Known for playing roles on the television series Zoey 101 and Switched at Birth, he later starred as a love interest on The Carrie Diaries.
At the age of 13, he was approached at a County Fair by a representative of a background-acting management company, which kick-started his acting career. He appeared in a 2005 episode of Unfabulous.
He played Peyton Leverette in the Disney's film Sharpay's Fabulous Adventure.
His parents are named Lori Anne Howell and David Butler. He began dating Vanessa Hudgens in 2011.
He starred alongside Ashley Tisdale in the 2009 film Aliens in the Attic.