Joseph Sweeney (actor)
July 26, 1884|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
|Died||November 25, 1963
New York City, New York, USA
Joseph Sweeney (July 26, 1884 – November 25, 1963) was an American actor who worked in stage production, television and movies. His most famous role was as the elderly Juror #9 in the 1957 film 12 Angry Men, the role he originated in a 1954 Westinghouse Studio One live teleplay of which the film was an adaptation.
Joseph Sweeney had a successful career as a stage performer. He was in such productions as The Clansmen, George Washington Slept Here, Ladies and Gentlemen, A Slight Case of Murder, Dear Old Darlin’, and Days To Remember. In the 1940s Sweeney made the switch to television as audiences’ interests changed. Sweeney returned to the stage in 1953 to portray Giles Corey in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"
Sweeney kept acting until his death, appearing in numerous television shows, including at least twelve during the year he died. Sweeney died on November 25, 1963, the day slain President John F. Kennedy was buried, at the age of 79.
- Sylvia on a Spree (1918)
- Soak the Rich (1936)
- The Philadelphia Story (1940)
- Outside the Wall (1950)
- Twelve Angry Men (1954) (TV)
- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
- The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
- 12 Angry Men (1957)
- Biography of Joseph Sweeney
- "the Crucible", Bantam Book edition, 1959 at page xiii
- Joseph Sweeney at the Internet Movie Database
- Biography by New York Times
- Biography by Fandango (ticket service)
- Joseph Sweeney at Find a Grave