Gunther Palmer was born in New York, New York. He is the twin brother of actress Penelope Palmer, who co-starred with Klaus Kinski in Le Femme Enfant, and the son of Ciao! Manhattan co-producer/co-director John Palmer and former Vogue and Elle cover girl and Warhol starlet, Ivy Nicholson. When the twins were born, their mother was active at the Factory and Gunther was filmed as an infant for some of the Warhol films. Gunther moved to Paris, France at age two with his mother, twin sister, and an older brother Sean Bolger. In addition to appearing in the French soap opera, Gunther sang for a rock band called Mandrake, and worked as a child/teen model while in Paris. Gunther began to show signs of schizoprenia in his late teens, and that ended his acting career, but he continued to pursue a career in music. In 1985, Gunther moved to San Francisco with his mother and twin sister, where they played local clubs with his mother's band. Gunther currently plays drums and sings in the band Stagefright, and was the subject of a 2001 documentary called "Sweetest Compassion - The Gunther Palmer Story". He has another older brother, the Viscount Darius DePoleon, living in France, and a daughter Edween born in 1989.