Bob Gunton

Actor
Like all good character actors, Bob Gunton is probably known more by his face than his name - his craggy, often impassive visage has essayed a score of tough, taciturn, often morally questionable men, the best known of ... Read more »
Born: 11/15/1945 in Santa Monica, California, USA

Filmography

Actor (106)

Royal Pains 2010 - 2013, 2016 (Tv Show)

Actor

Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant 2015 (Movie)

Flight School Instructor (Actor)

The 33 2015 (Movie)

President Piñera (Actor)

Decoding Annie Parker 2014 (Movie)

Dr. Benton (Actor)

Highland Park 2014 (Movie)

Bert (Actor)

Jimmy 2014 (Movie)

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New Girl 2014 (Tv Show)

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The Least of These 2014 (Movie)

Father Thomas Peters (Actor)

Trophy Wife 2014 (Tv Show)

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Live At the Foxes Den 2013 (Movie)

Tony O'Hara (Actor)

Off-Season Greetings 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

Runner, Runner 2013 (Movie)

Dean Alex Monroe (Actor)

Argo 2012 (Movie)

Cyrus Vance (Actor)

Get the Gringo 2012 (Movie)

Thomas Kaufman (Actor)

Trouble with the Curve 2012 (Movie)

Watson (Actor)

Up All Night 2012 (Tv Show)

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Wilfred 2012 (Tv Show)

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Kill the Irishman 2011 (Movie)

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The Lincoln Lawyer 2011 (Movie)

Cecil Dobbs (Actor)

24 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Ally McBeal 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Family Law 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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L.A. Law 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998, 2000 - 2001, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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Law & Order 1990 - 1991, 1997 - 1998, 2009 - 2010 (Tv Show)

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The Trial 2010 (Movie)

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Believe In Me 2007 (Movie)

Hugh Moreland (Actor)

Dead Silence 2007 (Movie)

Edward Ashen (Actor)

Fracture 2007 (Movie)

Judge Frank Gardner (Actor)

Rendition 2007 (Movie)

Lars Whitman (Actor)

Women's Murder Club 2007 (Tv Show)

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Desperate Housewives 2006 (Tv Show)

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Numb 2006 (Movie)

Dr. Townsend (Actor)

Numb3rs 2006 (Tv Show)

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Dallas 362 2005 (Movie)

Joe (Actor)

Nip/Tuck 2005 (Tv Show)

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Player 5150 2005 (Movie)

Nick (Actor)

I Heart Huckabees 2004 (Movie)

Mr Silver (Actor)

Judging Amy 2003 - 2004 (Tv Show)

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Monk 2004 (Tv Show)

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Boat Trip 2003 (Movie)

Captain (Actor)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2003 (Tv Show)

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Mister Sterling 2003 (Tv Show)

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Peacemakers 2003 (Tv Show)

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Scenes of the Crime 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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The Pact 2002 - 2003 (TV Show)

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Greg the Bunny 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

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Spin City 2002 (Tv Show)

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61* 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

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The Perfect Storm 2000 (Movie)

Alexander McAnally III (Actor)

Bats 1999 (Movie)

Doctor Alexander McCabe (Actor)

Buffalo Soldiers (TNT) 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

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Patch Adams 1998 (Movie)

Dean Walcott (Actor)

Changing Habits 1997 (Movie)

Bishop Creighton (Actor)

Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil 1997 (Movie)

Finley Largent (Actor)

Broken Arrow 1996 (Movie)

Pritchett (Actor)

Courthouse 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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Ruby Ridge: An American Tragedy 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

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The Glimmer Man 1996 (Movie)

Frank Deverell (Actor)

Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls 1995 (Movie)

Burton Quinn (Actor)

Dolores Claiborne 1995 (Movie)

Mr Pease (Actor)

The Shawshank Redemption 1994 (Movie)

Warden Norton (Actor)

Demolition Man 1993 (Movie)

Chief George Earle (Actor)

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

Lazzaro (Actor)

Lone Justice 1993 (Movie)

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Wild Palms 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

