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Robert Patrick Gunton Jr.
November 15, 1945
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Paulist Seminary St Peter's College
University of California, Irvine
(m. 1980; div. 2006)
Robert Patrick Gunton Jr. (born November 15, 1945) is an American character actor of stage and screen. He is known for playing strict authoritarian characters, including Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, Chief George Earle in 1993's Demolition Man, Dr. Walcott, the domineering dean of Virginia Medical School in Patch Adams, and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in Argo. He also played Leland Owlsley in the Daredevil television series, Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin in 24, and Noah Taylor in Desperate Housewives.
In addition to his film and television careers, Gunton is a prolific theatre actor. He originated the role of Juan Perón in the Broadway premiere of Evita and the titular character in the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, roles for which he received Tony Award nominations. He has received a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Clarence Derwent Award.
Early life, education and the Vietnam War
Gunton was born November 15, 1945, in Santa Monica, California, the son of Rose Marie (née Banovetz) and Robert Patrick Gunton Sr., a labor union executive. He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, the Paulist Seminary St Peter's College, in Baltimore, Maryland, and the University of California, Irvine. A lifelong devout Catholic, Gunton initially planned to be a priest.
He served in the United States Army (1969–71) as a radio telephone operator with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division, and was at the Battle of Fire Support Base Ripcord, South Vietnam, during the 23-day siege.
He and a comrade were awarded the Bronze Star for returning to the base to retrieve important but forgotten radios in the evacuation's final moments, so that they would not fall into the hands of the People's Army of Vietnam forces about to capture the base. Due to this, he was one of the last people to evacuate. During the battle, he lost one of his dog tags, but it was returned to him over 40 years later in 2018.
Gunton played the role of Juan Perón in the original 1980 Broadway production of Evita, earning a nomination for Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical for his performance. He had a supporting role in the 1985 HBO film Finnegan Begin Again starring Robert Preston and Mary Tyler Moore. Gunton later starred in the title role of a 1989 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and received a second Tony nomination for his portrayal. Additional Broadway credits include Working, King of Hearts, The Music Women, How I Got That Story, and Big River.
Gunton portrayed President Richard Nixon in a recreation of the Watergate tapes incident for Nightline. He also played President Woodrow Wilson in the film Iron Jawed Angels (2004). Gunton is also known for his guest starring role as Capt. Benjamin Maxwell in the 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode "The Wounded". Gunton played Warden Samuel Norton, the head of Shawshank State Prison and the primary antagonist in The Shawshank Redemption (1994) opposite Tim Robbins. Gunton played Cecil Dobbs in the 2011 film The Lincoln Lawyer.
Gunton also guest starred in the first season of Desperate Housewives and the sixth season of 24, where he portrayed United States Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin. He signed on as series regular afterward and reprised the role of Kanin but now as the Chief of Staff to the new president, Allison Taylor, in the show's seventh season as well as the two-hour television prequel film, 24: Redemption. He returned again for the eighth season but this time as the President's Secretary of State. Gunton portrays Leland Owlsley in the 2015 TV series Daredevil. Gunton made a guest appearance on Law & Order: Special Victims Unit in January 2017. In 2021, Gunton was used as a body double for Harold Ramis' character Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters: Afterlife.
|Ben Owens / Bill Cracker (understudy)
|Bud Jonas / Frank Decker
|King of Hearts
|Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
|President Juan Perón
|Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
Nominated - Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical
|How I Got That Story
|The Historical Event
|Clarence Derwent Award for Most Promising Male Performer
Obie Award for Distinguished Performance by an Actor
Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play
|Isn't It Romantic?
