Austin Robert Butler was born August 17, 1991 and is an American actor and singer. He is known for his roles as James “Wilke” Wilkerson in Switched at Birth, Jordan Gallagher on Ruby & The Rockits, Sebastian Kydd in The Carrie Diaries, and Wil Ohmsford in The Shannara Chronicles.
Butler was born in Anaheim, California, the son of Lori Anne (née Howell), an aesthetician, and David Butler. He has an older sister Ashley (born in 1986), who worked as a background-actor alongside him on Ned’s Declassified School Survival Guide.
He attended public school until the seventh grade when he left to be home-schooled to accommodate his work schedule.
He continued his home-school education until the tenth grade when he took the CHSPE to finish his formal high school education.
Butler enjoys creating and recording music and began playing the guitar at the age of thirteen and piano at sixteen. He enjoys collecting guitars, and his other hobbies include outdoor activities that keep him in shape such as basketball, hiking, and cycling, as well as exercising in his home gym.
Butler and actress Vanessa Hudgens have been dating since 2011.