Known for movies

Short Info

Date Of BirthNovember 15, 1945
SpouseCarey Pitts Gunton (m. 2006), Annie McGreevey (m. 1980–2006)
MarkOften plays political figures or military figures
Fact1969-71: Served in the United States Army, earning the Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star for valor.


Bob Gunton is an experienced American actor, who is most famous for his role of Warden Norton is the movie “The Shawshank Redemption”. Along with his film career, he developed his stage performing skills, and is also a folk singer. Let’s find out more about his current wife, net worth, family, etc.

Early life and family

Robert Patrick “Bob” Gunton Jr. was born on 15 November 1945, in Santa Monica, California USA, so under the sign of Scorpio, and holding American nationality. His mother’s name was Rose Marie Gunton (née Banovetz); his father’s name was Robert Patrick Gunton, Sr. – little is known about his parents, except that his father was a labor union executive, and both of Bob’s parents were very religious.

Bob doesn’t have any siblings; not so much is known about his childhood, except that he spent his early years in California, being interested in various sports activities, such as soccer, basketball and baseball.

Educational background, army

Bob attended Mater Dei High School, located in Santa Ana, California, matriculating from there in 1963. After that he entered the Paulist Seminary St Peter’s College, located in Baltimore, Maryland, and later he attended the University of California, Irvine. From his early youth Bob planned to become a priest, as he was brought up as a devout Roman Catholic. However, his plans were destined to change. Bob served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971, participating in military operations in Vietnam. For his successful service he earned the Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star of Valor.

Career

Starting as a stage actor

Little is known about his activities in the times after he got back from his service in the US Army. Occasionally feeling that acting was something he was good at and interested in, Bob tried himself as a stage actor, appearing in such productions as “Evita” (1979), playing Juan Peron along with Patti LuPone, who played Evita Peron herself; “Sweeney Todd”, playing the title role in the first Broadway Revival of 1989 at the Circle in the Square Theatre; he also played in “King of Hearts” and “Working”, both in 1978, and “Big River” (1984), in which he landed the role of the King.

Bob Gunton

For his successful stage performances, he was twice nominated for Tony Awards for his work in “Evita” and “Sweeney Todd”; he also won the Drama Desk Award in 1980 for his work in “Evita” and the Clarence Derwent Award as well as the Obie Award for his performance in Amlin Gray’s black comedy about Vietnam, “How I Got That Story”. In this production Bob was the only actor on the stage, performing for more than 20 characters of both sexes and of various ages, along with the sounds of gunfire, bombing runs, etc.

First steps in acting career

Bob’s first work on the silver screen happened in 1981, when he landed the role of Sal Naftari in “Rollover”.

Later he accepted more offers from directors of various series and movies, and performed minor roles in such projects as “Static” (1985), “The Pick-up Artist” (1987), “Born on the Fourth of July” (1989) and “JFK” (1991). He could also be seen in “The Public Eye” (1992), “Father Hood” (1993) and “Demolition Man” (1993). His most valuable role of all times has been the character of Warden Samuel Norton in “The Shawshank Redemption” (1994). The movie got seven Academy Awards nominations, including “Best Picture”, “Best Actor” (Morgan Freeman) and “Best Adapted Screenplay”, but didn’t win any of them. However, after this appearance, Bob earned the line on authoritative, political or military characters.

His role in this movie also saw him featuring in the popular animated comedy series “Family Guy”, in which he voiced-over the prison warden in the episode “Cool Hand Peter” in 2011.

Further successful acting career

Bob started appearing in more series and films, mostly thrillers and dramas. He performed minor roles in “In Pursuit of Honor” (1995), “The Siege at Ruby Ridge” (1996), and “Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil” (1997), playing opposite Kevin Spacey and John Cusack. He also played in “The Perfect Storm” (2000), “I Heart Huckabees” (2004), “The Lazarus Project” (2008), “The Lincoln Lawyer” (2011) and “Trouble with the Curve (2012), sharing the screen with Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake, John Goodman and Amy Adams.

