Jeffrey DeMunn

Jeffrey DeMunn Biography

Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947) is an American film, television and stage actor. He is best known for his roles in Frank Darabont films, his role as Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X, and for his role as Dale Horvath in The Walking Dead.

Early life

DeMunn was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Violet (née Paulus) and James DeMunn, stepson of actress Betty Lutes DeMunn. He graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Theater roles

He moved to England in the early 1970s, receiving theatrical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. When he returned to the USA in 1972, he performed in a Royal Shakespeare Company National Tour's production of King Lear and A Midsummer Night's Dream. After this he starred in several off-Broadway productions, including Bent, Modigliani, and A Midsummer Night's Dream. DeMunn also participated in productions of developing plays at the Eugene O'Neill Theater Center. In 1983 he starrted in a production of K2, which earned him a Tony Award nomination. He most recently starred in Death of a Salesman at San Diego's Old Globe Theater in 2012 and A Family For All Occasions at the Bank Street Theatre in 2013.

Movie roles

DeMunn is known as a favorite of Frank Darabont, who has cast him in The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic, and The Mist. He also appeared in the 1988 remake of The Blob, which Darabont co-wrote. He has been involved in several of Stephen King's adaptations: he has acted in film adaptations of Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Mist and the TV miniseries Storm of the Century; he also narrated the audiobooks for Dreamcatcher and The Colorado Kid. In 1995, he won a CableACE Award as Best Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for his portrayal of serial killer Andrei Chikatilo in the HBO film Citizen X and received a Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie nomination for his performance.

Television roles

DeMunn has made several guest appearances on TV series. His extensive television résumé includes shows such as Kojak, Law & Order, and two of its spin-offs, SVU and Trial by Jury. He portrayed Dale Horvath in Frank Darabont's television adaptation of the comic book series The Walking Dead, for two seasons from 2010 to 2012. Upon his departure, he was cast as Hal Morrison in Mob City, Darabont's pilot for TNT.

Personal life

DeMunn married Ann Sekjaer in 1974; they divorced in 1995. He married Kerry Leah in 2001. DeMunn has two children, Heather and Kevin. He and his son Kevin worked together in the movie The Majestic.



Year Title Role
1980 Resurrection Joe
1980 The First Deadly Sin Sergeant Fernandez Correll
1980 I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Dr. Roberts
1980 Christmas Evil Philip Stadling
1981 Ragtime Harry Houdini
1981 World of Honor District Attorney Burke
1982 Frances Clifford Odets
1983 The Face of Rage Jeff Hammil
1984 Windy City Bobby
1985 Warning Sign Dr. Dan Fairchild
1986 The Hitcher Captain Esteridge
1988 The Blob Sheriff Herb Geller
1988 Betrayed Bobby Flynn
1989 Blaze Eldon Tuck
1992 Treacherous Crossing Dr. Johnston
1992 Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted Brad Moore
1992 Eyes of an Angel George
1992 Newsies Mayor Jacobs
1994 The Shawshank Redemption 1946 DA
1994 Safe Passage Doctor
1996 Killer: A Journal Of Murder Sam Lesser
1996 Phenomenon Professor John Ringold
1997 Turbulence Brooks
1997 RocketMan Paul Wick
1998 Harvest Jake Yates
1998 The X-Files: Fight the Future Dr. Ben Bronschweig
1999 The Green Mile Harry Terwilliger
2001 The Majestic Ernie Cole
2002 Swimming Upstream Dr. Henry Berkson
2003 The Lucky Ones Simon
2006 Hollywoodland Art Weissman
2006 Covert One: The Hades Factor Steven Haldane
2007 The Mist Dan Miller
2008 Burn After Reading Cosmetic surgeon
2009 Cayman Went Rodgers Bowman
2010 Shelter Dr. Harding
2011 Another Happy Day Lee


