May 20, 1956
Prince George, British Columbia, Canada
|Occupation||Film, television actor|
Dean Butler (born May 20, 1956) is an American film actor and television actor who was born in Prince George, British Columbia, Canada. He was raised in Piedmont, California, and graduated from the University of the Pacific in Stockton, California.
He is best known for his performance as Almanzo Wilder on the NBC TV series Little House on the Prairie. After Little House ended, Dean went on to star in The New Gidget as Jeff "Moondoggie" Griffin and had a minor role as Hank Summers in several episodes of the TV series, Buffy the Vampire Slayer. Since the late 1970s, he has had guest appearances on shows such as Murder, She Wrote; Who's the Boss?; Love Boat; and JAG. His most critically acclaimed role was that of a star soccer player turned bad by Erik Estrada in "The Final Goal", starring Michael John Lapointe, directed by Jon Cassar of "24" fame.
More recently he has been involved in producing legacy documentaries and other television programs through his company, Peak Moore Enterprises, Inc. In particular, he has produced several documentaries that have been included as bonus features on the Little House on the Prairie DVDs.
He is married to Katherine Cannon who played Felice Martin on Beverly Hills 90210. He is also the stepfather of her son. They met when she auditioned for and won a role on Father Murphy, another TV series created and produced by Michael Landon.
He currently lives in California.