Ronald Butler, Jr.
|Other names||Ronnie Butler|
|Occupation||Actor, director, comedian|
Ronald "Ron/Ronnie" Butler, Jr. is a Bahamian-born American television actor, director and comedian who is best known for portraying Oscar, the clever receptionist, on the television series True Jackson, VP, from 2008 to 2011. He often portrays former President Barack Obama in comedy sketches. He has performed with the Atlantic Theater Company for over 20 years.
Butler is originally from the Bahamas. He is named after his father Ronnie Butler, Sr., a calypso singer, songwriter, and recording artist. As a child, Butler sometimes performed with his father. Butler grew up partly in the United States (Washington, D.C., Virginia, and the suburbs of Syracuse, New York) and partly in the Bahamas. He attended high school in the Bahamas and graduated magna cum laude from Trinity International University near Chicago, Illinois, receiving a B.A. in History and Economics in 1985.
Butler worked as an economic consultant for a law firm based in Washington, D.C., before beginning his acting career. While in Washington, Butler studied acting privately with Vera Katz of Howard University and performed in regional theatre around Washington. Later, he studied with David Mamet, William H. Macy, Felicity Huffman, Scott Zigler and Robert Bella of the Atlantic Theater Company.
Butler became a member of the Off-Broadway Atlantic Theater Company in New York City in 1991, the same year that he appeared in the film Homicide. With Atlantic, he has performed in, among other works, Once in a Lifetime. Among other Off-Broadway and regional theatre roles, he played Bunker and other roles in a revival of Merrily We Roll Along (and on the cast recording) with the York Theatre Company in 1994. He then sang in a swing band, The Solicitors, in Europe for some years. In 2007, he played Henry in the concert production of South Pacific at the Hollywood Bowl with Reba McEntire and Brian Stokes Mitchell.
He appeared in the 2004 HBO film Everyday People, as Ron Harding, for which he won an IFP Award for Best Breakout Performance. He also appeared in the films Smother (2007) and Rain (2008). He played Oscar, the clever receptionist for Mad Style, on the television series True Jackson, VP, from 2008 to 2011. He was in the Hollywood Bowl production of South Pacific. He plays Vice Principal Lewis on the web series First Day. He has guest-starred in such TV shows as Without a Trace, Crossing Jordan, Boston Legal, How I Met Your Mother, Scrubs, Ugly Betty, Medium, Dirty Sexy Money and in the first episode of the fourth series of Torchwood entitled "The New World".
Butler also writes and performs sketch comedies. President Barack Obama is one of his most noted characters. In October 2010, he released a YouTube video, as Obama, singing a pastiche of the "Major-General's Song" that affectionately lampooned the President. The video was widely distributed on the internet.
Television and film appearances
|Everyday People||Ron Harding||2004|
|Boston Legal||Dr. Kohler||2005|
|Summerland||Doctor||2005 / 2010|
|Invasion||Coroner, Asst. Coroner Arvin Morton (2 episodes)||2005|
|Related||Front desk clerk||2006|
|Ugly Betty||Reporter #2||2006|
|Without a Trace||Mr. Roberts||2006|
|Crossing Jordan||Attorney, lawyer (2 episodes)||2006–2007|
|How I Met Your Mother||Proctor||2007|
|Eli Stone||Jury Foreman||2008|
|Dirty Sexy Money||Severin||2008|
|Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles||Social Worker||2008|
|True Jackson, VP||Oscar (46 episodes)||2008–2011|
|Torchwood: Miracle Day||Coroner (1st episode)||2011|
|Dog with a Blog||Commercial Director||Episode:"Dog with a Hog"|
|2015||Til the Well Runs Dry||Laura Francis-Sharma||Narrator|
|2015||Grant Park||Leonard Pitts Jr.||Narrator|
|2016||Who Was Roberto Clemente?||James Buckley, Jr.||Narrator|
|2019||On Time: A Princely Life in Funk||Morris Day and David Ritz||Narrator|
|2011||First Day 2: First Dance||Vice Principal Lewis||6 episodes|
- Oscar Archived 2011-11-26 at the Wayback Machine, True Jackson, VP, Nickelodeon, accessed December 3, 2011
- Ron Butler, Biography for Pilgrim: The Musical, 2006, accessed December 2, 2011
- Ron Butler theatre credits at BroadwayWorld.com, accessed December 2, 2011
- Ron Butler theatre credits at Playbill.com, accessed December 2, 2011
- "Mitchell and McEntire Share Three Enchanted Evenings at the Hollywood Bowl Aug. 3-5", Playbill, August 3, 2007, accessed December 2, 2011
- Butler, Ron (11 October 2010). "Obama! A Modern U.S. President (musical spoof)". YouTube. Retrieved 15 October 2010.