Robert Patrick Gunton Jr.
November 15, 1945
Santa Monica, California, U.S.
|Education||Mater Dei High School|
|Alma mater||Paulist Seminary St Peter's College|
University of California, Irvine
(m. 1980; div. 2006)
|Years of service||1969–71|
|Unit||501st Infantry Regiment|
|Awards|| Bronze Star Medal|
Army Commendation Medal
Vietnam Service Medal
Robert Patrick Gunton Jr. (born November 15, 1945) is an American character actor of stage and screen. He is known for playing strict, authoritarian characters, including Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison drama The Shawshank Redemption, Chief George Earle in 1993's Demolition Man, Dr. Walcott, the domineering dean of Virginia Medical School in Patch Adams, and Secretary of State Cyrus Vance in Argo. He also played Leland Owlsley in the Daredevil television series, Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin in 24, and Noah Taylor in Desperate Housewives.
In addition to his film and television career, Gunton is a prolific theatre actor. He originated the role of Juan Perón in the Broadway premiere of Evita and the titular character in the 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street, roles for which he received Tony Award nominations. He is the recipient of a Drama Desk Award, an Obie Award, and a Clarence Derwent Award.