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James Gunn

Actor / Film Director / Screenwriter / Novelist / Film Producer / Cinematographer / Executive Producer | * 08/05/1966 (56) | St. Louis, Missouri (United States of America (USA))
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James Francis Gunn Jr. (born August 5, 1966) is an American filmmaker and actor. He began his career as a screenwriter in the mid-1990s, starting at Troma Entertainment with Tromeo and Juliet (1997). He then began working as a director, starting with the horror-comedy film Slither (2006), and moving to the Superhero genre with Super (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), The Suicide Squad (2021), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023). In 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery hired Gunn to become co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios. He also wrote and directed the Disney+ ()
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James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, to Leota and James Francis Gunn. He is from a large Catholic family, with Irish and Czech ancestry. His father and his uncles were all lawyers. He has been writing and performing as long as he can remember. He began making 8mm films at the age of twelve. Many of these were comedic splatter films featuring his brothers being disemboweled by zombies. He attended Saint Louis University High (SLUH) college preparatory school but later dropped out of college to pursue a rock and roll career.His band, "the Icons", released one album, "Mom, We Like It Here on Earth". He earned very little money doing this and so during this time, he also worked as an orderly in Tucson, Arizona, upon which many of the situations in his first novel, "The Toy Collector", are based. He wrote and drew comic strips for underground and college newspapers.Gunn eventually returned to school and received his B.A. at Saint Louis University in his native St. Louis. He moved to New York where he received an MFA in creative writing from Columbia University, which he today thinks may have been a wonderfully expensive waste of time. While finishing his MFA, he started writing "The Toy Collector" and began working for "Troma Studios", America's leading B-Movie production company. While there he wrote and produced the cult classic Tromeo and Juliet (1996) and, with Lloyd Kaufman, he wrote "All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger".Gunn had a spiritual awakening in Cannes in 1997 and quit Troma and relocated from New York to Los Angeles. He wrote and acted in the film The Specials (2000) with Rob Lowe, Jamie Kennedy, Thomas J. Churchill and his brother Sean Gunn. He wrote two scripts for Warner Brothers live action movies: Spy vs. Spy (1985) and Scooby-Doo (2002). In 1999, after almost five years, he finished "The Toy Collector". After doing Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), Gunn made his directorial debut with Slither (2006). He later made the Superhero film Super (2010) and the successful Marvel films Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and its sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)Gunn has four brothers, all of whom are in the entertainment industry. His brother, Patrick Gunn, is a Senior VP at Artisan Entertainment, the company responsible for distributing (and the marketing campaign of) The Blair Witch Project (1999). His brother, Brian Gunn, is a screenwriter who works in partnership with their cousin Mark Gunn.Gunn's brother, Matt Gunn wrote and starred in the winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Man About Town (1997). Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn, is an actor regularly seen in films, commercials, and such TV shows as Angel (1999). James and Sean have collaborated on two occasions Sean starred in Tromeo and Juliet (1996), and they acted together and co-produced The Specials (2000). The brothers have one sister, Beth, who is a lawyer.Gunn married actress and cartoonist Jenna Fischer in 2000. They divorced in 2008. He is now in a relationship with Jennifer Holland.

Most frequent genres for this person: Comedies | Science Fiction | Action

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Movies with James Gunn as Actor(19)

as Wrist Watch Voice (voice)2022 Groot's Pursuit
as himself2020 VHS Massacre Too
as Maskless Sakaaran2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
as Demonswill2010 Super
as himself2006 Done the Impossible
as Hank (uncredited)2006 Slither
as himself2004 LolliLove
as himself2004 Tales from the Crapper
as Dr. Flem Hocking2001 Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV
as Minute Man2000 The Specials
as Found a Peanut Father1996 Tromeo & Juliet

TV Shows/Series with James Gunn as Actor(7)

as Raaker 2.02015 Con Man
as John Anguish2012 Holliston
as himself2011 Breaking In

