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Joseph Sweeney (July 26, 1884 – November 25, 1963) was an American actor who worked in stage production, television and movies. His most famous role was as the elderly Juror #9 in the 1957 film 12 Angry Men,[1] the role he originated in a 1954 Westinghouse Studio One live teleplay of which the film was an adaptation.

Joseph Sweeney
Sweeney in 12 Angry Men, 1957
Born (1884-07-26)July 26, 1884
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Died November 25, 1963(1963-11-25) (aged 79)
New York City, New York, USA
Occupation Actor
Years active 1918-1963


Stage careerEdit

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.[1] He returned to the stage in 1953 to portray Giles Corey in Arthur Miller's The Crucible.[2]

Later lifeEdit

Sweeney kept acting until his death, appearing in numerous television shows, including at least twelve during the last year of his life.[1] He died on November 25, 1963, at the age of 79.[citation needed]



  1. ^ a b c Biography of Joseph Sweeney
  2. ^ The Crucible, Bantam Book edition, 1959 at page xiii

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