Ross Butler (actor)

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Ross Butler
Born
Ross Fleming Butler

(1990-05-17) May 17, 1990 (age 32)
Occupations
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2012–present

Ross Fleming Butler[1] (born May 17, 1990)[2][3] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Zach Dempsey in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and as Brett Willis on K.C. Undercover.[4][5]

Early life[edit]

Butler was born in Singapore to a Chinese-Malaysian mother and an English-Dutch father.[6][7] He lived in Jakarta, Indonesia before moving to the United States when he was four and was raised by his mother in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb outside Washington, D.C.[8][9][10]

He studied chemical and biomolecular engineering at Ohio State University. He dropped out after a year and later moved back to Virginia, where he took courses at a community college. He then moved to Los Angeles at the age of 20.[8][9][11][12]

Career[edit]

Butler took his first acting class at age 21. He got his start with roles in student films and low budget projects.[9] He landed his breakthrough recurring role on the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover.[4][10][13] He had roles in the Disney Channel films Teen Beach 2 and Perfect High.

In 2017, he was cast as Reggie Mantle in Riverdale. He was later cast as Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons Why,[14] and left Riverdale due to his commitment to 13 Reasons Why.[5][15] He would reprise Mantle in Riverdale's 100th episode "The Jughead Paradox" in a scene alongside his successor Charles Melton's portrayal.[16]

In 2019, he played Adult Eugene Choi in the superhero film Shazam!.[12] He also played Trevor, Peter Kavinsky's best friend, in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, released in 2020 by Netflix.[17]

In 2020, it was announced that Butler would star alongside Kiernan Shipka in the Quibi series Swimming with Sharks.[18] The project remained unreleased after the demise of Quibi's platform, but was released by Roku in the spring of 2022.[19][20]

Butler has roles in two upcoming film adaptions: Claudia Tan's Perfect Addiction alongside Kiana Madeira and Matthew Notzka[21] and Abigail Hing Wen's Loveboat, Taipei opposite Ashley Liao.[22]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Internship Noah #2
2013 Work It Out Eddie Peon Short film
2014 Two Bedrooms Toby
2014 Rules of the Trade Leroy
2015 Hacker's Game Jeremy
2018 Flavors of Youth Limo (voice) Segment: Shanghai Koi; English dub
2018 Hacker's Game Redux Jeremy completed
2019 Shazam! Adult Eugene
2020 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You[17] Trevor Pike
2021 To All the Boys: Always and Forever Trevor Pike
2021 Raya and the Last Dragon Leader of Spine (voice)
2023 Shazam! Fury of the Gods Adult Eugene Post Production
TBA Perfect Addiction Kayden Williams Filming
TBA Loveboat, Taipei Rick Woo Post Production

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Gateway Life Allen Television film
2013 Major Crimes Ian Yorita 1 episode
2013 Camp Sunshine Tony Television film
2014 Star Seed Chris Choi
2014 Hollywood Chris
2014 Dog Park Scott 1 episode
2014 Happyland Scott 1 episode
2015 Teen Beach 2 Spencer Watkins Television film
2015 Perfect High Nate Television film
2015 Chasing Life Hunter 3 episodes
2015–2016 K.C. Undercover Brett Willis Recurring role, 8 episodes
2016 Teen Wolf Nathan 3 episodes
2017, 2021 Riverdale Reggie Mantle Recurring role, 7 episodes
2017–2020 13 Reasons Why Zach Dempsey Main role, 49 episodes
2020 Swimming with Sharks Alex Main role, 6 episodes
2021 Awkwafina Is Nora from Queens Chuck 1 episode
TBA Army of the Dead: Lost Vegas Chen (voice)

Music video[edit]

Year Title Artist Notes
2018 Waste It on Me Steve Aoki (feat. BTS)
2019 Graduation Juice Wrld (feat. Benny Blanco) as Scott Hammer
2021 Like That JP Saxe
2021 One Mississippi Kane Brown

