Austin Butler is an American actor, born on the 17th August 1991 in Anaheim, California, to parents Lori and David Butler. He has one older sibling called Ashley (born in 1986), who has worked alongside Austin, background acting with him on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. Austin began acting when he was thirteen. A representative from a background acting management company approached him at the Orange County Fair and from there helped him to get started in the competitive entertainment industry. After a while working he found that he really enjoyed it, so he started to take acting classes to try and develop his talent.
After working as an extra on several television shows, Butler finally landed his first regular role as a background actor in 2005 playing the role of Zippy Brewster on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, this went on for two seasons. It was from this show that his friend, Lindsey Shaw, introduced him to her manager, Pat Cutler, who offered him representation instantly. It was from this point onwards that Butler began to take acting seriously.
After two years of performing in several commercials, Butler landed his first film role in the short film The Faithful, in which he played the role of a dog, Danny, who later turns into a human. Later on in May, Butler guest starred in Disney Channel hit series Hannah Montana, where he played the role of Derek Hanson opposite actress Miley Cyrus. Furthermore, in the September of that same year, he played “Jake Krandle” in an episode of iCarly on Nickelodeon.
In February 2008, Butler began playing the recurring role of James Garrett, a love interest of Jamie Lynn Spears’ character Zoey, in the nickelodeon show Zoey 101. Later that year he also appeared on an episode of Out of Jimmy’s Head, in which he played the role of Lance.
In 2009 his career further improved as he was cast as Jake Pearson in 20th Century Fox’s family film, Aliens in the Attic, alongside Ashley Tisdale, Carter Jenkins and Robert Hoffman. In that same summer, Butler appeared as the starring role of the short lived ABC family series Ruby & The Rockets along side David and Patricia Cassidy and also his good friend, Alexa Vega.
2010 began with Butler landing the recurring role of ‘Jones’ in the CW Network series, Life Unexpected, which carried on for two seasons before eventually being discontinued. At the same time, Butler also featured in an episode of Disney Channels, Wizards Of Waverly Place, in which he played the role of Alex’s crush ‘George.’
In the same year, it was announced that Butler had been cast as ‘Cameron’ in a new pilot for another CW network show called Betwixt, however the show was never picked up by the network. Soon after he featured in two episodes of Jonas L.A, in which he played the character ‘Stone Stevens.’ Towards the end of the year Butler took on two more serious dramatic guest-starring roles in the hit shows CSI Miami and The Defenders.
Recently, Butler’s Aliens in the Attic co-star Ashley Tisdale asked him to audition for the lead role in her film Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, a spin-off High School Musical, that follows the adventures of her character Sharpay Evans after high school as she tries to get her big break on Broadway. He was soon offered the role of Peyton Leverette, a good looking student filmmaker who is almost as interested in Sharpay as she is in herself. The film was direct-to-DVD release in April 2011.
Butler attended a “regular” school until he was in the 7th grade, when, at the age of 13, he had to leave to order to be home-schooled to accommodate his heavy work schedule. At the age of 15 (in 10th Grade) he took his CHSPE, finishing his formal high school education. Butler is reported to have said that he hopes to eventually attend college.
In his spare time, Butler creates and records music. He began playing the guitar at the age of 13 and then later picked up playing the piano at the age of 16. Some of his other hobbies include outdoor activities that help him to keep in shape, such as basketball, hiking, and cycling. He also exercises regularly in his home gym.