Salute to Actor Bob Gunton and THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION

AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres

Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Guest: Bob Gunton

TUESDAY, OCTOBER 30

7:00PM: Salute to Actor Bob Gunton, Auditorium 4 ONLY!

7:15PM: THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, Auditoriums 4 & 5

Discussion will follow screening in Auditorium 4

AMC La Jolla 12 Theatres

Salute to Actor Bob Gunton and

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION (1994)

The Cinema Society of San Diego is honored to be saluting one of the finest character actors of all time--Bob Gunton.

In a distinguished 30 year career, Bob Gunton has played a potpourri of memorable roles in notable productions in theatre, television and film.

On Broadway, Gunton received Tony Award nominations for his SWEENEY TODD and for his portrayal of Juan Peron in EVITA. He was also featured in BIG RIVER, ROZA, PASSION, KING OF HEARTS, WORKING, and HAPPY END. He received an Obie Award for playing 21 characters in HOW I GOT THAT STORY, as well as the Clarence Derwent Award for The Most Promising New NY Actor of 1980. In 2004, Bob was nominated for a Barrymore Award for playing the eponymous role in THE GREAT OSTROVSKY - the great Cy Coleman's last musical, in a pre-Broadway production.

Gunton's feature film work runs the gamut from farce to drama. Working with some of Hollywood's most celebrated directors, Gunton has appeared in Oliver Stone's JFK, and BORN ON THE FOURTH OF JULY; Ed Zwick's GLORY; John Woo's BROKEN ARROW; and, most memorably, as the Warden in Frank Darrabont's THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION. Other of Bob's dozens of film appearances include: PATCH ADAMS, ACE VENTURA: WHEN NATURE CALLS, DOLORES CLAIBORNE, COOKIE, MATEWAN, JENNIFER 8, THE PERFECT STORM, I (HEART) HUCKABEE'S, BELIEVE IN ME, FRACTURE,

RENDITION and the soon-to-be-released NUMB and PLAYER 5150.

Gunton's many telefilms, miniseries and cable movies include: MISSION OF THE SHARK, WILD PALMS, WHEN BILLY BEAT BOBBY, RUNNING MATES, 61*, SINATRA (as Tommy Dorsey),KINGFISH (as FDR), IRON-JAWED ANGELS (as Woodrow WILSON), ELVIS MEETS NIXON(as Nixon), and JUDAS AND JESUS.

Bob was a series regular on COURTHOUSE, GREG THE BUNNY, HOTHOUSE and PEACEMAKERS. He has had recurring roles on MR. STERLING, DESPERATE HOUSEWIVES, E-RING, NIP/TUCK, PEPPER DENNIS and 24.

Bob Gunton was awarded a Bronze Star for Valor for his combat service in Vietnam. He is father to recent Yale Graduate, Olivia Ann. Bob is also a newlywed. His bride, the former Carey Ann Gelrud, is his high school classmate from 40 years ago. Bob has written articles for THEATRE WORLD and the Los Angeles Times. He is currently completing a memoir.

In celebration to our salute to Mr. Gunton, Warner Brothers has graciously provided a mint condition 35mm print of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION, which features Bob's most memorable performance as Warden Norton.

THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION:

A prominent banker unjustly convicted of murder spends many years in the Shawshank prison. He is befriended by a convict who knows the ropes and helps him to cope with the frightning realities of prison life.

Based on the novella RITA HAYWORTH AND THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION by Stephen King, and nominated for seven Academy Awards®, THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION stars Morgan Freeman, Jeffrey De Mumm, William Sadler, James Whitmore and Bob Gunton, and is directed by Frank Darabont.

Rated R for language and prison violence. Running Time: 142 Minutes

Special thanks to Warner Brothers, Hyatt Regency La Jolla and Robert Collector for their assistance with tonight's salute to Bob Gunton.

PLEASE NOTE: Although the screening of THE SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION will take place in Auditoriums 4 & 5, both the formal Salute at 7:00pm and post screening discussion will be in Auditorium 4 only.

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