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Daniel Bernard "D. B." Sweeney (born November 14 1961) is an Americanmarker actor.


Early life

Sweeney was born on Long Islandmarker, New Yorkmarker and raised in Shorehammarker by an educator father and a municipal government employee mother. He attended Shoreham-Wading River High School where he was a member of Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity. He attended both Tulanemarker and New York Universitymarker. Though he had trouble getting sizeable roles in student productions, upon his graduation he was immediately cast in the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.


Sweeney went on to guest star on such television series as The Edge of Night and Spenser: For Hire before entering films, where he portrayed an idealistic, gung-ho Vietnam enlistee in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987). While he has gone on to many roles (among them a hockey player turned figure skater in The Cutting Edge (1992), Sweeney is perhaps best remembered for his portrayal of the tragic Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), although others will argue that his role as Dish Boggett in Lonesome Dove was his defining role.

Sweeney also starred in Memphis Belle (1990), Blue Desert (1991), Fire in the Sky (1993), and Hardball (2001). In addition to his film roles, he continues to work on television. He played Dish Boggett in the award-winning miniseries Lonesome Dove (1989) and in 1996 starred in the short-lived Fox series Strange Luck in which he played an amnesiac freelance photographer with strange powers that resulted from being the sole survivor of an airplane disaster. He later co-starred in another short-lived series, the science fiction offering Harsh Realm. Sweeney still appears in theatrical productions.

Sweeney guest-starred on House playing an ex-bandmate of Dr. Gregory House's named Crandall. His daughter is brought to Dr. House after suffering from hallucinations about her experiences during Hurricane Katrina on top of other issues. He is also the voice-over artist for Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory and guest-starred on Jericho playing John Goetz, a mercenary employee of security company Ravenwood. He also played Michael Whitman in Life As We Know It up until the show's cancellation.

On May 4, 2008, Sweeney flew with the helicopter squadron HMM-364, "The World Famous Purple Foxes", in a CH-46E while in Iraq visiting with service members and promoting his new movie, Two Tickets to Paradise.

He currently played Peter Emory on the first season of the television series Crash.

Personal life

Sweeney is a close friend of current AHL and former NHL defenseman Chris Chelios, who currently plays for the Chicago Wolves. Chelios is the godfather to Sweeney's son, Cade.


Year Title Role Note(s)
1985 Out of the Darkness Mike CBS TV-Movie
1986 Power College Student
Fire with Fire Thomas Baxter
1987 Gardens of Stone Jackie Willow
No Man's Land Benjamin Taylor
1988 Eight Men Out Joseph "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
1989 Sons Ritchie
1989 Lonesome Dove Dishwater Boggett
1990 Memphis Belle Lt. Phil Lowenthal
1991 Blue Desert Steve Smith
Heaven Is a Playground Zack Telander
1992 The Cutting Edge Doug Dorsey
Miss Rose White Dan McKay TV-Movie
Leather Jackets Mickey
A Day in October Niels Jensen Cameo role
1993 Fire in the Sky Travis Walton
Hear No Evil Ben Kandall
1995 Strange Luck Chance Harper Television movie
Three Wishes Jeffery Holman uncredited role
Roommates Michael Holzcek
1996 Frame by Frame
1997 Spawn Terry Fitzgerald
1999 The Book of Stars Prisoner
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Jack Denison TV-Movie
The Weekend Tony
Goosed Steve Steven
2000 Dinosaur Aladar voice
After Sex Tony
2001 Hard Ball Matt Hyland
2002 Superfire James Merrick TV-Movie
Greenmail Jeremy O'Brien direct-to-video
2003 Brother Bear Sitka voice
2004 Going to Mat Coach Rice TV-Movie
Speak Jack Sordino TV-Movie
2006 The Darwin Awards Detective Maguire
Two Tickets to Paradise Billy McGriff also director, producer and writer
Yellow Christian Kile
2007 Entry Level Clay
Vegas: An Opulent Illusion Narrator direct-to-video
2008 Stiletto Danny
Heatstroke Steve O'Bannon
Miracle at St. Anna Colonel Driscoll
2009 Fencewalker Detective
Javelina Dr. Carey


  1. D. B. Sweeney Biography (1961-)

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