D. B. Sweeney
DB Sweeney in Iraq (crop).jpg
Sweeney in Iraq, 2008
Daniel Bernard Sweeney

(1961-11-14) November 14, 1961 (age 61)
Years active1985–present
Ashley Vachon
(m. 2000)

Daniel Bernard Sweeney (born November 14, 1961) is an American actor known for his roles as Jackie Willow, in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987), Lt. Phil Lowenthal in Memphis Belle (1990), and Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993). He also star in these films such as The Cutting Edge (1992), Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), Lonesome Dove (1989),[citation needed] and Dinosaur (2000).

He has guest-starred on various television series, including House (2006), Jericho (2006–2008), Castle (2011). He played FBI Special Agent Morris on The Closer and Major Crimes. He also had recurring roles such as Criminal Minds (2009), Crash (2008),[1] The Event (2010).

Early life

Sweeney was born in Shoreham, New York, on November 14, 1961. He attended both Tulane and New York University.[2]


In 1990, Sweeney starred as Treplev in Jeff Cohen's contemporary adaptation of Anton Chekhov's classic The Seagull at a tiny Off Off-Broadway theater (the RAPP Arts Center) in New York's Alphabet City neighborhood. His co-star was a then unknown Laura Linney, making her New York stage debut as Nina. The New York Times called Sweeney's performance "bold and exciting".[3]

Sweeney guest-starred in the television series The Edge of Night and Spenser: For Hire. In films, he has played Jackie Willow, a Vietnam-era soldier, in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987), navigator 1st Lt. Phil Lowenthal in Memphis Belle (1990), and Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993). He also played former ice hockey player Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge (1992), Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), and Dish Boggett in Lonesome Dove (1989).[citation needed]

He was a regular cast member on C-16 from 1997 to 1998.[4]

After voicing Aladar the Iguanodon in the 2000 Disney computer animated film Dinosaur, Sweeney played Michael Whitman in Life as We Know It.

Sweeney has guest-starred on various television series, including House (2006) as Crandall, an ex-bandmate of Dr. Gregory House; Jericho as John Goetz, employee of a private military contractor (2006–2008); Castle as a Los Angeles detective (2011), and more. He played FBI Special Agent Morris on The Closer and Major Crimes. 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);[1] 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.[5] In late June 2010, it was announced that Universal Dead will be made into a feature film.[6]

In 2012, Sweeney voiced the adult Avatar Aang in the first and second seasons of The Legend of Korra, the sequel series of Avatar: The Last Airbender. He currently narrates the reality television series Mountain Men.[7]

In 2017, Sweeney plays a pastor in The Resurrection of Gavin Stone[8]

Personal life

In April 2000, Sweeney married Ashley Vachon; they have a son, Cade, and a daughter, Cody.[9]



