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  • The Butler (I) (2013)
  • PG-13
    132 min | Biography, Drama
The Butler (I) (2013)
PG-13
132 min | Biography, Drama

As Cecil Gaines serves eight presidents during his tenure as a butler at the White House, the civil rights movement, Vietnam, and other major events affect this man's life, family, and American society.
Director
Lee Daniels (directed by)
Writers
Danny Strong | Wil Haygood (article: "A Butler Well Served by This Election")
Producers
Lee Daniels (produced by) | Cassian Elwes (produced by) | Buddy Patrick (produced by) | Pamela Oas Williams (produced by) | Laura Ziskin (produced by)
Composer
Rodrigo Leão (music by)
Cinematographer
Editors
Brian A. Kates (co-editor) | Joe Klotz (edited by)
Casting Directors
Leah Daniels Butler (casting by) (as Leah Daniels-Butler) | Billy Hopkins (casting by)
Production Designer
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Release date
Aug 16, 2013 (United States)

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Cast

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137 cast members
Name Known for
Forest Whitaker
Cecil Gaines Cecil Gaines   See fewer
David Banner
Earl Gaines Earl Gaines   See fewer
Michael Rainey Jr.
Cecil Gaines (8) Cecil Gaines (8)   See fewer
LaJessie Smith
Abraham Abraham   See fewer
Mariah Carey
Hattie Pearl Hattie Pearl   See fewer
Alex Pettyfer
Thomas Westfall Thomas Westfall   See fewer
Vanessa Redgrave
Annabeth Westfall Annabeth Westfall   See fewer
Aml Ameen
Cecil Gaines (15) Cecil Gaines (15)   See fewer
John P. Fertitta
Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta) Mr. Jenkins (as John Fertitta)   See fewer
Jim Gleason
R.D. Warner R.D. Warner   See fewer
Oprah Winfrey
Gloria Gaines Gloria Gaines   See fewer
Isaac White
Charlie Gaines (10) Charlie Gaines (10)   See fewer
David Oyelowo
Louis Gaines Louis Gaines   See fewer
Joe Chrest
White Usher White Usher   See fewer
Colman Domingo
Freddie Fallows Freddie Fallows   See fewer
Tyson Ford
Elroy Elroy   See fewer
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Carter Wilson Carter Wilson   See fewer
Lenny Kravitz
James Holloway James Holloway   See fewer
Pernell Walker
Lorraine Lorraine   See fewer
James DuMont
Sherman Adams Sherman Adams   See fewer
Robert Aberdeen
Herbert Brownell Herbert Brownell   See fewer
Robin Williams
Dwight D. Eisenhower Dwight D. Eisenhower   See fewer
John Cusack
Richard Nixon Richard Nixon   See fewer
Yaya DaCosta
Carol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia) Carol Hammie (as Yaya Alafia)   See fewer
Jesse Williams
James Lawson James Lawson   See fewer
Margaret M. Owens
Woolworth Diner Patron #1 Woolworth Diner Patron #1   See fewer
Eric Ducote
Woolworth Diner Patron #2 Woolworth Diner Patron #2   See fewer
James Marsden
John F. Kennedy John F. Kennedy   See fewer
Minka Kelly
Jacqueline Kennedy Jacqueline Kennedy   See fewer
Chloe Barach
Caroline Kennedy Caroline Kennedy   See fewer
Danny Strong
Freedom Bus Journalist Freedom Bus Journalist   See fewer
Clara Hopkins Daniels
Freedom Bus Rider Freedom Bus Rider   See fewer
Elijah Kelley
Charlie Gaines (15-18) Charlie Gaines (15-18)   See fewer
Liev Schreiber
Lyndon B. Johnson Lyndon B. Johnson   See fewer
Dana Gourrier
Helen Holloway Helen Holloway   See fewer
Shirley Pugh
Malcolm X Goer Malcolm X Goer   See fewer
Bill Newman
Pastor Pastor   See fewer
Nelsan Ellis
Martin Luther King Jr. Martin Luther King Jr.   See fewer
Colin Walker
John Ehrlichman John Ehrlichman   See fewer
Alex Manette
Bob Haldeman Bob Haldeman   See fewer
Mo McRae
Eldridge Huggins Eldridge Huggins   See fewer
Alan Rickman
Ronald Reagan Ronald Reagan   See fewer
Jane Fonda
Nancy Reagan Nancy Reagan   See fewer
Rusty Robertson
Senator Robertson Senator Robertson   See fewer
Nealla Gordon
Senator Kassebaum Senator Kassebaum   See fewer
Stephen Rider
