Who is Don Swayze?
Don Swayze is an American actor, who is probably best known for the recurring roles of Tattooed Man in the TV series “Carnivàle”, Gus in “True Blood” and Shaw Roberts in “The Young and the Restless”. More recently, he is recognized for portraying the character of Angie D. in the TV series “Sons of Thunder”.
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Early life, family and siblings
Donald Carl ‘Don’ Swayze was born under the zodiac sign Leo on the 10e August 1958, in Houston, Texas, from the middle of five children to a choreographer and dance teacher Patsy Swayzeand technical artist Jesse Wayne Swayze.
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He is of American nationality and white ethnicity, and has English ancestry through his father’s ancestry. Don’s older siblings are sister Vickie Lynn and the three-time Golden Globe-nominated American actor Patrick Swayzewhile his younger siblings are brother Sean Kyle and sister Bora Song ‘Bambi’ Swayze.
Don studied acting at the Beverly Hills Playhouse in Los Angeles, California.
Brother Patrick Swayze
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on the 18the August 1952 in Houston, Texas. After completing his basic education at Oak Forest Elementary School and secondary education at Waltrip High School, he attended San Jacinto College Central.
In 1972, he signed up with The Harkness Ballet Company in New York City, and then began his career as a dancer with the Disney Theatrical Group, before diving into the world of acting in 1979. Patrick rose to prominence in 1983 when he appeared in the TV series “Renegades”, but his real break came in 1987 when he starred as Johnny Castle in the Oscar-winning film “Dirty Dancing”, a performance that gave him a nomination for a prestigious Golden Globe award.
In 1990, he starred in the two-time Oscar-winning film Ghost, which earned him another Golden Globe presentationand towards the end of the 1990s, Patrick had appeared in several major roles in films such as “Point Break”, “The Player” and “To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar”, for which he was honored with another Golden Globe nomination.
He also starred in the films “Donnie Darko”, “One Last Dance” and “11:14”, before appearing in the TV series “The Beast” in 2009.
In 1996, he was “immortalized” with a star on Hollywood’s Walk of Fame. Patrick Swayze passed away aged 57 at 14e September 2009, due to pancreatic cancer.
Don started his career in 1984, with a brief appearance in the TV movie “I Married a Centerfold”. Over the following years, he honed his skills through a series of supporting roles, primarily in TV series and TV movies, including “Prince of Bel Air”, “Tall Tales & Legends”, “The Fall Guy” and “LA Act”.
His big screen debut came in 1987 with the movie “Shy People”, then in 1989 he starred in the Sci-Fi action movie “Driving Force”, followed by movies “Trapper County War”, “Edge of Honor” and “Refund”. Between 1991 and 1993 mafia boss appeared in a few episodes of the TV series “Murder, She Wrote” while appearing in the 1994 movie “Pontiac Moon”. In 1996, Swayze was cast as one of the lead roles in the action movie “Squanderers”, before appearing in an episode of the TV series “The Magnificent Seven”. In 1998, he was engaged as a stuntman for his brother Patrick in the mystery crime film “Letters from a Killer”, and over the next two years starred as himself in The WB’s sitcom series “Movie Stars”, after which he appeared in the 2000 crime thriller movie “The Prophet’s Game”.
He then appeared in a series of supporting roles in television series such as “VIP”, “The X-Files”, “NCIS” as well as “CSI: Miami” and “Without a Trace”. More fame, mafia boss came in 2003 when he was cast for the recurring role of Tattooed Man in the five-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning fantasy mystery series “Carnivàle”.
After appearing in the horror film “The Visitation” in 2006, Swayze guest-starred as a serial killer on the TV crime drama series “criminal minds“. Together with Forest Whitaker, Eddie Radmayne and Jessica Biel, he starred in the critically acclaimed 2009 film “Powder Blue” when the real breakthrough in Don’s career took place in 2010, when he landed the recurring role of Gus on the Golden Globe-winning TV fantasy series “real blood“.
Later that year, he was cast in the recurring role of Shaw Roberts on CBS TV’s acclaimed soap opera “The Young and the Restless”.
In 2012, swayze appeared in lead roles of two western films – “Heathens and Thieves” and “Ambush at Dark Canyon”. In 2013, he starred as Tampa Tim in the crime mystery TV series “The Bridge” before appearing in the 2014 horror film “The Appearing” and an episode of the TV series “Sons of Anarchy”. These were followed by the horror movie “The Night Crew” in 2015, as well as the TV series “General Hospital”, “Trucker’s War” and “Deckers”.
In 2017, he played the voice of his brother Patrick Swayze in an episode of the nine-time Primetime Emmy Award-winning TV animated series “Family Guy”, and in 2019 he appeared in the thriller film “Beneath the Leaves”, while his most recent acting engagement stars in the recurring role of Angie D. on the CBS TV series “Sons of Thunder”.
Apart from all these on-camera acting credits already mentioned above, Don has added several theater appearances to his professional wallet. In 2001, he starred as Pedro in the musical play “Man of La Mancha”. In addition, he starred in the comedy “Lone Star”, while portraying the Vietnam War veteran of the US Army in 2011 in the play “Jane Fonda: In the Court of Public Opinion”.
mafia boss has been married twice – between 1985 and 1993, he was married to retired American model and actress Marcia Rose Goebel, with whom he has a daughter, born in 1988, and named Danielle. He has been married to Charlene since July 2014.
Swayze has a muscular body and is 1.84 m tall.
In addition to acting, he is known as an avid enthusiast of extreme sports such as skydiving and mountain bike cross racing.
Authoritative sources estimate that Don Swayze’s total net worth, as of mid-2020, revolves around an impressive sum of $5 million. It’s all been earned through his prosperous acting career in front of the camera, which has been active since the mid 80sand in which he appeared in over 100 films.