Yancy Butler

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Yancy Butler
Born Yancy Victoria Butler
(1970-07-02) July 2, 1970 (age 43)
Greenwich Village, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present

Yancy Victoria Butler (born July 2, 1970) is an American television and movie actress known for her roles as Natasha Binder in the 1993 John Woo film Hard Target and as Detective Sara Pezzini on the TNT supernatural drama Witchblade.

Early life[edit]

Butler was born in Greenwich Village, New York City. She is the daughter of Leslie (née Vega), a theatre company manager, and Joe Butler, drummer for the 1960s rock group The Lovin' Spoonful.[1][2]

Career[edit]

Butler's first major role was in the television series Mann & Machine in 1992, in which she played an android police officer partnered with a human detective. The series was set in Los Angeles in the near future. The series was co-created by Dick Wolf, of Law & Order fame. A year later, she starred in her second series, South Beach also for Dick Wolf, in which she played a con artist and thief who made a deal with the federal government: in exchange for their wiping of her criminal record, she performs certain tasks for them.

Butler's first film appearance was a small supporting role in the 1979 slasher film Savage Weekend. Her next film appearance was a starring role in John Woo's 1993 film, Hard Target, featuring Jean-Claude Van Damme. She then starred in the 1994 film Drop Zone, featuring Wesley Snipes. In 1995, she starred as Corinne the dancer in the film Let It Be Me. Butler was cast as a series regular in the television series Brooklyn South playing Anne-Marie Kersey, a Brooklyn policewoman, which ran for a full season in 1997–1998.

Butler starred in the made-for-television film Witchblade (2000) and the subsequent television series, adapted from the ongoing comic book of the same title; the TV series ran for two seasons on the Turner Network Television network (TNT) for a total of 23 episodes. The series has a cult following, and was ranked seventh in the Top 10 Basic Cable Dramas for 2002 (Multichannel News, February 24, 2003). The show's cancellation was announced after the second season in September 2002.[3]

In 2005, Yancy starred in the film Bloodlines, alongside Lou Diamond Phillips.[4]

In 2006, Butler starred in the American movie Striking Range. and in 2007, she appeared in thirteen episodes of the television soap opera As The World Turns, as character "Ava Jenkins".[citation needed]

Yancy was confirmed to appear in Tales of an Ancient Empire,[5] the follow-up to The Sword and the Sorcerer.[6] On January 24, 2012, Tales of an Ancient Empire was released on DVD. Butler, however, did not appear in the film. [7] Butler appeared in a small role in another comic book adaptation, the film version of Kick-Ass, based on the Marvel/Icon Comics series by Mark Millar and John Romita, Jr.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Substance abuse and legal issues[edit]

On January 2, 2003, Butler was arrested after getting into a fight with her father, Joe Butler, at her uncle's Long Island home. She was charged with criminal contempt for violating an order of protection and two counts of harassment.[9] She subsequently completed a stint in rehab and attended counseling sessions.

Fourteen months after the cancellation of the Witchblade series, in November 2003, Butler was taken into custody in Delray, Florida, for disorderly intoxication and sentenced to a substance-abuse treatment program after police there found her stumbling in and out of traffic. Butler told police that she was an alcoholic who was on medication, according to a Delray Beach Police report. At first, she said she'd been kicked out of a halfway house, but later said she was still in one, the report said.[10]

On March 13, 2007, Butler was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive in the established lane after she crashed her Saab 900 into a wire guard rail in Sharon, Connecticut.[11] The actress was released on a $500 bail and ordered to appear in Bantam Superior Court on March 26, 2007.[12][13][14]

On March 28, Bantam Superior Court Judge Richard Marano issued a re-arrest order for Butler because she had twice not appeared at scheduled court dates. The judge directed that the warrant not be served until April 2 to give Butler a chance to explain why she was not in court.[15]

Two days prior to the DUI offense, Butler allegedly phoned 911 after a fight with her boyfriend, 53-year-old Earl Ward Jr. Responding officers reported witnessing a drunk Butler complaining about Ward, who refused to hand over her car keys. The argument resulted in her throwing several items at him. Ward later told police that Butler had been smoking crack cocaine and drinking liquor over the course of the weekend.[16]

Stalking complaint[edit]

On February 2, 2007, Butler's former boyfriend was arraigned in Litchfield, Connecticut on charges stemming from a stalking complaint filed by the actress.[17][18] On September 27, 2007, the former boyfriend pleaded no contest in Bantam Superior Court to one count of creating a public disturbance and was ordered to pay a $50 fine.[19]