Admiral Rochon Admiral Rochon   See fewer
Andre Allemand
Bridge Protester (uncredited) Bridge Protester (uncredited)   See fewer
John L. Armijo
Eisenhower's Military Adviser (uncredited) Eisenhower's Military Adviser (uncredited)   See fewer
Rex Baker
Protester (uncredited) Protester (uncredited)   See fewer
Patton Brantley
Handsome Hotel Guest (uncredited) Handsome Hotel Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Joshua Braud
Josh (uncredited) Josh (uncredited)   See fewer
Eugene Brezany
Reagan Whitehouse Guest (uncredited) Reagan Whitehouse Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Warren Burger
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Blake Burt
Protester (uncredited) Protester (uncredited)   See fewer
Carroll Burt
Man at Water Fountain (uncredited) Man at Water Fountain (uncredited)   See fewer
Jonathan Aaron Butler
College Student (uncredited) College Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Tom Cain
Arresting Officer (uncredited) Arresting Officer (uncredited)   See fewer
Jimmy Carter
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Rosalynn Carter
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Edward J. Clare
Two-Star General (uncredited) Two-Star General (uncredited)   See fewer
JJ Coker
James Baker (uncredited) James Baker (uncredited)   See fewer
Markeith Coleman
Prisoner (uncredited) Prisoner (uncredited)   See fewer
Ross P. Cook
Embassy Protester (uncredited) Embassy Protester (uncredited)   See fewer
Duane Cothren
Military Social Aide (uncredited) Military Social Aide (uncredited)   See fewer
Haylie Creppel
White House Child (uncredited) White House Child (uncredited)   See fewer
Walter Cronkite
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Steven J. Daniels
Protestor (uncredited) Protestor (uncredited)   See fewer
Donna Duplantier
Barbara Gaines (uncredited) Barbara Gaines (uncredited)   See fewer
Alexander Eldimiati
JBJ Aide (uncredited) JBJ Aide (uncredited)   See fewer
Jazzy Ellis
College Student (uncredited) College Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Adrienne Esteen
Protestor (uncredited) Protestor (uncredited)   See fewer
Guy Fernandez
Black Panther (uncredited) Black Panther (uncredited)   See fewer
Gerald Ford
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Rebecca Lee Fox
Racist (uncredited) Racist (uncredited)   See fewer
Redd Foxx
Fred Sanford (archive footage) (uncredited) Fred Sanford (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Justin Gant
Diner Attacker (uncredited) Diner Attacker (uncredited)   See fewer
Ray Gaspard
Pat Buchanan (uncredited) Pat Buchanan (uncredited)   See fewer
Tyler Gibbs
Jim Counter MGR (uncredited) Jim Counter MGR (uncredited)   See fewer
Ron Glass
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Douglas M. Griffin
White Mob Leader (uncredited) White Mob Leader (uncredited)   See fewer
Brandon Guttuso
Homeless Person (uncredited) Homeless Person (uncredited)   See fewer
Russell M. Haeuser
Redneck Bar Patron (uncredited) Redneck Bar Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Gene Kevin Hames Jr.
White House Guest (uncredited) White House Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
A. Michelle Harleston
D.C. Bus Station Passenger's Mother (uncredited) D.C. Bus Station Passenger's Mother (uncredited)   See fewer
Sadarias Harrell
DC Bus Rider / Prisoner / Rioter (uncredited) DC Bus Rider / Prisoner / Rioter (uncredited)   See fewer
Rodney Hebert
White House Engineer (uncredited) White House Engineer (uncredited)   See fewer
Bria Hobgood
Extra (uncredited) Extra (uncredited)   See fewer
Alaine Huntington
White House Guest (uncredited) White House Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Rahsaana Ison
Woman in Waiting Room (uncredited) Woman in Waiting Room (uncredited)   See fewer
Jesse Jackson
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Jackie Jenkins Jr.
