Bob Gunton

Bob Gunton


11/15/1945, Santa Monica, California,USA

Birth Name

Robert Patrick Gunton Jr.


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Bob Gunton is an American stage, film, and television actor. He's one of those actors you recognize from somewhere, but never can pinpoint from which show or film. His most prominent role was playing Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption.

Aside from his film and television roles,…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • Gunton's TV Movie Credits:
      1990 - Judgment
      1991 - Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin, Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis
      1992 - Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life, Ladykiller, Sinatra, Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster
      1993 - Murder in the Heartland
      1994 - Roswell
      1995 - In Pursuit of Honor, Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
      1996 - The Siege at Ruby Ridge
      1997 - Elvis Meets Nixon
      2000 - Running Mates
      2001 - When Billie Beat Bobby
      2004 - Judas
      2005 - Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show
      2007 - Imperfect Union, Pandemic

    • Gunton is a character actor who has been known to play prominent authority figures such as a warden in The Shawshank Redemption, a college dean in Patch Adams, and a bishop in Changing Habits.

    • Gunton received a Drama Desk Award in 1980 for his portrayal of Juan Peron in the Broadway musical Evita.

    • Gunton has played the role of three different U.S. presidents: Franklin D. Roosevelt in Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long, Richard Nixon in Elvis Meets Nixon, and Woodrow Wilson in Iron Jawed Angels.

    • Gunton attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California.

    • Gunton appeared as Chief Kirby in Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse which was released straight to video.

    • The Cinema Society of San Diego recognized Bob Gunton as one of the finest character actors of all time by featuring a showing of his most memorable performance as Warden Norton in The Shawshank Redemption at the AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres in La Jolla, California on October 30, 2007.

    • Gunton has scribed articles for the Los Angeles Times and the Theatre World.

    • Bob Gunton is the son of Robert Patrick Gunton, Sr., labor union executive, and Rose Marie Banouetz Gunton.

    • Gunton read for Robert Ludlum's The Rhinemann Exchange audiobook, published in February 1991.

    • Gunton's stage debut was in Tennessee U.S.A. at Cumberland County Playhouse, Tennessee in 1965. His film debut was a supporting role in the 1981 film by Alan J. Pakula, Rollover. His TV debut was in CBS' Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal in 1982.

    • Gunton attended St. Peter's College in Maryland and the University of California at Irvine.

    • Gunton's Broadway theatrical credits include Happy End, Working, King of Hearts, Passion, Big River, and Roza.

    • Gunton once did a play where he portrayed 21 different characters and didn't change costumes.

    • Gunton is 6'1" tall. His eyes are blue.

    • Gunton garnered an Obie Award for his role in the Broadway play How I Got That Story in 1980.

    • Gunton married Carey Pitts Gunton on August 26, 2006 after being divorced to Annie McGreevey on July 31, 2006.

  • Quotes

    • Bob Gunton: (on doing a films in the horror genre) Well, I'm unaccustomed as I am. I've done one [horror genre] turkey that earned me a major tomato award. You know that rotten tomato? Man, I scored.

    • Bob Gunton: (on being directed by James Wan in "Dead Silence") It's humbling for a guy of my age sometimes to take direction from someone who is maybe a third of my age.

    • Bob Gunton: I come from theater, where theater is not bound by sort of linear, logical reality. It makes these huge leaps. I've done lots of plays where they'll be a bare stage, and if the actor told you he was in the middle of a jungle, okay, you're in the middle of a jungle. It's just how temporary suspension of disbelief works.