David Butler is a South African actor best known to international audiences for his role as Art in the television drama series Life is Wild, in 2007. He played the same role in the pilot episode of the original British version of the show, called Wild at Heart.
Butler is better known to South African audiences for his roles in the television series Generations, Shado's, Snitch and Binnelanders.
He also starred as Detective Gabriel "Darkness" Harkness - the ageing, grizzled, head of Room 9 - in the SABC1 science fiction television series Room 9, from 2012-2013.
Butler trained to be an actor at the University of Cape Town, South Africa. He made his theatre debut in 1983 in the play Another Country at the Baxter and Market theatres.
He made his television debut the same year in the SABC drama The Canterville Ghost. Since then he has appeared in over 80 other theatre productions and in numerous television and film roles.
Highlights from the theatre are the plays Skyf, Midsummer Night's Dream, The Great Gatsby, Mannetjies Mentz, Cock and Bull Story, Anatomie Titus, and his one-man show A Touch of Madness, about the life of Herman Charles Bosman, which has played across South Africa to great acclaim.
On television he has been seen in Egoli, The Game, Rhodes (BBC mini-series), To the Ends of the Earth, The Triangle (Sci Fi Channel mini-series), Timber, Shado's, Snitch, Binnelanders and Soul City.
He has made guest appearances on numerous other television shows including Scoop Schoombie, Justice For All, Zero Tolerance, Tropical Heat, Heartlines, Uncle Max and Jozi-H.
He has also acted in numerous feature films, including Cop Land (1997), Operation Delta Force 3: Clear Target (1999), Circles in a Forest, Gums and Noses and Zulu Love Letter.
Butler is bilingual, speaking English and Afrikaans.
He is married to Kate, a Communications Manager. They have four children: Laine, Annie, John Peter and Ruby-Rose.
In 2009 he played the role of 37927 in the British-American television mini-series The Prisoner, a remake of the classic 1960s series of the same name.