In 1958 he directed the pilot for a proposed Western TV series, "Belle Starr".
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David W. Butler
6' (1.83 m)
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[about his career] I made friends, like buddies, with my crew, with my cutters, with my actors and actresses. I didn't want to have any feeling that I was the big boss and they were nothing. I think that by doing that I was able to last as long as I did.
The son of a stage director, Butler was educated at Lowell High school, then attended Hitchcock Military Academy and Stanford University. He began in the film business as an actor in 1910, appearing in films by top directors like D.W. Griffith
, Frank Borzage
and John Ford
. He helmed his first picture in 1927, and, over the next three decades acquired a reputation as a solid, dependable studio ...