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      Bob Gunton

      Bob Gunton

      Highest Rated: 96% Argo (2012)

      Lowest Rated: Not Available

      Birthday: Nov 15, 1945

      Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, USA

      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.

      Highest rated movies

      Argo Glory
      Matewan
      The Shawshank Redemption
      61*
      Dolores Claiborne
      The Lincoln Lawyer
      Get the Gringo

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      THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Bob Gunton, 1994. (c)Columbia Pictures Trophy Wife, Bob Gunton (L), Florence Henderson (C), Megan Mullally (R), 'The Wedding - Part Two', Season 1, Ep. #17, 03/18/2014, ©ABC Marvel's Daredevil, Bob Gunton (L), Vincent D'Onofrio (R), 'Daredevil', Season 1, Ep. #13, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX New Girl, Max Greenfield (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'Basketsball', Season 3, Ep. #12, 01/14/2014, ©FOX New Girl, Max Greenfield (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'Basketsball', Season 3, Ep. #12, 01/14/2014, ©FOX Trophy Wife, Florence Henderson (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'The Wedding - Part Two', Season 1, Ep. #17, 03/18/2014, ©ABC Marvel's Daredevil, Wai Ching Ho (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'The Ones We Leave Behind', Season 1, Ep. #12, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Trophy Wife, from left: Albert Tsai, Bob Gunton, Florence Henderson, Natalie Morales, Bailee Madison, 'The Wedding - Part Two', Season 1, Ep. #17, 03/18/2014, ©ABC Trophy Wife, Bailee Madison (L), Natalie Morales (C), Bob Gunton (R), 'The Wedding - Part Two', Season 1, Ep. #17, 03/18/2014, ©ABC New Girl, Max Greenfield (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'Birthday', Season 3, Ep. #13, 01/21/2014, ©FOX Up All Night, Bob Gunton, 'The Wedding', Season 2, Ep. #11, 12/13/2012, ©NBC Up All Night, Will Arnett (L), Luka Jones (C), Bob Gunton (R), 'The Wedding', Season 2, Ep. #11, 12/13/2012, ©NBC Up All Night, Mimi Kennedy (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'The Wedding', Season 2, Ep. #11, 12/13/2012, ©NBC Marvel's Daredevil, Bob Gunton, 'Stick', Season 1, Ep. #7, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX New Girl, Max Greenfield (L), Bob Gunton (R), 'Birthday', Season 3, Ep. #13, 01/21/2014, ©FOX Marvel's Daredevil, Bob Gunton, 'The Ones We Leave Behind', Season 1, Ep. #12, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Bob Gunton, 'Stick', Season 1, Ep. #7, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX Marvel's Daredevil, Bob Gunton, 'The Path of the Righteous', Season 1, Ep. #11, 04/10/2015, ©NETFLIX THE LINCOLN LAWYER, from left: Bob Gunton, Ryan Phillippe, Matthew McConaughey, William H. Macy, 2011. ph: Saeed Adyani/©Lions Gate Up All Night, Bob Gunton (L), Blythe Danner (C), Christopher Boyer (R), 'Season 2', 09/20/2012, ©NBC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      38% 73% Unbroken: Path to Redemption Major Zeigler (Character) $6.2M 2018
      No Score Yet 32% The List Mr. Stern (Character) - 2018
      No Score Yet 60% Mountain Top Maxwell Forrest (Character) - 2017
      48% 59% The 33 President Sebastián Piñera (Character) $12.0M 2015
      No Score Yet 58% Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant Unknown (Character) - 2015
      56% 41% Decoding Annie Parker Dr. Benton (Character) $39.9K 2013
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Highland Park Burt (Character) - 2013
      0% 69% Live at the Foxes Den Tony O'Hara (Character) - 2013
      7% 33% Runner Runner University Dean (Character) $19.3M 2013
      No Score Yet 50% Jimmy Sheriff Brinson (Character) - 2013
      96% 90% Argo Cyrus Vance (Character) $136.0M 2012
      51% 66% Trouble With the Curve Watson (Character) $35.8M 2012
      81% 68% Get the Gringo Thomas Kaufman (Character) - 2012
      84% 82% The Lincoln Lawyer Cecil Dobbs (Character) $58.0M 2011
      No Score Yet 27% The Trial Joe Whetstone (Character) $19.2K 2010
      No Score Yet 33% Tenure William Thurber (Character) - 2009
      80% 67% 24: Redemption Ethan Kanin (Character) - 2008
      60% 45% The Lazarus Project Father Ezra (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 16% Player 5150 Nick Villa (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Least of These Father Thomas Peters (Character) - 2008
      No Score Yet 55% Numb Dr. Townshend (Character) - 2007
      72% 73% Fracture Judge Frank Gardner (Character) $39.0M 2007
      21% 51% Dead Silence Edward Ashen (Character) $16.5M 2007
      No Score Yet 32% Pandemic Dr. Max Sorkosky (Character) - 2007
      60% 74% Believe in Me Hugh Moreland (Character) $208.6K 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Ichabod! Baltus Van Tassel (Character) - 2004
      56% 89% Iron Jawed Angels President Woodrow Wilson (Character) - 2004
      64% 75% I Heart Huckabees Mr. Silver (Character) $12.8M 2004
      No Score Yet 43% Judas High Priest Caiaphas (Character) - 2004
      56% 61% Dallas 362 Joe (Character) $18.9K 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Pact James (Character) - 2002
      No Score Yet 56% When Billie Beat Bobby Jerry Perenchio (Character) - 2001
      86% 90% 61* Dan Topping (Character) - 2001
      50% 10% Scenes of the Crime Steven (Character) - 2001
      46% 63% The Perfect Storm Alexander McAnally III (Character) $182.6M 2000
      14% 30% Running Mates Sen. Terrence Randall (Character) - 2000
      17% 14% Bats Dr. Alexander McCabe (Character) $10.1M 1999
      21% 73% Patch Adams Dean Walcott (Character) $135.0M 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Elvis Meets Nixon Richard M. Nixon (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 58% Buffalo Soldiers Col. Grierson (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 22% Changing Habits Bishop Creighton (Character) - 1997
      54% 44% Broken Arrow Pritchett (Character) $70.6M 1996
      11% 38% The Glimmer Man Frank Deverell (Character) $20.4M 1996
      No Score Yet 85% In Pursuit of Honor Col. John Hardesty (Character) - 1995
      85% 82% Dolores Claiborne Mr. Pease (Character) $22.8M 1995
      21% 72% Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls Burton Quinn (Character) $107.5M 1995
      No Score Yet 40% Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Franklin D. Roosevelt (Character) - 1995
      91% 98% The Shawshank Redemption Warden Samuel Norton (Character) $27.3M 1994
      No Score Yet 56% Roswell Frank Joyce (Character) - 1994
      63% 67% Demolition Man Chief George Earle (Character) $57.2M 1993
      10% 34% Father Hood Lazzaro (Character) $3.3M 1993
      No Score Yet 60% Wild Palms Unknown (Character) - 1993
      No Score Yet 70% Murder in the Heartland Governor Anderson (Character) - 1993
      65% 52% The Public Eye Older Agent (Character) $3.0M 1992
      No Score Yet 62% Sinatra Tommy Dorsey (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 33% Missing Pieces Mr. Gabor (Character) - 1992
      No Score Yet 52% Mission of the Shark Chaplain (Character) - 1991
      No Score Yet 14% Judgment Monsignor Beauvais (Character) - 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Bride in Black Sydney (Character) - 1990
      13% 36% Cookie Richie Segretto (Character) $1.4M 1989
      95% 93% Glory Gen. Harker (Character) $25.5M 1989
      61% 37% The Pick-Up Artist Fernando Portacarrero (Character) $11.6M 1987
      94% 93% Matewan C.E. Lively (Character) $23.9K 1987
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal Harry Gibbs (Character) - 1982
      70% 33% Rollover Sal Naftari (Character) - 1981

