Playwright Tommy Butler is now known as apostle Thomas I. Butler of Word of Truth Temple of Jesus Christ in Detroit, Michigan.
Butler started performing at an early age, actually touring with legendary Duke Ellington. As an actor, he is best known for performing the role of Martin Luther King in the Musical, Selma, which Butler also wrote and helped produce.
The original Executive Producer for Selma was Redd Foxx. Tommy Butler appeared in several episodes of Sanford & Son. In one episode a Selma poster is actually seen hanging on the wall.