American actor Daniel Bernard Sweeney was born on November 14, 1961 in Shoreham, New York. Initially hoping to become a professional baseball player, a motorcycle accident compelled him to consider acting. He attended both Tulane University and New York University; he had trouble getting major roles in student productions, but was immediately cast in the Broadway run of The Caine Mutiny Court Trial upon graduation. He appeared in several stage productions in Los Angeles and Broadway before jumping to the screen, appearing in television movies and theatrical releases.
In 1995, Sweeney got his first regular television, starring in the mystery drama Strange Luck; there, he played freelance photographer Chance Harper, who had a tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. Two years later, he joined the cast of the short-lived police drama C-16: FBI. In 1999, he joined the poorly-rated science fiction series Harsh Realm, as disabled soldier Mike Pinnochio, who volunteers to enter a virtual reality simulation. His next regular television role came in 2004, when he joined the cast of the short-lived drama Life As We Know It; this was followed by a recurring role in the post-apocalyptic series Jericho. His most recent television role is in the ensemble drama Crash, a remake of the 2004 Oscar-winning film.
Sweeney also has significant experience in films. After his debut as a bit player in the award-winning film Power, he has played different roles in films such as Eight Men Out, Hard Ball, The Cutting Edge, Fire in the Sky and Spawn. He has also voiced characters in two Disney animated films: Dinosaur and Brother Bear. His jump to writing and directing films was also successful; his directorial debut, the 2006 comedy Two Tickets to Paradise, earned him multiple awards from many different film festivals worldwide.