Sawyer Sweeten

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Sawyer Sweeten
Born Sawyer Storm Sweeten
(1995-05-12)May 12, 1995
Brownwood, Texas, United States
Died April 23, 2015(2015-04-23) (aged 19)
Austin, Texas, United States
Cause of death Suicide by gunshot
Occupation Actor
Years active 1996–2015
Relatives Madylin Sweeten (sister)
Sullivan Sweeten (twin brother)

Sawyer Storm Sweeten (May 12, 1995 – April 23, 2015) was an American child actor. He was best known for playing Geoffrey Barone on the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond.

Early life[edit]

Sweeten was born in Brownwood, Texas, to Timothy Sweeten and Elizabeth Millsap.[1] He had a twin brother, Sullivan. The Sweeten family moved to California when the twins were six months old. When they were 16 months old they began working on Everybody Loves Raymond, along with their sister Madylin. Sawyer and Sullivan owned a house in Riverside, California.[2][3]

Death[edit]

On April 23, 2015, Sweeten died in Austin, Texas, at the age of 19. The cause of death was a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The cast of Everybody Loves Raymond sent their condolences to the Sweeten family. His on-screen father Ray Romano was shocked by the news and said he was a "wonderful and sweet kid to be around."[2] Sweeten's on-screen mother Patricia Heaton said "a funny and exceptionally bright young man. He is gone from us far too soon."[4] Brad Garrett, who portrayed Sweeten's on-screen Uncle Robert, released a statement that "The Sweeten family was our family for those nine years on Raymond. My deepest condolences and love go out to them during this unimaginable time."[5] Sweeten's on-screen grandmother Doris Roberts remembered Sawyer as "a very sweet young man" and "Make sure your loved ones know how much you care about them. It's very important to keep in touch.”[6] Phil Rosenthal, creator of Everybody Loves Raymond and husband of co-star Monica Horan, remembers Sawyer and his twin brother Sullivan and his older sister Madylin as "children that never failed to make us laugh, or remind us of how we feel about our own children."[6] His on-screen/real life sister Madylin released a statement regarding her brother’s death and pleaded for everyone "to reach out to the ones you love."[4][6][7]

Filmography[edit]

Film[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
2002 Frank McKlusky, C.I. Young Frank McKlusky

Television[edit]

Year Title Role Notes
1996–2005 Everybody Loves Raymond Geoffrey Barone Main cast
2000 Even Stevens Milton Episode: "All About Yvette"

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