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James Gunn Biography

Birth Place:
St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Director, screenwriter, author, actor

Fast Facts

  • Started making movies with his brothers at age 12
  • Applied for a filing job at Troma studios, was hired to write Tromeo and Juliet for them instead
  • First screenwriter to write two movies that achieved #1 at the box office in consecutive weeks: Dawn of the Dead on March 19, 2004, and Scooby Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on March 26, 2004
  • Directed several Stan Lee cameos in Marvel movies other than his own
  • Based Guardians of the Galaxy's Groot on his own dog, Dr
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  • 2015Writers Guild Awards-Adapted Screenplay: nominated