aka Sweeney - The Bartender
North Fork Saloon aka Last Chance Saloon
Date of birth - May 6, 1912 ~ New York, New York
Date of death - April 29, 1994 ~ Camarillo, California
He was in the1914 Broadway show "Daddies" at the age of 2. Bill Quinn made his first film debut in silent films as a child in 1918 at age 6 as a pupil in "The New School Teacher" (1924).
He didn't appear in another film until 36 years later. He worked in vaudeville, theatre, radio, films and television.
Besides "The Rifleman" he appeared in recurring roles on several TV shows including "McHale's Navy," "The Odd Couple," "Please Don't Eat the Daises," McMillan & Wife" and "Archie Bunker's Place." You could see him from time to time on the " Newhart." His daughter, Virginia, was married to the show's star Bob Newhart. He occasionally would appear on "Mary Tyler Moore" as Walter Richards, Mary's father. He even played Dr. McCoy's father on "Star Trek"
He has starred in everything imaginable.....Drama, Crime, Comedy, Film-Noir, War, Adventure, Thrillers, Action, Romance, Westerns, Sci-Fi, Mystery, Horror, Musicals, Fantasy, Family and Music. He has played everything from a Deputy, Doctor, Chief of Police, Coroner, Conductor, Military Officer, of course a bartender and more.
I found it rather strange out of all the things Bill Quinn did, he never starred with Chuck before or after "The Rifleman."
Sweeney, the Bartender, was first introduced on
"The Rifleman" in the episode 'The Marshal.'
I always enjoyed seeing him and wanted to see more of him as we did in the episode of 'Seven.' This is the one where 'Seven' prisoners are being transferred to Yuma. The prisoners manage to escape and head for the saloon. They take Sweeney hostage. This episode shows a Mrs. Sweeney. I love 'Deadly Image' too. Where Lucas has a double, Bantry. The part in the saloon with Bantry and Sweeney is really good.
In 'Seven' I hear Mrs. Sweeney say Sweeney's first name, do you?"
He has appeared in "The Rifleman" as Sweeney the Bartender in 38 episodes.....'The Marshal' — 'Duel of Honor'
— 'The Indian' — 'The Boarding House' — 'One Went to Denver' — 'The Deadly Wait' — 'The Challenge' — 'Three Legged Terror' — 'The Woman' — 'Stranger at Night' — 'Bloodlines' — 'The Blowout' — 'Eddie's Daughter' — 'Panic' — 'The Legacy' — 'The Baby Sitter'
— 'The Coward' — 'The Deserter' — 'The Lariat' — 'Shotgun Man' — 'The Jailbird' — 'Meeting at Midnight' — 'Woman from Hog Ridge' — 'Seven' — 'Baranca' — 'The Illustrator' — 'The Silent Knife' — 'Miss Bertie' — 'Face of Yesterday' — 'Closer Than a Brother' — 'The Prisoner' — 'The Lonesome Bride' — 'Gunfire' — 'Deadly Image' — 'Lou Mallory' — 'Death Never Rides Alone' — 'Gun Shy' — 'Suspicion'
Chuck Connors ~ Lucas McCain
Johnny Crawford ~ Mark McCain
Paul Fix ~ Marshal Micah Torrance
Harlan Warde ~ John Hamilton
John Harmon ~ Eddie
Hope Summers ~ Hattie Denton
Joan Taylor ~ Millie Scott
Patricia Blair ~ Lou Mallory
Bill Quinn — Find A Grave
The Rifleman Episode Guide List
around The McCain Ranch