|The Death of Von Richtofen as Witnessed From Earth
|An American Comedy
|Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical
|Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
|Nominated - Tony Award for Best Actor in a Musical
Nominated - Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
Nominated - Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
|The Poison Tree
|The Hon. Ronald S. Rogers
|On the Twentieth Century
|The Great Ostrovsky
|Nominated - Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theater
|The Pick-up Artist
|General Charles Harker
|Born on the Fourth of July
|Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse
|The Public Eye
|Chief George Earle
|The Shawshank Redemption
|Warden Sam Norton
|Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls
|The Glimmer Man
|A Thousand Acres
|Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil
|Dr. Alexander McCabe
|The Perfect Storm
|Alexander McAnally III
|Scenes of the Crime
|Steven, Jimmy's Partner
|I Heart Huckabees
|Believe in Me
|The Lazarus Project
|The Least of These
|Father Thomas Peters
|The Lincoln Lawyer
|Kill the Irishman
|Get the Gringo
|Secretary of State Cyrus Vance
|Hollywood Film Awards for Best Ensemble Cast
|Trouble with the Curve
|Decoding Annie Parker
|Dean Alex Monroe
|Live at the Foxes Den
|Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant
|Flight School Instructor
|President Sebastián Piñera
|Alex & the List
|Unbroken: Path to Redemption
|The Ghost Farmer
|Motion capture role, with Harold Ramis' likeness superimposed
|The Gettysburg Address
|William Herndon (voice)
|Finnegan Begin Again
|Episode "Mama's Boy"
|Dr. Leonard Schrader
|Episode: "Heart of Night"
|Governor George Wallace
|The Bride in Black
|Law & Order
|Episode: "Happily Ever After"
|Episode: "New Kidney on the Block"
|Star Trek: The Next Generation
|Captain Benjamin Maxwell
|Episode: "The Wounded"
|Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin
|Assistant District Attorney Scott Willard
|A Woman Named Jackie
|Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life
|Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster
|Larry Dietrick, State of Alaska
|Dr. Tobias Schenkl
|Murder in the Heartland
|President Ellis (Space Traders segment)
|In Pursuit of Honor
|Colonel John Hardesty
|Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long
|Franklin D. Roosevelt
|Judge Homer Conklin
|The Siege at Ruby Ridge
|Elvis Meets Nixon
|President Richard Nixon
|Colonel Benjamin Grierson
|Episode: "Signs and Words"
|The Outer Limits
|Episode: "The Hunt"
|Episode: "These Are the Days"
|Episode: "Telling Lies, Conclusion"
|When Billie Beat Bobby
|Episode: "Back in the Bottle"
|Episode: "A Friend in Need"
|Touched by an Angel
|Episode: "A Feather on the Breath of God"
|Greg the Bunny
|Jack 'Junction Jack' Mars
|California Governor Marino
|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
|Director Robert Carvallo
|Episode: "Play with Fire"
|Mayor Malcolm Smith
|Dr. Alan Foster
|Iron Jawed Angels
|President Woodrow Wilson
|High Priest Caiaphas
|Episode: "Mr. Monk and the Game Show"
|Episode: "Waste Not"
|Dr. Max Sorkosky
|Voice, Episode: "Riddler's Revenge"
|Women's Murder Club
|Episode: "Train In Vain"
|Attorney William Connolly
|Episode: "The Court Supreme"
|World War II: Behind Closed Doors
|President Franklin D. Roosevelt
|BBC documentary with historical reconstructions
|Episode: "Red All Over"
|Warren the Ape
|Episode: "Out with the Old"
|General William Collins
|Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior
|Voice, Episode: "Cool Hand Peter"
|Up All Night
|Episode: "The Wedding"
|Episode: "The Wedding: Part Two"
|Main cast (season 1)
|Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street
|The Last Tycoon
|Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
|Lawrence Hendricks Sr.
|Episode: "Decline and Fall"
|Trial & Error
|Jeremiah Jefferson Davis
|The Cool Kids
|Episode: "Funeral Crashers"
|Project Blue Book
|President Harry S. Truman
|Episode: "The Washington Merry-Go Round"
|Episode: "Reichenbach Falls"
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