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 roles as Warden Samuel Norton in the 1994 prison film The Shawshank Redemption and President Juan Peron in the original Broadway cast of Evita .
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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 is also known for his guest starring role as Captain Benjamin Maxwell in the well-received 1991 Star Trek: The Next Generation episode; “The Wounded”.
Gunton also guest starred in the sixth season of 24, where he portrayed United States Secretary of Defense Ethan Kanin. He signed on as series regular afterward and reprised the role of Kanin but now as the Chief of Staff to the new President, Allison Taylor, in the show’s seventh season as well as the two hour television prequel movie, 24:Redemption. He returned again for the eighth season but this time as the President’s Secretary of State.