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

Joseph Sweeney (born in Philadelphia July 26, 1884 – November 25, 1963) was an American actor who worked in stage production, television and movies. His most famous role was as juror number nine in the 1957 film Twelve Angry Men.[1 ]


Stage career

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 1940’s Sweeny made the switch to television as audiences’ interests changed. .[1 ] .

Television and Movies

In the 1940’s Sweeney began appearing in numerous television programs. He worked on shows including Goodyear Television Playhouse, Light Out, Out There, and Producers Showcase[2] In 1954 Sweeney acted as Juror number nine in Studio One’s television production of Reginald Roses’ Twelve Angry Men.[1 ] Sweeney also acted in six films, including The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit. At this Point Sweeney was in his seventies and was often chosen to play grandfatherly characters because of his white hair and kind face. But in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit, Sweeney broke this mold and played a villainous role.[3 ] In 1957, Sweeny appeared in Reginald Rose's adaptation of Twelve Angry Men, directed by Sidney Lumet. For this film, Sweeney reprised his role of juror number nine. In the film, Sweeny acts alongside Henry Fonda, Lee J. Cobb, and Jack Warden, and plays the elderly man who sides with Henry Fonda’s character very early on.[1 ] .

Later life

Sweeney kept acting until he died, appearing numerous more television shows, more than twelve the year he died. Sweeney died on November 26, 1963 at the age of 79.[1 ] .


Sylvia on a Spree 1918

Soak The Rich 1936

The Philadelphia Story 1940

Outside the Wall 1950

The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit 1956

The Fastest Gun Alive 1956

Twelve Angry Men 1957


  1. ^ a b c d e Biography of Joseph Sweeney
  2. ^ IMDB page of Joseph Sweeney
  3. ^ Biography of Joseph Sweeny

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