      TV

      Credit
      95% 88% Elementary Frederick Wentz (Guest Star) 2019
      65% 79% The Cool Kids Colonel Christianson (Guest Star) 2019
      91% 78% The Blacklist Unknown (Guest Star) 2018
      88% 86% Trial & Error Jeremiah Jefferson Davis (Guest Star) 2017
      78% 80% Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Lawrence Hendricks Sr. (Guest Star) 2017
      94% 75% Royal Pains General William Collins (Guest Star) 2010-2013 2016
      92% 89% Marvel's Daredevil Leland Owlsley (Character) 2015
      76% 76% Trophy Wife Francis Harrison (Guest Star) 2014
      95% 85% New Girl Ed (Guest Star) 2014
      67% 64% Up All Night Unknown (Guest Star) 2012
      No Score Yet 65% Family Guy Warden (Guest Voice) 2011
      42% 29% Criminal Minds: Suspect Behaviour Marshall Phelps (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 89% The Mentalist Alexander Harrington (Guest Star) 2010
      87% 87% 24 Ethan Kanin (Character),
      Unknown (Guest Star)
      2007 2009-2010
      86% 94% Boston Legal Attorney William Connolly (Guest Star) 2008
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Women's Murder Club Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Pandemic Dr. Max Sorkosky (Character) 2007
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Courthouse Judge Homer Conklin (Character) 1995 2006
      72% 88% Desperate Housewives Noah Taylor (Guest Star) 2004-2006
      74% 83% Nip/Tuck Agent Sagamore (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Greg the Bunny Junction Jack Mars (Character) 2002 2004
      91% 78% Veronica Mars Unknown (Guest Star) 2004
      91% 89% Monk Dwight Ellison (Guest Star) 2004
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Judging Amy Unknown (Guest Star) 2003-2004
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Director Robert Carvallo (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Mister Sterling Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Touched by an Angel Unknown (Character) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Family Law Unknown (Guest Star) 2000
      61% 74% Ally McBeal Unknown (Guest Star) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Outer Limits Clute Nichols (Character) 1998
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Wild Palms Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Sinatra Unknown (Character) 1992
      92% 89% Star Trek: The Next Generation Capt. Benjamin Maxwell (Guest Star) 1991
      No Score Yet 83% Law & Order Unknown (Guest Star) 1990
      71% 85% Miami Vice Unknown (Guest Star) 1988
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Equalizer Cronin (Guest Star) 1985