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Jennifer Eight 1992 (Movie)

Goodridge (Actor)

Ladykiller 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

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Patriot Games 1992 (Movie)

Interviewer (Actor)

The Public Eye 1992 (Movie)

Older Agent (Actor)

J.F.K. 1991 (Movie)

3rd TV Newsman (Actor)

Missing Pieces 1991 (Movie)

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Born on the Fourth of July 1989 (Movie)

1st Doctor (Actor)

Cookie 1989 (Movie)

Segretto (Actor)

Glory 1989 (Movie)

General Harker (Actor)

Unconquered 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

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Hothouse 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

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Matewan 1987 (Movie)

C E Lively (Actor)

The Pick-Up Artist 1987 (Movie)

Portacarrero (Actor)

Static 1986 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Finnegan Begin Again 1984 - 1985 (TV Show)

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The Comedy Zone 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

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Rollover 1981 (Movie)

Sal Naftari (Actor)

24: Redemption (TV Show)

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A Woman Named Jackie (TV Show)

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Adam: His Song Continues (TV Show)

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Cosmic Slop (TV Show)

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Elvis Meets Nixon (TV Show)

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Forever James Dean (TV Show)

Narrator

In Pursuit of Honor (TV Show)

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Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

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Judas (TV Show)

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Judgment (TV Show)

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Mission of the Shark (TV Show)

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Murder in the Heartland (TV Show)

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Nothing Sacred (TV Show)

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Roswell (TV Show)

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Running Mates (TV Show)

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Sinatra (TV Show)

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Unconquered (Movie)

Gov. George Wallace (Actor)

When Billie Beat Bobby (TV Show)

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Biography

Like all good character actors, Bob Gunton is probably known more by his face than his name - his craggy, often impassive visage has essayed a score of tough, taciturn, often morally questionable men, the best known of which was the cold-hearted warden in "The Shawshank Redemption. " But the California native has given life to a wide variety of roles during his four decades as an actor, including several award-winning musical performances on Broadway and in several comedies, including "Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls" on the big screen and the cult series "Greg the Bunny" (2002) on the small screen. Born Robert Gunton, Jr. in Santa Monica, CA on Nov. 15, 1945, he attended St. Peter's College in Maryland and the University of California at Irvine, graduating in 1968. Soon after, the young man served in the Army from 1969 to 1971, where he received the Viet Service Medal and Bronze Star for Valor. Upon his return to civilian life, Gunton gravitated towards theater work; his earliest credit is the off-Broadway production "Who Am I?" in 1971. Over the next decade, he amassed an impressive list of stage credits in dramas, comedies, and musicals, including "King of Hearts," "Evita" (opposite Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin), "Big River," "How I Got That Story," and the 1989 revival of "Sweeney Todd." For his work, Gunton received a Drama Desk Award in 1980 for "Evita" and an Obie that same year for "How I Got That Story," as well as Tony nominations for "Evita" and "Sweeney Todd." Gunton began working in front of cameras in the early 1980s, starting with a supporting role in Alan J. Pakula's "Rollover" (1981). He would divide his time between film and television for the next decade, with occasional inroads onto a TV series, including a stint on the little-seen sketch improv show "Comedy Zone" (CBS, 1983-84) which also featured Joe Mantegna and Mark Linn-Baker. Gunton's screen persona was quickly established during this period; he was drawn to and effectively portrayed strong-willed men of power - like Jacqueline Bouvier's stepfather Hugh Auchincloss in "A Woman Called Jackie" (NBC, 1991), Governor George Wallace in "Unconquered" (CBS, 1989) - or calculating heels, like his villainous company spy in John Sayles' "Matewan" (1987). He also covered his share of military men ("Glory" (1989) and "Mission of the Shark" (CBS, 1991)) and government types ("The Public Eye" (1992)), before catching the attention of Oliver Stone, who cast him in smaller roles in "Born on the Fourth of July" (1989) and "JFK" (1991). Higher profile projects seemed to follow, including turns in Stone's miniseries "Wild Palms" (ABC, 1993), "Patriot Games" (1992), the excellent Charles Starkweather biopic "Murder in the Heartland" (ABC, 1993), and the TV miniseries "Sinatra" (CBS, 1992) in which he played bandleader Tommy Dorsey. In 1994, Gunton caught audiences' attention as Warden Norton in Frank Darabont's "The Shawshank Redemption," an adaptation of a Stephen King novella that developed a sizable following in the decade after its release. Gunton's roles grew somewhat meatier after "Shawshank," though his characters remained essentially the same - he played Franklin D. Roosevelt in the TV movie "Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long" (TNT, 1995), Richard Nixon in the comic revisionist TV movie "Elvis Meets Nixon" (Showtime, 1997) and prosecuting attorney Finley Largent in Clint Eastwood's "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil" (1997). Gunton also appeared in the feature films "The Perfect Storm" (1999), John Woo's "Broken Arrow" (1996), and perhaps his most hissable antagonist in the Robin Williams melodrama, "Patch Adams" (1998). Gunton also logged considerable hours on episodic television and made-for-TV features, including recurring roles on "Nip/Tuck" (FX 2003-2010) and "Desperate Housewives" (ABC 2004-2012), as well as a turn as Woodrow Wilson in the HBO production "Iron-Jawed Angels" (2004). He also appeared in high profile films including "I Heart Huckabees" (2004), Matthew McConaughey's comeback vehicle "The Lincoln Lawyer" (2011), Best Picture Oscar winner "Argo" (2012), and miner rescue drama "The 33" (2015). He also began a recurring role on the comic book series "Daredevil" (Netflix 2015- ) as supervillain Leland Owlsley.

