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Bob Gunton

In a distinguished 30 year career, Bob Gunton has played a potpourri of memorable roles in notable productions in theatre, television and film.

On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his work in Sweeney Todd and for his portrayal of Juan Peron in Evita. He was also featured in Big River, Roza, Passion, King of Hearts, Working and Happy End. He received an Obie Award for playing 21 characters in How I Got That Story, as well as the Clarence Derwent Award for The Most Promising New New York Actor of 1980. In 2004, Gunton was nominated for a Barrymore Award for playing the eponymous role in The Great Ostrovsky -- the great Cy Coleman's last musical, in a pre-Broadway production.

Gunton's feature film work runs the gamut from farce to drama. Working with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, Gunton has appeared in Oliver Stone's JFK, and Born on the Fourth of July; Ed Zwick's Glory; John Woo's Broken Arrow; and, most memorably, as the Warden in Frank Darabont's The Shawshank Redemption. Other of Gunton's dozens of film appearances include: Patch Adams, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Dolores Claiborne, Cookie, Matewan, Jennifer 8, The Perfect Storm, I (Heart) Huckabees and the soon-to-be-released, Believe in Me, Rendition, Numb and Player 5150.

Gunton's many telefilms, miniseries and cable movies include: Mission of the Shark, Wild Palms, When Billy Beat Bobby, Running Mates, 61*, Sinatra (as Tommy Dorsey), Kingfish (as FDR), Iron-Jawed Angels (as Woodrow Wilson), Elvis Meets Nixon (as Nixon) and Judas and Jesus.

Gunton was a series regular on Courthouse, Greg the Bunny, Hothouse and Peacemakers. He has had recurring roles on Mr. Sterling, Desperate Housewives, E-Ring, Nip/Tuck, Pepper Dennis and 24."

Bob Gunton was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for his combat service in Vietnam. He is father to recent Yale Graduate; Olivia Ann. Bob is also a newlywed. His bride, the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high school classmate from 40 years ago. Bob has written articles for Theatre World and The Los Angeles Times. He is currently completing a memoir.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2007.
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Bob Gunton Facts

Birth NameRobert Patrick Gunton Jr.
BirthdayNovember 15, 1945 (76)
BirthplaceSanta Monica, California, USA
Height6' 1" (1m85)  How tall is Bob Gunton compared to you?

Selected Filmography

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