Movies with James Gunn as Crew(55)

Directing/Director2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Writing/Screenplay2023 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3
Production/Executive Producer2022 Groot's First Steps
Production/Executive Producer2022 The Little Guy
Production/Executive Producer2022 Groot's Pursuit
Production/Executive Producer2022 Groot Takes a Bath
Production/Executive Producer2022 Magnum Opus
Production/Producer2022 Coyote vs. Acme
Writing/Screenplay2022 Coyote vs. Acme
Production/Executive Producer2022 The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special
Directing/Director2021 The Suicide Squad
Writing/Writer2021 The Suicide Squad
Production/Executive Producer2019 Avengers: Endgame
Production/Producer2019 Brightburn
Crew/Additional Dialogue2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Production/Executive Producer2018 Avengers: Infinity War
Writing/Writer2018 Mutant Blast
Directing/Script Supervisor2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Directing/Director2017 Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2
Production/Producer2016 The Belko Experiment
Writing/Writer2016 The Belko Experiment
Directing/Director2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
Writing/Writer2014 Guardians of the Galaxy
Directing/Director2013 Movie 43
Writing/Writer2013 Movie 43
Directing/Director2010 Super
Writing/Screenplay2010 Super
Writing/Writer2010 Super
Production/Executive Producer2008 Doggie Heaven (Woof!)
Directing/Director2008 Sparky & Mikaela
Production/Executive Producer2008 Sparky & Mikaela
Writing/Writer2008 Sparky & Mikaela
Crew/Thanks2007 We Own the Night
Directing/Director2006 Slither
Writing/Writer2006 Slither
Production/Executive Producer2004 LolliLove
Writing/Screenplay2004 Dawn of the Dead
Production/Co-Producer2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Writing/Screenplay2004 Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed
Writing/Screenplay2002 Scooby-Doo
Writing/Story2002 Scooby-Doo
Directing/Director2000 Hamster PSA
Writing/Writer2000 Hamster PSA
Production/Co-Producer2000 The Specials
Writing/Writer2000 The Specials
Writing/Writer1999 Terror Firmer
Production/Executive In Charge Of Production1996 Tromeo & Juliet
Writing/Screenplay1996 Tromeo & Juliet

TV Shows/Series with James Gunn as Crew(7)

Production/Executive Producer2022 Peacemaker
Directing/Director2022 Peacemaker
Writing/Writer2022 Peacemaker
Creator/Creator2022 Peacemaker
Production/Executive Producer2021 I Am Groot
Creator/Creator2008 James Gunn's PG Porn
Production/Executive Producer2008 James Gunn's PG Porn

Additional Information

Full Name: James Gunn
Born: Friday, 08/05 1966 (August) in St. Louis, Missouri (United States of America (USA)) (current age: 56 years + 125 days)
Zodiac sign: Leo (Chinese zodiac sign: Horse)
Languages: English (EN, native language)
Educated at: Columbia University, Saint Louis University, Columbia University School of the Arts, St. Louis University High School, Loyola Marymount University
Spouses (current/former): Jenna Fischer
Other names for James Gunn (nicknames, foreign languages etc.):
"Джеймс Ганн"
"Джеймс Ґанн"
James Gunn frequently works together with these people:
Lloyd Kaufman (28x, Actor)
Stan Lee (18x, Crew)
Sean Gunn (15x, Actor)
Kirsten Lepore (15x, Crew)
Stephen Blackehart (15x, Actor)
Vin Diesel (13x, Actor)
Victoria Alonso (13x, Crew)
Kevin Feige (13x, Crew)
Louis D'Esposito (12x, Crew)
Trent Haaga (11x, Actor)
Jenna Fischer (10x, Actress)
Alan Tudyk (5x, Actor)

Other people with this name: James Gunn (US)

WatchPlayStream ID: PEOPLE:1548, Added: 03/23/2018, Last updated: 11/28/2022