Relationships

Robert Patrick Gunton Sr

Father

Rose Marie Gunton

Mother

Annie McGreevey

Wife
married on July 6, 1980

EDUCATION

University of California, Irvine

Irvine, California

St Peter's College

Baltimore, Maryland

Milestones

2015

Played the nefarious Leland Owlsley on the series "Daredevil"

2012

Played Cyrus Vance in the Academy Award winning "Argo"

2011

Appeared in the acclaimed drama "The Lincoln Lawyer"

2007

Took on the role of Ethan Kanin on the series "24"

2007

Appeared in the political thriller "Rendition"

2005

Guest-starred as Agent Sagamore on three episodes of "Nip/Tuck" (FX)

2005

Cast as Noah Taylor on ABC's "Desperate Housewives"

2004

Portrayed President Woodrow Wilson in the HBO original movie "Iron Jawed Angels," based on womens' struggle for the right to vote in America

2003

Played California Governor Marino in the short-lived NBC drama "Mister Sterling"

2002

Co-starred in the Fox midseason replacement series "Greg the Bunny"

2000

Had featured role in "The Perfect Storm"

1998

Co-starred opposite Robin Williams in "Patch Adams"

1997

Appeared as the prosecuting attorney in "Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil"

1995

Played Judge Homer Conklin in short-lived CBS series "Courthouse"

1994

Breakthrough film role, the prison warden in "The Shawshank Redemption"

1988

Cast as regular in short-lived ABC medical drama "Hothouse"

1984

TV series debut, "Comedy Zone" (CBS)

1982

TV debut, "Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal" (CBS)

1981

Film debut, "Rollover" (Warner Bros.)

1979

Played Juan Peron in Broadway production of "Evita"

1976

Broadway debut, "Happy End" with Meryl Streep

1970

Off-Broadway debut, "Who Am I?"

1968

Served in US Army; achieved rank of sergeant

1965

Stage debut, "Tennessee U.S.A." at Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee

Bonus Trivia

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Served in the United States Army from 1969–71, earning a Bronze Star for valor and the Vietnam Service Medal.

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Earned his first few professional acting credits in off-Broadway plays like "Happy End" and "King of Hearts."

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Planned throughout much of his youth to become a Catholic priest.

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Was drafted into the U.S. Army to serve in the Vietnam war when he dropped out of college to appear in a production of "Carousel."

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