Robert Butler (born November 17, 1927) is an American film director and Emmy award-winning television director. He directed actor Kurt Russell's in four Walt Disney movies (including The Computer Wore Tennis Shoes and The Barefoot Executive) and directed several television shows and films such as Turbulence.
Butler began his career as a stage manager and an assistant before launching his directing career on such shows as The Untouchables, Dr. Kildare, The Dick Van Dyke Show, The Fugitive or The Twilight Zone.
Butler shot pilots for many TV series including the original Star Trek, Hogan's Heroes, Batman, The Blue Knight, Hill Street Blues, Remington Steele (a show which he also co-created), Moonlighting, Sisters, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.
Butler has also directed episodes for many other shows, including I Spy, The Invaders, Gunsmoke, The Outcasts, Mission: Impossible, Kung Fu, Hawaii Five-O, Columbo: Publish or Perish, Columbo: Double Shock, and Midnight Caller.
Butler has won two Emmy Awards for outstanding directing, the first in 1973 for the The Blue Knight pilot, and the second in 1981 for his Hill Street Blues premiere.