Joseph Sweeney (actor)

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Joseph Sweeney
Born (1884-07-26)July 26, 1884
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died November 25, 1963(1963-11-25) (aged 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918-1963

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,[1] the role he originated in a 1954 Westinghouse Studio One live teleplay of which the film was an adaptation.

Stage career[edit]

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.[1] Sweeney returned to the stage in 1953 to portray Giles Corey in Arthur Miller's "The Crucible"[2]

Later life[edit]

Sweeney kept acting until his death, appearing in numerous television shows, including at least twelve during the year he died.[1] Sweeney died on November 25, 1963, at the age of 79.



  1. ^ a b c Biography of Joseph Sweeney
  2. ^ "the Crucible", Bantam Book edition, 1959 at page xiii

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