Don Swayze

Donald Carl 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.

Don Swayze
Swayze in 2010
Donald Carl Swayze

(1958-08-10) August 10, 1958
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Charlene Swayze (m. 2014)
Parent(s)Jesse Wayne Swayze
Patsy Swayze
RelativesPatrick Swayze (brother)

Early life

Swayze was born in Houston, 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 (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 Esse, eventually having seven children. The grandson Samuel was among early members of the family to use the Swayze spelling.[4]

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, along with a role alongside Corey Feldman in a movie called Edge of Honor where he played the part of a "Homicidal Lumberjack". 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

Swayze performed the role of James (Jim) Mackey recently in the seventh episode of season five on the Netflix series Longmire. He appeared 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, NCIS, Carnivàle, and dozens of other programs. Swayze had a role as an intellectually disabled 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, and The Bridge. Swayze also appeared in an episode of Sons of Anarchy. In 2017, he joined the cast of General Hospital for a stint in the role of Buzz. [8] Additional roles include a non-speaking role as rapist William Dollar on LA Law. In 2019, Swayze appeared in the season premiere of American Horror Story: 1984, the ninth installment of the FX horror anthology television series American Horror Story.

Stage career

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

Swayze is an avid skydiver and cyclist, and races cross country mountain bikes in his spare time. He is married to Charlene Lindstrom.[9]


1987Shy PeopleMark
1987Death Blow: A Cry for JusticeAndy
1988Alamo: The Price of FreedomJames Bonham(Short)
1989Driving ForceNelson
1989Trapper County WarWalt Luddigger
1991Edge of HonorRitchie
1992Death RingJohn Blackwell(Video)
1993Body of InfluenceBiker(Video)
1993Eye of the StrangerRudy
1993Beach Babes from BeyondGork
1993Broken TrustSgt. Barnes
1994The Other ManCurran
1994Forced to KillDwayne
1994Pontiac MoonLocal
1995Digital ManBilly
1998Evasive ActionIan Kellen
2000The Prophet's GameJoseph Highsmith
2003Lady Jayne: KillerFred
2004Knuckle SandwichLarry
2006The Cutting Edge: Going for the GoldObnoxious Guy(Video)
2006The VisitationAbe
2007The ColonyState Dept. Official #1"(Short)
2008Prairie FeverJames(Video)
2009Powder BlueBouncer
2011Miss FeetJesusShort
2012LizzieDaniel Allen
2012Heathens and ThievesSherman
2012Ambush at Dark CanyonChale Lord
2014IniquitiosJohn Duncan(Short)
2014The AppearingSheriff Hendricks
2014Nellie NellieMr. Townsend(Short)
2015The Night CrewBig Willy
2019Beneath the LeavesWhitley Senior


1984I Married a CenterfoldActor #2TV movie
1985Street HawkPugEpisode: "Follow the Yellow Gold Road"
1985J.O.E. and the ColonelMax CarneyTV movie
1986Prince of Bel AirDarrylTV movie
1986Tall Tales & LegendsGroomEpisode: "My Darlin' Clementine"
1986The Fall GuyStretchEpisode: "War on Wheels"
19861st & TenClay DanielsEpisode: "A Second Chance"
1986L.A. LawWilliam DollarEpisode: "Pilot"
1988Dead or AliveBrewerTV movie
1989ParadiseLangstonEpisode: "A House Divided"
1989MatlockTommy JenksEpisode: "The Thoroughbred"
1989HunterLyleEpisode: "On Air"
1990The World According to StrawAbaloneTV movie
1991DragnetPete BrownEpisode: "The Vandals"
1991The New Adam-12DonEpisode: "Families"
1992ColumboAlbert WagnerEpisode: "No Time to Die"
1993Dark JusticeFitzimmonsEpisode: "Crash Course"
1993RenegadeJohn Poe / T-Bone2 episodes
1991-1993Murder, She WroteGus Tardio / Edge Potter2 episodes
1993Beyond SuspicionDukeTV movie
1995A Father for CharlieReuben CantwellTV movie
1995NYPD BlueAlex2 episodes
1995Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of SupermanJesse JamesEpisode: "Tempus Fugitive"
1995Walker, Texas RangerHarry PetersonEpisode: "The Guardians"
1995Land's EndThomas Dwayne BollerEpisode: "A Line in the Sand"
1998The Magnificent SevenGage LawlessEpisode: "Inmate 78"
1998Babylon 5: ThirdspaceRaider LeaderTV movie (uncredited)
1998ProfilerGelbEpisode: "Do the Right Thing"
1999-2000Movie StarsDon Swayze
2000Beyond Belief: Fact or FictionWilliam PopeEpisode: "Anatole"
2002The X-FilesTerry PruitEpisode: "Hellbound"
2000-2002V.I.P.Merrick2 episodes
2003TremorsOrville JamesEpisode: "Water Hazard"
2001-2004The DivisionGary Gold / Elvin 'Tupelo' Seaforth2 episodes
2004Karen SiscoJackieEpisode: "No One's Girl"
2004NCISLogan ClayEpisode: "Vanished"
2005CSI: MiamiNorm BufordEpisode: "Nothing to Lose"
2003-2005CarnivàleTattooed Man6 episodes
2005CharmedLuciusEpisode: "Little Box of Horrors"
2005Without a TraceRandy StoneEpisode: "Lost Time"
2006Love, Inc.TroyEpisode: "Major Dad"
2006My Name Is EarlBail Bonds ManEpisode: "The Bounty Hunter"
2006SharkBeau DawkinsEpisode: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"
2007Mystery Woman: In the ShadowsBishopTV movie
2007Criminal MindsCharles Hankel2 episodes
2007Cold CaseGrant Hall - 2007Episode: "Shuffle, Ball Change"
2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationDave BohrEpisode: "The Theory of Everything"
2010True BloodGus6 episodes
2010The Young and the RestlessShaw Roberts5 episodes
2010It's Always Sunny in PhiladelphiaRayEpisode: "The Gang Buys a Boat"
2010PassengerKylek2 episodes
1983-2011Days of Our LivesPawn Broker / Rip3 episodes
2012WilfredShady GuyEpisode: "Letting Go"
2013SouthlandGus JamesonEpisode: "Under the Big Top"
2013Hawaii Five-0Lloyd GrimesEpisode: "Ho'opio"
2013The BridgeTampa Tim4 episodes
2014Blood TypeJames RyderEpisode: "A Rare and Precious Commodity"
2014Sons of AnarchyCarl EganEpisode: "The Separation of Crows"
2016LongmireJim MackeyEpisode: "From This Day Forward"
2017General HospitalBuzzEpisode #1.13720
2017Tucker's WarCharlie Caleb Carson2 episodes
2017DeckerGeneral CooverEpisode: "Space Wall"
2009-2017Family GuyPatrick Swayze (voice)2 episodes
2019Deadwood: The MovieSeacrestTV movie
2019American Horror Story: 1984RoyEpisode: "Camp Redwood"
2019Sons of ThunderAngie D.5 episodes


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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.
  9. WENN. "Don Swayze looking for love on Millionaire Matchmaker". Retrieved 10 December 2015.
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