Barack Obama Impersonator Ron Butler's Biography
Ron Butler is an accomplished television and theater actor celebrated as the original and best Barack Obama impersonator.
Ron Butler’s acting, seen in film, television, Off-Broadway performances, live appearances, and in viral new media productions around the world, is the product of training from some of the world’s most accomplished actors, directors, and coaches, including Academy Award nominees William H. Macy and Felicity Huffman, filmmaker David Mamet, American Repertory Theater’s Scott Zigler, and Atlantic Theater Company’s Robert Bella.
Ron Butler has enjoyed a long career in television and film. He won an IFP Award for Best Breakout Performance for his role in HBO’s Everyday People, and spent three seasons as a main cast member of Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP, where he appeared in 46 episodes. Butler has also appeared on ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live, NBC’s Parenthood, CBS’s How I Met Your Mother, ABC’s Boston Legal, STARZ’s Torchwood, ABC’s Gray’s Anatomy, CBS’s Three Rivers, Fox’s Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles, ABC’s Eli Stone, FOX News’ The ½ Hour News Hour, NBC’s Medium, ABC Family’s Bunheads, NBC’s Crossing Jordan, CBS’s Without A Trace, ABC’s Ugly Betty, The WB’s Related, ABC’s Invasion, and The WB’s Summerland among many others. Ron Butler actively collaborates with television icon Norman Lear, the creator and producer of shows like All in the Family, Sanford and Son, Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, One Day at a Time, Diff’rent Strokes, One Day at a Time, The Facts of Life, Who’s the Boss?, and Silver Spoons.
A member of the Atlantic Theater Company for the last two decades, Ron Butler is a seasoned stage actor. He performed in the Hollywood Bowl concert production of “South Pacific” alongside country music legend Reba McEntire and Broadway leading man Brian Stokes Mitchell. Ron Butler’s theater credits have also included “Merrily We Roll Along” with York Theatre Company and “Once in a Lifetime” with Atlantic Theater Company among many other roles and productions.
Ron Butler was the frontman, lead vocalist, and songwriter for The Swing Solicitors, a jazz band based in Geneva, Switzerland. Their music appeared in the CD albums “Straight Flight” and “When You Look At Me”. The songs of The Swing Solicitors, featuring the lyrics and vocalizations of Ron Butler, are played frequently on Bahamian radio.
Ron Butler’s days as the best Barack Obama impersonator began modestly with remarks from his fellow actors, casting directors, and producers that his resemblance to Barack Obama was uncanny. Ron Butler took those comments to heart, leveraging his training as a character actor and his experience as an entertainer to transform himself into President Barack Obama.
Newly minted Barack Obama impersonator Ron Butler seized the attention of the general public after he wrote, produced, and performed his hit viral Youtube musical parody, “Obama! A Modern U.S. President,” which has achieved almost 2.5 million views between its cross-promotional channels to date. The parody appeared on FOX News’ The O’Reilly Factor, and Ron Butler’s impersonation of President Barack Obama was successfully launched into the mainstream. Butler began touring as a world-class Barack Obama impersonator, performing everywhere from stage to screen for clients ranging from major global corporate brands to the studios and networks in Hollywood.
Like the real President Barack Obama, Obama impersonator Ron Butler celebrates his bi-racial and multicultural roots. His Afro-Caribbean father, Ronnie Butler of the Bahamas, is a Member of the Order of the British Empire and is a world-famous musical legend who has been hailed as “The Godfather of Bahamian Music.” Ron Butler’s Caucasian-American mother, a career ballroom dancer, lives in Miami. The son of two performing artists, including perhaps the most significant figure ever in Caribbean music, Ron Butler has performed song, dance, and spoken word on major stages throughout the Americas and Europe from the time he was a very young boy.
In his present day endeavors as the world’s preeminent Barack Obama impersonator, Ron Butler has not forgotten his childhood roots in live performance. Butler is a member of Politicos Comedy Brigade, where he performs as the featured Barack Obama impersonator alongside other character actors and political impersonators in the world’s best live political comedy shows. Butler has also collaborated with Politicos Comedy Brigade to create his own solo show, “The Ron Butler Obama Experience,” which combines an incredible artistic portrayal of the President with Broadway-style performance of songs, dance, and comedy.
To write and perform comedy as the President of the United States, a character actor needs some perspective on the issues the President faces each day, and Obama impersonator Ron Butler gained some of that understanding in the course of earning his degree in History and Economics magna cum laude from Trinity International University. He went on to work as an economic consultant for a Washington, D.C. law firm, where his understanding of the intricacies of public policy and politics was polished. It was also there that Butler began his training as an actor, performing at some of the city’s most famous theaters and studios.
All of these experiences culminated in Ron Butler’s current endeavor, offering the world’s best and most entertaining portrayal of President Barack Obama, which he has performed across the world for major brands such as United Way, U.S. Department of Defense, Toshiba, Kia, and Toyota among many others. He has also appeared as the President in an advertising campaign for Unilever’s Brylcreem.
Marilyn B. at CSS Inc. raves, “Ron was a terrific entertainer and had my crowd in the palm of his hand as a spot-on Barack Obama impersonator. I enjoyed working with him as his professionalism set my mind at ease from the start. Five stars!” Alex H. of WCRS Advertising adds, “Ron not only looks the part, as you’d expect, but he also acts the part. He’s as charming and cheeky as the President himself and exceptionally good at entertaining people. He follows direction really well and we got a massive range of emotions from him in the shots we took.”
With incredible versatility, the ability to write, produce, and perform world-class entertainment tailored for any event or purpose, international visibility from his career as a film and television actor, and his position as the world’s best Barack Obama impersonator, Ron Butler is the perfect actor to portray the President for live entertainment, on screen, and beyond.