Yancy Butler

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Yancy Butler
Butler in May 2009
Born (1970-07-02) July 2, 1970 (age 47)
Manhattan, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actress
Years active 1992–present

Yancy Victoria Butler (born July 2, 1970) is an American actress. She is known for her roles as Natasha Binder in the 1993 film Hard Target, Jess Crossman in Drop Zone, and Detective Sara Pezzini on the TNT supernatural drama series Witchblade.

Early life[edit]

Butler was born in Greenwich Village in Manhattan, the daughter of Leslie Vega, a theatre company manager, and Joe Butler, the drummer and vocalist for the 1960s rock group The Lovin' Spoonful.[1][2]


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. A year later, she starred in her second series, South Beach, 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. She then starred in the 1994 film Drop Zone. In 1995, she starred as Corinne the dancer in the film Let It Be Me. Butler was cast as a series regular in the CBS television series Brooklyn South playing Anne-Marie Kersey, a Brooklyn policewoman, which ran for one season from 1997 to 1998.

Butler starred in the television film Witchblade (2000) and the subsequent television series, adapted from the ongoing comic book of the same title; the series ran for two seasons on the Turner Network Television network 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. The show's cancellation was announced after the second season in September 2002.[3]

In 2005, Yancy starred in the film Bloodlines.[4] In 2006, she starred in the film Striking Range. In 2007, she appeared in 13 episodes of the television soap opera As the World Turns, as Ava Jenkins.[citation needed] She 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] She appeared in a small role in another comic-book adaptation, the film version of Kick-Ass.[8]

Personal life[edit]

Substance abuse and legal issues[edit]

Fourteen months after the cancellation of the Witchblade series, in November 2003, Butler was taken into custody in Delray Beach, 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.[9]

On March 13, 2007, Butler was charged with driving under the influence and failure to drive in the established lane after she crashed her car into a wire-guard rail in Sharon, Connecticut.[10] The actress was released on a $500 bail and ordered to appear in Bantam, Connecticut Superior Court on March 26, 2007.[11][12][13] On March 28, Bantam Superior Court Judge Richard Marano issued a rearrest 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.[14]

On February 2, 2007, a former boyfriend of Butler's was arraigned in Litchfield, Connecticut on charges stemming from a stalking complaint she had filed.[15][16] 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.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
1979 Savage Weekend Little Girl
1993 Hard Target Natasha Binder
1993 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
1997 The Ex Deidre Kenyon
1997 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 Striking Range Emily Johanson
2008 Vote and Die: Liszt for President Ann Barklely
2010 Kick-Ass Angie D'Amico
2012 Shark Week Elena
2013 Hansel & Gretel Get Baked Officer Hart
2013 Kick-Ass 2 Angie D'Amico
2017 Death Race 2050 Alexis Hamilton Direct to video


Year Title Role Notes
1992 Mann & Machine Sgt. Eve Edison
1993 South Beach Kate Patrick 7 episodes
1997–1998 Brooklyn South Officer Anne-Marie Kersey
2000 Witchblade Detective Sara Pezzini Television film
2001–2002 Witchblade Detective Sara Pezzini 23 episodes
2006 Double Cross Kathy Swanson Television film
2006 Basilisk: The Serpent King Hannah Carmelina Santorini Frankman Television film
2007 As the World Turns Ava Jenkins 13 episodes
2008 Wolvesbayne Lillith Television film
2010 Lake Placid 3 Reba Television film
2011 The Mentalist Aunt Jodie Episode: "Blood for Blood"
2011 Rage of the Yeti Villers Television film
2012 Lake Placid: The Final Chapter Reba Television film
2015 Lake Placid vs. Anaconda Reba Television film
2017 Boyfriend Killer Carrie Ellington Television film


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.[18]


  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. ^ Josh, Grossberg (2003-11-24). ""Witchblade" Star Ordered to Rehab". E! Online. Archived from the original on 2007-09-30. Retrieved 2006-12-29. 
  10. ^ "Actress Yancy Butler arrested for DUI". USA Today. March 15, 2007
  11. ^ "Actress Yancy Butler Arrested for DUI". ABC News Online. 2007-03-15. Archived from the original on 2008-10-11. Retrieved 2007-03-15. 
  12. ^ SUNDIE, BRYAN (2007-02-14). "SHARON: Actress charged in domestic violence case". Waterbury Republican American. Retrieved 2007-03-15. [dead link]
  13. ^ "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]
  14. ^ 'Witchblade' star says ex-boyfriend stalked her 2/1/2007 10:37 AM ET USA Today
  15. ^ 'Witchblade' Actress Arrested At Sharon Home After Incident Archived 2009-11-12 at the Wayback Machine. 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
  16. ^ "Former boyfriend fined $50 in Yancy Butler case - Norwich, CT". Norwich Bulletin. 2007-09-25. Archived from the original on 2012-09-05. Retrieved 2010-10-14. 
  17. ^ Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy & Horror Films, Saturn Award Recipients, 2002, from The Internet Movie Database

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