Don Swayze

Don Swayze
Don Swayze

Swayze in November 2010
Born Donald Carl Swayze
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983 – present

Donald Carl "Don" Swayze is an American actor.


Early life

Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, the middle son of Patsy Yvonne Helen (née Karnes; born 1927), a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925–1982), an engineering drafter.[1] [2] He is a younger brother of actor Patrick Swayze and of sister Vicky Lynn, and the older brother of Sean Kyle and adopted sister Bora Song (nicknamed Bambi).[3] He is a sixth cousin once removed of commentator John Cameron Swayze, and a relative of noted Texas Revolution soldier Henry Karnes.

Film career

In 2010, Swayze guest-starred in six episodes in a recurring role as Gus, a werewolf, on the HBO series True Blood".[4] He was Col. Sherman Rutherford in a Western-Film Noir hybrid called Heathens and Thieves.[5] This film is now in post-production.

His film work includes an appearance as a dancer in the 1980 film Urban Cowboy, as Ruben in the film, Father for Charlie, and as Mark in the film Shy People. He also starred as the Alamo courier James Bonham in Alamo...Price of Freedom, an IMAX film shown in San Antonio, Texas.

Swayze's television work includes multiple appearances in Murder She Wrote, NYPD Blue, Days of Our Lives, NCIS, as well as dozens of other programs. Swayze had a role as a mentally handicapped man suspected of murder in an episode of the television drama Matlock[1]. He also made several appearances on the HBO drama Carnivàle, as well as Criminal Minds, specifically the episodes "The Big Game" and "Revelations", in which he played Charles Hankel, the father and alternate personality of serial killer Tobias Hankel. On Cold Case. Swayze played the adult Grant Hall.[citation needed] He is currently appearing in The Young and the Restless and "Days of Our Lives". Swayze had a small guest appearance on It's Always Sunny In Philadelphia as a crazy boat captain. He has also appeared on Beyond Belief.

Stage career

In 2001, Don was on stage as Pedro in "Man of La Mancha" at the Simi Valley Cultural Arts Center. In 2005, he played Roy in "Lone Star" at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. He is currently in a play with Anne Archer called, "Jane Fonda: In the Court of Public Opinion", at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica, Ca. He is playing U.S. Army Sgt. Don Simpson (retired), a veteran of the Vietnam War!

Personal life

Swayze has a daughter, Danielle (born 1988), with his ex-wife Marcia. Don is an avid skydiver and cyclist and races Cross Country Mountain Bikes in his spare time.


External links

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