While the Swayze family is not a prominent Hollywood family, they do have a considerable presence. From the late Patrick Swayze to Don Swayze, the Swayze brothers have more than a hundred movies and TV series amongst themselves. Of the siblings, Don Swayze is known as an American actor, noted for character acting in dramatic series and soap operas as well as several feature films, and theatrical work. He rose to fame following his appearances in the 1987 film, Shy People. A veteran actor, Don continues to make regular appearances in both movies and TV series today. In this article, we will take a closer look at the wiki-bio of Don Swayze.
Don Swayze was born on the 10th of August, 1958, in Houston, Texas. The middle child of a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, Patsy Swayze (née Karnes; 1927–2013), and engineering draftsman Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925–1982), Don 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. As far as academia goes, Little is known about Don’s qualifications and the actor has remained tight-lipped about the little details of his early life.
A huge part of both TV and movies, Swayze made his debut appearance in the 1984 TV series, I Married a Centerfold. In the following years, Swayze was seen in a series of TV series and TV movies including, Street Hawk, JOE and the Colonel, Prince of Bel-Air, Tall Tales & Legends, The Fall Guy, 1st & Ten, and LA Law. While Swayze’s TV career had taken off without a hitch, he yet had to make a movie appearance. Things changed in 1987 when Swayze was cast in the movie Shy People. Since then, Swayze has worked on several movies and TV series.
Some of his movies include Death Blow: A Cry for Justice (1987), Driving Force (1989), Edge of Horror (1991), Death Ring (1992), Body of Influence (1993), Eye of the Stranger (1993), Ponitac Moon (1994), and Evasive Action (1998). The new millennium only increased Swayze’s workload and he was seen on The Prophet’s Game (2000), Lady Jane: Killer (2003), Knuckle Sandwich (2004), Waterborne (2005), Quit (2010), Miss Feet (2011), Lizzie (2012), Heathens and Thieves (2012), Ambush at Dark Canyon (2012), The Appearing (2014), The Night Crew (2015), and more recently on Beneath the Leaves (2019).
While the list of movies Swayze has worked on makes up for an impressive list, the TV series list is not too shabby either. Over the years, Swayze has worked on several TV series including, Tall Tales & Legends, The Fall Guy, 1st & Ten, L.A. Law, Dead or Alive, Paradise, Babylon 5: Thirdspace, Profiler, Movie Stars, Beyond Belief: Fact or Fiction, The X-Files, V.I.P., Tremors, The Division, Karen Sisco, NCIS, CSI: Miami, Carnivàle, Charmed, Without a Trace, Love, Inc., My Name Is Earl, Shark, Deadwood: The Movie, American Horror Story: 1984, Camp Redwood, Sons of Thunder, and The Rookie.
Don Swayze has an estimated net worth of $6 million as of 2023. He earns his income from his acting career and also works as a stuntman. He has a house in Los Angeles, California. He also owns some properties in Texas, where he was born and raised. He inherited a ranch from his father Jesse Wayne Swayze, who was an engineering draftsman. He also has a stake in the family dance studio, where his mother Patsy Swayze taught dance lessons to neighborhood students.
Don Swayze has been married twice in his life. His first wife was Marcia Swayze, whom he married on December 31, 1985. They had a daughter named Danielle Swayze, who was born on April 8, 1988. However, their marriage did not last long and they divorced in 1993. After the divorce, Swayze remained unmarried for more than two decades and was not associated with too many girls. And the one, Charlene Lindstrom who took the limelight became his life partner. They fell in love and got engaged in 2013.
Don Swayze and Charlene Lindstrom quietly wedded on June 26, 2014, in a private church, amidst close friends and families. Charlene is a professional dancer and the founder of Recreation USA Now, where she provides various activities for children and adults. She is also a horse trainer and founder of the Swayze Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides animal therapy to people with special needs.
Don Swayze has one child from his first marriage, Danielle Swayze. She is now 35 years old and works as a yoga instructor and wellness coach. She is also an animal lover and supports her father’s foundation. She is married to a man named Jason Whittle and they have two children together.
Don Swayze does not have any children with his second wife, Charlene Lindstrom. However, they share their love for animals and run the Swayze Ranch together in Los Angeles County, California. The ranch is home to many rescued horses, dogs, cats and other animals that they care for and use for therapy sessions.
A thrill junkie, Swayze loves skydiving and cycling. He also races cross-country mountain bikes in his spare time.
Donald Carl Swayze
August 10, 1958
Houston, Texas, United States
Patsy Swayze, Jesse Wayne Swayze
Marcia Rose Goebel (m.1985-1993), Charlene Lindstrom(m.2014)