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Gunn at MagicCity ComicCon 2015
May 22, 1974 |
St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.
|Alma mater||DePaul University (BFA)|
|Parent(s)||James F. Gunn (father)|
|Relatives||James Gunn (brother); Matt Gunn (brother); Brian Gunn (brother); Beth Gunn (sister); Patrick Gunn (brother); Jenna Fischer (ex-sister-in-law); Mark Gunn (cousin)|
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".
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.
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 KGB.com. 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.
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.
In 2013, he provided stand-in work for the characters of Rocket Raccoon and Thanos for the film Guardians of the Galaxy, 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.
Gunn's nickname is "The Judge". He is 6' (1.83 m) tall.
|1996||Tromeo and Juliet||Sammy Capulet/Performer|
|1999||The Auteur Theory||Tori York|
|2000||The Specials||Alien Orphan/Co-Producer|
|2001||Love, Sex & Murder||The Waiter/Associate Producer||Short|
|2001||Pearl Harbor||Traction Sailor|
|2003||The Man Who Invented the Moon||Sammy Hughes/Executive Producer||Short|
|2004||Fish Out of Water||Jim||Short|
|2005||Jesus, Mary and Joey||Stevie|
|2008||Pants on Fire||PK|
|2012||The Giant Mechanical Man||George|
|2013||Who the F Is Buddy Applebaum||Pinto|
|2014||Guardians of the Galaxy||Kraglin/On Set Rocket|
|2015||The Hive||Dr. Baker|
|2016||The Belko Experiment||Marty Espenscheid|
|2017||Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2||Kraglin|
|1999||Any Day Now||Clerk||Episode: "A Parent's Job"|
|2000||Brutally Normal||Lenny||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||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"|
|2008-2009||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||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|
|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||Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life||Kirk Gleason||TV Mini-Series|
|2016||Superstore||Card Shopper||Episode: "Secret Shopper"|
- "Gunns Hit Their Target in Hollywood" by Mary Delach Leonard. St Louis Post-Dispatch. March 23, 2003. p. E1