ROBERT P GUNTON Jr. BIO
On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his 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 NY Actor of 1980. In 2004, Bob 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 Darrabont’s THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Other of Bob’s dozens of film appearances include: PATCH ADAMS, ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, COOKIE, MATEWAN, JENNIFER 8, THE PERFECT STORM, I (HEART) HUCKABEE’S, BELIEVE IN ME, RENDITION, FRACTURE, NUMB, PLAYER 5150, THE LEAST OF THESE , TENURE as well as the mystery-drama, THE LAZARUS PROJECT. 2009 film projects included THE IRISHMAN and THE TRIAL, co-starring with Mathew Modine. and, in 2010, THE LINCOLN LAWYER, starring Matthew McConnaghey. More recently, Bob appeared in ARGO and TROUBLE WITH THE CURVE.
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), JUDAS AND JESUS, and the BBC docudrama, BEHIND CLOSED DOORS – again, playing FDR. Bob plays another President – Sebastian Pinera – of Chile in the soon-to-be-released movie about the heroic 2010 rescue of 33 trapped Chilean miners, in THE 33
Bob was a series regular on COURTHOUSE, , HOTHOUSE and PEACEMAKERS, and the cult comedy, GREG THE BUNNY. He has had recurring roles on MR. STERLING, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, E-RING, NIP/TUCK, PEPPER DENNIS, and ROYAL PAINS His appearance on STAR TREK – TNG as the troubled and tragic Captain Benjamin Maxwell is considered a classic by many “trekkies.” In 2010, Bob completed his third season in the role of ETHAN KANIN on the hit series 24. Most recently, Bob created the role of Leland Owlsley for the NETFLIX production of MARVEL’S DAREDEVIL
Bob has written articles for The Los Angeles Times Calendar and THEATER magazine. He has written a screenplay and a one-hour drama pilot. His musical memoir, WALKING ON WATER, was recently produced by the Cumberland County Playhouse. He is currently completing an unconventional memoir of his 50 years in theater, film and television.
In 2011, Bob was honored by Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana California, when he was inducted into his alma mater’s Ring of Honor. From time to time, he has been invited by schools and colleges – including the UCI Claire Trevor School of the Arts — to address drama students about preparing for a life in Theater and Film
In 1971, 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 married to the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high school classmate from 40 years ago.
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