Who is Jeffrey DeMunn from “Walking Dead”?

Jeffrey DeMunn was born in Buffalo, New York State USA, on 25 April 1947 – his zodiac sign is Taurus and he holds American nationality. He is an actor, who is perhaps best known for his portrayal of Dale Horvath in the horror thriller series “The Walking Dead”, which has been airing since 2010 and stars Andrew Lincoln, Norman Reedus and Melissa McBride. The story follows Sheriff Deputy Rick Grimes who, after waking up from a coma, has to captain the group of survivors in a world taken over by zombies – the series is a huge success, and has so far won 78 awards, and been nominated for 208 others, including a Golden Globe.

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How rich is he?

As of September 2020, Jeffrey’s net worth has been estimated at over $2 million.

Early life, family and education

Jeffrey was raised in Buffalo an only child, by his father James DeMunn who was a theatre actor, and his mother Violet Paulus who was a housewife – his parents divorced when Jeffrey was nine, and James went on to marry the actress Betty Lutes DeMunn.

Jeffrey became interested in acting at a very early age, which is why his parents sent him to study at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School in England not long after he completed his elementary education. After four years of playing soccer, practicing acting and his singing and dancing skills, Jeffrey returned to the US, and enrolled at the Union College in Schenectady in New York, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts degree in English in 1969.

Roles in plays

Jeffrey has been active on stage as much as on TV. He made his debut stage performance in 1972 ,when he played Edmund in the Shakespeare’s tragedy “King Lear”, and then Demetrius in Shakespeare’s “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”.

In 1975 Jeffrey played Phil Murray, one of the lead characters in the play “Comedians”, and then starred in “A Prayer for My Daughter”, “Bent” and “Modigliani”. The year 1983 saw him play Taylor in the Patrick Meyer play “K2”, and he also played the title character in the play “Don Juan”. At New York City Center in 1986, Jeffrey portrayed Howard in “The Hands of Its Enemy”, and at Cort Theatre in 1987 he was The Dancer in “Sleight of Hand”.

He was praised for his portrayal of George Tesman in the Henrik Ibsen’s play “Hedda Gabler” in 1994, while some of his following performances were in “Greensboro: A Requiem” performed at the McCarter Theatre in 1996, “Gun-Shy” at Playwright’s Horizons Theatre in 1998, and Arthur Miller’s “The Price” performed at Royale Theatre in 2000.

Jeffrey appeared in more very popular plays, such as the Thornton Wilder’s “Our Town” for which Thornton won a Pulitzer Prize for Drama, in Stephen Adly Guirgis’ “The Last Days of Judas Iscariot”, and then portrayed the lead character Donald Rumsfeld in David Hare’s “Stuff Happens”.

Three of Jeffrey’s most recent appearances in theatre plays have been in “Death of a Salesman” performed at the Old Globe Theatre in 2011, “A Family For All Occasions” at the Bank Street Theatre in 2013, and “A Great Wilderness” performed at Williamstown Theatre Festival in 2014.

Roles in movies

Jeffrey has appeared in over 120 movies and TV series, and we are about to mention some of his most notable appearances in this article.

He made his debut film appearance in 1978 as Vinnie in “The Last Tenant”, but he only gained recognition in 1980 when he portrayed Joe McCauley in the drama movie “Resurrection”, which follows a woman who finds out that she can heal people after nearly dying in a car accident which took her husband’s life.

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In the same year, Jeffrey appeared in several other movies, such as the crime thriller “The First Deadly Sin” which starred Frank Sinatra, and the biographical movie “I’m Dancing as Fast as I Can” which starred Jill Clayburgh. In 1981, he appeared as the District Attorney Burke in the movie “Word of Honor”, which saw the debut of popular actor John Malkovich, and some of the following movies Jeffrey appeared in were the science fiction horror “Warning Sign” in 1985, another science fiction horror “The Blob” in 1988, and the drama movie “Eyes of an Angel” which starred John Travolta.

Jeffrey had a chance to appear in one of the movies rated ‘best of all times’, “The Shawshank Redemption” in 1994, along with famous actor Morgan Freeman.

