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21 Questions: Michael Swan [Actor]

Michael Swan
Dr. Wayne: Midnight Movie: The Killer Cut

In the early seventies, Michael Swan began his career with a recurring role in Medical Center. This led to 17 years of starring and guest appearing in some of the most popular prime time shows of the ‘70s and ‘80s; including MASH, The Rockford Files, Magnum PI and Murder She Wrote. In 1986, he began a decade stint as Scottish adventurer “Duncan McKechnie” in As the World Turns. He continued in the soap opera world in The Bold and the Beautiful, as well as worked in commercials, voice overs and films.

-Tell us about your career and what you are currently working on or involved with? 
I’ve been a professional actor for 41 years and have been gratefully successful in Prime-time Television, Daytime Television and Voice Over. I have recently been involved in many commercials as a spokesperson and character, and playing bad guys in Roger Corman monster movies.

-Is this what you thought you would be doing with your life, what was your first passion?
This is exactly what I’d hoped I’d be doing. I was a member of the Palo Alto Children’s Theater at 9 years old.

-To whom do you credit your success to, who gives or gave you the most support?
I was “discovered” by the late, great Gary Shaffer, who was one of the founding members of CSA and was casting at MGM television when I first came to town in the early 70’s. My late mother, Alys Swan, was very supportive and continued to encourage me throughout her life.

-If you could meet or work with [living or dead], who would that be and why?
Oh so many. I did get to shake Cary Grant’s hand in front of the Thalberg Building at MGM many years ago, and have worked with some of the biggest stars in the business including Rock Hudson, James  Garner, Joan Collins, etc…

-What would you like to be remembered for 100 years from now?
It will probably be the long running character from As The World Turns, “Duncan McKechnie”.

-Who inspires you?
Talent around my age who keep on keeping on – guys and girls whom  you’d recognize and I see every day at auditions.

-How are things different today, than the same day 1 year ago?
I’m healthier.

-What is the last song you bought or listened to in your musical device?
Don Ho, “Tiny Bubbles”

-Last good film you had seen, and the best movie you would recommend to someone asking?

-What is the single greatest moment in your life?
The birth of my daughter.

-Favorite Horror Film?

-Favorite Book?
By: Ayn Rand

-Favorite Song?
Nessum Dorma (English: None Shall Sleep)

-Favorite Film Character?
Hannibal Lecter

-Favorite Film Composer?
Bernard Hermann

-Favorite Thing In Your Home?
My iPad

-Favorite First Pet?
Pat or Mike

-Favorite Coffee Or Tea?
Pete’s Major Dickson’s

-Favorite Phrase?
My line from CLIFFHANGERS, my series with Susan Anton, “Take your tambourine and beat it, Sweetheart.”

-Favorite Hiding Place [Not that we are looking]?
I’ve nothing to hide.

-If you could tell someone something someone told you, "words to live by" what would that be?
Stanislavski said, “Love the art in yourself, not yourself in the art.”

1 comment:

youngelfman said...

Michael Swan is terrific in MIDNIGHT MOVIE - again, this is a great cast! What an awesome screen kill too!