James Gunn


05 Aug 1970


Saint Louis, Missouri, USA


James Gunn was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a large Irish Catholic family. 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 12. Many of these were comedic splatter films featuring his brothers being disemboweled by zombies.

Gunn 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 also wrote and drew comic strips for underground and college newspapers.

Gunn eventually returned to school and received his B.A. at Saint Louis University. He immediately thereafter 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, Gunn 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 the book, "All I Need to Know about Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger".

Gunn had a spiritual awakening in Cannes France in 1997. At that time, he quit Troma and moved 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".

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. Brian and Mark wrote the MTV-TV movie 2gether, and are executive producers on the upcoming television series of the same name. Gunn's brother, Matt Gunn wrote and starred in the winner of the 1997 Sundance Film Festival, Man About Town, Gunn's brother, Sean Gunn is an actor regularly seen in films, commercials, and such TV shows as Angel (1999). Gunn and Sean have collaborated on two occasions Sean starred in Tromeo and Juliet (1996), and they acted together and co-produced The Specials (2000). He has one sister, Beth, who is a lawyer.

Gunn married the actress and cartoonist Jenna Fischer in 2000. They were divorced in 2008.

Actor ( 32 credits )

After Paradise (2015)  Himself - Celebrity Guest (1 episode, 2015)
Con Man (2015)  Raaker 2.0 (1 episode, 2015)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) Maskless Sakaaran
IMDb: What to Watch (2013)  Himself (1 episode, 2014)
Holliston (2012)  John Anguish (1 episode, 2013)
A Look Behind the Scenes: Super (2011) Himself
Breaking In (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Talking Dead (2011)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Super (2010) Demonswill
This Week in Horror (2010)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)
Team Unicorn (2010)  James Gunn (1 episode, 2013)
Troma Is Spanish for Troma (2010) Doctor Flem Hocking (in 'Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV') (archive footage)
Tromatized: Meet Lloyd Kaufman (2009) Himself
King Kaufman: The Passion of Lloyd (2008) Himself
The Jace Hall Show (2008)  Himself (1 episode, 2009)
PG Porn (2008)  Linus / ... (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
Scream Queens (2008)  Himself - Judge (8 episodes, 2008)
Humanzee! (2008)  James (1 episode, 2008)
Filmnut (2007)  Himself (2 episodes, 2007-2009)
Slither (2006) Hank (uncredited)
Attack of the Show! (2005)  Director, Super / ... (1 episode, 2011)
Made in Hollywood (2005)  Himself (2 episodes, 2011-2014)
LolliLove (2004) James Gunn
The Ghouls (2003)
Melvin Goes to Dinner (2003) Scott
HypaSpace (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2006)
Into the Night with... (2002)  Himself (1 episode, 2012)
Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV (2000) Doctor Flem Hocking
The Specials (2000) Minute Man
The Tromaville Café (1997)  Himself / ...
Tromeo and Juliet (1996) Found a Peanut Father
Sidewalks Entertainment (1988)  Himself (1 episode, 2011)

Producer ( 12 credits )

The Belko Experiment (2016) producer
Lollipop Chainsaw: Zom-Be-Gone (2012) executive producer
Post Apocalyptic Pizza (2009) executive producer (2009)
Fairy Tale Police (2008) executive producer
Miracle of Phil (2008) executive producer
Humanzee! (2008) executive producer (1 episode, 2008)
Sparky & Mikaela (2008) executive producer (1 episode, 2008)
El kuervo (2005) executive producer / producer
LolliLove (2004) executive producer
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004) co-producer
The Man Who Invented the Moon (2003) co-executive producer
The Specials (2000) co-producer

Writer ( 20 credits )

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) (written by)
The Belko Experiment (2016) (written by)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) (screenplay)
Movie 43 (2013)
Super (2010) (written by)
Du hard ou du cochon! (2010) (unknown episodes)
PG Porn (2008) (creator) (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Humanzee! (2008) (creator) (1 episode, 2008)
Sparky & Mikaela (2008) (creator) (1 episode, 2008)
Slither (2006) (written by)
LolliLove (2004) (story)
Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004)
Dawn of the Dead (2004)
Tube (2004) (written by)
Scooby-Doo (2002) (story) and
Thir13en Ghosts (2001)
Troma's Edge TV (2000) (1 episode, 2000)
Terror Firmer (1999) (book "All I Need to Know About Filmmaking I Learned f
The Tromaville Café (1997) (creator)
Tromeo and Juliet (1996) (screenplay) and

Director ( 11 credits )

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Movie 43 (2013) (segment "Beezel")
Super (2010)
PG Porn (2008) (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Humanzee! (2008) (1 episode, 2008)
Sparky & Mikaela (2008) (1 episode, 2008)
Slither (2006)
Troma's Edge TV (2000) (1 episode, 2000)
The Tromaville Café (1997)
Hamster PSA (1997)

James Gunn Related News

Does Marvel or Fox Control the Skrulls?

Guardians of the Galaxy director James Gunn reveals the definitive answer about which studio currently owns the evil alien race known as The Skrulls.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Release Date Countdown Photo Revealed

Director James Gunn shares a new photo from the Guardians of the Galaxy 2 set, while teasing new details about Comic-Con.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Concept Art Reveals Mantis & Baby Groot

Director James Gunn shares the first official concept art from next summer's Marvel Phase 3 adventure Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Yondu Portrait Unveiled at Comic-Con

Marvel has put a unique portrait of Michael Rooker's Yondu on display on the Comic-Con convention floor from Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 Trailer & Footage Description from Comic-Con

Sylvester Stallone is confirmed, Kurt Russell's shocking role is revealed and more in the first footage from Guardians of the Galaxy 2.

Kurt Russell Is Star-Lord's Dad in Guardians of the Galaxy 2

Director James Gunn and his Guardians of the Galaxy 2 cast debuted new footage at Comic-Con, which confirmed Kurt Russel is Star-Lord's dad.

Guardians of the Galaxy 2 Cast Interviews & Panel Video from Comic-Con

Director James Gunn and the cast of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 offer new insight into this sequel during their Comic-Con panel yesterday.

Guardians 2 Director Reveals Ravagers Photo & Tons of New Details

Director James Gunn breaks down his Comic-Con 2016 experience, explaining a few of the questions that arose around Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.

What Is Sylvester Stallone Doing in Guardians of the Galaxy 2?

Director James Gunn says Sylvester Stallone has a very important, yet small role in his superhero sequel Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2.