Austin Butler is a singer and actor whose venture into acting was by chance but his talent is undeniable. The former teen actor has grown to take up some significant roles in his career. While he is still upcoming in the entertainment industry, he has shown a lot of potentials, chief among them being his role as Elvis in a Biopic about , one of the greatest musical icons. Austin Butler’s Movies for which he has received good recognition include The Shannara Chronicles, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, and others. He has earned 3 Young Artist Award nominations thus far.
The actor was born in Anaheim, California, on the 17th of August 1991. His parents David and Lori Anne Butler raised him and his older sister (Ashley) in California. He attended public school until the 7th-grade when he left to be home-schooled. He home-schooled till the 10th grade and took the CHSPE to formally finish his high school education. At age thirteen, he got his shot at a chance in the industry when he was approached by a representative of a background-acting management company. They helped him secure some roles and he realized that he enjoyed acting and began to take acting classes to improve his skills.
As a teen actor, Butler shuttled between Nickelodeon and Disney on shows like Zoey 101 and Hannah Montana. Butler also featured in a series of uncredited roles between 2005 and 2006. Some of them include Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide, Unfabulous, and Drake & Josh. Although he seems to have starred in more TV series than in movies, 2019 became the year he began to strike the right balance between the small and big screens. He has already featured in some big movies including the biopic that captures twenty years of the life of Elvis Presley, especially his rise to stardom and his relationship with his shrewd manager. While Austin hasn’t featured in lots of films, he competed for this role alongside notable names in the industry and the film’s writer Baz Luhrmann, after a series of extensive screening and music testing, believed that Austin has the capability to embody the spirit of Elvis. Though his best years as an actor are yet to come, here is a look at some of Austin Butler’s movies and TV shows ranked in descending order of excellence.
Austin Butler Movies and TV Shows From Best To Worst
1. Switched at Birth (2011-2012)
The family drama revolves around two teenagers who were switched at birth and grew up in different environments. Austin featured in a recurring role as James Wilkerson who dates Daphne briefly. He is Toby’s best friend and appeared in a total of 14 episodes.
The TV show had a very high rating at the premiere and has won a series of awards. It was also praised as the first mainstream TV series to have both deaf and hard of hearing regulars and scenes shot in American Sign Language (ASL). The series was well-received by the critics and audience. It has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
2. Once Upon a Time in Hollywood (2019)
Quentin Tarantino is a director known for his brilliance in making exceptional movies and this Austin Butler movie happens to be one of them. It must have been a privilege and learning opportunity for Austin to work with Tarantino. The comedy-drama features a combination of the United States and United Kingdom film stars like , , Margot Robbie, Emile Hirsch, , , Margaret Qualley, and Bruce Dern. It has multiple storylines and chronicles the struggle of an aging actor, his stunt double, and long-time friend, narrating how they navigate the dynamic Hollywood film Industry. Austin features as Charles “Tex” Watson, a Mason family member who considers himself Charles Manson’s right-hand man. The movie is a critical and box office success with an 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
3. The Shannara Chronicles (2016-2017)
Austin Butler had a main role featuring as ‘Wil Ohmsford’ in this fantasy drama. He is half-elf-half-human and the last bloodline of the Shannara family. The series chronicles the quest of the chosen four to protect their land. It has had two seasons with 20 episodes so far. While the critics’ comments have been mixed, the series received a Saturn Award nomination for Best Fantasy TV Series for its first season and has a 78% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
4. The Carrie Diaries (2013-2014)
A fair share of Austin Butler’s works have teen-focused plots and The Carrie Diaries is one of them. The series is about the life of Carrie Bradshaw (AnnaSophia Robb) during her high school junior year. Austin features as Carrie’s love interest Sebastian Kydd who is from a broken dysfunctional home. He had an on and off relationship with Carrie before relocating to Malibu. The series generally received good reviews and was nominated for a series of Teen Choice Awards. It won the Teen Film/TV Series International Awards for Outstanding Comedy Series, Drama or Musical and has a rating of 83% on Rotten Tomatoes.
5. Arrow (2014- 2015)
The Superhero series revolves around a billionaire playboy who returns home from a shipwreck to fight crimes. Austin had a recurring role as Chase who is a DJ and the love interest of ‘Thea Queen’ in the series, he appeared in 3 episodes. The series has 85% rating on Rotten Tomatoes and has earned a series of nominations and awards.
6. The Dead Don’t Die (2019)
It is a horror-comedy movie where Austin features as Jack. It chronicles the activities of a small-town police office combating an unexpected zombie invasion. Though it has a 54% rating on Rotten Tomatoes with mixed reviews, the film seems to be doing well, judging by the $13.7 million it made at the box office within a short time.
7. Life Unexpected (2010-2011)
The teen series features Austin as Jones Mager and it revolves around the life of Lux Cassidy, a teenager who has spent most of her years in a foster care but is suddenly released to the parents who gave her up despite wanting to be emancipated. The series generally received a positive review from critics. It has a 69% approval on Metacritic and was nominated for Choice TV Breakout Show Award in 2010.
8. Ruby & The Rockits (2009)
The comedy series revolves around the life of a former teen star who chooses to lead a quiet life with his family but is forced to relive some of his past when his brother shows up with a teenage daughter in tow. Austin features as Jordan Gallagher alongside , Kurt Doss, Patrick Cassidy, and David Cassidy. The series received mixed reviews from critics and it has been praised for being simple enough for the kids and entertaining for adults. It has a 40% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.
9. Aliens in the Attic (2009)
This Austin Butler movie is about the children of the Pearson family who have to defend their home from an alien invasion. Austin features as one of the children, Jake Pearson, alongside Carter Jenkins, Ashley Boettcher, , and Doris Robert. While the reviews have been majorly negative, Austin has been praised as one of the better actors in the movie. His performance earned him a Young Artist Award nomination despite its 32% rating on Rotten Tomatoes. It also didn’t enjoy much success at the box office as it grossed $57.9 million against a $45 million budget.
10. Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure (2011)
The movie is a romantic musical comedy and a High School Musical spin-off. It follows the dream and aspiration of Sharpay Evans (Ashley Tisdale) to star in her own Broadway show. Austin features as Peyton Leverett, an aspiring filmmaker who makes a film about Sharpay and helps her transition to New York City. Austin was invited to audition for the role by Ashley who had previously worked with him and thought he would be perfect for the role. While the reviews have been mixed, with some critics finding it too similar to High School Musical movies, some believe that the movie has the ability to excite its target audience of pre-teens and early teenage girls and boys.
11. Yoga Hosers (2016)
Sadly, not all of Austin Butler’s movies are great and the horror film, Yoga Hosers, which was horribly received by critics and viewers alike, is one of them. It was written and directed by Kevin Smith. The film is a second in a trilogy and critics consider it one of the lowest point in Smith’s career. The movie received negative reviews and was a total flop at the box office grossing $38,784 from a budget of $5 million. Rotten Tomatoes rates it at 22%.
12. The Intruders (2015)
Horror doesn’t seem to be Butler’s thing; he stars as Noah Henry in this badly reviewed horror film. He features alongside Miranda Cosgrove and Tom Sizemore. The reception of the movie has been mostly negative and it has a 17% rating on Rotten Tomatoes.