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June 11, 1948 |
San Jose, California
Michael Swan (born June 11, 1948) is an American film and TV actor.
Swan was born in San Jose, California, the son of actress Alys Lucille (née Wilkinson) and Donald Arthur Swan. He was raised in the wine business in Northern California, working for his Uncle Joseph Swan and Louis Martini.
Swan started in local theater and was part of an improvisational company in the late 70's known as The Illegitimate Theater. He moved to Los Angeles and worked as a wine consultant at Wally's Liquors in Westwood. Still pursing an acting career, he studied with David Alexander, a teacher and mentor to actors like Jack Lemmon, Walter Matthau and Ross Martin.
Swan landed two recurring roles at MGM Television on Bronk with Jack Palance and Medical Center with Chad Everett. He appeared in over 100 shows for MGM, Universal, Spelling, Cannell, Columbia Pictures Television, Warner Bros. Television and 20th Century Fox TV throughout the 70's and 80's.
In 1986, Swan landed a contract role on As the World Turns, playing Scottish adventurer Duncan McKechnie for 10 years. In 1998, Swan joined a second soap opera, The Bold and the Beautiful where he played the role of Adam Alexander, the long-lost ex-husband of Sally Spectra. He appeared as a contract player in 1998 and 1999, and made guest appearances in 2001, 2002 and 2003.
After his soap appearances, Swan has starred in several films by director Roger Corman, and has also done commercial work, both in on-camera appearances and in voice-over work.