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Don Swayze

Don Swayze
Don Swayze (2010)
Born Donald Carl Swayze
(1958-08-10) August 10, 1958
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1983–present
Spouse(s) Charlene Swayze (m. 2014)

Don Swayze (born August 10, 1958) is an American actor, noted for character acting in dramatic series and soap operas, as well as several feature films, and theatrical work, including comedy. He is a younger brother of actor Patrick Swayze.


  • Early life 1
  • Film career 2
  • Television career 3
  • Stage career 4
  • Personal life 5
  • References 6
  • External links 7

Early life

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

Film career

Swayze's film work has included 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 played Col. Sherman Rutherford in a western–noir hybrid titled Heathens and Thieves in 2012.[3] He also starred in the film Death Ring, and as the Alamo courier James Bonham in Alamo: Price of Freedom, an IMAX film shown in San Antonio, Texas.

Television career

Swayze is currently appearing in two soap operas, The Young and the Restless and Days of Our Lives. In 2010, Swayze guest starred in six episodes in a recurring role as Gus, a werewolf, on the HBO series True Blood.[4][5] His television drama work includes multiple appearances in Murder She Wrote, The X Files, NYPD Blue, Days of Our Lives, NCIS, Carnivàle, and dozens of other programs. Swayze had a role as a mentally handicapped man suspected of murder in an episode of the television drama Matlock. He played Jesse James in a season-two episode of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman. He had a recurring role on 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. 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, and The Bridge. Swayze also appeared in an episode of Sons of Anarchy, season 7.

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 the comedy Lone Star at the Beverly Hills Playhouse. In the fall of 2011, he co-starred with Anne Archer in an original stage play titled Jane Fonda: In the Court of Public Opinion, at the Edgemar Theater in Santa Monica, California; he played U.S. Army Sgt. Don Simpson (retired), a wounded veteran of the Vietnam War.

Personal life

Don is an avid skydiver and cyclist, and races cross country mountain bikes in his spare time. Don is married to Charlene Swayze.[6]


  1. ^ Patrick Swayze Biography
  2. ^ "Hollywood rallies around Patrick Swayze as he vows to continue work during his cancer battle". London:  :("Swayze was raised Roman Catholic.")
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  4. ^ More True Blood Casting News and Over a Dozen New Images
  5. ^ S3"True Blood"Don Swayze plays "Gus" in four episodes of . February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014. 
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