When I was the featured poet at the Wayfarer’s Chapel on Earth Day I was lucky enough to share the stage with this gentleman. He is a poet, an actor – even a thrill seeker. I enjoyed his work and we had a great conversation after as well. I thought he would be a great person to interview as he has done so many things!
G. Larry Butler began his career as an actor in the feature film The Women’s Club in 1985 in which he co-starred with Maud Adams, Michael Pare and Eddie Valez. Since then he has been involved in more then 150 projects in television, theater, radio and feature film. Although comedy is his specialty, he has dabbled in every genre. He is known internationally for such films as The Double D Avenger, Frankenstein Vs. The Creature From Blood Cove, Panman and PTSD. Larry has hosted a TV and Radio program simultaneously, called Underground Hollywood, shot in an actual cave. He has dubbed numerous Japanese Animation projects into English for William Winckler Productions, portraying one of the lead characters or more in each, having a very versatile voice. He experimented with musical theater by doing a one man show in which he impersonated Jimmy Durante, Dean Martin, Maurice Chauvaier, Humphrey Bogarty, Katherine Hepburn and Greta Garbo both in speaking and singing as well as playing the piano. Mr. Butler also provided piano accompaniment for Frank Sinatra Jr. in 2 episodes on The Defenders. He has guest starred in many TV series such as Beetleborgs Metallix, Arrest and Trial, U.S. Customs Classified, and The Eric Andre Show (on piano). He had the lead in National Geographic’s Empire–Men of Steel, portraying William Sterret, one of the 2 brothers who built the Empire State Building in New York City in 1930.
1. So you are an actor and a writer? Is there anything I am missing?
I am also a professional pianist. I play everything from Beethoven to Boogie Woogie. I am an adrenalin junkie as well. I skydive, scuba dive, ski, climb mountains and explore remote parts of the planet. I enjoy the risk factor but do it safely. My mantra is ‘It’s not what you do but how you do it that counts.’
2. What is one of your biggest achievements to date?
One of my major achievements is winning writing awards and being presented with one by Vincent Price. I am retired Navy (Naval Special Warfare Group One). Retired teacher. Double BA in Psychology and Sociology (Sonoma University) and Teachers degree from UCLA. I also ran 2 LA Marathons and climbed Mt Whitney (the highest mountain in the lower 48. When people told me I couldn’t do something I always proved them wrong. I have fierce determination. My acting career is one of my proudest achievements as well. My agent in Colorado told me I would never make it in Hollywood…I wasn’t slick enough. I proved her wrong too.
3. What would you like to achieve, that you have not achieved yet?
I want to climb Mt Kilimanjaro in Africa…about 20,000 feet high. I am going to attempt it in August 2018.
4. What or who inspires you?
I am inspired by people of any sport or activity that were dark horses…they faced insurmountable odds and achieved great goals in spite of those impediments. Life inspires me…because it is short. i want to make the most of what time I have on this earth. I have achieved almost every one of my goals. I love to travel but fear I don’t have enough time to see every country. I have seen all the states in the US, all the provinces of Canada, and most of Mexico, Central America and several countries of South America, as well as 40 countries world wide. That’s a good start.
5. What advice would you give to anyone pursuing their dreams?
My advice to anyone chasing your dreams is to never give up. Don’t let the naysayers influence you. If you quit you lose. Never stop pursuing those dreams. It is what makes life worth living.