• Bob Gunton is an veteran American actor with over 130 film and TV appearances in his 40+ year career
• His most popular roles include Warden Samuel Norton in "The Shawshank Redemption" and Chief George Earle in "Demolition Man"
• He served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971, receiving the Bronze Star for his mission in Vietnam
• He has won various awards for his stage acting, including Drama Desk and Tony Awards
• He is married to actress Carey Pitts, and was previously married to Annie McGreevey with whom he has a daughter, Olivia

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Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 15, 1945
SpouseCarey Pitts Gunton (m. 2006), Annie McGreevey (m. 1980–2006)
MarkOften plays political figures or military figures
FactAs of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Argo (2012), the latter being a winner in the category.

Who is Bob Gunton?

Bob Gunton is an veteran American actor, who has earned fame both on stage and on screen. He has over 130 appearances in films and TV series in his career, which has lasted for more than 40 years. Some of his most popular roles include as Warden Samuel Norton in the drama film “The Shawshank Redemption”, and as Chief George Earle in the film “Demolition Man”. He is known to mostly portray authoritarian characters.

Bob Gunton Biography- Age, Childhood, and Education

Born Robert Patrick Gunton Jr. on the 15th November 1945, in Santa Monica, California USA, he is the son of Rose Marie and her husband, Robert Patrick Sr., who was a labor union executive. Bob went to Mater Dei High School, located in Santa Ana, California, after which he attended the Paulist Seminary St Peter’s College, which is in Baltimore, Maryland.

He then studied at the University of California, Irvine. Having been raised as a devout Roman Catholic, Bob desired to become a priest, but life took him elsewhere.


Before acting, Bob served in the US Army; from 1969 until 197 as a radio telephone operator, with the 2nd Battalion, 501st Infantry Regiment of the 101st Airborne Division. He was a part of the Fire Support Base Ripcord stationed atop a mountain in the A Sầu Valley during a 23-day siege. He received the Bronze Star commendation after he returned to the base under attack by the Vietnamese army, to retrieve valuable radios. He wasn’t alone in the mission, as he was accompanied by another soldier, who also was awarded the Bronze Star.

Career Beginnings and Work in Theater

Bob started his acting career in the late ‘70s appearing on stage, with his first notable role as Raoul in the Broadway musical “King of Hearts” (1978), for which he earned a Drama Desk Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical. The following year he starred as President of Argentina Juan Peron in the play “Evita”, and won the Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, and was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical.

He continued with stage roles, appearing in the play “How I Got That Story”, for which he won both an Obie and the Clarence Derwent Awards.

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After this, in 1981 he began appearing on screen as well, making his debut in the romantic mystery film “Rollover”, starring Jane Fonda, Kris Kristofferson and Hume Cronym, but throughout the ‘80s he was still particularly active on stage, appearing in such plays as “Passion Play” (1983), “Amadeus” (1984), and “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street”, for which he was nominated for Tony, Drama Desk, and Outer Critics Circle Awards.

In the ‘90s he focused on-screen roles, but from 2000 to 2004 he again played in the theater, appearing in “Follies” (2002), “On the Twentieth Century” (2003), and “The Great Ostrovsky” (2004), in which he played David Ostrovsky, earning a nomination for the Barrymore Award for Excellence in Theater.

On-Screen Beginnings

Bob continued with roles on screen, first with a co-starring role in the television movie drama “Louis Gibbs and the Love Canal”, then as Frank in the film “Static” in 1985, and as Dr. Leonard Schrader in the TV series “Hothouse” in 1988, in addition to other appearances.

Rise to Prominence

Bob enjoyed success in the ‘90s, propelled to stardom with roles in such films as “Demolition Man”, starring Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes and Sandra Bullock, then the multiple Academy Award-nominated drama film “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994), in which he starred with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman. In 1995 he appeared in the comedy film “Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls”, with Jim Carrey as the lead star of the film, after which he was President Richard M. Nixon in the biopic comedy-drama film “Elvis and Nixon”, about the meeting between Elvis Presley and Nixon – Elvis was played by Rick Peters, while Priscilla Presley was played by Alyson Court.

