Ms. Swan's ethnicity and native country are unclear. In one sketch, it is revealed that Ms. Swan is from the fictional country of Kouvaria, near the North Pole. Although in one sketch, where she is leaving a chain of her salons, the setting of the area is very asian. MADtv execs insist the character was based on the singer, Björk (she was compared to Björk in one sketch, and was referred to as Icelandic by the Vancome Lady in another, and wore Björk's infamous swan dress in another). When a man asked her where she was from, she replied that she lived Downtown. One sketch shows Ms. Swan being fluent in Spanish, while using an ATM. She told a man in a bar that her mother was Spanish, but her father was from Space. In Swan: The Homecoming , a movie that she made with Garry Marshall, her father was played by Mark Hamill and it was implied that she had another sister: Marsha. Kitty Swan was also introduced as her sister in another sketch, but the sister's may be 1 person; named "Kitty-Marsha." Borstein claims that the character was at least partially inspired by her Hungarian grandmother. In an early sketch, the character was supposed to have been a wigmaker. In another sketch, Ms. Swan goes to a restaurant with her sister, Kitty, to meet two American men, and the two converse in Hungarian and Czech.
In July 2006, ESPN Radio cancelled its affiliation with WKNR with a 90-day notice effective that October 8, following Beaver Dam, Wisconsin -based Good Karma Broadcasting's purchase of WABQ and new affiliation deal. With that change, WKNR then became the Cleveland affiliate for Fox Sports Radio that October,  while WABQ relaunched as "ESPN Radio 1540" WWGK . Several weeks later, Good Karma would end up purchasing WKNR for $7 million weeks later on December 4, 2006, which now formed a two-station duopoly.  A local marketing agreement immediately began for WKNR, with the deal officially being closed in January 2007.
He has appeared in numerous television shows - True Blood , Boston Legal , Nip/Tuck , CSI: Miami , Cold Case , Las Vegas , Matlock , Saving Grace , Ghost Whisperer , In the Heat of the Night , Blue Bloods , Airwolf , Star Trek: The Next Generation , Hell on Wheels among others. He also has appeared in many films such as Lincoln , Protocol , Innerspace , Rocky II , False Identity , Abuse of Power , Thicker Than Water , Amber Waves , Summer School Teachers , and others. Hines also appeared in the miniseries War and Remembrance and The Alamo: Thirteen Days to Glory . Hines also starred in the soap opera, One Life to Live as Brian Beckett from 1984 - 1986, General Hospital as Kyle Morgan from 1990 - 1991 and The City as Malcolm Christerphor from 1994 - 1995.  Hines made his New York stage debut in Valentine's Day , directed by Horton Foote , and has appeared in many plays in New York and Los Angeles . From 2014 to 2015, Hines portrayed Captain August Robertson in the Cinemax TV series The Knick .