Jeffrey DeMunn

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Jeffrey DeMunn
Jeffrey DeMunn 2014.jpg
DeMunn in 2014
Born (1947-04-25) April 25, 1947 (age 75)
Years active1972–present
  • Ann Sekjaer
    (m. 1974⁠–⁠1995)
  • Kerry Leah
    (m. 2001)

Jeffrey DeMunn (born April 25, 1947) is an American stage, film and television actor known for playing Captain Esteridge in The Hitcher (1986), Sheriff Herb Geller in The Blob (1988), Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X (1995), Harry Terwilliger in The Green Mile (1999), Ernie Cole in The Majestic (2001), Dan Miller in The Mist (2007), Dale Horvath in The Walking Dead (2010–2012), and Charles Rhoades Sr. in Billions (2016–present).

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 the United Kingdom in 1970, receiving theatrical training at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School. When he returned to the United States 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 starred 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.

Film roles[edit]

DeMunn is known for his collaborations with director Frank Darabont, who has cast him in films such as 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 also narrated the audiobooks for Dreamcatcher and The Colorado Kid.[5] 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.

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 appeared in the television miniseries Storm of the Century.[6] 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 the 2013 television series Mob City, which was also created by Darabont.[8]

DeMunn has a starring role on the Showtime series Billions as Chuck Rhoades Sr., wealthy father to Paul Giamatti's Chuck Rhoades Jr.

Personal life[edit]

DeMunn married Ann Sekjaer in 1974; they divorced in 1995. He married Kerry Leah in 2001.[9]



Year Title Role
1980 Resurrection Joe McCauley
The First Deadly Sin Sergeant Fernandez Correll
I'm Dancing as Fast as I Can Dr. Roberts
Christmas Evil Philip Stadling
1981 Ragtime Harry Houdini
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
Betrayed Bobby Flynn
1989 Blaze Eldon Tuck
1991 Eyes of an Angel George
1992 Newsies Mayer Jacobs
1994 The Shawshank Redemption Prosecutor
Safe Passage Doctor
1995 Killer: A Journal Of Murder Sam Lesser
1996 Phenomenon Professor John Ringold
1997 Turbulence Brooks
RocketMan Paul Wick
1998 Harvest Jake Yates
The X-Files 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
Covert One: The Hades Factor Steven Haldane
2007 The Mist Dan Miller
2008 Burn After Reading Cosmetic surgeon
2009 Cayman Went Rodgers Bowman
2010 6 Souls Dr. Harding
2011 Another Happy Day Lee BingBing
2014 Adult Beginners Bill
2016 Halfway Walt
2017 Marshall Dr. Sayer
2018 The Amaranth Richard Kendrick


Year Title Role Notes
1978 The Last Tenant Vinnie Television film
1979 Sanctuary of Fear Whitney Fowler
1980 King Crab Sam Campana
1981 Word of Honor District Attorney Burke
Mourning Becomes Electra Captain Adam Brant TV mini-series, 2 episodes
1982 A Midsummer Night's Dream Bottom
I Married Wyatt Earp Doc Holliday
Sessions Dr. Walter Hemmings
Enormous Changes at the Last Minute Richardo
1983 O'Malley Carl
1984 When She Says No Brain Garvey
1985 Hill Street Blues Jerry Goff Episode: "G.Q."
The Twilight Zone Bob Splinder Episode: "Kentucky Rye"
A Time to Live Larry Weisman Television film
1986 Spenser: For Hire Jacob Zaleski Episode: "In a Safe Place"
Moonlighting Roger Clements Episode: "Funeral for a Door Nail"
American Masters Eugene O'Neill Episode: "Eugene O'Neill: A Glory of Ghosts"
Who Is Julia? Dr. David Matthews Television film
1987 Kojak: The Price of Justice Marsucci
Young Harry Houdini Harry Houdini
1988–1990 American Playhouse George / George Pierce Baker / Peter 3 episodes
1988 Windmills of the Gods Rogers Television film
Doubletake Andrew Lane
Lincoln William Herndon 2 episodes
1989 CBS Summer Playhouse Nate Goodman Episode: "Elysian Fields"
Dear John Neil Cramer Episode: "Kate, a Date & Fate"
Settle the Score Dr. Josh Longcrest Television film
1990 By Dawn's Early Light Harpoon
L.A. Law Peter Reynolds Episode: "Bang... Zoom... Zap"
Crash: The Mystery of Flight 1501 Scott Cody Television film
1991 The Haunted Jack Smurl
1992 Treacherous Crossing Dr. Johnston
Jonathan: The Boy Nobody Wanted Frank Moore
1993–2008 Law & Order Professor Norman Rothenberg 8 episodes
1993 Barbarians at The Gate H. John Greeniaus Television film
TriBeCa Ben Barker Episode: "The Rainmaker"
1994 Betrayal of Trust Dick Shelton Television film
1995 Citizen X Andrei Chikatilo
Hiroshima J. Robert Oppenheimer
Almost Golden: The Jessica Savitch Story Mel Korn
Down Came a Blackbird Rob Rubenstein
Ebbie Jake Marley
1997 Cracker Henry Farner Episode: "An American Dream"
Night Sins SAC Bruce Di Palma Television film
A Christmas Memory Seabone
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing Robert Brokaw
1998 The Outer Limits Dr. Adam Pike Episode: "Fear Itself"
Black Cat Run Bill Grissom Television film
1999 Storm of the Century Robbie Beals 3 episodes
2000 Noriega: God's Favorite Nunico Television film
D.C. Mr. Scott Episode: "Truth"
The Fugitive Will Alagash Episode: "Miles to Go"
2000–2001 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Charles Philips 2 episodes
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Tom Kagen Episode: "Dr. Cherry Must Be Stopped"
The Practice Attorney Gordon Keene Episode: "Honor Code"
2002 E.R. Doctor Episode: "Next of Kin"
2003 Hack Vasily Yurchenko Episode: "Gone"
Our Town Mr. Webb Television film
2004 The West Wing Kenneth Sean "Ken" O'Neal Episode: '"An Khe"
2005 Law & Order: Trial by Jury Professor Norman Rothenberg Episode: "Truth or Consequences"
Empire Falls Horace 2 episodes
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 2 episodes
Mob City Hal Morrison 6 episodes
2014 The Affair Dr. Henry Episode: "9"
2015 The Blacklist T. Earl King VI Episode: "T. Earl King VI"
2016–present Billions Chuck Rhoades Sr. 44 episodes
2016 Divorce Max Brodkin 4 episodes
2018 Dallas & Robo Charlie (voice) Episode: "I Was a Teenage Cannibal Biker"


Year Title Role Notes
1972–1973 King Lear Edmund National Tour
A Midsummer Night's Dream Demetrius
1975 Augusta
1976–1977 Comedians Phil Murray Understudy
Music Box Theatre
1977–1978 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
What Am I Doing Here? Man #1 Flea Theater
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 / Chuck 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
2014 A Great Wilderness Walt Williamstown Theatre Festival

Awards and nominations[edit]

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 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


  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. Archived from the original on June 7, 2010. Retrieved June 4, 2010.
  4. ^ "Exclusive: New 'Walking Dead' Cast Member Announced". 2010-04-17. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  5. ^ "Jeffrey DeMunn Joins The Walking Dead". 17 April 2010. Retrieved 2012-06-28.
  6. ^ "New Casting for 'The Walking Dead'". 17 April 2010. 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. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on 2014-01-19. Retrieved 2013-11-28.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)

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