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In the Academy Award-nominated “Patch Adams”, Gunton portrayed Dean Walcott, while Robin Williams attracted all the fame, and he finished the decade with the sci-fi horror thriller film “Bats” (1999), starring Lou Diamond Phillips and Dina Meyer alongside.

With the start of the 2000s, Bob switched his focus to television roles, and in 2003 he was California Governor Marino in the TV series “Mister Sterling”, and also portrayed Mayor Smith in the TV action-crime drama series “Peacemakers”. The following year he appeared in the Golden Globe Award-winning historical drama film “Iron Jawed Angels”.

Continual Success

Bob continued successfully into the second half of the 2000s, first portraying Dick Dinkle in the TV series “Pepper Dennis”, and by 2010 had featured in such films as “Dead Silence” and “Fracture” both in 2007, and “Player 5150”, while he also portrayed Franklin Roosevelt in the TV documentary “World War Two: Behind Closed Doors” (2008). Also, from 2007 to 2010 he starred as Ethan Kanin in the TV crime-drama series “24”.

Nothing changed for Bob with the start of the new decade, and in 2011 he appeared in the biopic “Kill the Irishman” (2011), about Danny Greene. The following year he was in the multiple Academy Award-winning biopic drama film “Argo” (2012), starring Ben Affleck, Bryan Cranston and John Goodman.

His next big thing was the role of Leland Owlsley in the TV action-crime series “Daredevil” (2015), while two years later he appeared in the family-drama film “Mountain Top”, with Barry Corbin, Coby Ryan McLaughlin and Valerie Azlynn.

Most Recent Projects

In recent years, Bob has featured in a few notable projects – he was Jeremiah Davis in the TV series “Trial & Error” in 2017, then played Mr. Stern in the romantic comedy film “Alex & The List”, starring Karen Gillan, Jennifer Morrison and Julie Gonzalo. In 2018 he appeared in the biopic drama film “Unbroken: Path to Redemption”, about the Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini.

Recently he’s appeared as a guest star in several TV series, including “The Cool Kids”, and “Elementary”, both in 2019, and he is now working on the fantasy horror film “Ghostkiller”, which will star Zahn McClarnon, Tara Reid and Kevin Sorbo. The film is just announced and is yet to receive its premiere date.

Bob Gunton Net Worth, Height, Weight, and Appearance

Bob is an award-winning stage, film and TV actor with a career spanning over 40 years; his wealth has reached a certain degree, and according to sources, Gunton’s wealth is estimated at $3 million, as of mid- 2020.

Bob Gunton stands at 6ft 2ins (1.88m) tall, weighs approximately 145lbs ~ 66kgs, while his vital statistics are 39-33-15. Bob’s hair is now grey, and he has brown eyes.

Bob Gunton Personal Life, Marriage, Children

Bob has been married to Carey Pitts since 2006; they don’t have children together.

He was previously married to actress Annie McGreevey from 6th July 1980 until 31st July 2006. The couple has one child together, a daughter Olivia Gunton.

Bob Gunton News, Influence

Throughout his career, Bob has played tough characters, often representing police and army forces. His role as Warden Norton still catches the attention of people around the world, and recently, he was revisited in an article about the film’s success. Furthermore, his role as Leland Owlsley in “Daredevil”, also propelled him to stardom in recent years. Bob is still active as an actor, despite being in his eighth decade.

Bob lost his dog tag in that mission in Vietnam for which he won the Bronze Star, but in recent years he was reunited with it, after it was considered lost for 40 years and more.

General Info

Full NameBob Gunton
Date Of BirthNovember 15, 1945
Height1.85 m
ProfessionVoice Actor, Soldier
EducationUniversity of California, Irvine, Mater Dei High School


SpouseCarey Pitts Gunton (m. 2006), Annie McGreevey (m. 1980–2006)
ChildrenOlivia Gunton
ParentsRose Marie Banovetz, Robert Patrick Gunton, Sr.


