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Gant at a 2009 GLAAD summer event
Robert John Gonzalez
July 13, 1968
Tampa, Florida, U.S.
|Other names||Robert J. Gant|
Gant studied tap and jazz dance with the American Musical Theatre Company in Tampa, Florida. He performed a soft-shoe routine at MacDill Air Force Base with comedian Bob Hope as part of Hope's USO tour.
While attending the University of Pennsylvania, Gant majored in English literature with both Shakespeare and poetry concentrations. He performed in musicals, including playing the Dentist in Little Shop of Horrors and Neville Landless in The Mystery of Edwin Drood and acted in the school's Penn Film Foundation film Movements.
Gant attended the Georgetown University Law Center, where he obtained his Juris Doctor in 1993. Gant was also a member of the Georgetown Gilbert & Sullivan Society, performing in a number of its productions. Gant started a six-man a cappella group, The MetroGnomes, which performed in venues around Washington, D.C.
Gant accepted a position with the Los Angeles office of Chicago-headquartered international law firm Baker McKenzie. When the firm closed its Los Angeles office shortly thereafter, Gant decided to pursue his lifelong dream of acting and performing.
Gant portrayed Melissa Benoist's Kryptonian father Zor-El on Supergirl, Todd Crimsen on the Netflix series 13 Reasons Why, and Jim Hunter on The Fosters and its spin-off series Good Trouble. Prior to Queer as Folk, Gant recurred as Principal Calvin Krupps in Ryan Murphy's first television series, Popular, and as Caroline's boyfriend Trevor in Caroline in the City.
Gant has had guest roles on the television show Friends, where he played one of two men Phoebe was dating simultaneously, as well as Melrose Place,Becker,  several CSI-related shows, and Criminal Minds.
In 2004, Gant starred in the short film Billy's Dad is a Fudgepacker, an homage to 1950s educational films, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. In 2005, Gant was a series regular in the BBC 3-produced drama Personal Affairs, set in London's financial sector and filmed on location in both London and Scotland. Robert was the sole American in an otherwise all-British cast. In 2013, he portrayed Captain Robert Norton in Dead Space 3, the third installment in the popular Dead Space video game series released by Electronic Arts.
Gant was a producing partner in the production company Mythgarden. Its 2007 feature film, Save Me, a drama set against the backdrop of an ex-gay ministry, stars Gant along with Judith Light and Chad Allen and premiered at the Sundance Film Festival. He also co-produced, co-wrote, and starred in the Netflix-distributed period drama Milada, the true story of Czech heroine Milada Horáková, who was, in 1950, the first woman executed in Czech history by the Communist government.
Gant supports such organizations as Services & Advocacy for LGBT Elders (SAGE) and Gay & Lesbian Elder Housing (GLEH). Gant has also been involved politically, making appearances at Howard Dean presidential campaign events.