Sean Gunn

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Sean Gunn
Sean Gunn January 2015.jpg
Gunn at MagicCity ComicCon 2015
Born (1974-05-22) May 22, 1974 (age 42)
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
Alma mater DePaul University (BFA)
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–present
Parent(s) James F. Gunn
Relatives James Gunn (brother)
Matt Gunn (brother)
Brian Gunn (brother)
Mark Gunn (paternal cousin)

Sean Gunn (born May 22, 1974) is an American actor, best known for his role as Kirk Gleason on the television show Gilmore Girls (2000–2007). He is the younger brother of filmmaker James Gunn.

Early life[edit]

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent, he has four brothers and one sister. He was raised between St. Louis and Manchester, Missouri. His brothers are actor and political writer Matt Gunn, Brian, and former Senior Vice President with Artisan Entertainment, Patrick. His other brother James is a screenwriter/director, who took acting classes with Sean when they were children. Later in life, he introduced James to his future wife, Jenna Fischer. He also has a sister named Beth. Gunn's father, James F. Gunn, is a partner and corporate attorney with the law firm Thompson Coburn in St. Louis. Gunn's surname is derived from the Irish name MacGilGunn, meaning "sons to the servants of the god of the dead". Therefore, Gunn means "God of the Dead".[1]

Gunn attended the Jesuit St. Louis University High School (class of 1992). Gunn and his brothers are all graduates of Saint Louis University High School in the Kings Oak neighborhood of St. Louis. He then graduated from DePaul University's Theatre School in 1996. After graduation, he started a theater company with friends.


In 1995 Gunn played Sammy Capulet in the B movie Tromeo and Juliet. In 2000, he guest starred in the second episode of Gilmore Girls as Mick, a DSL cable installer. As the first season continued, Gunn was brought back to play the recurring role of Kirk Gleason, one of Stars Hollow's most eccentric citizens. Since 2002, until the end of the series in 2007, Gunn was a regular cast member of the show. He also had a recurring role on October Road as Rooster.[citation needed]

Although he is best known for his regular Gilmore Girls role, he also has several television show guest appearance credits, including Angel; 3rd Rock from the Sun; Yes, Dear; True Jackson, VP; Andy Richter Controls the Universe; and Bunheads. Gunn can also be seen in commercials as an "agent" for the text message information service In films, Gunn has also had several roles, the most substantial being "Alien Orphan/Doug" in The Specials, for which he also received a co-producer credit.[citation needed]

In 2003, Gunn starred in the featurette The Man Who Invented the Moon, directed by fellow Goodman School of Drama alum and Gilmore Girls cast member John Cabrera. Gunn and Cabrera have been close artistic colleagues since their school days in Chicago back in the mid-nineties.[citation needed]

Along with his brothers James and Brian, he is a creator and actor in the spoof porn series, PG Porn. He also had a brief role as a computer maintenance man on the Nickelodeon show True Jackson VP. Gunn starred in a series of television commercials for Knowledge Generation Bureau. He appeared in the 2010 film Super, written and directed by his brother James.

Sean is also the voice actor behind the character of Swan in the Warner Brothers video game Lollipop Chainsaw, also written by his brother James.[citation needed]

Gunn guest-starred in the season 4 episode "Makeover" of Glee as committee member Phineas Hayes.

In 2013, he provided stand-in work for the characters of Rocket Raccoon and Thanos for the film Guardians of the Galaxy,[2][3] which was written and directed by his brother. The characters were later voiced by Bradley Cooper and Josh Brolin. He also played the role of Kraglin, Yondu Udonta's second-in-command.

In 2014, he held a supporting role in Bones on FOX in the episode "The Corpse at the Convention".

