of emotional family drama series Switched at Birth (ABC Family 2011-17).
In 2013, he co-starred in The CW’s The Carrie Diaries (2013-14), a 1980s-set prequel to the hugely successful Sex and the City based on the Candace Bushnell novel of the same name. Austin played Sebastian, a rebellious rich kid whose troubled romantic relationship with a teenage Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) foreshadows some of the issues that will come to preoccupy her in later life.
Following a guest arc in the superhero series Arrow (CW 2012), Butler co-starred in the horror film The Intruders (2015) and Kevin Smith’s critically derided Yoga Hosers (2016).
In 2019, he appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as a fictional version of Manson Family member Tex Watson. Though he had limited screen time, his performance has been described as “intense” and “brooding”.
In 2019, Butler was cast as Elvis Presley in Elvis, a biographical film about the singer directed by Baz Luhrmann. It premiered at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival on May 26, 2022, where it received a twelve-minute standing ovation from the audience, the longest at the year’s festival, as well as opened the Guadalajara International Film Festival on June 10, 2022. Butler’s performance received critical acclaim, as well as praise from the Presley family.
Now, we’re ranking all the movies and shows starring Austin Butler by critics’ scores from worst to best!
The Intruders (2015)
Starring: Miranda Cosgrove, Donal Logue, Tom Sizemore, Jenessa Grant, Austin Butler
Directed By: Adam Massey
Yoga Hosers (2016)
Tomatometer: 24% – Metascore: 23
Starring: Harley Quinn Smith, Lily-Rose Depp, Tyler Posey, Génesis Rodriguez, Johnny Depp
Directed By: Kevin Smith
Aliens in the Attic (2016)
Tomatometer: 34% – Metascore: 42
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Robert Hoffman, Kevin Nealon, Doris Roberts, Carter Jenkins
Directed By: John Schultz
The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
Tomatometer: 54% – Metascore: 53
Starring: Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Tilda Swinton, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi
Directed By: Jim Jarmusch
Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)
Starring: Ashley Tisdale, Austin Butler, Bradley Steven Perry, Jessica Tuck, Lauren Collins
Directed By: Michael Lembeck
Tomatometer: 81% – Metascore: 62
Starring: Austin Butler, Tom Hanks, Richard Roxburgh, David Wenham, Olivia DeJonge
Directed By: Baz Luhrmann
Once Upon a Time… In Hollywood (2019)
Tomatometer: 85% – Metascore: 83
Starring: Leonardo DiCaprio, Brad Pitt, Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, Margaret Qualley
Directed By: Quentin Tarantino
Are you there, Chelsea? (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 18% – Metascore: 35
Starring: Laura Prepon, Lauren Lapkus, Jake McDorman, Mark Povinelli, Ali Wong
Directed By: Dottie Dartland (Creator), Julie Ann Larson (Creator)
Life Unexpected (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 71% – Metascore: 69
Starring: Britt Robertson, Kristoffer Polaha, Christopher Attadia, Reggie Austin, Ksenia Solo
Directed By: Liz Tigelaar (Creator)
The Defenders (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 74% – Metascore: 65
Starring: James Belushi, Jerry O’Connell, Jurnee Smollett-Bell, Tanya Fischer, Cole Jensen
Directed By: Kevin Kennedy (Creator), Niels Mueller (Creator)
The Shannara Chronicles (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 79% – Metascore: 52
Starring: Ivana Baquero, Manu Bennett, Emelia Burns, Austin Butler, Poppy Drayton
Directed By: Alfred Gough (Creator), Miles Millar (Creator)
The Carrie Diaries (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 83% – Metascore: 58
Starring: AnnaSophia Robb, Freema Agyeman, Chloe Bridges, Austin Butler, Matt Letscher
Directed By: Amy Harris (Creator)
Arrow (TV Series)
Tomatometer: 86% – Metascore: 73
Starring: Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell, David Ramsey, Willa Holland
Directed By: Greg Berlanti (Creator), Marc Guggenheim (Creator), Andrew Kreisberg (Creator)