Nov. 15th, 1945
Santa Monica, California, USA
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Robert Patrick "Bob" Gunton, Jr. (born November 15, 1945) is an American actor. He is known for playing strict, authoritarian characters, with his best known roles as Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison film The Shawshank Redemption, Chief George Earle in 1993's Demolition Man, Dr. Walcott, the domineering dean of Virginia Medical School in Patch Adams and President Juan Peron in the original Broadway production of Evita for which he received a Tony Award nomination.
Born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Rose Marie and Robert Patrick Gunton, Sr., a labor union executive. He attended Mater Dei High School in Santa Ana, California, the Paulist Seminary St Peter's College, in Baltimore, Maryland, and the University of California, Irvine.
At one point, he had planned to become a Catholic priest. Gunton served in the U.S. Army (1969-1971), earning the Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star for valor.
- Won the 1980 Drama Desk Award for his role of 'Juan Domingo Perón' (qv) opposite 'Patti LuPone' (qv) and 'Mandy Patinkin' (qv) in the Broadway musical "Evita".
- 1980: Won an Obie Award for his role in "How I Got That Story".
- Born at 12:44pm-PST
- Has twice received Tony nominations: in 1980 as Best Actor (Featured Role - Musical) for playing 'Juan Domingo Perón' (qv) in "Evita", and ten years later, in 1990, as Best Actor (Musical) for playing the title role in a revival of "Sweeney Todd".
- Father of daughter, Olivia.
- 1969-71: Servied in the U.S. Army, earning the Vietnam Service Medal and a Bronze Star for valor.