Sean Gunn (born May 22, 1974) is an American actor, best known for his role as Kirk Gleason on the television show Gilmore Girls (2000–2007). He is the younger brother of filmmaker James Gunn.
Born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri in a Roman Catholic family of Irish descent, he has four brothers and one sister. He was raised between St. Louis and Manchester, Missouri. His brothers are actor and political writer Matt Gunn, Brian, and former Senior Vice President with Artisan Entertainment, Patrick. His other brother James is a screenwriter/director, who took acting classes with Sean when they were children. Later in life, he introduced James to his future wife, Jenna Fischer. He also has a sister named Beth. Gunn's father, James F. Gunn, is a partner and corporate attorney with the law firm Thompson Coburn in St. Louis. Gunn's surname is derived from the Irish name MacGilGunn, meaning "sons to the servants of the god of the dead". Therefore, Gunn means "God of the Dead". Gunn attended the Jesuit St. Louis University High School (class of 1992). Gunn and his brothers are all graduates of Saint Louis University High School in the Kings Oak neighborhood of St. Louis. He then graduated from DePaul University's Theatre School in 1996. After graduation, he started a theater company with friends.
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