Joseph Sweeney (actor)
Sweeney in 12 Angry Men, 1957
July 26, 1884|
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
November 25, 1963 (aged 79)|
New York City, New York, United States
Joseph Sweeney (July 26, 1884 – November 25, 1963) was an American actor who worked in stage productions, 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.
Sweeney had a successful career as a stage performer 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 he made the switch to television as audiences' interests changed. He 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 last year of his life. He died on November 25, 1963, at the age of 79.
- Sylvia on a Spree (1918) – A Pal of Jack's
- Soak the Rich (1936) – Capt. Pettijohn, 1st detective
- The Philadelphia Story (1940) – Butler (uncredited)
- Outside the Wall (1950) – Prison Hospital Inmate (uncredited)
- Twelve Angry Men (1954, TV Series) – Juror #9
- The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956) – Edward M. Schultz
- The Fastest Gun Alive (1956) – Reverend
- 12 Angry Men (1957) – Juror #9
- Biography of Joseph Sweeney
- The Crucible, Bantam Book edition, 1959 at page xiii