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Last Tenant Vinnie TV Movie
1978 Mourning Becomes Electra Adam TV Miniseries
1979 Sanctuary of Fear Whitney Fowler TV Movie
1980 King Crab Sam Campana TV Movie
1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom TV Movie
1983 O'Malley Carl TV Movie
1983 I Married Wyatt Earp Doc Holliday TV Movie
1983 Sessions Dr. Walter Hemmings TV Movie
1983 Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Richardo TV Movie
1984 When She Says No Brain Garvey TV Movie
1985 Hill Street Blues Jerry Goff Episode: "G.O."
1985 The Twilight Zone Bob Splinder Episode: "Kentucky Rye"
1985 A Time to Live Larry Weisman TV Movie
1986 Spenser: For Hire Jacob Zaleski Episode: "In a Safe Place"
1986 Moonlighting Roger Clements Episode: "Funeral for a Door Nail"
1986 American Masters Eugene O'Neill Episode: "Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts"
1986 Who Is Julia? Dr. David Matthews TV Movie
1987 Kojak: The Price of Justice Marsucci TV Movie
1987 Young Harry Houdini Harry Houdini TV Movie
1988"1990 American Playhouse George
George Pierce Baker
Episodes: "Pigeon Feathers", "Journey Into Genius", "Sensibility and Sense"
1988 Windmills of the Gods Rogers TV Movie
1988 Doubletake Andrew Lane TV Movie
1988 Lincoln William Herndon TV Miniseries
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Nate Goodman Episode: "Elysian Fields"
1989 Dear John Neil Cramer Episode: "Kate, a Date & Fate"
1989 Settle the Score Dr. Josh Longcrest TV Movie
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Admiral Harpoon TV Movie
1990 L.A. Law Peter Reynolds Episode: "Bang... Zoom... Zap"
1990 Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Scott Cody TV Movie
1991 The Haunted Jack Smurl TV Movie
1992 Treacherous Crossing Dr. Johnston TV Movie
1992 Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted Frank Moore TV Movie
1993"2008 Law & Order Professor Norman Rothenberg 8 episodes
1993 Barbarians at The Gate H. John Greeniaus TV Movie
1993 TriBeCa Ben Barker Episode: "The Rainmaker"
1994 Betrayal of Trust Dick Shelton TV Movie
1995 Citizen X Andrei Chikatilo TV Movie
1995 Hiroshima J. Robert Oppenheimer TV Movie
1995 Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Mel Korn TV Movie
1995 Down Came a Blackbird Rob Rubenstein TV Movie
1995 Ebbie Jake Marley TV Movie
1997 Cracker Henry Farner Episode: "An American Dream"
1997 Night Sins SAC Bruce Di Palma TV Movie
1997 A Christmas Memory Seabone TV Movie
1997 Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Robert Brokaw TV Movie
1998 The Outer Limits Dr. Adam Pike Episode: "Fear Itself"
1998 Black Cat Run Bill Grissom TV Movie
1999 Storm of the Century Robbie Beals TV Miniseries
2000 Noriega: God's Favorite Nunico TV Movie
2000 D.C. Mr. Scott Episode: "Truth"
2000 The Fugitive Will Alagash Episode: "Miles to Go"
2000"2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charles Philips Episodes: "Baby Killer", "Countdown"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Tom Kagen Episode: "Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped"
2001 The Practice Attorney Gordon Keene Episode: "Honor Code"
2002 E.R. Doctor Episode: "Next of Kin"
2003 Hack Vasily Yurchenko Episode: "Gone"
2003 Our Town Mr. Webb TV Movie
2004 The West Wing Kenneth Sean "Ken" O'Neal Episode: '"Ah Khe"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Professor Norman Rothenberg Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
2005 Empire Falls Horace TV Miniseries
2008 Cashmere Mafia Henry Gorham Episode: "Yours, Mine and Hers"
2010 God in America John Hughes Episode: "A New Adam/A New Eden"
2010"2012 The Walking Dead Dale Horvath 16 episodes
2012 Chicago Fire Peter Episode: "Mon Amour"
2013 The Good Wife Chief Justice Ryvlan Episode: "Rape: A Modern Perspective"
2013 Mob City Hal Morrison


Year Title Role Notes
1972-1973 King Lear Edmund National Tour
1972-1973 A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius National Tour
1975 Augusta
1976-1977 Comedians Phil Murray Understudy
Music Box Theatre
1978 A Prayer for My Daughter Jack Delasante Public Theatre
1979-1980 Bent Horst Replacement
Apollo Theater
1980 Modigliani Amedeo Modigliani Astor Place Theatre
1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Nick Bottom Central Park
1983 K2 Taylor Brooks Atkinson Theatre
1983-1984 Don Juan Don Juan Highlight Theater
1984 The Country Girl Bernie Chelsea Playhouse
1986 The Hands of Its Enemy Howard New York City Center
1987 Sleight of Hand Dancer Cort Theatre
1988 Spoils of War Andrew Music Box Theatre
1992-1993 One Shoe Off Leonard Second Stage Theatre
1994 Hedda Gabler George Tesman Criterion Center Stage Right
1996 Greensboro: A Requiem Jersey guy McCarter Theatre
1998 Gun-Shy Duncan Playwright's Horizons Theatre
1999-2000 The Price Victor Franz Royale Theatre
2001 Temporary Help Karl Westport Country Playhouse
2002-2003 Our Town Mr. Webb Booth Theatre
2005 The Last Days of Judas Iscariot Judge Littlefield
Caiaphas the Elder
St. Matthew
Public Theater
2005 What Am I Doing Here? Man #1 Flea Theater
2005 A Picasso Pablo Picasso New York City Center
2006 Stuff Happens Donald Rumsfeld Public Theatre
2007 King Lear King Lear California Shakespeare Theater
2008 A Geometry Fire Bob
Rattlestick Playwrights Theater
2011 Death of a Salesman Willy Loman Old Globe Theatre
2012 King Lear King Lear Frog and Peach Theatre
2013 A Family For All Occasions Howard Bank Street Theatre

Awards and nominations

Year Result Award Title Category
1978 Won Drama Desk Award A Prayer for My Daughter Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play
1983 Nominated Tony Award K2 Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
1995 Won CableACE Award Citizen X Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1995 Nominated Emmy Award Citizen X Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1999 Nominated Screen Actors Guild Award The Green Mile Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006 Won Drama Desk Award Stuff Happens Outstanding Ensemble Performance
2011 Nominated Craig Noel Award Death of a Salesman Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play - Male

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