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Overview (4)

Born in New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameYancy Victoria Butler
Nickname Fans like to call her simply: "YB"
Height 5' 7" (1.7 m)

Mini Bio (3)

Yancy Butler was born and grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City during the 1970s, so it's not unusual that she chose to be an actor, being third generation showbiz. Her father is Joe Butler, the lead singer and drummer for the reunited Lovin' Spoonful; her mother, Leslie , was a company manager for Broadway shows, and her grandparents were also involved in various aspects of the theater. At the age of 13, Butler began studying at the prestigious HB Studios in New York, and continued to do so until entering Sarah Lawrence College. Ms Butler made her motion picture starring debut in John Woo's "Hard Target" with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yancy's television debut in "Law & Order" landed her the series lead in "Mann and Machine", which led to the starring role in "South Beach."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: bernv@mweb.co.za

Yancy Victoria Butler was born on July 2, 1970, in New York City. Growing up in the bohemian Greenwich Village, Yancy started making showbiz inroads at an early age. In 1979, she made her film debut at age seven with a small appearance in the slasher thriller Savage Weekend.

At age 13, Yancy went on to study at New York's prominent HB Studios. She also attended dance and ballet classes at the notable Joffrey and Ailey schools. Perhaps this early dedication was in Yancy's genes: her father, Joe Butler, was the drummer for The Lovin' Spoonful, while her mother was a company manager on Broadway. Even her grandparents had theatrical roots. However, these connections didn't prevent Yancy from going on to study at Sarah Lawrence College, where she earned her bachelor's degree in Liberal Arts in 1991. Yancy landed a guest spot on the then-new hit show, Law & Order, in 1991. Her performance caught the eye of Law & Order's creator-producer, Dick Wolf, who offered Yancy the lead role on his new science-fiction show, "Mann & Machine", the following year. Unfortunately, despite a nascent fan following, the series was canceled after a mere nine episodes. Soon after, she had a lead in another Dick Wolf production, "South Beach", but it too was short-lived.

Yancy scored parts in some top action movies. In 1993, she played damsel in distress to Jean-Claude Van Damme in Hard Target, the Hollywood debut of legendary Hong Kong action auteur John Woo. In 1994, she co-starred with Wesley Snipes in the skydiving suspense, Drop Zone. The next few years saw Yancy taking roles in some less-known and independent films, such as 1994's Annie's Garden and 1995's Let It Be Me, as well as some direct-to-video releases, including 1995's Fast Money and 1997's The Ex and Ravager. Also in 1997, Butler guest appeared on "NYPD Blue", which landed her another TV role, this time on the Emmy-winning "Brooklyn South". Despite critical acclaim, the series was canceled after one season. Yancy found work in more less-than-memorable films: 1998's The Treat, 1999's The Witness Files and Doomsday Man, and 2000's The New Adventures of Spin and Marty: Suspect Behavior.

Finally in 2000, Yancy nabbed the lead role in the TNT made-for-TV movie version of the popular comic book, Witchblade. She portrayed Detective Sara Pezzini, a troubled New York cop who becomes the keeper of the Witchblade; an ancient and magical weapon handed down through the ages. The movie was such a hit that TNT decided to expand it into a full-fledged series. And the decision was a good one. Soon Witchblade became the network's top draw, and spawned a solid fan following. This in turn led to more successes for Yancy, such as appearances on the The Late Late Show With Craig Kilborn and Politically Incorrect, where she contributed to a discussion on gender roles by citing famous psychologist Carl Jung. However, these accomplishments took their toll: In the summer of 2002, while in production of Witchblade's second season, Butler spent a month in rehab for alcohol abuse, but was able to return to finish taping the show. However, in a surprising move in September 2002, the network decided to pull the plug on "Witchblade", despite its success. While TNT executives claim they wanted the show to end on a high note, insiders and fans suspect that Yancy Butler's battle with alcoholism was the real culprit.

After taking a year off from acting, Yancy returned with lead and supporting roles in various independent film productions, and in 2007 landed a part on the TV daytime soap opera "As the World Turns" for a number of episodes. Despite her substance abuse problems which led to some bushes with the law in 2007, she hopefully still has high hopes and looks forward to more notable roles in movies and TV.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: matt-282

Yancy Butler was born and grew up in Greenwich Village, New York City during the 1970s, so it's not unusual that she chose to be an actor, being third generation showbiz. Her father is Joe Butler, the lead singer and drummer for the reunited Lovin' Spoonful; her mother, Leslie, was a company manager for Broadway shows, and her grandparents were also involved in various aspects of the theater. At the age of 13, Butler began studying at the prestigious HB Studios in New York, and continued to do so until entering Sarah Lawrence College. Ms Butler made her motion picture starring debut in John Woo's "Hard Target" with Jean-Claude Van Damme. Yancy's television debut in "Law & Order" landed her the series lead in "Mann and Machine", which led to the starring role in "South Beach."

- IMDb Mini Biography By: Yancy Butler

Trade Mark (1)

Her unmistakable husky voice and big intense eyes

Trivia (2)

Daughter of Joe Butler, drummer for The Lovin' Spoonful.
Ranked #61 in Stuff magazine's "102 Sexiest Women In The World" (2002)

Personal Quotes (4)

[on shooting Witchblade with a injury] It was hard, but my attitude is, you're paying me, I'm yours. I'll go till I drop.
[When asked if she got any feedback from the comic book fans on her role in Witchblade] We have gotten great feedback from the comic book fans. We did that whole comic book tour circuit last summer, and the fans couldn't have been happier. There was definitely some pressure there because, unlike a lot of other comic book characters, my character had never had a voice. The first day you should have seen me. I was so nervous because these people had been living with this character for years, and I had to give Sara her first voice.
[when asked if she likes being a TV star] Chubby Checker just asked for my autograph. That, and being a Jeopardy question, just made my entire career! I was worth $400.
[when asked what roles she thought her fans most associated her with] Very action-oriented characters, which is not something that I sought out at all. Those roles just kind of graciously fell in my lap, which I'll ride for as long as I can. Keep kicking and blading people and stuff. But I think of films like Drop Zone with Wesley Snipes and films like Hard Target with Jean Claude Van Damme. I think that those are the kind of things that people are more familiar with. Sara Pezzini is different from those characters, however. I feel for her. A lot of stuff is going on. She's having a bit of a meltdown. I think it's wonderful that Ralph Hemecker is able to write and really construct a character like a jigsaw puzzle. She's not all hard and male-hating and not 'I'll annihilate anything that says good morning to me'. She is not just angry and bitter or somebody that's just fluffed up, we very much could've gone in that direction. So I'm liking this character more. I think it's an extension of everything that I've of worked for.

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