46-year old Geoffrey Thorne (born on January 20, 1970), who played Sgt. Wilson Sweet on "In the Heat of the Night" is still alive. He does not have children, but has been married several years now.
Thorne left the series during its sixth season because he wanted to become a writer and also to work on the production side of the entertainment industry.
He wrote episodes of "Law & Order" and for the "Ben 10" cartoon series. For three years he was a co-producer and writer for "Leverage." He has not acted since 2000. He writes novels and comics and contributes to anthologies.
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