Robert Patrick "Bob" Gunton, Jr. (born November 15, 1945) is an American actor. He is known for playing strict, authoritarian characters, with his best known role as Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison film The Shawshank Redemption.
Gunton was born in Santa Monica, California, the son of Rose Marie (née Banouetz) and Robert Patrick Gunton, Sr., a labour union executive. He attended the University of California, Irvine.
Gunton appeared on Broadway as Juan Peron opposite Patti LuPone in the original cast of Evita and in a 1989 revival of Sweeney Todd and received Tony Award nominations for both. Additional Broadway credits include Working, King of Hearts, "The Music Man", and Big River.
Gunton portrayed President Richard Nixon in a recreation of the Watergate tapes incident for Nightline.
Gunton guest starred in the sixth season of 24, where he portrayed United States Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin. He reprised the role in the show's seventh season, but now as Chief of Staff to the new President, and as a series regular.
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