Steven (uncredited) Steven (uncredited)   See fewer
David Jensen
MacGeorge Bundy (uncredited) MacGeorge Bundy (uncredited)   See fewer
Allyson Leigh Jordan
Reagan White House Guest (uncredited) Reagan White House Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Martin Luther King
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Gladys Knight
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Alex Ladove
Protester (uncredited) Protester (uncredited)   See fewer
Tony Lawson
Bus Station Patron (uncredited) Bus Station Patron (uncredited)   See fewer
Elton LeBlanc
US Navy Admiral (uncredited) US Navy Admiral (uncredited)   See fewer
Wanda Leigh
Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson (uncredited) Claudia Alta 'Lady Bird' Taylor Johnson (uncredited)   See fewer
Hal Linden
Barney Miller (archive footage) (uncredited) Barney Miller (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Sam Malone
Young Abraham (uncredited) Young Abraham (uncredited)   See fewer
John R Mangus
Mississippi Jail Guard (uncredited) Mississippi Jail Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
Starlette Miariaunii
College Student (uncredited) College Student (uncredited)   See fewer
Mike R. Moreau
LBJ Aide (uncredited) LBJ Aide (uncredited)   See fewer
Barack Obama
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Mary Katherine Oglesby
White House Child (uncredited) White House Child (uncredited)   See fewer
Monicah Owino
Churchgoer (uncredited) Churchgoer (uncredited)   See fewer
Darryl Perrilloux
Washington DC Rioter (uncredited) Washington DC Rioter (uncredited)   See fewer
Jessica Picota
State Dinner Guest (uncredited) State Dinner Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Jeffrey Poitier
White House Butler (uncredited) White House Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
Renato Powell
Chef (uncredited) Chef (uncredited)   See fewer
Philippe Radelet
Houseman (uncredited) Houseman (uncredited)   See fewer
Tarra Riggs
Sophie Wilson (uncredited) Sophie Wilson (uncredited)   See fewer
Xosha Roquemore
Foxy (uncredited) Foxy (uncredited)   See fewer
Aaron Saxton
Prison Guard (uncredited) Prison Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
William Schultz
Pablo Casals (uncredited) Pablo Casals (uncredited)   See fewer
Carl Singleton
White House Butler (uncredited) White House Butler (uncredited)   See fewer
Chaz Smith
Reagan Reception Attendee (uncredited) Reagan Reception Attendee (uncredited)   See fewer
Kay Smith
Diane Nash (uncredited) Diane Nash (uncredited)   See fewer
Jim Sojka
White House Engineer (uncredited) White House Engineer (uncredited)   See fewer
Andrew j Spinks
LBJ Secret Service (uncredited) LBJ Secret Service (uncredited)   See fewer
Marco St. John
Chief Justice Warren Burger (uncredited) Chief Justice Warren Burger (uncredited)   See fewer
Jason Stanly
Reagan Marine Color Guard (uncredited) Reagan Marine Color Guard (uncredited)   See fewer
Valerie Strecker
Excelsior Guest (uncredited) Excelsior Guest (uncredited)   See fewer
Orlando Eric Street
President Barack Obama (uncredited) President Barack Obama (uncredited)   See fewer
Craig Tate
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Joseph Uzzell
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JFK VIP Friend (uncredited) JFK VIP Friend (uncredited)   See fewer
Mike Wallace
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
Dean J. West
White House Reporter (uncredited) White House Reporter (uncredited)   See fewer
Michael Whitener
Actor (uncredited) Actor (uncredited)   See fewer
Demond Wilson
Self (archive footage) (uncredited) Self (archive footage) (uncredited)   See fewer
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Reagan's Body Man (uncredited) Reagan's Body Man (uncredited)   See fewer
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