Who is Sean Gunn?
Sean is an American actor, most famous for his roles as Kirk in the popular television series “Gilmore Girls”, and Kraglin in the well-regarded Marvel superhero movie franchise “Guardians of the Galaxy”.
Sean Gunn was born the youngest child of six on 22 May 1974, in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, to Leota and James F. Gunn. His father is a retired partner and corporate attorney at Thompson Coburn law firm in St. Louis. He has four brothers and a sister, all of whom work in the entertainment industry in one way or the other, except his sister, Beth, who is an employment attorney. All the Gunn brothers including Sean attended Jesuit St. Louis University High School. Sean matriculated in 1992, to The Theatre School at DePaul University, graduating in 1996.
His first appearance on screen was in the 1997 comedy film “Tromeo and Juliet”, a transgressive take on the classic love story by Shakespeare. Sean was lucky enough to have his big brother’s help in landing the part, since James Gunn was one of the writers for the film. Even later on, Sean would quite frequently be cast to play in films his brother James would direct and/or write for. He often gets asked what it’s like to work with his brother on set, but for the most part he’d say that he’s treated the same way as the rest of the cast. Although it sometimes comes across as nepotism when actors work on movies or shows made by family members, there’s little doubt that Sean has deserved every role he’s given.
Sean didn’t have to wait long to get a role he’d be remembered by for years to come, since only a few years after his debut, in 2000 he was cast in the popular television series “Gilmore Girls”, in which he’d have a recurring role throughout the show’s serialization. The series follows the day-to-day lives of single mother Lorelai Gilmore and her daughter Rory, in the fictional town of Stars Hollow. Alongside a cast of colorful characters, we can find Sean playing the loveable and eccentric ‘Kirk Gleason’, whose persona revolves around a constant stream of forever changing jobs and career paths.
So far during his career as an actor, Sean hasn’t starred in many major movies or TV shows. He’s had leading roles in a couple of horror films, such as “Agnes” and “The Hive”, and in last year’s not so successful sci-fi drama “The Code” (originally “I Am Mortal”), but nothing that you hear and instantly think ‘Yeah, that’s the movie with Sean Gunn’. That being said, his work on “Guardians of the Galaxy” did get him some brownie points playing the role of ‘Kraglin’.
The film is a Marvel superhero franchise that lives both as a separate series of films and as part of the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Sean plays the supporting role of ‘Kraglin Obfonteri’, the first mate in the Yondu Ravager Clan, one of many clans that comprise the interstellar crime syndicate known as the Ravagers. However, this isn’t Sean’s only role in the films. He also plays a genetically enhanced raccoon that goes by the name ‘Rocket’, but not in a traditional sense, since Rocket is a CGI character – the producers thought that there should be someone who acts out the scenes on set, so that the VFX team can later use this to make the character’s movements more lifelike. This was Sean’s role, and he continued doing this in other films in which Rocket appears, such as the later “Avengers” films, and “Thor: Love and Thunder”; the voice over was done by Bradley Cooper.
Sean’s brother, James Gunn
James Francis Gunn, Jr. is an American filmmaker and actor, probably best known for his work on the “Guardians of the Galaxy” movies, and the film “Suicide Squad”. He was born on 5 August 1966, which means he’s about eight years older than Sean. Despite his current work on major superhero films, when growing up James was influenced by low-budget productions, such as the classic horror films “Night of the Living Dead” and “Friday the 13th”. His love for movie making began when he was 12 years old, and he would make zombie films in the woods with his brothers.
Before starting his filmmaking career, James was in a band that he founded himself in 1989 called “The Icons”, in which he was the lead singer. Although the band disbanded in the mid-90s, he continued making music, later going on to compose songs for the two Scooby-Doo live action films, for which he also wrote the screenplay, and the 2013 anthology comedy film, “Movie 43”.
His filmmaking skills James owes to his mentor Lloyd Kaufman, who helped him land his first job writing the independent film “Tromeo and Juliet” in 1995. His big works later on in his career have been “Scooby-Doo” in 2002 and the sequel in 2004, and the three “Guardians of the Galaxy”. In 2018, he was kicked-off the third Guardians film for a while, due to some inappropriate jokes he made back in 2008 and 2012, involving pedophilia and the Holocaust. James made a public apology in response, but that wasn’t enough, until the following year when he met with the chairman of Walt Disney Studios, Alan Horn.
Sean Gunn’s wife, Natasha Halevi
Natasha born on 12 January 1982, in Ventura, California, USA, and is an American actress and director, probably known best for her roles as Anaconda in “B.C. Butcher”, Alexis Shine in “They Want Dick Dickster”, and Cara in “Lunch Break Feminist Club”, which she wrote, directed and produced. Her directorial work also includes the short film “Beauty Juice”, the TV series “After Ray”, and is also a director with “Fatale Collective”, a female group of horror directors.
Sean Gunn and Natasha met while he was filming “Avengers: Infinity War”. A couple of years later, on 11 June 2018 the two became engaged, and then married on 15 June the following year. The ceremony was held on Catalina Island in Southern California and the officiant was none other than James.
Sean Gunn’s has an estimated net worth of $7 million, his brother James a net worth of around $50 million, and Natasha’s wealth stands at approximately $1 million.