AwardsDrama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Musical, Obie Award for Performance
NominationsTony Award for Best Lead Actor in a Musical, Tony Award for Best Featured Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Actor in a Play, Outer Critics Circle Award for Outstanding Actor in a Musical
MoviesThe Shawshank Redemption, Dead Silence, Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls, Patch Adams, Demolition Man, The Lincoln Lawyer, The Lazarus Project, The 33, The Glimmer Man, Argo, The Perfect Storm, Broken Arrow, Fracture, Born on the Fourth of July, Glory, Matewan, Get the Gringo, I Heart Huckabees, Iron ...
TV Shows24, Greg the Bunny, Peacemakers, Wild Palms, Daredevil, Murder in the Heartland, Courthouse, Hothouse

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#Marks / Signs
1Often plays strict, authoritarian characters
2Often plays political figures or military figures


1Among the roles I've played on stage, television and in films were politicos as diverse as Abe Lincoln, Juan Peron, Herman Goering, George Wallace and both Roosevelts.
2I was the adoring son of a Welsh-Irish father, a dyed-in-the-wool Democrat, a Catholic Knight of Columbus who was a blue-collar, trade union organizer and, not surprisingly, a fervid Nixon-hater.
3In film roles, I play a lot of heavies and a lot of bad guys, so I tend to be the jokester and the good-time Charlie on the set.
4I was a grunt, walking around in the jungle of Vietnam, trying not to find the enemy. Because I am so big, they were going to give me either a heavy radio or a huge machine gun to carry. I carried a radio.
5My first presidential primary vote was for Bobby Kennedy.
6Lyndon Johnson may have escalated the war, but when I was drafted and shipped off to Vietnam, the signature on my orders was Nixon's.


1Has one daughter: Olivia Gunton.
2Parents are Robert Patrick Sr. and Rose Marie Gunton.
3Attended and graduated from the University of California, Irvine (1968).
4Attended and graduated from Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California (1964).
5In the original Broadway production of Evita, he was the only cast member who spoke with a Spanish accent.
6Has appeared with David Strathairn in four films: Matewan (1987), Judgment (1990), Dolores Claiborne (1995) and Fracture (2007).
7As of 2014, has appeared in four films that were nominated for the Best Picture Oscar: Born on the Fourth of July (1989), JFK (1991), The Shawshank Redemption (1994) and Argo (2012), the latter being a winner in the category.
8Has played three historical U.S. presidents: Woodrow Wilson in Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Franklin D. Roosevelt in World War Two: Behind Closed Doors (2008), and Richard Nixon in Elvis Meets Nixon (1997).
9Profiled in "Character Kings: Hollywood's Familiar Faces Discuss the Art & Business of Acting" by Scott Voisin (2009).
101980: Won the Clarence Derwent Award and the Obie Award for Best Performance in "How I Got That Story".
11Won the 1980 Drama Desk Award for his role of Juan Domingo Perón opposite Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin in the Broadway musical "Evita".
12Has twice received Tony nominations: in 1980 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing Juan Domingo Perón in "Evita", and ten years later, in 1990, as Best Actor (Musical) for playing the title role in a revival of "Sweeney Todd".
131969-71: Served in the United States Army, earning the Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star for valor.
14Born at 12:44pm-PST




