Obituary of William H. Swan

William Swan

WILLIAM H. SWAN

FEBRUARY 6, 1928- JANUARY 20, 2019

IT IS WITH GREAT SADNESS THAT OUR FAMILY SAYS GOODBYE TO A BELOVED BROTHER AND UNCLE. WILLIAM SWAN(BILL), AGE 90, OF MONTEREY MASSACHUSETTS, PASSED AWAY ON JANUARY 20, 2019 IN LEE, MASSACHUSETTS. BILL WAS BORN ON FEBRUARY 6, 1928 IN AMHERST, NEW YORK. HE WAS PRECEDED IN DEATH BY HIS PARENTS, EARL AND IRENE HALL SWAN, AND HIS LIFE PARTNER OF ALMOST 40 YEARS, RICHARD D. DUNLAP. SURVIVING ARE HIS SISTER, BARBARA DOMINSKI, OF ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA, NIECE DEBRA DOMINSKI, OF ENCINITAS, CALIFORNIA AND NEPHEW, JEFFREY DOMINSKI, OF IDAHO.

BILL LIKE MOST OF HIS GENERATION, JOINED THE ARMY IMMEDIATELY UPON GRADUATION FROM HIGH SCHOOL. HE SERVED IN THE OCCUPATION TROOPS IN ITALY AT THE CONCLUSION OF WORLD WAR II. HE WAS HONORABLY DISCHARGED AT THE COMPLETION OF HIS SERVICE. BILL IMMEDIATELY HEADED TO CALIFORNIA AND PURSUED AN ACTING CAREER. SOON AFTER, IN 1952, HE BECAME A MEMBER OF THE SCREEN ACTORS GUILD AND AMERICAN FEDERATION OF TELEVISION AND RADIO ARTISTS. HE REMAINED A MEMBER FOR 67 YEARS. BILL WAS ABLE TO CONTINUE ACTING AND AUDITIONING FOR PARTS INTO HIS EARLY 80’S. HIS BODY OF WORK ENCOMPASSES 60 YEARS OF ROLES ON STAGE, FILM AND TELEVISION. HE PERFORMED IN FOUR OFF BROADWAY PRODUCTIONS AND PLAYHOUSES THROUGHOUT THE COUNTRY, TOO NUMEROUS TO COUNT. BILL HAD LEADING ROLES IN OVER 100 PRODUCTIONS INCLUDING THE COCKTAIL HOUR, WHAT THE BUTLER SAW, CALIFORNIA SUITE, NIGHT OF THE IGUANA, AND BLITHE SPIRIT. HE PERFORMED AT THE BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE MORE THAN ANY OTHER PERFORMER. HE BEGAN PERFORMING IN THEIR SUMMER STOCK PRODUCTIONS AS A VERY YOUNG MAN. BILL’S BELOVED BERKSHIRE PLAYHOUSE IS THE REASON HE RELOCATED TO MONTEREY, MASSACHUSETTS IN 1981.

BILL STARRED IN LADY IN THE CAGE WITH OLIVIA DE HAVILLAND, WITH WHOM HE MAINTAINED A LIFE LONG FRIENDSHIP. HE WAS FEATURED IN THE FILMS WINTER OF FROZEN DREAMS, THE PARLLAX VIEW, HOTEL AND THE HORIZONTAL LIEUTENANT. BILL GUEST STARRED IN OVER 200 TELEVISION SERIES FROM THE 1950’S THROUGH 2000. ALL OF THE TOP RATED TV SHOWS OF THEIR TIME FEATURED BILL SWAN. HE HAD ROLES IN THE TWILIGHT ZONE, STREETS OF SAN FRANCISCO, QUINCY, PERRY MASON, ROCKFORD FILES, BARNABY JONES, MEN OF ANAPOLIS, FATHER KNOWS BEST, 12 O’CLOCK HIGH, CANNON AND DOZENS MORE. BILL WAS A CONTINUING CHARACTER IN THE SERIES, ALL MY CHILDREN, THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS, AS THE WORLD TURNS, AND DR. KILDARE.

BILL LIVED THE LIFE OF HIS DREAMS AND HE ALWAYS EXPRESSED GRATITUDE FOR THAT. HE NOT ONLY LOVED THE ACTING, BUT THE ADVENTURES AND TRAVELS IT PROVIDED ANDTHE PEOPLE IT BROUGHT INTO HIS LIFE. NO ONE COULD TELL ASTORY THE WAY HE DID AND HE HAD PLENTY OF THEM TO TELL.HE WILL ALWAYS BE REMEMBERED AS THE ULTIMATE GENTLEMANAND AN ICON OF CLASS AND STYLE. CONDOLENCES MAY BE MADE THROUGH BIRCHESROYFUNERALSERVICES.COM.

2 Responses to Obituary of William H. Swan

  1. I played With Bill in The Remarkable Mr Pennypacker along with Siddy Wilson. I was about 7. Bill and Dick were friends in later years. I visited Bill at Laurel Lake and loved it when he complained he wasn’t hearing much from his agent! A theatre man through and throug. Exit, to applause.

  2. I have known Bill for over 65 years. He along with my uncle Richard visited my parents during my youth and he came to my wedding in 1968. He was a great family friend.

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