I was cast in my first play when I was in the fifth grade (as Bilbo Baggins in "The Hobbit", Fresno Children's Playhouse, 1975), and I've been performing ever since; sometimes as an actor, sometimes as a singer (The Double Doors), sometimes as a bass player AND singer (The Beetles, The Suicide Lounge), and sometimes as a pianist. I currently play piano most Saturday & Sunday mornings at The Fresno Breakfast House, 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
I play piano twice a month for Silent Movies, at two different venues (The Full Circle Brewing Co., and Mia Cuppa Caffe, formerly The Revue Cafe). I'm hoping to use my own curiousity about this important era of the movies to educate and entertain new generations of film fans.
I am also something of a cartoonist, and had once considered a career in that field; but these days I draw only as a hobby. Since The Fresno Metropolitan Museum discontinued the annual Christmas At The Met play that I performed and directed for nearly a decade, I don't do much acting anymore either, unless you count my continuing role as Jim Morrison in The Double Doors or my two turns as Captain Hook in "Peter Pan". I did my first Shakespeare in April 2012, in the New Ensemble's production of "Hamlet" (you can read the "Hamlet" review here).
I was never good at sports as a child, and instead spent most of my time drawing, listening to records over and over, making up plays and puppet shows, putting together model kits, and most of all playing with my tape recorder. I'm still not much good at sports, and I still play a lot with tape recorders and other audio/visual toys.
One of my most interesting life experiences occurred in the summer of 2014, when I was cast in the fourth season of the Swedish Reality TV show "Allt for Sverige". You can watch all eight episodes on YouTube; I have a page with links to all the episodes and my cast-mates' Facebook pages here.
When I first created this website years ago, I decided that I was not well suited to writing much more of my own biography than what's above, so I asked my sister to write her recollections of what I was like to live with while she was growing up. My sister is many things, but among them she is a lawyer and so has to write all the time, so I hoped she wouldn't mind. She didn't mind, and she wrote what is printed below; I found it truly touching, I hope you all don't mind me sharing it with you. (Thanks, Sis! I love you.)
Yours truly, Nate Butler
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