Jeffrey DeMunn

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Jeffrey DeMunn
Born(1947-04-25) April 25, 1947 (age 67)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Other namesJeff DeMunn
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Ann Sekjaer (1974–1995)
Kerry Leah (2001–present)
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Jeffrey DeMunn
Born(1947-04-25) April 25, 1947 (age 67)
Buffalo, New York, United States
Other namesJeff DeMunn
Years active1972–present
Spouse(s)Ann Sekjaer (1974–1995)
Kerry Leah (2001–present)

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

Early life[edit]

DeMunn was born in Buffalo, New York, the son of Violet (née Paulus) and James DeMunn, and a stepson of actress Betty Lutes DeMunn.[1][2] He graduated from Union College with a Bachelor of Arts in English.


Theater roles[edit]

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.[3] 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[edit]

DeMunn is known as a favorite of Frank Darabont,[citation needed] 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.[4] 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;[5] he also narrated the audiobooks for Dreamcatcher and The Colorado Kid.[6] 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[edit]

DeMunn has made several guest appearances on series television. His extensive TV résumé includes shows such as Kojak, Moonlighting, LA Law and The West Wing. He appeared in the recurring role of Norman Rothenberg in Law & Order, 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.[7] Upon his departure, he was cast as Hal Morrison in Mob City.[8]

Personal life[edit]

DeMunn married Ann Sekjaer in 1974; they divorced in 1995. He married Kerry Leah in 2001.[9] DeMunn has two children, Heather and Kevin.



1980The First Deadly SinSergeant Fernandez Correll
1980I'm Dancing as Fast as I CanDr. Roberts
1980Christmas EvilPhilip Stadling
1981RagtimeHarry Houdini
1981World of HonorDistrict Attorney Burke
1982FrancesClifford Odets
1983The Face of RageJeff Hammil
1984Windy CityBobby
1985Warning SignDr. Dan Fairchild
1986The HitcherCaptain Esteridge
1988The BlobSheriff Herb Geller
1988BetrayedBobby Flynn
1989BlazeEldon Tuck
1992Treacherous CrossingDr. Johnston
1992Eyes of an AngelGeorge
1992NewsiesMayor Jacobs
1994The Shawshank RedemptionProsecutor
1994Safe PassageDoctor
1996Killer: A Journal Of MurderSam Lesser
1996PhenomenonProfessor John Ringold
1997RocketManPaul Wick
1998HarvestJake Yates
1998The X-Files: Fight the FutureDr. Ben Bronschweig
1999The Green MileHarry Terwilliger
2001The MajesticErnie Cole
2002Swimming UpstreamDr. Henry Berkson
2003The Lucky OnesSimon
2006HollywoodlandArt Weissman
2006Covert One: The Hades FactorSteven Haldane
2007The MistDan Miller
2008Burn After ReadingCosmetic surgeon
2009Cayman WentRodgers Bowman
2010ShelterDr. Harding
2011Another Happy DayLee


1978The Last TenantVinnieTV Movie
1978Mourning Becomes ElectraAdamTV Miniseries
1979Sanctuary of FearWhitney FowlerTV Movie
1980King CrabSam CampanaTV Movie
1982A Midsummer Night's DreamBottomTV Movie
1983O'MalleyCarlTV Movie
1983I Married Wyatt EarpDoc HollidayTV Movie
1983SessionsDr. Walter HemmingsTV Movie
1983Enormous Changes at the Last MinuteRichardoTV Movie
1984When She Says NoBrain GarveyTV Movie
1985Hill Street BluesJerry GoffEpisode: "G.O."
1985The Twilight ZoneBob SplinderEpisode: "Kentucky Rye"
1985A Time to LiveLarry WeismanTV Movie
1986Spenser: For HireJacob ZaleskiEpisode: "In a Safe Place"
1986MoonlightingRoger ClementsEpisode: "Funeral for a Door Nail"
1986American MastersEugene O'NeillEpisode: "Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts"
1986Who Is Julia?Dr. David MatthewsTV Movie
1987Kojak: The Price of JusticeMarsucciTV Movie
1987Young Harry HoudiniHarry HoudiniTV Movie
1988–1990American PlayhouseGeorge / George Pierce Baker / Peter3 episodes
1988Windmills of the GodsRogersTV Movie
1988DoubletakeAndrew LaneTV Movie
1988LincolnWilliam HerndonTV Miniseries
1989CBS Summer PlayhouseNate GoodmanEpisode: "Elysian Fields"
1989Dear JohnNeil CramerEpisode: "Kate, a Date & Fate"
1989Settle the ScoreDr. Josh LongcrestTV Movie
1990By Dawn's Early LightHarpoonTV Movie
1990L.A. LawPeter ReynoldsEpisode: "Bang... Zoom... Zap"
1990Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501Scott CodyTV Movie
1991The HauntedJack SmurlTV Movie
1992Treacherous CrossingDr. JohnstonTV Movie
1992Jonathan: The Boy Nobody WantedFrank MooreTV Movie
1993–2008Law & OrderProfessor Norman Rothenberg8 episodes
1993Barbarians at The GateH. John GreeniausTV Movie
1993TriBeCaBen BarkerEpisode: "The Rainmaker"
1994Betrayal of TrustDick SheltonTV Movie
1995Citizen XAndrei ChikatiloTV Movie
1995HiroshimaJ. Robert OppenheimerTV Movie
1995Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch StoryMel KornTV Movie
1995Down Came a BlackbirdRob RubensteinTV Movie
1995EbbieJake MarleyTV Movie
1997CrackerHenry FarnerEpisode: "An American Dream"
1997Night SinsSAC Bruce Di PalmaTV Movie
1997A Christmas MemorySeaboneTV Movie
1997Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center BombingRobert BrokawTV Movie
1998The Outer LimitsDr. Adam PikeEpisode: "Fear Itself"
1998Black Cat RunBill GrissomTV Movie
1999Storm of the CenturyRobbie BealsTV Miniseries
2000Noriega: God's FavoriteNunicoTV Movie
2000D.C.Mr. ScottEpisode: "Truth"
2000The FugitiveWill AlagashEpisode: "Miles to Go"
2000–2001Law & Order: Special Victims UnitCharles Philips2 episodes
2001Gideon's CrossingDr. Tom KagenEpisode: "Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped"
2001The PracticeAttorney Gordon KeeneEpisode: "Honor Code"
2002E.R.DoctorEpisode: "Next of Kin"
2003HackVasily YurchenkoEpisode: "Gone"
2003Our TownMr. WebbTV Movie
2004The West WingKenneth Sean "Ken" O'NealEpisode: '"Ah Khe"
2005Law & Order: Trial by JuryProfessor Norman RothenbergEpisode: "Truth or Consequences"
2005Empire FallsHoraceTV Miniseries
2008Cashmere MafiaHenry GorhamEpisode: "Yours, Mine and Hers"
2010God in AmericaJohn HughesEpisode: "A New Adam/A New Eden"
2010–2012The Walking DeadDale Horvath16 episodes
2012Chicago FirePeterEpisode: "Mon Amour"
2013The Good WifeChief Justice Ryvlan2 episodes
2013Mob CityHal Morrison6 episodes


