Austin Butler is an American actor. He is known for his roles as James “Wilke” Wilkerson in the television series Switched at Birth, Jordan Gallagher on Ruby & the Rockits, Sebastian Kydd in The Carrie Diaries, Tex Watson in Once Upon a Time…in Hollywood, and Wil Ohmsford in The Shannara Chronicles. In 2022, he appears as Elvis Presley in the film Elvis.
- Birth Name: Austin Robert Butler
- Born: August 17, 1991 in Anaheim, California, USA
- Height: 1.83 m (6′)
Originally approached by a representative of a background-acting agency at the Orange County Fair in 2004, Austin Butler quickly graduated from an eye-catching background artist to leading man material in the space of a decade.
After working as an extra on several TV shows, the teenager 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, now playing her love interest instead of her brother, 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 July 2019, he appeared in the Quentin Tarantino film Once Upon a Time in Hollywood as a fictional version of Manson Family member Tex Watson. That same month, 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. Butler’s performance received unanimous critical acclaim, as well as praise from the Presley family.
In February 2021, he was cast as a lead in the war drama miniseries Masters of the Air. In March 2022 it was reported by Deadline Hollywood that Butler was in talks to play Feyd-Rautha in the upcoming science fiction epic Dune: Part Two. This was confirmed in May 2022 prior to the film’s pre-production.
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