James Gunn

American writer, actor and filmmaker

James Francis Gunn Jr.[1] (born August 5, 1966)[2][n 1] is an American director, screenwriter, producer, musician, and the Co-CEO of DC Studios alongside Peter Safran. He is known for directing the Marvel Cinematic Universe movies Guardians of the Galaxy (2014) and its sequels, Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017) and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023), and the DC Extended Universe movie The Suicide Squad (2021) and the spin-off television series Peacemaker (2022). He is also known for writing both Scooby-Doo (2002) and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004).

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Gunn at the 2016 San Diego Comic-Con
James Francis Gunn Jr.

(1966-08-05) August 5, 1966 (age 56)
EducationLoyola Marymount University
Saint Louis University (BA)
Columbia University (MFA)
OccupationFilmmaker, musician
Years active1989–present
Jenna Fischer
(m. 2000; div. 2008)
Partner(s)Jennifer Holland


  1. While many sources give a birth year of 1970,[3] Gunn graduated from St. Louis University High School in 1984, making 1970 questionable.


  1. "Songwriter/Composer: Gunn, James Francis Jr". Broadcast Music Inc. Archived from the original on July 21, 2018. Retrieved July 20, 2018.
  2. "A Star Is Born: James Gunn turns 51 today". Los Angeles Times. August 5, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2018.
  3. "James Gunn Biography". Tribute. Toronto, Canada. Retrieved November 7, 2015.