In 1995, he starred as Andrei Chikatilo in the film “Citizen X”, which follows Soviet Union detectives who are trying to capture a serial killer in the ‘80s. He appeared in his first comedy movie, “RocketMan” in 1997, and then played Dr. Ben Bronschweig in the science fiction thriller film “The X-Files”. The year 1999 saw him appear in another immensely popular movie – “The Green Mile” – in which he starred alongside Tom Hanks. Some of Jeffrey’s notable performances in the following years were in the romantic period drama “The Majestic” in 2001 which starred Jim Carrey, the period mystery movie “Hollywoodland” in 2006, and the dark comedy crime film “Burn After Reading” in 2008.

Three of Jeffrey’s most recent roles in movies have been portraying Bill in the 2014 comedy “Adult Beginners”, in the drama “Halfway” in 2016 which is Ben Caird’s directorial debut, and the biographical legal drama “Marshall” in 2017, in which he played Dr. Sayer.

Roles in TV series

Jeffrey made his debut TV series appearance in 1985, when he played Jerry Goff in the episode “G. Q.” of the serial police procedural series “Hill Street Blues”, and the following years saw him appear in single episodes of many series, such as the drama “The Twilight Zone”, the crime series “Spenser: For Hire”, and the comedy “Moonlighting”.

He gained recognition after portraying three characters in three episodes of the anthology series “American Playhouse”, while he was also praised for his portrayal of William Herndon in the mini-series “Lincoln” in 1988.

Jeffrey appeared as Professor Norman Rothenberg in eight episodes of the police procedural and legal drama “Law & Order”, and then guest starred in the episode “The Rainmaker” of the anthology series “TriBeCa” in 1993. His next notable performance was in the 1999 horror mini-series “Storm of the Century” in which he played Robbie Beals,  and from there, Jeffrey went on to appear in single episodes of many more series, including the medical drama “Gideon’s Crossing” in 2001, the crime series “Hack” in 2003 and the legal drama “Law & Order: Trial by Jury”.

Since 2016, Jeffrey has been playing Chuck Rhoades, Sr. in the drama “Billions”, while some of his other recent roles include as Max Brodkin in four episodes of the comedy series “Divorce”, and voicing Charlie in the episode “I Was a Teenage Cannibal Biker” of the adult animated comedy web series “Dallas & Robo”.


In 1978, Jeffrey won a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his performance in “A Prayer for My Daughter”, and in 1983 he was nominated for a Tony Award for Best Performance by a Leading Actor in a Play for “K2”.

The year 1995 saw him win a CableACE Award for Supporting Actor in a Movie or Miniseries for “Citizen X”, and he won his next and so far final award in 2006 – a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance for “Stuff Happens”. Jeffrey has been nominated for three other awards: an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie for “Citizen X”, a Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture for “The Green Mile” and a Craig Noel Award for Outstanding Featured Performance in a Play – Male for “Death of a Salesman”.

Love life and wife

Jeffrey met his non-celebrity ex-wife Anne Sekaer in 1970, when they were introduced by a mutual friend, and the two started dating several months later after meeting at a local café.

Jeffrey and Anne married in a private ceremony attended by their closest family on 7 October 1974, and not long after Anne gave birth to their son Kevin DeMunn, who has since become an actor, and is known for his roles in “The Majestic” in 2001, and the critically acclaimed TV series “Stranger Things” in 2016 – Jeffrey and Anne also have a daughter together named Heather.

They divorced in 1996 citing irreconcilable differences, and in 2001 Jeffrey married the non-celebrity Kerry Leah Bettenbender. The two have been together since – they don’t have children together, and there are no rumors nor controversies surrounding their marriage.

Hobbies and other interests

Jeffrey likes social media networks but believes he is perhaps too old to be bothering with opening accounts and uploading pictures onto them – he does have an Instagram account, but has uploaded only a single picture onto it.

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He doesn’t watch television but has Netflix.

Jeffrey is a philanthropist who has donated money for various causes, and has also done a lot of voluntary work – he is a lover of animals and has donated money to multiple animal shelters.

One of his main hobbies is travelling, and Jeffrey has been around the world since the launch of his acting career.

He has his own favorite actors and actresses, some of whom are Tom Hanks, Morgan Freeman and Meryl Streep, and some of his favorite movies are “Saving Private Ryan”, “Bruce Almighty” and “Kramer vs. Kramer”.

Age and height

Jeffrey’s age is 73. He has gray hair and brown eyes, his height is 5ft 9ins (1.75m) and he weighs around 150lbs (68kgs).

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