David Butler (director)
December 17, 1894|
San Francisco, U.S.
|Died||June 14, 1979
Arcadia, California, U.S.
|Cause of death||Congestive heart failure|
|Occupation||Actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter, television director|
David Butler (December 17, 1894 – June 14, 1979) was an American actor, film director, film producer, screenwriter and television director.
Butler was born in San Francisco. His mother was an actress and his father was a theater stage manager. His first acting roles were playing extras in stage plays. He later appeared in two D.W. Griffith films, The Girl Who Stayed Home and The Greatest Thing in Life. He also appeared in the 1927 Academy-award winning film 7th Heaven. The same year he made his directorial debut with High School Hero, a comedy for Fox. During Butler's nine-year tenure at Fox, he directed over thirty films, including four Shirley Temple vehicles. Butler's last film for Fox, Kentucky, won Walter Brennan an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He then worked with Bing Crosby in Road to Morocco and If I Had My Way. He also directed Doris Day in "It's a Great Feeling," Tea For Two, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Lullaby of Broadway, "April in Paris," and Calamity Jane. During the late 50s and 1960s Butler directed primarily television episodes, mainly for Leave It To Beaver and Wagon Train.
- Atkins, Irene Kahn and David Butler. David Butler. Rowman & Littlefield, 1993. ISBN 0810827050.
- David Butler at the Internet Movie Database
- David Butler at AllRovi
- David Butler at Find a Grave
- David Butler at Virtual History