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Birdy Sweeney (1931–1999)

Birdy Sweeney began acting when he was in his 50s having spent much of his earlier life as a comic and bird impersonator. He won his distinctive nickname while still a schoolboy making his debut mimicking blackbirds as an 11-year-old on BBC Radio Ulster. Sweeney had a heart attack when he was only 40 and suffered from diabetes throughout his life.... See full bio »


(age 67) in Dublin, Ireland
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Known For

The Crying Game
Ballykissangel Eamon Byrne
The Butcher Boy
The Butcher Boy Man in Well
Divorcing Jack
Divorcing Jack Lift Attendant


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 2011 The Poorhouse Revisited
 1999 Angela's Ashes
Old Priest
 1998 Green Oranges (Short)
 1998 Joint Venture (Short)
 1998 Divorcing Jack
Lift Attendant
 1998 Father Ted (TV Series)
Father Cullen
- Escape from Victory (1998) ... Father Cullen
 1998 The Nephew
Old Codger
 1997 Downtime
 1997 The Tale of Sweeney Todd (TV Movie)
Elderly Cutter
 1997 The Butcher Boy
Man in Well
 1997 Niamh and the Angels (Short)
Bogie man
 1996 Space Truckers
Mr. Zesty
 1996 Moll Flanders
Doctor of Sorts
 1995 Kidnapped (TV Movie)
Ancient Crofter
 1995 Everybody's Gone (Short)
John Jo
 1995 The Old Curiosity Shop (TV Movie)
Crossing Sweeper
 1994 Scarlett (TV Mini-Series)
Uncle James O'Hara
- Episode #1.2 (1994) ... Uncle James O'Hara (as Birdie Sweeney)
 1987-1993 Screen Two (TV Series)
Loner / Caretaker / Man at Divis
- The Snapper (1993) ... Loner (as Birdie Sweeney)
- The Temptation of Eileen Hughes (1988) ... Caretaker
- Naming the Names (1987) ... Man at Divis
 1992 The Crying Game
Tommy (as Birdie Sweeney)
 1991 Screenplay (TV Series)
Stan / Dade's father
- Journey to Knock (1991) ... Stan
- Arise and Go Now (1991) ... Dade's father
 1991 Murder in Eden (TV Mini-Series)
- Episode #1.3 (1991) ... Crubog
 1989 Casualty (TV Series)
Ken Irons
- Hanging On (1989) ... Ken Irons
 1989 The Bill (TV Series)
- Seen to Be Done (1989) ... McPhee
 1988 God's Frontiersmen (TV Mini-Series documentary)
 1988 Reefer and the Model
Instant Photo
 1987 Lost Belongings (TV Mini-Series)
Wizened man
- The American Friend (1987) ... Wizened man
 1986 The End of the World Man
Workman (as Birdie Sweeney)
 1985 We'll Support You Evermore (TV Movie)
 1984 Play for Today (TV Series)
Mr, Ferguson
- The Cry (1984) ... Mr, Ferguson
 1983 Every Picture Tells a Story
Blakes barman

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Alternate Names:

Birdie Sweeney

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He was one of 10 children in a very poor family. With his wife, Alice, he had eight children -- four sons and four daughters. Three of his sons live in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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