Actor Norbert Leo Butz was born on January 30, 1967 in St. Louis, Missouri. The seventh of eleven children, he first graduated from the Webster University, with a BFA degree; he later took his MFA degree from the University of Alabama. He also trained under the Alabama Shakespeare Festival’s Professional Actor Training Program.
He made his Broadway debut in 1996, when he took over the role of Roger Davis in the musical Rent. He earned a Tony nomination for his performance in Thou Shalt Not, and later won a Tony for the musical Dirty Rotten Scoundrels. He was also in the original Broadway run of Wicked. He made his film debut in 1998, appearing in Went to Coney Island on a Mission from God… Be Back By Five, and later starred in other films like Noon Blue Apples, West of Here and Dan in Real Life. He also appeared as a guest star in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit and Law & Order: Criminal Intent; his regular television debut will be in the upcoming The Deep End.