Year Title Role Notes
1986 Power College Student
Fire with Fire Baxter
1987 Gardens of Stone Jackie Willow
No Man's Land Deputy Sheriff Benjamin 'Benjy' Taylor / Bill Ayles
1988 Eight Men Out Shoeless Joe Jackson
1990 Memphis Belle Lieutenant Phil Lowenthal
1991 Blue Desert Steve Smith
Heaven is a Playground Zack Telander
1991 En dag i oktober (A Day in October) Niels Jensen
1992 The Cutting Edge Doug Dorsey
Leather Jackets Mickey
1993 Fire in the Sky Travis Walton
Hear No Evil Ben Kendall
1995 Roommates Michael Holzcek
Three Wishes Jeffery Holman Uncredited
1997 Spawn CIA Agent Terry Fitzgerald
1999 The Book of Stars Prisoner
Goosed Steve Steven
2000 After Sex Tony
Dinosaur Aladar Voice only
2001 Hardball Matt Hyland
2003 Brother Bear Sitka Voice only
2004 Speak Jack Sordino
2006 The Darwin Awards Detective Maguire
Two Tickets to Paradise Billy McGriff Also director, producer and writer
Yellow Christian Kile
2008 Stiletto Danny
Heatstroke Captain Steve O'Bannon
Miracle at St. Anna Colonel Driscoll
2012 Taken 2 Bernie Harris
Atlas Shrugged: Part II John Galt
K-11 Lieutenant Gerard Johnson
2013 Underdogs Vince DeAntonio
2014 The Boxcar Children Baker (voice)
Free Fall Frank
2015 Heist Bernie
Chi-Raq Mayor McCloud
Extraction Ken Robertson
2017 The Resurrection of Gavin Stone Pastor Allen Richardson
2019 Captive State Levitt
2024 Megalopolis dagger Commissioner Hart Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1985 Out of the Darkness Mike Television film
Spenser: For Hire Rick Episode: "Resurrection"
1989 Lonesome Dove Dish Boggett Miniseries
1992 Miss Rose White Dan McKay Television film
1994 Tales from the Crypt Clyde Episode: "Staired in Horror"
1995–1996 Strange Luck Chance Harper 17 episodes
1997–1998 C-16 Special Agent Dennis Grassi 13 episodes
1999 NYPD Blue Joey Dwyer Episode: "Big Bang Theory"
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge Jack Denison Television film
1999–2000 Harsh Realm Mike Pinocchio 9 episodes
2000 The Outer Limits Scott Bowman Episode: "The Grid"
2000–2001 Once and Again Graham Rympalski 3 episodes
2003 CSI: Miami Simon Bishop Episode: "Body Count"
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Kyle Good Episode: "Early Rollout"
Going to the Mat Coach Rice Television film
Karen Sisco Harry Boyle Episode: "No One's Girl"
2004–2005 Life as We Know It Michael Whitman 13 episodes
2006 House Dylan Crandall Episode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
2006–2008 Jericho John Goetz 5 episodes
2008 Crash Peter Emory 4 episodes
Leverage Father Paul Episode: "The Miracle Job"
2009 Criminal Minds US Marshal Sam Kassmeyer 3 episodes
2010 CSI: NY Assistant District Attorney Craig Hansen Episode: "Criminal Justice "
24 Mark Bledsoe 2 episodes
Three Rivers Detective Ted Sandefur Episode: "Status 1A"
The Event Carter 6 episodes
2011 Hawaii Five-0 Richard Davis Episode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"
Castle Detective Kyle Seeger Episode: "To Love and Die in L.A."
Swamp Shark Charlie Television film
The Closer FBI Special Agent Morris Episode: "Relative Matters"
Vegas Peter Holm Episode: "Estinto"
2012–2016 Major Crimes FBI Special Agent Morris 2 episodes
2012–2013 The Legend of Korra Aang (voice) 4 episodes
2012–present Mountain Men Narrator
2013 Touch Howard Goss 4 episodes
Betrayal Joseph Tanner 2 episodes
2013–2014 Two and a Half Men Larry 10 episodes
2015 The Night Shift Dick Episode: "Eyes Look at Your Last"
2017–2018 First Team: Juventus Himself, Narrator 6 episodes
2018 S.W.A.T. Uncle Ralph Episode: "Hoax"
Sharp Objects Mr. Keene 2 episodes
2021 B Positive Bert 10 episodes


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  2. ^ "D.B. Sweeney". AllMovie. Retrieved 2018-06-06.
  3. ^ Klein, Alvin (13 January 1991). "First Shoreham 'Idyll,' then Stardom". The New York Times.
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent. Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Co., 2008), p.331.
  5. ^ Universal Dead. Universal Dead. Retrieved on 2011-11-27.
  6. ^ "Universal Dead full length feature?". Archived from the original on 2011-08-18.
  7. ^ "Twitter / actordbsweeney: Check out #mountainmen on". Twitter.com. Retrieved 2013-11-22.
  8. ^ |last=Scheck|first=Frank |date=JANUARY 20, 2017|title=The Resurrection of Gavin Stone’: Film Review |url=https://www.hollywoodreporter.com/movies/movie-reviews/resurrection-gavin-stone-966449/
  9. ^ "Skating into a Great New House". Closer. 2018-05-18. Retrieved 2018-06-06.