Actor Biography


Born: 1894, San Francisco, CA

Died: 1979, Arcadia, CA

Notable Films: The Sky Pilot (1921), 7th Heaven (1927), Tea For Two (1950)

During his long career, David Butler was an actor, writer, director, and producer. He was born in San Francisco on December 17, 1894. He began his acting career in 1910 and was an extra in Intolerance (1916). From 1919 through 1929 he appeared in almost 60 films, including a showy part in 7th Heaven (1927).

As his acting career was ending, his directing career began and continued steadily in movies and television until 1967. He directed films with many major stars including Janet Gaynor and Charles Farrell, Shirley Temple, Bing Crosby, Bob Hope and Doris Day (Tea For Two (1950)). He also was the story writer and/or producer for a few of his films.

He died June 14, 1979 in Arcadia, California.