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In recent times, if there’s one celebrity that you have heard of the most, it is probably Austin Butler, and for all the good reasons. A few years ago, Austin Bustin was just your teenage crush with the surfer boy look with Justin Bieber’s hair, but he has surely reached a new high in the last couple of years, especially in 2022. In 2022, Austin Butler played the role of Elvis, and we do not doubt that he will forever be associated with this performance, for which he also most recently received a Golden Globe.
While most of you now associate Austin Butler with his performance in and as Elvis, there is a lot more to this young actor, and the more you know about him, the more you love him and his work. So, keep reading to find out everything you need to know about Austin Butler, from his net worth to his biography and where you can see him next!
As of 2023, Austin Butler’s net worth is estimated to be $4 million. He is best known for his role as Elvis Presley in the biopic Elvis, directed by Baz Luhrmann. Butler’s salary for the film was reported to be somewhere around $700,000, but since the film grossed $262.1 million worldwide, we wonder if he’ll receive a cut of that, as well. Undoubtedly, Austin Butler is bound to get more roles after his recent rise in popularity, and we can’t wait to see his net worth spike in the coming years!
Austin Robert Butler was born in Anaheim, California, on August 17, 1991. While attending the Orange County Fair, an employee from a company hiring background actors recruited Butler. After appearing in several commercials, he began to take acting lessons and invest more of his time in working. He began home-schooling to accommodate his work schedule when he was only in seventh grade. In the tenth grade, he took the California High School Proficiency Exam, or CHSPE, and scored well enough to finish high school around the age of 16.
When Butler was about 14 years old, he worked as an extra on several television series until he was cast in the recurring (yet background) role of Zippy Brewster on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. He met his manager, Pat Cutler, through Lindsey Shaw, one of the leads on the TV series. Butler was cast in a guest-starring role as Derek Hanson on Disney Channel’s Hannah Montana in May 2007. In September of the same year, he appeared on the Nickelodeon series iCarly as Jake Krandle.
Austin Butler remained with Nickelodeon for a while longer as, in February 2008, he was cast in a main role on the series Zoey 101, starring Jamie Lynn Spears, younger sister of pop star Britney Spears. He portrayed James Garrett, Jamie Lynn’s love interest in the fourth season of the show. He later was cast in the 20th Century Fox adventure movie Aliens in the Attic. That summer, he also was cast in the ABC Family sitcom Ruby and the Rockits, which also starred Alexa Vega, David Cassidy, and Patrick Cassidy.
Austin Butler next was awarded a recurring role as Jones on the CW series Life Unexpected in February 2010. Throughout the year, he guest-starred on several projects, including CSI: Miami, Wizards of Waverly Place, and The Defenders. Upon insistence from his friend Ashley Tisdale, he auditioned for Sharpay’s Fabulous Adventure, a spin-off of the High School Musical series. He portrayed Peyton Leverette, Sharpay’s love interest.
In 2011, he appeared in the recurring role of Wilke on Switched at Birth on ABC Family and booked the lead role of Zack Garvey in the Lifetime movie The Bling Ring. Butler continued to work on teen television series, even winning the role of Sebastian Kydd on the Sex and the City prequel, The Carrie Diaries, on the CW. In 2013, he went on to portray Bradley in Arthur Miller’s Death of a Salesman at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles, as well. Butler next landed the recurring role of Chase on another television series, Arrow. He stayed busy with roles in films like The Intruders and Yoga Hosers and on the TV series The Shannara Chronicles on MTV.
In March 2018, Butler made his Broadway debut in The Iceman Cometh alongside Denzel Washington and David Morse. He received high praise for his portrayal of Don Parritt. Hilton Als of The New Yorker reported on the performance, saying, “Although there are many performers in George C. Wolfe’s staging of Eugene O’Neill’s phenomenal … drama, The Iceman Cometh, … there is only one actor, and his name is Austin Butler.” Butler really began to make breakthroughs with his career in 2019, joining the cast of Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood
Butler starred as Elvis Presley in Elvis, the truly stunning biopic about one of the biggest names in music history. Baz Luhrmann’s Elvis received a twelve-minute standing ovation from the audience at its premiere at the 2022 Cannes Film Festival. For the film, Butler worked with a dialect coach and took voice lessons, in addition to wearing prosthetics and a fat suit. He hosted an episode of Saturday Night Live in 2022.
Up next, Butler will star in Masters of the Air, a war drama miniseries. He also will make an appearance in Dune: Part Two with Zendaya and Timothée Chalamet and in The Bikeriders with Jodie Comer and Tom Hardy.
Butler taught himself to play guitar when he was thirteen years old and piano when he was sixteen years old. He enjoys creating and recording music.
Butler’s longest relationship to date was with former High School Musical star Vanessa Hudgens from 2011 to 2020. They met at a movie premiere in 2011 and managed to keep their relationship somewhat under wraps. Vanessa is supposedly the one who pushed him to audition for Elvis!
Austin Butler briefly dated his Elvis co-star Olivia DeJonge from January through November 2020 and Lily-Rose Depp in 2021 before dating his current partner, Kaia Gerber. He began a relationship with Cindy Crawford’s daughter in November 2021, and the couple made their red-carpet debut at the 2022 Met Gala.
Butler is the son of Lori Anne and David Butler. Lori was an aesthetician, but we are unsure of his father’s occupation. His parents divorced amicably when he was seven years old. He has an older sister, Ashley, who also worked as a background actor on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide. His mother passed away from duodenal cancer in September 2014.
We can’t wait to see Austin Butler shine through Hollywood as he makes his way through the award season. With a Golden Globe already in his arsenal, it will be interesting to see which other awards he will be nominated for and win! Do let us know in the comments what your favorite Austin Butler roles have been so far, and if it is Elvis, we definitely have something in common!