JAMES GUNN (Written and Directed by) was born and raised in St. Louis,
Missouri, and began his filmmaking career with an eight-millimeter camera at the age of
12. His first film featured his brother Sean—now an actor on the WB's Gilmore Girls—
being disemboweled by zombies.
While attending Columbia University in New York, Gunn applied for a part-time
job filing papers at famed B-movie studio Troma Entertainment and ended up writing the
screenplay for a movie called Tromeo & Juliet instead. In 1997, Tromeo became a cult
hit, playing in theaters around the world, including more than a year of midnight
screenings in Los Angeles.
Gunn left Troma to write and star—along with Rob Lowe, Thomas Haden
Church, Jamie Kennedy and his brother, Sean—in the feature film The Specials, about a
group of superheroes on their day off. He also wrote the critically acclaimed novel The
Toy Collector, released by Bloomsbury Press in 2000 and the nonfiction book All I Need
to Know About Filmmaking I Learned from the Toxic Avenger, which is currently in its
In 2002, the live action Scooby-Doo movie was released into theaters. Gunn
wrote the screenplay for the film, which grossed almost $300 million worldwide. In
March 2004, Gunn became the first screenwriter in cinema history to write back-to-back
#1-for-the-weekend box office hits, with the critically acclaimed, "re-imaginedâ€ť Dawn of
the Dead on March 19, 2004, and Scooby-Doo 2: Monsters Unleashed on March 26,
Gunn is married to actress Jenna Fischer, who stars in the NBC sitcom The Office.
He recently starred in her directorial debut LolliLove, a mockumentary about a Los
Angeles couple who try to change the world by handing out lollipops to homeless people.
The film has played in film festivals around the world and is being released on DVD—
also in March—in 2006.
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