James Gunn is a man of many talents. He is a Hollywood filmmaker, scriptwriter, director, actor, as well as a musician and novelist. He is most popular for writing and directing the blockbuster superhero movie, Guardians of the Galaxy. Other notable works include Scooby-Doo (movie) 2002, Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), as well as the 2004 remake of the 1973 horror movie Dawn of the Dead.
James Gunn’s interest usually runs either in superhero movies or horror comedies. Get to know more about him here including his family life, wife, and how rich he is.
James Gunn Bio
James Francis Gunn Jr. was born on the 5th of August 1966 in St Louis, a city in the state of Missouri. Gunn, who was raised Catholic, had his high school education at the Jesuit St Louis University High School and college education at the St Louis University where he studied arts. It must be pointed out that James Gunn didn’t stumble into the movie industry by accident. He started writing and shooting his own movies as a child, often using his brothers as the cast. He preferred watching indie horror movies and that shaped the genre of films he would go on to make in future.
Gunn kick-started his professional moviemaking career with Troma Entertainment, an indie film Production Company which produces low budget horror movies. It was at Troma that he cut his teeth, learning every aspect of the movie-making business including location scouting and distribution. James Gunn’s first professional work was the script for Tromeo and Juliet, a 1996 romantic comedy loosely based on William Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. His next notable work was The Specials, a comedy which chronicled the lives of a group of superheroes on their days off. Gunn finally established himself as a Hollywood big weight with Scooby-Doo (2002), Scooby-Doo 2 – Monsters Unleashed (2004) and Dawn of the Dead (2004). James Gunn’s biggest project yet is the blockbuster Guardians of the Galaxy, a superhero movie which is an adaptation of the Marvel Comics series Guardians of the Galaxy. He co-wrote and directed the movie which featured such A-list acts like Chris Pratt, Zoë Saldana, Vin Diesel, and Bradley Cooper.
The Missouri native followed it up with Guardians of the Galaxy Vol.2 in 2017 which was equally a box office hit. Unfortunately, he was fired from the series in July 2018 after old offensive tweets by him were dug up. The tweets, which he posted between 2008 and 2011 made light of serious issues such as rape and pedophilia. James Gunn, however, offered a heartfelt apology. After his firing, an array of movie stars, especially those working on the Guardians of the Galaxy, came out in his support. The entire cast signed an open letter calling for him to be reinstated. Hundreds of thousands of fans also signed a petition on Change.org calling for him to be reinstated. However, Gunn has gotten some good news as he has been hired by DC comics to write and possibly direct the second installment of the 2016 superhero/supervillain movie Suicide Squad.
James Gunn is reportedly worth around a cool $40,000,000. His major source of income is the movies he writes and directs; most notably, Guardians of the Galaxy. There is no indication that he has any endorsement deal but once that changes, we will be sure to let you know.
Wife and Family Life
James Gunn comes from a family of eight which includes dad, James Francis Gunn, and mom Leota. He is the eldest of six siblings, most of who are also in the entertainment industry. His brother Patrick was an Executive at Artisan Entertainment (a film studio, and home video production company). He has another brother Sean who is also an actor and is part of the cast of the Guardians of the Galaxy. Another brother, Brian, is an actor, producer, and screenwriter while yet another brother, Matt is an actor and political writer. He worked on shows such as Real Time with Bill Maher. The last but certainly not the least is sister Beth, who have followed in their father’s footsteps and is a lawyer.
James Gunn was previously married to actress Jenna Fischer. She is best known for her role as Pam Beesly in the popular NBC sitcom, The Office. They met through one of Gunn’s younger brothers, Sean who introduced them. Gunn and Fischer tied the knot on the 7th of October 2000 and worked together on some projects including LolliLove, a 2004 Mocumentary.
They, however, separated in 2007 and finalized their divorce in 2008. The separation was an amicable one as they still continue to support each other in their respective careers. At present, Gunn is a relationship with Jennifer Holland, an actress. She is a native of Chicago and has appeared in TV shows such as CSI: Miami, Drake & Josh and CMT’s television drama series, Sun Records.