Dale had planned to spend his retirement traveling the country with his beloved wife Irma in their RV, but she died from cancer before their dream came to pass. “I felt so cheated,” he confides to Andrea.
His age, calm experience and RV provide the nucleus around which the community of survivors forms. He is wise, sometimes profound and is the respected elder of the group – acting as a father figure to Glenn especially, whom he counsels on everything from car maintenance to girls.
Dale and Andrea form a close bond as well. When Amy is killed during a walker attack on the camp, Dale sits vigil with Andrea, telling her that since his wife's death, "you girls were the first people that I cared anything for."
Their relationship is tested, however, when Dale prevents Andrea from committing suicide by staying in a self-destructing building. Though he believes he saved her life, she claims he took her choice away. Later, he apologizes, saying, “The choices I made for you were not my choices to make.”
Ever watchful of the changing dynamics within the group, Dale becomes concerned when he witnesses a growing bond between Andrea and Shane. “I know what kind of man you are,” Dale tells Shane, ordering him to leave the group. When Shane’s behavior becomes increasingly erratic, Dale attemps to hide the guns from him, but Shane tracks him down and forces him to hand the weapons over.
“At least I can say when the world went to shit, I didn't let it take me down with it,” Dale proclaims.
Indeed, as the group’s moral center, Dale finds himself at odds with everyone in arguing to spare the life of a young prisoner, Randall. Although Andrea eventually sides with Dale on the issue, he’s so devastated at everyone’s lack of humanity that he declares, “This group is broken.”
That night, while walking through the fields, Dale is gored by a walker. As he lies on the ground dying, Daryl aims a gun at his head.
Jeffrey DeMunn has enjoyed a career that encompasses theatre, film and television. He is known as a favorite of Frank Darabont who has cast him in The Shawshank Redemption, The Green Mile, The Majestic and The Mist, among others including the 1988 re-make of The Blob.
He will be seen in the soon-to-be released Sam Levinson film Another Happy Day, co-starring Ellen Barkin, Kate Bosworth, Demi Moore and Ellen Burstyn. Other film credits include Burn After Reading, Shelter, Caymen Went, Hollywoodland, The X-Files Movie, Phenomenon and Blaze, as well as earlier appearances in Resurrection and Frances.
His television work has honored him with an Emmy® nomination and a Cable Ace Award for his role as Andrei Chikatilo in Citizen X. In addition to his recurring role on Law & Order and numerous guest starring roles on episodic series, he has starred or been featured in Empire Falls, Our Town, Noriega, Hiroshima, Storm of the Century, A Christmas Memory and Barbarians at the Gate.
He was recently seen as Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman at the Old Globe Theatre in San Diego, as well as the Dallas Theatre Center. He was nominated for a Tony® for his performance in K-2 on Broadway. Other Broadway credits are Our Town, The Price, Bent, Spoils Of War and Sleight Of Hand. His off-Broadway and regional appearances include Stuff Happens, Last Days Of Judas Iscariot, A Midsummer Night's Dream and A Prayer For My Daughter (Drama Desk Nomination) all with the Public Theatre. In addition, both regionally and off-Broadway, he has been seen in King Lear, Geometry of Fire, A Picasso, Gunshy, The Hands Of Its Enemy, Country Girl and Modigliani.
DeMunn was born and raised in Buffalo, NY, graduated from Union College and trained at the Bristol Old Vic in England. Upon returning to the U.S., he toured the country with the National Shakespeare Company and spent several summer seasons at the Eugene O'Neill Theatre Center helping to develop new plays.