Mountain Top2017post-productionMaxwell Forrest
The List2016completedMr. Stern
The Gettysburg Address2016Documentary post-productionWilliam Herndon (voice)
Trial & Error2017TV SeriesJeremiah Davis
Royal Pains2010-2016TV SeriesGeneral William Collins / Ret. General William Collins
The Last Tycoon2016TV SeriesVanderbilt Riddle
Gortimer Gibbon's Life on Normal Street2015TV SeriesGrandpa
The 332015President Piñera
Larry Gaye: Renegade Male Flight Attendant2015Flight School Instructor
Daredevil2015TV SeriesLeland Owlsley
Trophy Wife2014TV SeriesFrancis Harrison
New Girl2014TV SeriesEd
Live at the Foxes Den2013Tony O'Hara
Runner Runner2013Dean Alex Monroe
Jimmy2013/ISheriff Brinson
Decoding Annie Parker2013Dr. Benton
Highland Park2013Bert
Up All Night2012TV SeriesTom
Trouble with the Curve2012Watson
Argo2012Cyrus Vance
Wilfred2012TV SeriesWarner
Get the Gringo2012Thomas Kaufman
Family Guy2011TV SeriesWarden
Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior2011TV SeriesMarshall Phelps
Kill the Irishman2011Jerry Merke
The Lincoln Lawyer2011Cecil Dobbs
The Trial2010Joe Whetstone
Warren the Ape2010TV Series
The Mentalist2010TV SeriesAlexander Harrington
242007-2010TV SeriesEthan Kanin
World War Two: Behind Closed Doors2008-2009TV Series documentaryFranklin Roosevelt
Tenure2008William Thurber
The Least of These2008Father Thomas Peters
242008TV MovieEthan Kanin
The Lazarus Project2008Father Ezra
Player 51502008Nick Villa
Boston Legal2008TV SeriesAttorney William Connolly
Women's Murder Club2007TV SeriesArthur Lazar
Rendition2007Lars Whitman
Numb2007/IDr. Townshend
Fracture2007Judge Gardner
Dead Silence2007Edward Ashen
The Batman2007TV SeriesGorman
Pandemic2007TV MovieDr. Max Sorkosky
Imperfect Union2007TV Movie
Numb3rs2006TV SeriesBoyd Resnick
Pepper Dennis2006TV SeriesDick Dick Dinkle
Desperate Housewives2004-2006TV SeriesNoah Taylor
Believe in Me2006Hugh Moreland
E-Ring2006TV SeriesGeneral Hughes
Nip/Tuck2005TV SeriesAgent Sagamore
Fur on the Asphalt: The Greg the Bunny Reunion Show2005TV MoviePrison Warden
Greg the Bunny2002-2004TV SeriesJunction Jack
Ichabod!2004Baltus Van Tassel
I Heart Huckabees2004Mr. Silver
Monk2004TV SeriesDwight Ellison
Judas2004TV MovieHigh Priest Caiaphas
Iron Jawed Angels2004TV MoviePresident Woodrow Wilson
Judging Amy2003-2004TV SeriesDr. Alan Foster
Peacemakers2003TV SeriesMayor Smith
Dallas 3622003Joe
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003TV SeriesDirector Robert Carvallo
Mister Sterling2003TV SeriesCalifornia Governor Marino
The Pact2002TV MovieJames
Touched by an Angel2002TV SeriesSidney
Boat Trip2002Boat Captain
Spin City2002TV SeriesGovernor Riley
The Court2002TV SeriesCasey
Scenes of the Crime2001Steven, Jimmy's Partner
61*2001TV MovieDan Topping
When Billie Beat Bobby2001TV MovieJerry Perenchio
Family Law2000TV SeriesJudge Mason
Running Mates2000TV MovieSen. Terrence Randall
The Perfect Storm2000Alexander McAnally III
Bats1999Dr. Alexander McCabe
Patch Adams1998Dean Walcott
Ally McBeal1998TV SeriesMichaelson
The Outer Limits1998TV SeriesClute Nichols
Nothing Sacred1998TV SeriesBishop Corey
Buffalo Soldiers1997TV MovieCol. Benjamin Grierson
Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil1997Finley Largent
A Thousand Acres1997Judge (uncredited)
Elvis Meets Nixon1997TV MovieRichard M. Nixon
Changing Habits1997Bishop Creighton
The Glimmer Man1996Frank Deverell
The Siege at Ruby Ridge1996TV MovieBo Gritz
Broken Arrow1996Pritchett
Courthouse1995TV SeriesJudge Homer Conklin
Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls1995Burton Quinn
Dolores Claiborne1995Mr. Pease
Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long1995TV MovieFranklin D. Roosevelt
In Pursuit of Honor1995TV MovieCol. John Hardesty
The Shawshank Redemption1994Warden Norton
Roswell1994TV MovieFrank Joyce
Demolition Man1993Chief George Earle
Father Hood1993Lazzaro
Wild Palms1993TV Mini-SeriesDr. Tobias Schenkl
Murder in the Heartland1993TV Mini-SeriesGovernor Anderson
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster1992TV MovieLarry Dietrick - State of Alaska
Jennifer 81992Goodridge
The Public Eye1992Older Agent
Ladykiller1992TV MovieWolkowski
Patriot Games1992Interviewer
Ned Blessing: The True Story of My Life1992TV MovieTexas Preacher
Sinatra1992TV Mini-SeriesTommy Dorsey
JFK1991TV Newsman #3
Mission of the Shark: The Saga of the U.S.S. Indianapolis1991TV MovieChaplain
Perry Mason: The Case of the Glass Coffin1991TV MovieAsst. D.A. Scott Willard
Star Trek: The Next Generation1991TV SeriesCapt. Benjamin Maxwell
A Woman Named Jackie1991TV Mini-SeriesHugh Auchincloss
Missing Pieces1991Mr. Gabor
L.A. Law1990TV SeriesRobert Weston
Law & Order1990TV SeriesGil Himes
The Bride in Black1990TV MovieSydney
Judgment1990TV MovieMonsignor Beauvais
Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse1990Video shortChief Kirby
Born on the Fourth of July1989Doctor #1 - VA Hospital
Glory1989Gen. Charles Garrison Harker
Cookie1989Richie Segretto
Unconquered1989TV MovieGovernor George Wallace
Miami Vice1988TV SeriesRivas
Hothouse1988TV SeriesDr. Leonard Schrader
The Pick-up Artist1987Fernando Portacarrero
Matewan1987C.E. Lively
Adam: His Song Continues1986TV MovieEdgar Milton
The Equalizer1985TV SeriesCronin
Finnegan Begin Again1985TV MovieChristian Jamison
Comedy Zone1984TV SeriesVarious
Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal1982TV MovieHarry Gibbs
Rollover1981Sal Naftari