References[edit]

  1. ^ Chandra, Jessica (April 24, 2017). "How 13 Reasons Why Star Ross Butler Avoids Getting Cast in Stereotypical Asian Roles". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Butler, Ross [@RossButler] (May 17, 2011). "@hollymadison Wow I'm flattered! I'm coming to Vegas for my 21st birthday and im super stoked. You going to be in town?" (Tweet). Archived from the original on Jan 24, 2022. Retrieved March 24, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Butler, Ross [@RossButler] (May 2, 2012). "@Juleah_Green come out for my birthday party on may 17th!, I'll send you the info on Facebook" (Tweet). Archived from the original on Jan 24, 2022. Retrieved March 24, 2016 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b McGinnis, Dan (April 22, 2015). "Staying Focused with Ross Butler". The Hollywood Billboard. Archived from the original on August 16, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (April 25, 2017). "Riverdale Set to Recast a Major Character Ahead of Season 2". TVLine. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Khosla, Proma (April 22, 2017). "This '13 Reasons Why' star could be the Asian leading man Hollywood needs". Mashable. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Haddad, Hanan; Varinata, Michelle (2019-01-08). "BAZAAR Spotlight: Meet Rising Singapore-Born Superstar, Ross Butler". Harper's Bazaar Singapore. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  8. ^ a b "Interview With Ross Butler, An Actor to Watch". Mochimag.com. August 29, 2015. Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Jagota, Vrinda (2018-05-18). "Ross Butler Is Redefining the Asian American Dream". PAPER. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  10. ^ a b Hong, Tae (2018-01-12). "Cover Story: A Lesson in Confidence from '13 Reasons Why' Actor Ross Butler". Character Media. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  11. ^ Sutton, Samantha (2017-05-15). "Ross Butler Makes a Good Point about That Note from 13 Reasons Why". Coveteur. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  12. ^ a b Clerine, Alain. "Breaking Stereotypes". CIVILIAN MAGAZINE. Archived from the original on 2022-01-24. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  13. ^ Lee, Traci G. (April 26, 2017). "Ross Butler is Hollywood's leading man waiting in the wings". NBC News. Archived from the original on January 24, 2022. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 8, 2016). "'13 Reasons Why' Netflix Series: Dylan Minnette & Katherine Langford Lead Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Lawrence, Derek (May 12, 2017). "Riverdale casts its new Reggie". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  16. ^ Highfill, Samantha (December 14, 2021). "'Riverdale' recap: Jughead makes a major sacrifice for Rivervale". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on January 24, 2022. Retrieved December 14, 2021.
  17. ^ a b Highfill, Samantha. "Exclusive: 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' sequel adds '13 Reasons Why' actor Ross Butler". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on November 3, 2021.
  18. ^ Nesvig, Kara (March 1, 2020). "Kiernan Shipka and Ross Butler Are Teaming Up For a New Series". Teen Vogue. Archived from the original on May 16, 2020. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  19. ^ Meghan, Meghan (February 1, 2022). "Swimming with Sharks Starring Kiernan Shipka to Make Roku Channel Debut in April". Nerds&Beyond. Retrieved February 1, 2022.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  20. ^ Donnelly, Matt (6 April 2022). "How Roku's Long-Delayed 'Swimming With Sharks' Reboot Takes Aim at Monstrous Hollywood Bosses". Variety. Retrieved April 17, 2022.
  21. ^ Wiseman, Andreas (2021-06-28). "Kiana Madeira, Ross Butler & Matthew Noszka To Star In Romance-Action Movie 'Perfect Addiction'; Endeavor Content Launches Sales". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on June 28, 2021. Retrieved December 21, 2021.
  22. ^ Grobar, Matt (November 11, 2021). "'Loveboat, Taipei': Ashley Liao & Ross Butler To Topline YA Romance From Ace Entertainment". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on November 11, 2021. Retrieved November 13, 2021.

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