California-born actor Robert Gunton has been essaying film character roles since 1980. Among his film credits are Rollover (1981), Matewan (1987), Glory (1988) and Cookie (1989). Many observers feel that Gunton was at his performing peak in the role of a wildly neurotic streetcorner evangelist in the little-seen satire Static (1985). A seasoned improv performer, Robert Gunton was one of the regulars (along with such future notables as Mark-Linn Baker and Joe Mantegna on the Manhattan-based TV series Comedy Zone (1984).
Biography by Hal Erickson
- Earned a Vietnam Service Medal and Bronze Star for his service in the Vietnam War.
- Made his stage debut as Johnny Timberlake in the Cumberland County Playhouse production of Tennessee, U.S.A. in 1965.
- Made his Broadway debut as a standby in the 1977 musical Happy End.
- Originated the role of Juan Peron in the original 1979 Broadway cast of Evita, opposite Patti LuPone and Mandy Patinkin.
- Played the title role in the 1989 Broadway production of Sweeney Todd.