James Gunn was born in St. Louis, Missouri. His siblings include actor Sean Gunn, actor and political writer Matt Gunn, producer Patrick Gunn (previously Executive Vice President of Mosaic Media Group) and writer Brian Gunn. As a child, he attended St. Joseph Manchester Elementary school in Manchester, MO. James and his male siblings attended the same high school, St. Louis University High. Gunn attended Saint Louis University for his B.A. in Theatre. He continued his graduate studies at Columbia University, obtaining his MFA in Creative Writing. He married Emmy-award winning actress Jenna Fischer on October 7, 2000, but after seven years of marriage Jenna announced her separation from Gunn on September 5, 2007. Fischer divorced Gunn less than a year later and she married Lee Kirk, also a screenwriter, on July 3 2010.
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Gunn began his film making career with Troma Entertainment, for whom he wrote and co-directed Tromeo and Juliet. After contributing to several other Troma films, Gunn wrote, produced and performed in his own superhero comedy, The Specials, directed by Craig Mazin and featuring Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden Church, Paget Brewster, Judy Greer and Jamie Kennedy. Kennedy was instrumental in getting the film made, having been shown the script by James’ brother Sean. Gunn lived in Kennedy’s guest house while shooting the film. Gunn’s newest projects include the comedy short film Humanzee! which was originally intended exclusively for the Xbox Live’s Horror Meets Comedy series of short comedy films by horror directors, it was replaced with Sparky and Mikaela which debuted on Xbox Live on December 31, 2008. In an April 2009 interview on The Jace Hall Show, Gunn described Sparky and Mikaela as being “about a human racoon crime fighting team and they fight crime in both the forest world, among the furry animals, and in the human world”. Gunn also has a short form web series for Spike.com titled James Gunn’s PG Porn which made EW’s The Must List.
In 2009, Gunn announced he was going to write and direct Pets, a comedy about a man who is abducted by aliens who want to turn him into a household pet with Ben Stiller, Stuart Cornfeld and Jeremy Kramer producing. However, by March of 2009, Gunn announced, “PETS, unfortunately, is done. I’m gone. I left the project for various reasons. I hope it sees the light of day somehow, but it won’t be with me attached as director.” James Gunn was also one of the judges on the VH1 reality television show Scream Queens where 10 unknown actresses compete for a role in the film Saw VI. Gunn can be seen on the show directing contestants during acting challenges. The show was announced in June 2008 and debuted October 20, 2008 on VH1. James Gunn appeared as himself in the 2008 novel Bad Moon Rising by Jonathan Maberry. Gunn is one of several real-world horror celebrities who are in the fictional town of Pine Deep when monsters attack. Other celebrities include Tom Savini, Brinke Stevens, Ken Foree, Stephen Susco, Debbie Rochon, Joe Bob Briggs and blues man Mem Shannon.
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