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Sean Gunn
Born May 22, 1974 (1974-05-22) (age 35)
St. Louis, Missouri
Occupation actor
Years active 1996-present

Sean Gunn (born May 22, 1974) is an American actor, most famous for his role as Kirk Gleason on the television show Gilmore Girls (2000-2007) on The WB (later The CW).



Early life

Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri, Gunn came from an Irish Catholic family with four other brothers and one sister, with most of the siblings following some kind of career in the entertainment industry. Sean's brother James Gunn is a screenwriter and director (as well as the ex-husband of Jenna Fischer, who took acting classes with Sean when they were children),[1] and Patrick Gunn is an executive producer for Artisan Entertainment.

With a large family, Gunn attributed his timing as an actor with trying to get off a good line during family conversations. He also credits his mother with stressing the importance of a strong imagination and his father with stressing strong people skills.

Gunn attended the Jesuit St. Louis University High School (class of 1992) and graduated from The Theatre School at DePaul University. After graduation, he started a theater company with friends.


In 2000, Gunn guest starred in the second episode of Gilmore Girls as "Mick", a cable internet installation worker. As the first season continued, Gunn was brought back to play the recurring role of Kirk Gleason, one of Stars Hollow's most eccentric citizens. Since 2002 until the end of the series in 2007, Gunn was a regular cast member of the show. He also has a recurring role on "October Road" as "Rooster".

Although he is best known for his recurring Gilmore Girls role, he also has several television show guest appearance credits, including Angel, 3rd Rock from the Sun, Yes, Dear, Tru Jackson VP, and Andy Richter Controls the Universe. Gunn is currently seen in commercials as an "agent" for the text message information service

In films, Gunn has also had several roles, the most substantial being "Alien Orphan/Doug" in The Specials, for which he also received a co-producer credit.

In 2003, Gunn starred in the featurette The Man Who Invented the Moon, directed by fellow Goodman School of Drama alum and Gilmore Girls cast member John Cabrera. Gunn and Cabrera have been close artistic colleagues since their school days in Chicago back in the mid-nineties.

Along with his brothers James and Brian, he is a creator and actor in the spoof porn series, PG Porn. Sean and his brother James were the inspiration for the name of the character Charles Gunn on Angel - both had previously worked with Angel creator Joss Whedon.

He also had a brief role as a computer maintenance man on the Nickelodeon show, True Jackson VP


  • "Gunns Hit Their Target in Hollywood" by Mary Delach Leonard. St Louis Post-Dispatch. March 23, 2003. p. E1.

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