Sean Gunn

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Sean Gunn
Sean Gunn January 2015.jpg
Gunn in 2015
BornMay 22, 1974
EducationDePaul University (BFA)
Years active1995–present
Partner(s)Natasha Halevi (since 2016)
RelativesJames Gunn (brother)
Matt Gunn (brother)
Brian Gunn (brother)
Mark Gunn (paternal cousin)

Sean Gunn (born May 22)[1] is an American actor. He is known for his roles as Kirk Gleason on The WB series Gilmore Girls (2000–2007) and Kraglin in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Avengers: Endgame (2019). He is the younger brother of director James Gunn and often appears in his sibling's films.

Early life[edit]

Sean Gunn was born in St. Louis, Missouri, the youngest of six children. He is the brother of filmmaker James Gunn, actor and political writer Matt Gunn, screenwriter Brian Gunn, producer and former Executive Vice President of Artisan Entertainment Patrick, and a sister, Beth, who works as an employment attorney.[2][3][4][5][6] Their parents are Leota and James F. Gunn, who is a retired partner and corporate attorney with the law firm Thompson Coburn in St. Louis.[7][8]

Gunn and his brothers all attended the Jesuit St. Louis University High School, where he graduated in 1992.[9] He then graduated from DePaul University's theatre program, the Goodman School, in 1996.[2][10]


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.

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.

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, James Gunn's 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 2014, he provided performance capture for the character of Rocket,[11] and played the role of Kraglin, Yondu Udonta's second-in-command, in Guardians of the Galaxy.

In 2014, he held a supporting role in Bones on Fox in the episode "The Corpse at the Convention". In 2017, he reprised his role as Kraglin in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, playing a larger role, and again provided performance capture for the character of Rocket.[12]



Year Title Role Notes
1996 Tromeo and Juliet Sammy Capulet
1997 Stricken Guffy
1999 The Auteur Theory Tori York
2000 The Specials Alien Orphan Also producer
2001 Love, Sex & Murder The Waiter Short film
Also associate producer
2001 Pearl Harbor Traction Sailor
2003 The Man Who Invented the Moon Sammy Hughes Short film
Also executive producer
2004 Fish Out of Water Jim Short film
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 Provided motion capture for Rocket and Thanos
2015 The Hive Dr. Baker
2016 The Belko Experiment Marty Espenscheid
2016 Ordinary World Ted
2016 Po Ben
2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Kraglin Provided motion capture for Rocket
201 Avengers: Infinity War N/A
2019 Avengers: Endgame Motion capture for Rocket


Year Title Role Notes
1999 Any Day Now Clerk Episode: "A Parent's Job"
1999–2000 Angel Lucas, Mars 2 episodes
2000 Brutally Normal Lenny 2 episodes
2000 The Michael Richards Show Dennis Episode: "Simplification"
2000–2007 Gilmore Girls Kirk Gleason, Mick, Swan 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 Television film
2007–2008 October Road Vincent "Rooster" Road 6 episodes
2008 Scream Queens Himself 1 episode
2008 Sparky & Mikaela Dude Episode: "Pilot"
2008 Humanzee! Humanzee Episode: "Pilot"
2008–2009 James Gunn's PG Porn Peppermint Patty, Jason, Bill Scrotey 8 episodes
Also co-creator and writer
2009 The Jace Hall Show Himself Episode: "James Gunn & Brutal Legend"
2011 For a Green Card Andrew Episode: "What Could Possibly Go Wrong?"
2012 Antiques Roadshow Himself 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 Television film
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 Miniseries
2018 Robot Chicken Various Voices Episode: "Why Is It Wet?"

Video games[edit]

Year Title Role
2012 Lollipop Chainsaw Swan


  1. ^ Gunn, James. "Happy Birthday to my brother Sean Gunn". James Gunn verified Facebook account.
  2. ^ a b "Sean Gunn". Archived from the original on May 2, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  3. ^ Gunn, James (July 5, 2015). "My brother Brian's dream about..." Twitter. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  4. ^ Patrick Gunn profile,; accessed December 4, 2014.
  5. ^ Gunn, James (December 21, 2014). "My sister Beth gave me..." Twitter. Retrieved November 7, 2015.
  6. ^ "Beth Gunn | Gunn Coble | California Employment Lawyer". Equal Pay | United States | Gunn Coble. Retrieved 2018-07-22.
  7. ^ Lovece, Frank (May 4, 2017). "James Gunn says 'Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2' a family affair". Newsday. New York City / Long Island. Archived from the original on May 7, 2017. Retrieved May 5, 2017.
  8. ^ Williams, Joe (July 31, 2014). "St. Louis director James Gunn goes galactic". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on August 20, 2014. Retrieved December 6, 2014.
  9. ^ "Notable Alumni: SLUH". St. Louis University High School. Archived from the original on September 19, 2015. Retrieved December 6, 2014. James Gunn '84, filmmaker and screenwriter; Brian Gunn '88, screenwriter; Matt Gunn '90, writer for HBO show Real Time with Bill Maher; Sean Gunn '92, actor.
  10. ^ Rodriguez, Briana (April 27, 2017). "Sean Gunn on His 3 Rules for Moving to L.A." Backstage. Archived from the original on April 27, 2017. Retrieved May 2, 2017.
  11. ^ James Gunn in "James Gunn Reveals New Details on Guardians of the Galaxy". Pointless Podcast via February 20, 2014. Archived from the original on March 11, 2016.
  12. ^ Holmes, Adam (n.d.). "Guardians 2 Bringing Back This Key Side Character". Cinema Blend. Archived from the original on September 20, 2015. I played Rocket on-set as well as a few other characters like Thanos and a Sakaaran guard, and so on. Essentially I helped with the actors, giving them a performance to work off of and help the visual effects team when they do the reference work.


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

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