Norbert Leo Butz

Actor, Singer, Musician
Norbert Leo Butz has enjoyed a varied acting career, branching into theater, television, and film. Making his first big audition in 1993 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (as simply Norbert Butz), he opted to add his ... Read more »
Born: 01/30/1967 in St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Filmography

Actor (20)

Better Living Through Chemistry 2014 (Movie)

Agent Andrew Carp (Actor)

West of Here 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Disconnect 2013 (Movie)

Peter (Actor)

Greetings From Tim Buckley 2013 (Movie)

Hal Wilner (Actor)

The English Teacher 2013 (Movie)

Vice Principal Phil Pelaski (Actor)

Smash 2012 (Tv Show)

Actor

Blue Bloods 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

Higher Ground 2011 (Movie)

Pastor Bill (Actor)

The Good Wife 2011 (Tv Show)

Actor

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2010 (Tv Show)

Actor

Fair Game 2010 (Movie)

Steve (Actor)

The Deep End 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Law & Order: Criminal Intent 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

Comanche Moon 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

Clay Burns (Actor)

Noon Blue Apples 2001 (Movie)

(Actor)

Law & Order: Special Victims Unit 2000 (Tv Show)

Actor

Looking for an Echo 2000 (Movie)

vocals for Edoardo Ballerini (Actor)
Music (1)

Dan in Real Life 2007 (Movie)

("Ruthie Pigface Draper") (Song)

Biography

Norbert Leo Butz has enjoyed a varied acting career, branching into theater, television, and film. Making his first big audition in 1993 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival (as simply Norbert Butz), he opted to add his middle name as to avoid confusion with his father. After earning his MFA from the Festival, Butz cut his teeth on Broadway, landing a swing role (and, later, the more permanent part of HIV-positive songwriter Roger Davis) in the acclaimed show "Rent". Other theater roles followed, including a stint as Prince Fiyero in "Wicked" (from 2003 to 2004), during which he met his future wife, actress Michelle Federer. Butz gained film experience in low-profile projects like the 2002 thriller "New World Order" and the music-filled drama "West of Here". In 2007, he made his feature film breakthrough as Steve Carell's wisecracking brother Clay in the comedy "Dan in Real Life". In the late 2000s, he also plunged head-first into TV acting, securing one-off roles on the courtroom drama "Law & Order: Criminal Intent" (2009) and the investigative smash "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2010). Back on the film front, Butz's success has continued with roles in the 2010 CIA thriller "Fair Game" (with star Naomi Watts) and the faith crisis drama "Higher Ground" (2011). Butz' greatest success has been on stage, however, earning three Best Lead Actor Tony Award nominations and winning twice.

Relationships

Elaine Butz

Mother

Sydney Butz

Wife
Divorced

Norbert Butz

Father

Claire Butz

Daughter
Born c. 1997 mother, Sydney Butz

Maggie Butz

Daughter
Born c. 2000 mother, Sydney Butz

Jim Butz

Brother

John Butz

Brother

Mike Butz

Brother

Steve Butz

Brother

Timothy Butz

Brother

Tom Butz

Brother

Tony Butz

Brother

Georgia Butz

Daughter
Born January 2, 2011 mother, Michelle Federer

Teresa Butz

Sister
Was raped and murdered apparently at random inside her home in July 2009

Michelle Federer Actor

Wife
Married in 2007

EDUCATION

Webster University

St Louis , Missouri 1990

Bishop DuBourg High School

St Louis , Missouri

University of Alabama

Montgomery , Alabama 1991 - 1993
Received degree through a two-year program sponsored by the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Milestones

2011

Won his second Tony when he reprised the role of Carl Hanratty in the Broadway production of "Catch Me if You Can"

2009

Originated the role of Carl Hanratty in the new musical "Catch Me If You Can" at the 5th Avenue Theatre in Seattle, WA

2008

Stepped in to replace Jeremy Piven in David Mamet's "Speed-the-Plow"; Piven suddenly dropped out due to health problems

2008

Appeared as Captain Richard King in the miniseries adaptation of the Lonesome Dove prequel, "Comanche Moon" (CBS)

2007

Appeared opposite Steve Carell and Dane Cook in the film "Dan in Real Life"

2005

Won a Tony for his role as Freddy in the Broadway musical adaptation of "Dirty Rotten Scoundrels"

2003

Originated the role of Fiyero in the award winning Broadway musical "Wicked"

2002

Co-starred in the film "West of Here"

2002

Reprised role of Jamie in the off-Broadway musical "The Last Five Years"

2002

Appeared in the Sundance-screened independent film "Noon Blue Apples"

2001

Originated the role of Jamie in the off-Broadway musical "The Last Five Years"

2001

Cast opposite Kate Levering and Craig Bierko in the Broadway musical "Thou Shalt Not"

2000

Returned to "Rent" in the role of Roger

2000

Made his TV acting debut in NBC's "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit"

2000

Made feature debut as a pawnbroker in "Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God... Be Back by Five"

2000

Provided the vocals for lead actor Edoardo Ballerini in the film "Looking for an Echo"

1999

Played the Emcee on tour in "Cabaret"

1996

Was an understudy for the roles of Mark and Roger in "Rent"; eventually assumed role of Roger in 1997 and left show in December 1998

Began professional career with the Repertory Theatre of St. Louis

Worked at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival

Moved to New York City

Bonus Trivia

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According to Butz, his birth name was supposed to be Timothy James but because his father helped to deliver him, he was named Norbert after him.

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Butz taught at Drew University, Madison, NJ for the spring semester in 2008 in the drama department.

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