D. B. Sweeney

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D. B. Sweeney
DB Sweeney in Iraq (crop).jpg
Sweeney in Iraq in 2008
BornDaniel Bernard Sweeney
(1961-11-14) November 14, 1961 (age 52)
Shoreham, New York, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Ashley Vachon (2000-present; 2 children)
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D. B. Sweeney
DB Sweeney in Iraq (crop).jpg
Sweeney in Iraq in 2008
BornDaniel Bernard Sweeney
(1961-11-14) November 14, 1961 (age 52)
Shoreham, New York, U.S.
Years active1985–present
Spouse(s)Ashley Vachon (2000-present; 2 children)

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 where he was a member of Omega Gamma Delta Fraternity and both Tulane and New York University. Before completing his B.F.A. at NYU in 1984, he was cast in the Broadway revival of The Caine Mutiny Court Martial.


Sweeney guest starred on television series The Edge of Night and Spenser: For Hire before entering films. He portrayed a gung-ho Vietnam enlistee in Francis Ford Coppola's Gardens of Stone (1987) and Travis Walton in Fire in the Sky (1993). Sweeney is best remembered for his portrayal of Doug Dorsey in The Cutting Edge (1992), Shoeless Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out (1988), and Dish Boggett in Lonesome Dove (1989).

In 2000, Sweeney voiced Aladar the Iguanodon in Disney's CGI film Dinosaur. He also starred in Life as We Know It as Michael Whitman (2004–2005) and C-16: FBI produced by Michael Robin.

Sweeney has 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]

Since 2012, Sweeney voices the adult version of 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]

Personal life[edit]

Sweeney is married to Ashley Vachon (April 2000 – present) and they have two children, Cade and Cody.[6] Cade, his son, born on August 26, 2001. Cody, his daughter, was born on April 16, 2004.


1985Out of the DarknessMikeTV movie
Spenser: For HireRickEpisode: "Resurrection"
1986PowerCollege Student
Fire with FireThomas Baxter
1987Gardens of StoneJackie Willow
No Man's LandBenjy Taylor
1988Eight Men OutJoseph "Shoeless Joe" Jackson
1989Lonesome DoveDish BoggettTV miniseries
1990Memphis BelleLt. Phil Lowenthal
1991Blue DesertSteve Smith
Heaven Is a PlaygroundZack Telander
A Day in OctoberNiels Jensen
1992The Cutting EdgeDoug Dorsey
Miss Rose WhiteDan McKayTV movie
Leather JacketsMickey
1993Fire in the SkyTravis Walton
Hear No EvilBen Kendall
1994Tales From the CryptClydeEpisode: "Staired in Horror"
1995RoommatesMichael Holzcek
Three WishesJeffery Holman (uncredited)
1995–1996Strange LuckChance Harper / Alex Sanders17 episodes
1996Frame by Frame
1997SpawnTerry Fitzgerald
1997–1998C-16: FBIScott Stoddard11 episodes
1999The Book of StarsPrisoner
NYPD BlueJoey DwyerEpisode: "Big Bang Theory"
Introducing Dorothy DandridgeJack DenisonTV movie
The WeekendTony
GoosedSteve Steven
1999–2000Harsh RealmMike Pinocchio(TV miniseries); 9 episodes
2000After SexTony
The Outer LimitsScott BowmanEpisode: "The Grid"
Warriors of Might and Magic(Video Game); voice
2000–2001Once and AgainGraham Rympalski
2001HardballMatt Hyland
2002SuperfireJames Merrick
GreenmailJeremy O'Brien
2003CSI: MiamiSimon BishopEpisode: "Body Count"
Brother BearSitkavoice
2004SpeakJack Sordino
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationKyle GoodEpisode: "Early Rollout"
Going to the MatCoach Rice(TV movie)
Karen SiscoHarry BoyleEpisode: "No One's Girl"
2004–2005Life as We Know ItMichael Whitman13 episodes
2006The Darwin AwardsDetective Maguire
Two Tickets to ParadiseBilly McGriffAlso wrote and directed
HouseDylan CrandallEpisode: "Who's Your Daddy?"
YellowChristian Kile
2006–2008JerichoJohn Goetz5 episodes
2007Entry LevelClay
Vegas: An Opulent IllusionNarrator(video short)
HeatstrokeCaptain Steve O'BannonTV movie
Miracle at St. AnnaColonel Driscoll
CrashPeter Emory4 episodes
LeverageFather PaulEpisode: "The Miracle Job"
2009Criminal MindsU.S. Marshal Sam Kassmeyer3 episodes
2010CSI: NYA.D.A. Craig HansenEpisode: "Criminal Justice "
24Mark Bledsoe2 episodes
The ImplodersEpisode: "Widow Makers and Firestorms"
Three RiversDetective Ted SandefurEpisode: "Status 1A"
Universal DeadCaptain John Trent3 episodes
The EventCarter6 episodes
2011JavelinaDr. Carey
Hawaii Five-0Richard DavisEpisode: "Ne Me'e Laua Na Paio"
CastleDetective Kyle SeegerEpisode: "To Love and Die in L.A."
Swamp SharkCharlie(TV movie) post-production
Deep in the HeartMichaelpost-production
False Creek StoriesBill(short film); completed
2012The Legend of KorraAang (voice)4 episodes
Ice PilotsNarrator6 episodes
Mountain MenNarrator8 episodes
Taken 2Bernie
Atlas Shrugged: Part IIJohn Galt
Celebrity Ghost StoriesHimselfEpisode 64
2013-2014Two and a Half MenLarry9 episodes


  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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