James Gunn

57, from St. Louis, Missouri, USA

Artwork for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3Image of James Gunn


James Francis Gunn Jr. (born August 5, 1966) is an American filmmaker, executive and actor. He began his career as a screenwriter in the mid-1990s, starting at Troma Entertainment with Tromeo and Juliet (1997). He then began working as a director, starting with the horror-comedy film Slither (2006), and moving to the superhero genre with Super (2010), Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017), The Suicide Squad (2021), and Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 (2023). In 2022, Warner Bros. Discovery hired Gunn to become co-chairman and co-CEO of DC Studios.

He also wrote and directed the web series James Gunn's PG Porn (2008–2009), the HBO Max original series Peacemaker (2022–present), and the Disney+ original special The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special (2022). Other projects he is known for is writing for the 2004 remake of George A. Romero's Dawn of the Dead (1978), writing the live-action adaptation of Scooby Doo (2002), and its sequel Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed (2004), writing and producing the horror-action film The Belko Experiment (2016), producing the superhero-horror film Brightburn (2019), and contributing to comedy-anthology film Movie 43 (2013) (directing the segment "Beezel") and the 2012 hack-and-slash video game Lollipop Chainsaw.


2025Future projects

2023Aged 57

  • Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    Lamb-Shank (voice)

  • Poster for Marvel Studios Assembled: The Making of the Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3

    Self - Writer / Director

2022Aged 56

  • Poster for Groot's Pursuit

    Wrist Watch Voice (voice)

  • Poster for Magnum Opus

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for Groot Takes a Bath

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for Groot's First Steps

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for The Little Guy

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for The Guardians of the Galaxy Holiday Special

    Executive Producer

2021Aged 55

  • Poster for The Suicide Squad


2020Aged 54

  • Poster for VHS Massacre Too


2019Aged 53

  • Poster for Avengers: Endgame

    Executive Producer

  • Poster for Brightburn


  • Poster for Mutant Blast


2018Aged 52

  • Poster for Avengers: Infinity War

    Additional Dialogue

2017Aged 51

  • Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2


  • Poster for Spider-Man: Homecoming

    Second Unit Director

  • Poster for Thor: Ragnarok

    Second Unit Director

2016Aged 50

  • Poster for The Belko Experiment


  • Poster for Dolphinman Battles the Sex Lobsters


  • Poster for Doctor Strange

    Additional Writing

2014Aged 48

  • Poster for Marvel Studios: Assembling a Universe


  • Poster for Guardians of the Galaxy

    Maskless Sakaaran

  • Poster for Guide to the Galaxy with James Gunn


2013Aged 47

  • Poster for Movie 43


  • Poster for Thor: The Dark World

    Second Unit Director

2011Aged 45

  • Poster for Produce Your Own Damn Movie!


2010Aged 44

  • Poster for Super


2009Aged 43

2008Aged 42

2007Aged 41

  • Poster for We Own the Night


2006Aged 40

  • Poster for Slither

    Hank (uncredited)

  • Poster for Done the Impossible


2004Aged 38

  • Poster for Tales from the Crapper


  • Poster for LolliLove

    James Gunn

  • Poster for Dawn of the Dead


  • Poster for Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed


  • Poster for The Lost Tape: Andy's Terrifying Last Days Revealed


2003Aged 37

  • Poster for Doggie Tails, Vol. 1: Lucky's First Sleep-Over

    Riley (voice)

  • Poster for The Ghouls

    Det. Cotton

  • Poster for Melvin Goes to Dinner


  • Poster for The Man Who Invented The Moon

    Co-Executive Producer

2002Aged 36

  • Poster for Apocalypse Soon: The Making of 'Citizen Toxie'


  • Poster for Scooby-Doo


2001Aged 35

  • Poster for Citizen Toxie: The Toxic Avenger IV

    Dr. Flem Hocking

  • Poster for Thir13en Ghosts

    Additional Writing

2000Aged 34

  • Poster for The Specials

    Minute Man

1999Aged 33

  • Poster for Terror Firmer


1997Aged 31

  • Poster for Hamster PSA


1996Aged 30

  • Poster for Tromeo & Juliet

    Found a Peanut Father