With Nick Holmes, he has starred in Gilmore Girls, Super, PG Porn, and Guardians of the Galaxy. He has also posed for Holmes's photography portraits.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Gunn's nickname is "The Bulge". He is 6' (1.83 m) tall.[5]

The character Gunn on the TV series Angel was named as such after the creator, Joss Whedon, worked with both Sean and his brother, James Gunn.[5]

He is the former roommate of fellow DePaul classmate Judy Greer. He is the cousin of Mark Gunn, a former NFL football player.[5]

He plays fantasy baseball with Rush lead singer Geddy Lee.[5]

He is the former roommate and DePaul University classmate of fellow Gilmore Girls cast member John Cabrera.[5]


Year Title Role Notes
1996 Tromeo and Juliet Sammy Capulet/Performer
1997 Stricken Guffy
1999 The Auteur Theory Tori York
2000 The Specials Alien Orphan Co-Producer
2001 Love, Sex & Murder The Waiter Associate Producer
2001 Pearl Harbor Traction Sailor
2003 The Man Who Invented the Moon Sammy Hughes Executive Producer
2004 Fish Out of Water Jim Short
2005 Jesus, Mary and Joey Stevie
2008 Pants on Fire PK
2010 Super Toby
2012 The Giant Mechanical Man George
2013 Who the F Is Buddy Applebaum Pinto
2014 Guardians of the Galaxy Kraglin/On Set Rocket/On Set Thanos
2015 The Hive Dr. Baker
2016 The Belko Experiment Marty Espenscheid
2016 Geezer Ted
2016 Po Ben
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kraglin/On Set Rocket
2018 Avengers: Infinity War TBA Filming
Year Title Role Notes
1999 Any Day Now Clerk Episode: "A Parent's Job"
2000 Brutally Normal Lenny 2 episodes
1999–2000 Angel Mars/Lucas 2 episodes
2000 The Michael Richards Show Dennis Episode: "Simplification"
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Kirk Gleason/Swan Man/Mick/Performer 137 episodes; Series regular
2001 Inside Schwartz Focus Group Guy #2 Episode: "Bless Me Father, for I Have Fired You"
2001 DAG Ryan Episode: "Prom"
2001 3rd Rock from the Sun Attendant Episode: "You Don't Know Dick"
2001 Going to California Joey 'Fuzz' Fucetti 4 episodes
2002 Yes, Dear David Scott Episode: "Making Baby"
2002–2003 Andy Richter Controls the Universe Phil 3 episodes
2004 Gilmore Girls Backstage Special Himself TV Movie
2007–2008 October Road Rooster 6 episodes
2008 Scream Queens Himself - Guest Episode: "Episode #1.4"
2008 Sparky & Mikaela Dude Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Humanzee! Humanzee Episode: "Pilot"
2008–2009 PG Porn Peppermint Patty/Bill Scrotey/Jason/Creator/Writer TV Series Short; 8 episodes
2009 The Jace Hall Show Himself Episode: "James Gunn & Brutal Legend"
2009 True Jackson, VP Episode: "ReTRUEnion"
2011 The Homes Paul
2011 For a Green Card Andrew Episode: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
2011 The Morning After TV Series Short; 4 episodes
2012 Antiques Roadshow Himself - Feedback Booth Participant Episode: "Junk in the Trunk 2"
2012 Glee Phineas Hayes Episode: "Makeover"
2012–2013 H+ Jason O'Brien 9 episodes
2012–2013 Bunheads Sebastian 2 episodes
2013 The Education of Eddie and Mortimer Creepy Carl TV Movie
2014 The Victoria Uyen Show Himself Episode: "Guardians of the Galaxy Premiere"
2014 Bones Dr. Howard Fitch Episode: "The Corpse at the Convention"
2016 Superstore Card Shopper Episode: "Secret Shopper"
2016 Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life Kirk Gleason TV Mini-Series


  1. ^ April 4, 2012 interview, The 404 Podcast Ep. 1047
  2. ^ [1]
  3. ^ [2]
  4. ^ "Nick Holmes Photo". 
  5. ^ a b c d e "Sean Gunn Biography". 


  • "Gunns Hit Their Target in Hollywood" by Mary Delach Leonard. St Louis Post-Dispatch. March 23, 2003. p. E1

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