D. B. Sweeney

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D. B. Sweeney
Born Daniel Bernard Sweeney
(1961-11-14) November 14, 1961 (age 54)
Shoreham, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Ashley Vachon (2000–present)
Children 2

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

Early life[edit]

Sweeney was born and raised in Shoreham, New York, by an educator father and a municipal government employee mother.[1] He attended Shoreham-Wading River High School and both Tulane and New York University. Before completing his B.F.A. at NYU in 1984, he starred in the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.


Sweeney guest starred on the television series like The Edge of Night and Spenser: For Hire. On films, he played a gung-ho Vietnam enlistee in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987) and Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993). He also played Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge (1992), Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988) and Dish Boggett in Lonesome Dove (1989).[citation needed]

After voicing Iguanodon Aladar in the Disney CGI animated film Dinosaur, Sweeney starred in Life as We Know It as Michael Whitman (2004–2005) and C-16: FBI produced by Michael Robin.

Sweeney guest-starred on various television series, including House (2006) as Crandall, an ex-bandmate of Dr. Gregory House; Jericho as John Goetz (2006–2008); Castle as a Los Angeles detective (2011), and more. He also had recurring roles as U.S. Marshal Sam Kassmeyer, assigned to protect Haley and Jack Hotchner on Criminal Minds (2009); as Peter Emory in season 1 of Crash (2008);[2] and as Carter in The Event (2010).

He is currently the voice-over artist for the OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network and his large body of voiceover work includes three seasons of Fox Sports Net's Beyond the Glory and National Geographic Television's Ice Pilots. Past ad campaigns include Bud Light, Lincoln cars, Conoco-Phillips, John Deere, Major League Baseball and Coca Cola.

Sweeney plays Captain John Trent in the horror web series, Universal Dead.[3] In late June 2010, it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film.[4]

A supporter of the U.S. military, Sweeney founded a website Lettersfromhollywood.army.mil to get messages of support to active duty and retired military. He has made multiple visits to the Middle East and Europe to visit with service members. 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 film, Two Tickets to Paradise.[citation needed]

In 2012, Sweeney voiced the adult Avatar Aang in The Legend of Korra, the sequel series of Avatar: The Last Airbender. He also narrates the reality television series Mountain Men.[5] He played the role of Bernie in the movie Taken 2 in 2012.

Personal life[edit]

In April 2000, Sweeney married Ashley Vachon, and they have two children, Cade (born August 26, 2001) and Cody (born April 16, 2004).[6]


Film and television
Year Title Role Notes
1985 Out of the Darkness Mike TV movie
1985 Spenser: For Hire Rick Episode: "Resurrection"
1986 Power College Student
1986 Fire with Fire Thomas Baxter
1987 Gardens of Stone Jackie Willow
1987 No Man's Land Benjy Taylor
1988 Eight Men Out Joseph "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
1989 Lonesome Dove Dish Boggett Miniseries
1990 Memphis Belle Lt. Phil Lowenthal
1991 Blue Desert Steve Smith
1991 Heaven Is a Playground Zack Telander
1992 The Cutting Edge Doug Dorsey
1992 Miss Rose White Dan McKay TV movie
1992 Leather Jackets Mickey

1992 "A Day in October" Director Kenneth Madsen

1993 Fire in the Sky Travis Walton
1993 Hear No Evil Ben Kendall
1994 Tales From the Crypt Clyde Episode: "Staired in Horror"
1995 Roommates Michael Holzcek
1995 Three Wishes Jeffery Holman Uncredited
1995–1996 Strange Luck Chance Harper / Alex Sanders 17 episodes
1997 Spawn Terry Fitzgerald
1999 The Book of Stars Prisoner
1999 NYPD Blue Joey Dwyer Episode: "Big Bang Theory"
1999 Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Jack Denison TV movie
1999–2000 Harsh Realm Mike Pinocchio 9 episodes
2000 After Sex Tony
2000 Dinosaur Aladar (voice)
2000 The Outer Limits Scott Bowman Episode: "The Grid"
2000–2001 Once and Again Graham Rympalski 4 episodes
2001 Hardball Matt Hyland
2003 CSI: Miami Simon Bishop Episode: "Body Count"
2003 Brother Bear Sitka (voice)
2004 Speak Jack Sordino
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kyle Good Episode: "Early Rollout"
2004 Going to the Mat Coach Rice TV movie
2004 Karen Sisco Harry Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl"
2004–2005 Life as We Know It Michael Whitman 13 episodes
2006 The Darwin Awards Detective Maguire
2006 Two Tickets to Paradise Billy McGriff Also director, writer and proucer
2006 House Dylan Crandall Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2006 Yellow Christian Kile
2006; 2008 Jericho John Goetz 5 episodes
2008 Stiletto Danny
2008 Heatstroke Captain Steve O'Bannon TV movie
2008 Miracle at St. Anna Colonel Driscoll
2008 Crash Peter Emory 4 episodes
2008 Leverage Father Paul Episode: "The Miracle Job"
2009 Criminal Minds 3 episodes
2010 CSI: NY A.D.A. Craig Hansen Episode: "Criminal Justice "
2010 24 Mark Bledsoe 2 episodes
2010 Three Rivers Detective Ted Sandefur Episode: "Status 1A"
2010 The Event Carter 6 episodes
2010 Fencewalker Detective
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Richard Davis Episode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"
2011 Castle Detective Kyle Seeger Episode: "To Love and Die in L.A."
2011 Swamp Shark Charlie TV movie
2011 Elwood Mayor Harrington Short film
2012 The Legend of Korra Aang (voice) 4 episodes
2012 Ice Pilots Narrator 6 episodes
2012 Mountain Men Narrator 8 episodes
2012 Taken 2 Bernie
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II John Galt
2012–2013 Major Crimes FBI Special Agent Morris 2 episodes
2013 Betrayal Joseph Tanner 2 episodes
2013 Touch Howard Goss 4 episodes
2013 Underdogs Vince DeAntonio
2013–2014 Two and a Half Men Larry 10 episodes
2014 The Boxcar Children Baker (voice)
2015 The Night Shift Dick Episode: "Eyes Look at Your Last"
2015 Heist Bernie
2015 Chi-Raq Mayor McCloud
2015 Extraction Ken Robertson


  1. ^ D. B. Sweeney Biography (1961–). Filmreference.com (1961-11-14). Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  2. ^ Original Series. STARZ. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  3. ^ Universal Dead. Universal Dead. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  4. ^ "Universal Dead full length feature?". 
  5. ^ "Twitter / actordbsweeney: Check out #mountainmen on". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22. 
  6. ^ Sweeney, Daniel. "D.B. Sweeney's Personal Life". D.B. Sweeney Married Life. TV Guide. Retrieved 16 February 2012. 

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