Don Swayze

Donald Carl Swayze (born August 10, 1958) is an American character actor, noted for 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 (age 62)
Years active1983–present
Spouse(s)Charlene Swayze
Parent(s)Jesse Wayne Swayze
Patsy Swayze
RelativesPatrick Swayze (brother)

Early lifeEdit

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, 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 early members of the family to use the Swayze spelling.[4]

Film careerEdit

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 careerEdit

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. In 1989 was part of a gang that held hostages in the hotel in the Western drama Paradise. 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 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, and played Dennis Seacrest, a murderous henchman working for George Hearst, in Deadwood: The Movie that same year.

Stage careerEdit

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 lifeEdit

Don Swayze is an avid cyclist and skydiver, and races cross country mountain bikes in his spare time. Don is married to Charlene Swayze. Don along with his wife Charlene have established an animal therapy ranch in Los Angeles County, California known as Swayze Ranch. Charlene has also established the Swayze Foundation.


Year Title Role Notes
1987 Shy People Mark
1987 Death Blow: A Cry for Justice Andy
1988 Alamo: The Price of Freedom James Bonham (Short)
1989 Driving Force Nelson
1989 Trapper County War Walt Luddigger
1991 Edge of Honor Ritchie
1991 Payback Jeremy
1992 Death Ring John Blackwell (Video)
1993 Body of Influence Biker (Video)
1993 Eye of the Stranger Rudy
1993 Beach Babes from Beyond Gork
1993 Broken Trust Sgt. Barnes
1994 The Other Man Curran
1994 Forced to Kill Dwayne
1994 Pontiac Moon Local
1995 Digital Man Billy
1996 Squanderers Scott
1998 Evasive Action Ian Kellen
2000 The Prophet's Game Joseph Highsmith
2003 Lady Jayne: Killer Fred
2004 Knuckle Sandwich Larry
2005 Waterborne Otis
2006 The Cutting Edge: Going for the Gold Obnoxious Guy (Video)
2006 The Visitation Abe
2007 The Colony State Dept. Official #1" (Short)
2008 Prairie Fever James (Video)
2009 Powder Blue Bouncer
2010 Quit Ward
2011 Miss Feet Jesus Short
2012 Lizzie Daniel Allen
2012 Heathens and Thieves Sherman
2012 Ambush at Dark Canyon Chale Lord
2014 Iniquitios John Duncan (Short)
2014 The Appearing Sheriff Hendricks
2014 Nellie Nellie Mr. Townsend (Short)
2015 The Night Crew Big Willy
2019 Beneath the Leaves Whitley Senior


Year Title Role Notes
1984 I Married a Centerfold Actor #2 TV movie
1985 Street Hawk Pug Episode: "Follow the Yellow Gold Road"
1985 J.O.E. and the Colonel Max Carney TV movie
1986 Prince of Bel Air Darryl TV movie
1986 Tall Tales & Legends Groom Episode: "My Darlin' Clementine"
1986 The Fall Guy Stretch Episode: "War on Wheels"
1986 1st & Ten Clay Daniels Episode: "A Second Chance"
1986 L.A. Law William Dollar Episode: "Pilot"
1988 Dead or Alive Brewer TV movie
1989 Paradise Langston Episode: "A House Divided"
1989 Matlock Tommy Jenks Episode: "The Thoroughbred"
1989 Hunter Lyle Episode: "On Air"
1990 The World According to Straw Abalone TV movie
1991 Dragnet Pete Brown Episode: "The Vandals"
1991 The New Adam-12 Don Episode: "Families"
1992 Columbo Albert Wagner Episode: "No Time to Die"
1993 Dark Justice Fitzimmons Episode: "Crash Course"
1993 Renegade John Poe / T-Bone 2 episodes
1991-1993 Murder, She Wrote Gus Tardio / Edge Potter 2 episodes
1993 Beyond Suspicion Duke TV movie
1995 A Father for Charlie Reuben Cantwell TV movie
1995 NYPD Blue Alex 2 episodes
1995 Lois & Clark: The New
Adventures of Superman
Jesse James Episode: "Tempus Fugitive"
1995 Walker, Texas Ranger Harry Peterson Episode: "The Guardians"
1995 Land's End Thomas Dwayne Boller Episode: "A Line in the Sand"
1998 The Magnificent Seven Gage Lawless Episode: "Inmate 78"
1998 Babylon 5: Thirdspace Raider Leader TV movie (uncredited)
1998 Profiler Gelb Episode: "Do the Right Thing"
1999-2000 Movie Stars Don Swayze
2000 Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction William Pope Episode: "Anatole"
2002 The X-Files Terry Pruit Episode: "Hellbound"
2000-2002 V.I.P. Merrick 2 episodes
2003 Tremors Orville James Episode: "Water Hazard"
2001-2004 The Division Gary Gold / Elvin 'Tupelo' Seaforth 2 episodes
2004 Karen Sisco Jackie Episode: "No One's Girl"
2004 NCIS Logan Clay Episode: "Vanished"
2005 CSI: Miami Norm Buford Episode: "Nothing to Lose"
2003-2005 Carnivàle Tattooed Man 6 episodes
2005 Charmed Lucius Episode: "Little Box of Horrors"
2005 Without a Trace Randy Stone Episode: "Lost Time"
2006 Love, Inc. Troy Episode: "Major Dad"
2006 My Name Is Earl Bail Bonds Man Episode: "The Bounty Hunter"
2006 Shark Beau Dawkins Episode: "Déjà Vu All Over Again"
2007 Mystery Woman: In the Shadows Bishop TV movie
2007 Criminal Minds Charles Hankel 2 episodes
2007 Cold Case Grant Hall - 2007 Episode: "Shuffle, Ball Change"
2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Dave Bohr Episode: "The Theory of Everything"
2010 True Blood Gus 6 episodes
2010 The Young and the Restless Shaw Roberts 5 episodes
2010 It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia Ray Episode: "The Gang Buys a Boat"
2010 Passenger Kylek 2 episodes
1983-2011 Days of Our Lives Pawn Broker / Rip 3 episodes
2012 Wilfred Shady Guy Episode: "Letting Go"
2013 Southland Gus Jameson Episode: "Under the Big Top"
2013 Hawaii Five-0 Lloyd Grimes Episode: "Ho'opio"
2013 The Bridge Tampa Tim 4 episodes
2014 Blood Type James Ryder Episode: "A Rare and Precious Commodity"
2014 Sons of Anarchy Carl Egan Episode: "The Separation of Crows"
2016 Longmire Jim Mackey Episode: "From This Day Forward"
2017 General Hospital Buzz Episode #1.13720
2017 Tucker's War Charlie Caleb Carson 2 episodes
2017 Decker General Coover Episode: "Space Wall"
2009-2017 Family Guy Patrick Swayze (voice) 2 episodes
2019 Deadwood: The Movie Seacrest TV movie
2019 American Horror Story: 1984 Roy Episode: "Camp Redwood"
2019 Sons of Thunder Angie D. 5 episodes
2019 The Rookie Sgt. Sharp Episode: "Under the Gun"


  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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External linksEdit

The Swayze Foundation