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Date of Birth 10 August 1958Houston, Texas, USA
Birth NameDonald Carl Swayze
Nickname Donny
Height 6' 0½" (1.84 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Don Swayze was born on August 10, 1958 in Houston, Texas, USA as Donald Carl Swayze. He is the son of Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes; 1927-2013), a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925-1982), an engineering draftsman. He has two brothers, Patrick Swayze (1952-2009) and Sean Swayze (b. 1962), and two sisters, Vickie Lynn (1949-1994) and Bambi Swayze. He began his career in the 1980's appearing in TV shows and TV movies. His earlier roles include in Street Hawk (1985), The Fall Guy (1981), L.A. Law (1986), and in Matlock (1986) as a mentally handicapped murder suspect. His first movie role was in Andrey Konchalovskiy's Shy People (1987) as Mark, opposite Barbara Hershey, Pruitt Taylor Vince, and Mare Winningham.

During the 1990's, he guest starred for example in Columbo (1971), Renegade (1992), Murder, She Wrote (1984), NYPD Blue (1993), Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (1993) as Jesse James, Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), and Profiler (1996). In the 1990's, he also worked as a stunt man. For example in his brother's movie, Letters from a Killer (1998), he was a stunt player. In Movie Stars (1999), he played a fictional version of himself. During the 2000's, he guest starred for example in The X-Files (1993), The Division (2001), NCIS (2003), CSI: Miami (2002), and Without a Trace (2002). He also had recurring roles in HBO's Carnivàle (2003) as Tattooed Man, in True Blood (2008) as Gus, a werewolf, and in The Bridge (2013) as Tampa Tim. He also played a serial killer, Charles Hankel in two episodes of Criminal Minds (2005).

In 2012, he starred in two westerns, Heathens and Thieves (2012), playing Col. Sherman Rutherford, and in Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012) as Chale Lord. He also appeared in horror movies, in Lizzie (2012) as Daniel Allen and in The Appearing (2014) as Sheriff Hendricks. He has also appeared on stage: in 2001, as Pedro in 'Man of La Mancha', in 2005, as Roy in the comedy 'Lone Star', and in 2011, as Sgt. Don Simpson, opposite 'Anne Archer' in Jane Fonda: In the Court of Public Opinion. He was married to Marcia Swayze (1985-1993), with whom he was a daughter, Danielle. Since 2014, he has been married to Charlene Swayze.

- IMDb Mini Biography By: imoth

Spouse (2)

Charlene Swayze (26 June 2014 - present)
Marcia Swayze (31 December 1985 - 1993) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (5)

Younger brother of Patrick Swayze, and brother-in-law of actress Lisa Niemi.
Studies acting with Milton Katselas at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Son of choreographer Patsy Swayze.
Has a daughter named Danielle (b. April 8th 1988).
Together with his sister-in-law Lisa Niemi, he looked after his ailing brother Patrick Swayze and was at his bedside when he took his last breath after a long battle with cancer.

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