Full Name: Daniel Bernard Sweeney
Born: November 14th 1961
Birthplace: Shoreham, New York
Siblings: Kathleen, Barbara and Tommy
High School: Shoreham-Wading River High School
Graduated From: Tulane University
Marital Status: Married
Theatre Appearances: The Caine Mutiny Court Martial (Broadway), Distant Fires (LA Production), Blue Light, Death of a Salesman (Biff Loman - Seattle, 1998)
Believe it or not, before acting came along, D.B. Sweeney saw himself as a professional baseball player.
Unfortunately in 1980, he suffered a debilitating motorcycle accident that put an end to a potential sports career.
This could be seen as some kind of sick twist of destiny as it led to him discovering drama.
After beginnings in an Army commercial, The Caine Mutiny Court Martial in 1983, and tiny roles in Out of the
Darkness and Power; he landed the role of Baxter in Fire With Fire, 9th billed. But his major break came in the form
of Jackie Willow in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone. D.B. says of the experience "Francis is so very open
and supportive, and he treats his film as a true collaboration. In fact, I enjoyed working on Gardens of Stone so
much I dreaded the day it would end, knowing that I'd have to go on to work with a mortal 'director' again."
Next along was No Man's Land, co-starring Charlie Sheen. Sweeney is essentially the leading man in this film, but due to
the release of Platoon prior, his role was overshadowed by Sheen. Obviously there were no bad feelings as the pair
appeared together again in John Sayles' excellent Eight Men Out, bringing together these talents along with John
Cusack, Michael Rooker, Christopher Lloyd, Gordon Clapp and David Strathairn. Here was D.B. Sweeney's forte. He had
never lost his love for baseball, and had even formed a New York team (The Skins) with old schoolfriends. He says,
"the funny thing is, back in 1919 (when the film is set) I probably would have been good enough to compete
professionally…it was much more a strategic game back then, less about raw athletic ability". His love for the game
eventually cost him $25,000 as he prepared for his role travelling with a minor-league baseball team - The Twins. He
even went to the extreme of being completely authentic in his representation of Shoeless Joe, and learned to hit the
ball southpaw, even though he is right-handed. Sweeney rightly likes to think, "as far as actors go, you're not
going to find many ballplayers better than me."
Next along was Sons, followed by the successful TV mini-series Lonesome Dove. He did as many of his own stunts as
was allowed and worked for a week at Tommy Lee Jones' ranch cattle-roping. Memphis Belle gave Sweeney the
opportunity to film in England alongside a talented American ensemble cast (including his Eight Men Out co-star
David Strathairn). His role was of the 'chicken' navigator Phil Lowenthal.
After this he worked on four low-key films: A Day In October, Blue Desert, Leather Jackets , and Heaven Is A
Playground. Next came the role of Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge alongside Moira Kelly - Dorsey tragically almost
mirroring Sweeney's real life in the fact that he can no longer play professional hockey due to the loss of
peripheral vision, the consequence of an accident. He then joins up with skater Kelly to become a figure-skating
pair. The film became Sweeney's first solo hit, and was highly amusing in places (watch for the 'toe-pick' scene!)
This was followed with a role in the TV movie Miss Rose White. Next came Hear No Evil, co-starring Martin Sheen,
Marlee Matlin and John C. McGinley. Unfortunately, this film was not a hit, unlike the following Fire In the Sky.
Based on a true story, Sweeney plays Travis Walton, a logger who is abducted for five days, and during this time his
friends are accused of murdering him. The film is notorious for it's horrific interpretation of alien testing (kudos
to Sweeney if that liquid really does go into his eye), and gives a clever reasoning to why all aliens appear to
look the same.
After a two-year break, Sweeney appeared on TV screens as Chance Harper in Strange Luck. Although it only lasted
one season, it was enough to be picked out by a large amount of fans, who enjoyed following Chance through his
'jinxed' world. Chance was the sole survivor of a plane crash, and consequently trouble and weirdness were always
finding him. Co-starring Frances Fisher and Pamela Gidley, Strange Luck was a refreshing change, a drama/comedy with
a twist. Next came a demanding and dramatic role in the form of Michael Holezcek in Roomates. The legendary Peter
Falk played Sweeney's grumpy, but full of character grandfather who is always with him in life (literally), almost
hindering his romantic interests with Julianne Moore. Following an uncredited role in Patrick Swayze starrer Three
Wishes, Sweeney had a major role in the big-budget comic book adaptation of Spawn, playing Terry Fitzgerald. Sweeney
says about the film, "I can't remember a movie that took us to hell to begin with, that was a literal kind of
mythical hell, where it's fire and the hoards of hell. So in that sense that's all new ground that they've broken in
terms of that and it doesn't let you down". It certainly didn't and became a box-office smash worldwide. But there
was one downside for Sweeney - not getting an action figure made of him: "I do not have one, it's a sore spot for
me, I thought I was a lock to get one because I'm one of the main characters. But apparently there's not a big
market for computer guys who wear tuxedos."
A return to TV followed in the twelve part series C16: FBI. D.B. Sweeney played Scott Stoddard, the womaniser of
the group. Again, he was joined with a talented ensemble cast including Eric Roberts, Zach Grenier, Christine Tucci,
Morris Chestnut and Angie Harmon. This was not a 'crime of the day' series, it followed the characters through the
crimes rather than study on the crimes themselves. DB also starred in the interesting Chris Carter-created TV series Harsh Realm. Based on the comic-book series, Harsh Realm explores a highly advanced virtual reality world -- where anything is possible.
The series also starred Scott Bairstow and DB's The Cutting Edge co-star Terry O'Quinn. Although the show was only shortly on the air,
it did find a cult audience.
Following on from these DB found cameo roles in the Book of Stars, The Weekend, Introducing Dorothy Dandridge, and Hardball. He recently starred
in firefighter drama Superfire. He has also found time to work on voice-only work in Disney's Dinosaur, and a variety of commercials and documentaries. He returns to voice work for Disney
in 2003's Brother Bear.