Don Swayze

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Don Swayze
Swayze in 2010
Donald Carl Swayze

(1958-08-10) August 10, 1958 (age 60)
Years active1983–present
Marcia Rose Goebel
(m. 1985; div. 1993)

Charlene (m. 2014)
Parent(s)Jesse Wayne Swayze
Patsy Swayze
RelativesPatrick Swayze (brother)

Donald Carl Swayze (born August 10, 1958, Texas) 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.

Early life[edit]

Swayze was born in Texas, the middle child of Patsy Swayze (née Karnes; 1927–2013), a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925–1982), an engineering draftsman.[1][2] He has an older sister, Vickie Lynn (1949–1994), an older brother, Patrick Wayne (1952-2009), one younger brother, Sean Kyle (born 1962), and one younger sister Bora Song "Bambi".[3] Swayze's direct paternal ancestor was Englishman John Swasey (1619-1706) from Bridport in Dorset. During the great migration, Swasey travelled aboard The Recovery arriving at Massachusetts. He married Katherine Kinge from Essex eventually having seven children. The grandson Samuel was among the first to use the Swayze spelling.[4]

Film career[edit]

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.[5] He also starred in the film Death Ring, and as the Alamo courier James Bonham in Alamo: The Price of Freedom, an IMAX film shown in San Antonio, Texas.

Television career[edit]

Swayze performed the role of James (Jim) Mackey recently in the seventh episode of season five on the Netflix series Longmire. He currently[when?] appears 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.[6][7] 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 played the demon, Lucius, in an episode of "Charmed" in 2005. 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: Fact or Fiction,[clarification needed] and The Bridge. Swayze also appeared in an episode of Sons of Anarchy.[citation needed] In 2017 he joined the cast of General Hospital for a short stint, in the role of Buzz. [8] Additional roles include a non-speaking role as an abuser and a rapist, called William Dollar on LA Law.

Stage career[edit]

In 2001, Swayze 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[edit]

Swayze is an avid skydiver and cyclist, and races cross country mountain bikes in his spare time.[citation needed] He was married to the model and actress Marcia Rose Goebel on December 31, 1985, but they divorced in 1993. Together they had a daughter.[9]


  1. ^ "Patrick Swayze Biography". Film Reference.
  2. ^ "Ancestry of Patrick Swayze". Archived from the original on March 31, 2009.
  3. ^ Bernstein, Adam (September 15, 2009). "Patrick Swayze, 57". Washington Post. Retrieved May 17, 2011.
  4. ^ Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance - By Wendy Leigh
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  6. ^ More True Blood Casting News and Over a Dozen New Images
  7. ^ "Don Swayze plays "Gus" in four episodes of True Blood S3". February 10, 2010. Archived from the original on February 27, 2014. Retrieved February 24, 2014.
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  9. ^ WENN. "Don Swayze looking for love on Millionaire Matchmaker". Retrieved 10 December 2015.

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