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|This article is about the actor who portrays Dale Horvath. You may be looking for the other actor, the Comic Series character or the Alexandrian resident in the TV Series.|
He studied in England at the Bristol Old Vic Theatre School, then returned to America and was a member of the National Shakespeare Company. He has starred in many theatre productions, both on and off Broadway, including "K2" (for which he received a Tony Award for Best Actor for his role as Taylor), "Spoils of War" as Andrew and "Comedians" as Phil Murray and an understudy for Gethin Price.
He appeared in "The Mist" with Laurie Holden (Andrea), Juan Gabriel Pareja (Morales) and Melissa Suzanne McBride (Carol Peletier) and also appeared in other films such films as The Shawshank Redemption (1994), The Blob (1988) and such television shows as "Hill Street Blues" (1981), Kojak: The Price of Justice (1987) (TV), "Law & Order: Special Victims Unit" (1999) and "Law & Order" (1990).
He is known as a favorite of director and original Walking Dead showrunner Frank Darabont, who has cast him in all four of his films: 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 also has an extensive television résumé, appearing in shows such as Kojak, Law & Order, and two of its spin-offs, SVU and Trial by Jury.
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 T.V. 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.
DeMunn requested to leave the The Walking Dead after Darabont was fired as showrunner and Dale was subsequently killed off. Prior to his character's death, it was reported that an unidentified cast member had asked to leave the show, but then had a change of heart, which many assumed to be DeMunn. However, when Chandler Riggs and Darabont confirmed that DeMunn left due to Darabont's firing, neither made mention of DeMunn changing his mind.
- The Shawshank Redemption
- The Green Mile
- The Mist
- The X Files
- The Blob
- Law & Order
- Mob City
- The Hitcher