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David Butler (December 17, 1894 – June 14, 1979) was an American film director, actor, writer and producer.

He was born in San Francisco to an actress and a theater stage manager. His first acting roles were playing extras in stage plays. He later appeared in two D.W. Griffith films, The Girl Who Stayed Home and The Greatest Thing in Life. He also appeared in the 1927 Academy-award winning film 7th Heaven. The same year he made his directorial debut with High School Hero, a comedy for Fox. During Butler's nine-year tenure at Fox, he directed over thirty films, including four Shirley Temple vehicles. Butler's last film for Fox, Kentucky, won Walter Brennan an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He then worked with Bing Crosby in Road to Morocco and If I Had My Way. He also directed Doris Day in Tea For Two, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Lullaby of Broadway, and Calamity Jane. During the late 50s and 1960s Butler directed primarily television episodes, mainly for Leave It To Beaver and Wagon Train. He died in Arcadia, California from congestive heart failure at the age of 85.

Description above from the Wikipedia article David Butler, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia.

David Butler (December 17, 1894 – June 14, 1979) was an American film director, actor, writer and producer.

He was born in San Francisco to an actress and a theater stage manager. His first acting roles were playing extras in stage plays. He later appeared in two D.W. Griffith films, The Girl Who Stayed Home and The Greatest Thing in Life. He also appeared in the 1927 Academy-award winning film 7th Heaven. The same year he made his directorial debut with High School Hero, a comedy for Fox. During Butler's nine-year tenure at Fox, he directed over thirty films, including four Shirley Temple vehicles. Butler's last film for Fox, Kentucky, won Walter Brennan an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor. He then worked with Bing Crosby in Road to Morocco and If I Had My Way. He also directed Doris Day in Tea For Two, By the Light of the Silvery Moon, Lullaby of Broadway, and Calamity Jane. During the late 50s and 1960s Butler directed primarily television episodes, mainly for Leave It To Beaver and Wagon Train. He died in Arcadia, California from congestive heart failure at the age of 85.

Description above from the Wikipedia article David Butler, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.​

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 88

Birthday 1894-12-17

Day of Death 1979-06-14

Place of Birth San Francisco, California, U.S.

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Also Known As

  • David W. Butler

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1967 C'mon, Let's Live a Little Director
1965 Camp Runamuck (1 episode)Director
1964 Daniel Boone (1 episode)Director
1963 Bob Hope Presents the Chrysler Theatre (2 episodes)Director
1963 The Patty Duke Show (3 episodes)Director
1961 The Right Approach Director
1960 Overland Trail (1 episode)Director
1959 The Twilight Zone (1 episode)Director
1959 The Deputy (13 episodes)Director
1958 77 Sunset Strip (1 episode)Director
1957 Leave It to Beaver (55 episodes)Director
1957 M Squad (1 episode)Director
1956 The Girl He Left Behind Director
1956 Glory Director
1955 Screen Director's Playhouse (1 episode)Director
1955 Jump Into Hell Director
1954 King Richard and the Crusaders Director
1954 The Command Director
1953 Calamity Jane Director
1953 By the Light of the Silvery Moon Director
1952 April in Paris Director
1952 Where's Charley? Director
1951 Painting The Clouds With Sunshine Director
1951 Schlitz Playhouse of Stars (1 episode)Director
1951 Lullaby of Broadway Director
1950 Tea for Two Director
1950 The Daughter of Rosie O'Grady Director
1949 The Story of Seabiscuit Director
1949 It's a Great Feeling Director
1949 Look for the Silver Lining Director
1949 John Loves Mary Director
1948 Two Guys from Texas Director
1947 My Wild Irish Rose Director
1946 The Time, The Place and The Girl Director
1946 Two Guys from Milwaukee Director
1945 San Antonio Director
1944 The Princess and the Pirate Director
1944 Shine on Harvest Moon Director
1943 Thank Your Lucky Stars Director
1943 They Got Me Covered Director
1942 Road to Morocco Director
1941 Playmates Director
1941 Caught in the Draft Director
1940 You'll Find Out Director
1940 If I Had My Way Director
1939 That's Right - You're Wrong Director
1939 East Side of Heaven Director
1938 Kentucky Director
1938 Straight, Place and Show Director
1938 Kentucky Moonshine Director
1937 You're a Sweetheart Director
1937 Ali Baba Goes To Town Director
1936 Pigskin Parade Director
1936 White Fang Director
1936 Captain January Director
1935 The Littlest Rebel Director
1935 Doubting Thomas Director
1935 The Little Colonel Director
1934 Bright Eyes Director
1934 Have a Heart Director
1934 Handy Andy Director
1934 Bottoms Up Director
1933 My Weakness Director
1932 Handle with Care Director
1932 Down To Earth Director
1932 Business and Pleasure Director
1931 Delicious Director
1931 A Connecticut Yankee Director
1930 Just Imagine Director
1930 High Society Blues Director
1929 Sunnyside Up Director
1929 Salute Director
1929 Masked Emotions Director
1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Director

Acting

1965 Hollywood My Home Town
1949 It's a Great Feeling as Himself, Cameo Appearance (uncredited)
1929 Salute as Navy Coach
1927 Should Second Husbands Come First? as The Widow's Older Son
1927 7th Heaven as Gobin
1926 Womanpower as Mallory
1926 The Blue Eagle as Nick 'Dizzy' Galvani
1925 Tracked in the Snow Country as Terry Moulton
1925 Code of the West as Bid Hatfield
1922 The Village Blacksmith as Bill Hammond
1920 The County Fair as Joel Bartlett
1919 The Other Half as Cpl. Jimmy
1919 The Girl Who Stayed at Home as Johann August Kant
1918 The Greatest Thing in Life as Mr. Le Bebe
1916 Intolerance: Love's Struggle Throughout the Ages as Babylonian Soldier (uncredited)
1915 The Birth of a Nation as Northern Soldier / Confederate Soldier

Writing

1940 You'll Find Out Story
1940 If I Had My Way Story
1939 East Side of Heaven Story
1934 Bright Eyes Story
1934 Have a Heart Story
1934 Bottoms Up Screenplay Story
1932 Handle with Care Story
1930 High Society Blues Story
1929 Fox Movietone Follies of 1929 Writer

Production

1940 You'll Find Out Producer
1940 If I Had My Way Producer

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