Ichabod!2004performer: "Ichabod"
Great Performances2003TV Series performer - 1 episode
The Shawshank Redemption1994performer: "A Mighty Fortress Is Our God" - uncredited
Star Trek: The Next Generation1991TV Series performer - 1 episode
Sesame Street Home Video Visits the Firehouse1990Video short performer: "Waiting For The Bell To Ring"
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV Special performer: "Dice Are Rolling", "A New Argentina"


Char·ac·ter: The Interviews2010DocumentaryHimself
I Heart Huckabees: Production Surveillance2005Video documentary shortHimself
Hope Springs Eternal: A Look Back at 'The Shawshank Redemption'2004Video documentary shortHimself
The Shawshank Redemption: Cast Interviews2004Video documentaryHimself
Shawshank: The Redeeming Feature2001TV Movie documentaryHimself
'Bats' Abound1999Video documentary shortHimself
The 44th Annual Tony Awards1990TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Leading Actor in a Musical
Forever James Dean1988DocumentaryNarrator (voice)
Soldiers in Hiding1985DocumentaryNarrator
The 34th Annual Tony Awards1980TV SpecialHimself - Performer & Nominee: Best Featured Actor in a Musical

Archive Footage

Rescued from Tehran: We Were There2012Video documentary shortCyrus Vance (uncredited)
Boffo! Tinseltown's Bombs and Blockbusters2006DocumentaryWarden Samuel Norton (uncredited)
Great Performances2003TV Series
Demolition Man1994Video GameChief George Earle


Won Awards

2012Hollywood Film AwardHollywood Film AwardsEnsemble of the YearArgo (2012)

Nominated Awards

1994ACCAAwards Circuit Community AwardsBest Cast EnsembleThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia

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