1972–1973King LearEdmundNational Tour
1972–1973A Midsummer Night's DreamDemetriusNational Tour
1976–1977ComediansPhil MurrayUnderstudy
Music Box Theatre
1978A Prayer for My DaughterJack DelasantePublic Theatre
Apollo Theater
1980ModiglianiAmedeo ModiglianiAstor Place Theatre
1982A Midsummer Night's DreamNick BottomCentral Park
1983K2TaylorBrooks Atkinson Theatre
1983–1984Don JuanDon JuanHighlight Theater
1984The Country GirlBernieChelsea Playhouse
1986The Hands of Its EnemyHowardNew York City Center
1987Sleight of HandDancerCort Theatre
1988Spoils of WarAndrewMusic Box Theatre
1992–1993One Shoe OffLeonardSecond Stage Theatre
1994Hedda GablerGeorge TesmanCriterion Center Stage Right
1996Greensboro: A RequiemJersey guyMcCarter Theatre
1998Gun-ShyDuncanPlaywright's Horizons Theatre
1999–2000The PriceVictor FranzRoyale Theatre
2001Temporary HelpKarlWestport Country Playhouse
2002–2003Our TownMr. WebbBooth Theatre
2005The Last Days of Judas IscariotJudge Littlefield / Caiaphas the Elder / St. MatthewPublic Theater
2005What Am I Doing Here?Man #1Flea Theater
2005A PicassoPablo PicassoNew York City Center
2006Stuff HappensDonald RumsfeldPublic Theatre
2007King LearKing LearCalifornia Shakespeare Theater
2008A Geometry FireBob / ChuckRattlestick Playwrights Theater
2011Death of a SalesmanWilly LomanOld Globe Theatre
2012King LearKing LearFrog and Peach Theatre
2013A Family For All OccasionsHowardBank Street Theatre
2014A Great WildernessWaltWilliamstown Theatre Festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

1978WonDrama Desk AwardA Prayer for My DaughterOutstanding Featured Actor in a Play
1983NominatedTony AwardK2Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play
1995WonCableACE AwardCitizen XSupporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries
1995NominatedEmmy AwardCitizen XOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
1999NominatedScreen Actors Guild AwardThe Green MileOutstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture
2006WonDrama Desk AwardStuff HappensOutstanding Ensemble Performance
2011NominatedCraig Noel AwardDeath of a SalesmanOutstanding Featured Performance in a Play - Male


  1. ^ "Union College". 2001-05-01. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  2. ^ "Jeffrey De Munn Biography (1947-)". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  3. ^ Napoleon, Davi (June 3, 2010). "At the Eugene O’Neill Theater Center’s Critics Institute 5Q4 Dan Sullivan". The Faster Times. Retrieved June 4, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Exclusive: New 'Walking Dead' Cast Member Announced". 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  5. ^ "New Casting for 'The Walking Dead'". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  6. ^ "Jeffrey DeMunn Joins The Walking Dead". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  7. ^ "First Official Zombie Images: Frank Darabont's The Walking Dead". 2010-06-02. Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  8. ^ Abrams, Natalie (2012-05-01). "Walking Dead's Jeffrey DeMunn, Andrew Rothenberg Land Roles in L.A. Noir". Retrieved 2012-06-28. 
  9. ^ [1]

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