Ross Butler (actor)

Ross Fleming Butler[1] (born May 17, 1990)[2][3] is an American actor. He is best known for his role as Zach Dempsey in the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why and as Brett Willis on K.C. Undercover.[4][5]

Ross Butler
Ross Fleming Butler

(1990-05-17) May 17, 1990 (age 30)
  • Actor
  • model
Years active2012–present

Early lifeEdit

Butler was born in Singapore to a Chinese-Malaysian mother and an English-Dutch father. [6][7] He moved to the United States when he was four and was raised by his mother in Fairfax, Virginia, a suburb outside Washington, D.C.[8][9][10]

He studied chemical and biomolecular Engineering at Ohio State University. However, he was unhappy with the career path and dropped out after a year. He later moved back to Virginia, where he took courses at a community college, before moving out to Los Angeles at the age of 20.[8][9][11][12]


Butler began acting at 21 when his friend paid for his acting class. Afterwards, he got his start with roles in student films and low budget projects.[9] He landed his breakthrough recurring role on the Disney Channel series K.C. Undercover.[4][10][13] He also has roles in Disney Channel films Teen Beach 2 and Perfect High. In 2017, he was cast as Reggie Mantle in Riverdale. He was later cast as Zach Dempsey in 13 Reasons Why.[14] He left the cast of Riverdale due to his commitment to 13 Reasons Why and was replaced by Charles Melton.[5][15]

In 2019, he played Adult Eugene Choi in the superhero film Shazam!.[12] He also played Trevor, Peter Kavinsky's best friend, in To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You, released in 2020 by Netflix.[16] In 2020, Butler was announced to be starring alongside Kiernan Shipka in the Quibi series Swimming with Sharks.[17]



Year Title Role Notes
2013 The Internship Noah #2
Work It Out Eddie Peon Short film
2014 Two Bedrooms Roy
Rules of the Trade Leroy
2015 Hacker's Game Jeremy
2018 Flavors of Youth Limo
Shanghai Koi;
English dub
2018 Hacker's Game Redux Jeremy completed
2019 Shazam! Super Hero Eugene
2020 To All the Boys: P.S. I Still Love You[16] Trevor Pike


Year Title Role Notes
2012 The Gateway Life Allen Television film
2013 Major Crimes Ian Yorita Episode: "Pick Your Poison"
Camp Sunshine Tony Television film
2014 Star Seed Chris Choi Unknown episodes
Hollywood Chris Unknown episodes
Dog Park Scott Episode: "Roll Over"
Happyland Scott Episode: "Repeated Infractions"
2015 Teen Beach 2 Spencer Watkins Television film
Perfect High Nate Television film
Chasing Life Hunter 3 episodes
2015–2016 K.C. Undercover Brett Willis 8 episodes
2016 Teen Wolf Nathan Pierce 3 episodes (Season 6)
2017 Riverdale Reggie Mantle 6 episodes
2017–2020 13 Reasons Why Zach Dempsey Main role
2020 Swimming with Sharks Alex Main role

Music videoEdit

Year Title Artist Notes
2018 Waste It on Me Steve Aoki (feat. BTS)
2019 Graduation Juice Wrld (feat. Benny Blanco)


  1. ^ Chandra, Jessica (April 24, 2017). "HOW '13 REASONS WHY' STAR ROSS BUTLER AVOIDS GETTING CAST IN STEREOTYPICAL ASIAN ROLES". Cosmopolitan. Archived from the original on June 12, 2018. Retrieved August 1, 2017.
  2. ^ Ross Butler [@RossButler] (May 17, 2011). "Ross Butler on Twitter" (Tweet). Retrieved March 24, 2016 – via Twitter.
  3. ^ Ross Butler [@RossButler] (May 2, 2012). "Ross Butler on Twitter" (Tweet). Retrieved March 24, 2016 – via Twitter.
  4. ^ a b McGinnis, Dan (April 22, 2015). "Focused with Ross Butler". The Hollywood Billboard. Archived from the original on August 16, 2015.
  5. ^ a b Ausiello, Michael (April 25, 2017). "Riverdale Set to Recast a Major Character Ahead of Season 2". TVLine. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 27, 2017.
  6. ^ Khosla, Proma (April 22, 2017). "This '13 Reasons Why' star could be the Asian leading man Hollywood needs". Mashable. Archived from the original on April 26, 2017. Retrieved April 23, 2017.
  7. ^ Haddad, Hanan; Varinata, Michelle (2019-01-08). "BAZAAR Spotlight: Meet Rising Singapore-Born Superstar, Ross Butler". Harper's Bazaar Singapore. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  8. ^ a b "Interview With Ross Butler, An Actor to Watch". Archived from the original on January 10, 2017. Retrieved January 9, 2017.
  9. ^ a b c Jagota, Vrinda (2018-05-18). "Ross Butler Is Redefining the Asian American Dream". PAPER. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  10. ^ a b Hong, Tae (2018-01-12). "Cover Story: A Lesson in Confidence from '13 Reasons Why' Actor Ross Butler". Character Media. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  11. ^ Sutton, Samantha (2017-05-15). "Ross Butler Makes a Good Point about That Note from 13 Reasons Why". Coveteur. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  12. ^ a b Clerine, Alain. "Breaking Stereotypes". CIVILIAN MAGAZINE. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  13. ^ Lee, Traci G. (April 26, 2017). "Ross Butler is Hollywood's leading man waiting in the wings". NBC News. Retrieved 2020-03-11.
  14. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (June 8, 2016). "'13 Reasons Why' Netflix Series: Dylan Minnette & Katherine Langford Lead Cast". Deadline Hollywood. Archived from the original on September 14, 2016. Retrieved September 16, 2016.
  15. ^ Lawrence, Derek (May 12, 2017). "Riverdale casts its new Reggie". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on May 16, 2017. Retrieved May 13, 2017.
  16. ^ a b "Exclusive: 'To All the Boys I've Loved Before' sequel adds '13 Reasons Why' actor Ross Butler". Entertainment Weekly. Archived from the original on 2019-04-02. Retrieved 2019-04-04.
  17. ^ Nesvig, Kara (March 1, 2020). "Kiernan Shipka and Ross Butler Are Teaming Up For a New Series". Teen Vogue. Retrieved 2020-03-11.

Further readingEdit

External linksEdit