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  • Best known for playing "Shoeless" Joe Jackson in Eight Men Out and Dish Boggett in the miniseries Lonesome Dove. 
  • Briefly played minor-league baseball for the Kenosha Twins.
  • Is close friends with NHL defenseman Chris Chelios, who is godfather to Sweeney's son, Cade.
  • In 2008, flew a CH-46E helicopter in squadron HMM-364, "The World Famous Purple Foxes," in Iraq while visiting troops to promote his movie Two Tickets to Paradise.


  • Ashley Vachon Sweeney — Wife
  • Kathleen — Sister
  • Cade Sweeney — Son
  • Barbara — Sister
  • Tommy — Brother


  • Attended Tulane University, New Orleans, LA; New York University, Tisch School of the Arts, New York, New York (BFA in Drama, 1984)

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  • Birth Name: Daniel Bernard Sweeney
  • Birth Place: Shoreham, NY
  • Birthday: November 14, 1961, Scorpio
  • Profession: Actor, Writer, Director

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