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Bob Gunton (Robert Patrick Gunton Jr., Santa Monica, California, November 15, 1945) is an American actor known for playing roles such as Warden Samuel Norton in the movie The Shawshank Redemption, Chief George Earle in Demolition Man , that of Doctor Walcott in Patch Adams and that of Leland Owlsley in the television series Daredevil.
Childhood and education
Bob Gunton was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Rose Marie Banovetz and Robert Patrick Gunton, an executive. He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, and the University of California, Irvine. At one point, he planned to become a Catholic priest. Between 1969 and 1971 he served in the United States Army, earning a Bronze Star for valor and the Vietnam Service Medal.
Bob Gunton played the role of Juan Perón in the original Broadway production of Evita, earning a Tony Award nomination for Best Actor in a Musical for his performance. He later starred in the title role of a 1989 Broadway revival of Sweeney Todd and received a second Tony nomination for his performance.
He later played President Richard Nixon in a reenactment of the Watergate tapes for the late-night show Nightline. Also in 2004 he played President Woodrow Wilson in the movie Iron Jawed Angels. Known for his role on Star Trek: The Next Generation in the episode "The Wound" as a special guest playing Captain Benjamin Maxwell in 1991, he also played Samuel Norton, the warden of Shawshank State Prison and the main antagonist in The Shawshank. Redemption with Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman.
He was also a guest in the first season of the American series Desperate Housewives, in the sixth season of 24, in which he plays Ethan Kanin, a Secretary of State for Defense. He then signed on permanently to the series and returned to reprise the role of Ethan Kanin, but now as the chief of staff, to the new president, Allison Taylor, in the seventh season of the series, as well as in the prequel to the television movie. 24: Redemption. He returned again for the eighth season, but this time as the President of the Secretary of State.
He has shared credits with renowned artists such as Sylvester Stallone, Morgan Freeman, Jim Carrey, Robin Williams, Anthony Hopkins, George Clooney, and Mark Wahlberg, among others.
Bob Gunton at the Internet Movie Database.