Awards[edit]

On June 10, 2002, Butler won a Saturn Award for Best Actress in a Television Series, at the 29th Annual Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films Awards ceremony, for her performances in Witchblade.[20]

Filmography[edit]

TV series[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mann & Machine Sgt. Eve Edison star
1993 South Beach Kate Patrick 7 episodes
1997–1998 Brooklyn South Officer Anne-Marie Kersey star
2001–2002 Witchblade Detective Sara Pezzini star
2007 As the World Turns Ava Jenkins 13 episodes
2010 The Mentalist Aunt Jodie 1 episode

Films[edit]

Year Film Role Notes
1979 Savage Weekend little girl
1993 Hard Target Natasha Binder
The Hit List Jordan Henning
1994 Drop Zone Jessie Crossman
1995 Let It Be Me Corinne
1996 Fast Money Francesca March
1997 Ravager Avedon Hammond
The Ex Deidre Kenyon
Annie's Garden Lisa Miller
1999 The Witness Files Sandy Dickinson
2000 Doomsday Man Captain Kate Roebuck
2004 The Last Letter Ms. Toney / Alicia Cromwell
2006 Basilisk: The Serpent King Hannah Carmelina Santorini Frankman
Striking Range Emily Johanson
Double Cross Kathy Swanson
2008 Vote and Die: Liszt for President Ann Barklely
Wolvesbayne Lillith television
2010 Lake Placid 3 Reba Butler television
Kick-Ass Angie D'Amico
2011 Rage of the Yeti Villers television
2012 Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Reba Butler television
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Angie D'Amico

References[edit]

  1. ^ Yancy Butler Biography at Film Reference. Retrieved September 23, 2010.
  2. ^ "Interview: Yancy Butler (Witchblade's Sara Pezzini) - Part Two". Sci Fi Dimensions. July 2002. Retrieved 2010-09-24. 
  3. ^ Josh, Grossberg (2002-09-05). ""Witchblade" Sliced by TNT". E! Online. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  4. ^ Bloodlines Movie, from Serendipitous Films
  5. ^ "Yancy Butler Joins the Family in Tales | Horror Movie, DVD, & Book Reviews, News, Interviews at Dread Central". Dreadcentral.com. 2008-04-17. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  6. ^ "A Few More Details On That SWORD AND THE SORCERER Follow-Up We've Been Hearing About!! - Ain't It Cool News: The best in movie, TV, DVD, and comic book news". Aintitcool.com. 2008-04-23. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  7. ^ "Tales of an Ancient Empire (2010)". amazon.com. Retrieved 2012-01-31. 
  8. ^ ""Interview: Yancy Butler (Witchblade, Wolvesbane)" Action Flick Chick; October 26, 2009". Actionflickchick.com. 2009-10-26. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  9. ^ ""Witchblade" Star Ordered to Rehab". E! Online. 2003-11-24. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  10. ^ Josh, Grossberg (2003-11-24). ""Witchblade" Star Ordered to Rehab". E! Online. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  11. ^ "Actress Yancy Butler arrested for DUI". USA Today. March 15, 2007
  12. ^ "Actress Yancy Butler Arrested for DUI". ABC News Online. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2007-03-15. [dead link]
  13. ^ SUNDIE, BRYAN (2007-02-14). "SHARON: Actress charged in domestic violence case". Waterbury Republican American. Retrieved 2007-03-15. [dead link]
  14. ^ "A no-show in court, `Witchblade' star facing another arrest". The Associated Press via The Advocate. 2007-03-28. Retrieved 2007-03-28. [dead link]
  15. ^ "What NOT to do in a SAAB [Archive] - SaabCentral Forums". Saabcentral.com. 2007-03-15. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  16. ^ 'Witchblade' star says ex-boyfriend stalked her 2/1/2007 10:37 AM ET USA Today
  17. ^ 'Witchblade' Actress Arrested At Sharon Home After Incident LITCHFIELD-Turner Network Television's "Witchblade" star Yancy Butler, who last week accused an ex-boyfriend of stalking her, was ordered to attend Alcoholics Anonymous Tuesday in Bantam Superior Court after State Police arrested her last Sunday in Sharon on a disorderly conduct charge. By: Tracy Kennedy 02/15/2007 Litchfield County Times
  18. ^ By (2007-09-25). "Former boyfriend fined $50 in Yancy Butler case - Norwich, CT". Norwich Bulletin. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  19. ^ Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award Recipients, 2002, from The Internet Movie Database

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