It is worth mentioning that Bob had a chance to play four US Presidents: President Richard Nixon in “Elvis meets Nixon” (1997), President Thomas Woodrow Wilson in “Iron Jawed Angels” (2004), President Franklin D. Roosevelt in “World War Two: Behind Closed Doors”, a documentary movie of 2008, and President Harry S. Truman in “Project Blue Book” (2019). He also played President Sebastián Piñera, the current President of Chile, in “The 33” (2015).

Appearing in TV series

Bob Gunton appeared in dozens of TV series, in both minor and major roles.

At the beginning of his acting career he started with such series as “Law & Order”, “Star Trek: The Next Generation”, “A Woman Named Jackie” and “Miami Vice”. Later he landed the main roles of Junction Jack in “Greg the Bunny” (2002 – 2004), and Mayor Malcolm Smith in “Peacemakers” (2003). He also played in “Desperate Housewives” from 2004 to 2006, “Pepper Dennis” in 2006 and “Women’s Murder Club” in 2007. He gained the main role of Ethan Kanin in the popular series “24” (2001 – 2010) in 2007 and starred in the series ‘til 2010. His latest works in series are the role of Ed in “New Girl”, the character of Ranger’s grandfather in “Gortimer Gibbon’s Life on Normal Street”, and as Leland Owlsley in the main cast of “Daredevil” (2015).

Personal life, wife Carey Pitts

Bob married his first wife, actress Annie McGreevey, in 1980. Born in July 1946, she could be seen in such movies and series as “Another World” (1964 – 1999), “Tales of the Unexpected” (1979 – 1988), “Law & Order” (1990 – 2010), “Law & Order: Special Victims Unit” (1999 – present). She also played minor roles in “Six Degrees” (2006 – 2008), “Anomaly” (2014) and “Bessie” (2017). During their marriage, Annie gave birth to their daughter, Olivia Gunton, but in 2006 the couple divorced, and Bob married Carey Pitts the same year, and is still living with her, having no more kids. Nothing is known about his current wife, as Bob keeps her profile and all the details of his private life low-key.

https://www.facebook.com/343640103224012/photos/a.343640726557283/343640663223956/?type=3&theater

Hobbies, favorite things and interesting facts

During his spare time Bob likes to do some singing, as he is a mature folk singer and performer. Bob became the hero of the meme called “… Or am I being obtuse?”, as a lot of people use the screenshot of his “The Shawshank Redemption” character, Warden Norton, pointing on the brick wall with his finger, saying that phrase.

Social media presence

Bob Gunton is not very active on social media platforms, being consistent only on his Twitter account, which is read by only 450 people. However, he tweets and shares other people’s posts quite often, almost on a daily basis. One can see that he is a passionate opponent of President Donald Trump, sharing a lot of news and articles on his low ratings, fails, etc.

https://twitter.com/bob_gunton/status/987910891914973184

Appearance, clothing style

Bob has short grey hair and blue eyes. He is      6ft 1in (1.87m) tall and weighs around 187lbs (85kgs). His vital statistics are not available at the moment. As to his clothing style, he prefers classy looks, and often wears suits, shirts and trousers of light colors, such as grey, light-blue, etc.

Net worth and salary

According to authoritative sources, Bob’s current net worth is estimated to be around $3 million, accumulated by working hard as a stage actor, and starring in numerous series and movies. As he is still assigned to several series and keeps on accepting new offers from Hollywood directors, his net worth is going to grow in future.

General Info

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

Family

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

Accomplishments

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

Social profile links

Marks

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

Quotes

#Quote
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.

Facts

#Fact
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

Pictures

Movies

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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
Static1985Frank
Finnegan Begin Again1985TV MovieChristian Jamison
Comedy Zone1984TV SeriesVarious
Lois Gibbs and the Love Canal1982TV MovieHarry Gibbs
Rollover1981Sal Naftari

Soundtrack

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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"

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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

TitleYearStatusCharacter
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

Awards

Won Awards

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

Nominated Awards

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

Source: IMDb, Wikipedia
Author

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