Hank Cheyne aka Hank Cheyne Garcia (born August 13 in Santa Maria, Ca.) is an American actor best known for playing [[Ricardo Torres]] in the, Aaron Spelling daytime drama Sunset Beach (1997-2000). He also played the role of Scott LaSalle/Love on the NBC Soap opera[[Another World]](1986-1988) and Anton Vargas on [[Saints & Sinners (2007 TV series)Saints & Sinners.
Born Henry Edward Garcia,in [[Santa Maria, Ca.]] he is the youngest of three children and is of German /Dutch descent on his mothers side, and Native American/Spanish and Mexican descent on his fathers side. He was raised [[Roman Catholic]] attending parochial middle school and high school before graduating from the Jesuit [[Santa Clara University]] in 1980 with a BSC in Business, where he also played varsity baseball. After Graduating from the University of Santa Clara, he attended [[UCLA Law School]] receiving his [[Juris Doctor degree]] . His paternal grandfather was a cattle rancher on the central coast of California in the early 1900’s whose roots traced to full blooded Yaqui Indian while his paternal grandmother’s roots went back to Spain and Mexico; his father( one of 14 brothers and sisters ) was a professional Bull Rider. His mother’s family was of German /Dutch origin from Wyoming and Pennsylvania. He took Cheyne as his acting name from the town [[Cheyenne, Wyoming]], where his parents met, after discovering that that there was already someone with his birth name in the [[Screen Actors Guild]].
During Law School, he was approached by artist, filmmaker, and photographer [[Steven F. Arnold]] to be photographed by him. Arnold was a venerated tableau photographer and protege of [[Salvador Dali]] working out of his Los Angeles photography studio and west coast salon, [[Zanzibar]], and at the time was designing and shooting tableau-vivants for a book . For Hank , it was a wildly propitious introduction to the early 1980’s avant garde creative scene in [[Los Angeles]] countering the more regimented curriculum of Law School.
Through a friend , he was introduced to acting coach, Vincent Chase, who suggested that he go to an open casting for a feature editorial for [[GQ magazine]] that was being photographed by renowned fashion photographer [[Bruce Weber]]. Weber cast him and then continued to use him several more times in high profile publications [[British Vogue]] , [[Italian Vogue]] in an editorial on [[Las Vegas]] featuring him with [[Christie Brinkley]], and the [[Gianni Versace]] fashion campaign.
he went on to shoot with acclaimed photographers [[Herb Ritts]] [[Mathew Rolston]], [[Fabrizio Gianni]] among others.
For the next two years he juggled Law School with modeling/commercial work before graduating, and passing the [[California Bar Exam]]. He received a full time offer from the Beverly Hills law firm Ball ,Hunt ,Hart ,Brown and Baerwitz, of which the former Governor of California Edmund Brown was a name partner. Before committing and needing a break from seven straight years of college and grad school, he asked and received a deferment with an open offer to return to practice law. Following commercial and print work he moved to Europe,traveling extensively, eventually living in Italy and then later Tokyo ,Japan , before returning to the U.S. where he committed to pursuing a career as an actor
In 1986 he was cast to play [[Scott Love/Lasalle]] on the [[NBC]] daytime drama [[Another world]] in New York, opposite [[John Considine]] and [[Denise Alexander ]]. After his two year contract ended he chose not to renew and instead returned to California. He continued working doing lower budget films , appearing in television guest spots and several national commercials including the Marlboro Campaign with [[Tony Scott]] directing.
1996 he co-founded a theater company on Hollywoods Theater Row and starred in the world premier of Steve Monroe’s ‘A Kind Man and A Good Lover’ in the role of Frank Mackie , for which he received a [[Los Angeles Ovation Award Nomination]]
In 1996 he was cast by [[Aaron Spelling]] as [[Detective Ricardo Torres]] in Spellings [[Sunset Beach daytime drama]] for [[NBC]]. The series ran for three years enjoying cult like status in the [[UK]] and airing in over 40 countries. currently in [[Russia]] [[Poland]] and [[Bulgaria]] .
After [[Sunset beach]] , in the early 2000’s he switched gears and renewed a passion and proclivity for painting which he had been developing since returning to California. Submersing himself in the art world with a studio space in mid- Los Angeles, and Gallery representation on [[Melrose Avenue]] he participated in solo and group shows. [[www.hankgarciaart.com]]
in 2006 [[Cheyne]] was cast as series regular, drug lord Anton Vargas in the Twentieth Century fox My Network TV series [[Saints and Sinners]]. The series was canceled in 2007 after 62 episodes.
in 2009/2010 he had a recurring role as Austin Buttercup in the [[HBO]] series [[Big Love}
He followed this with guest starring roles in the FX series [[ Sons of Anarchy]] and [[CBS]] [[ Criminal Minds]]
in 2014 he was cast in a recurring role as character [[ Sam Poteet]] in the [Netflix]] crime drama [[Longmire]] .
Cheyne is married to actress [[Missy Hughes]]. They met in [[New York]] while both were cast members on NBC ‘s [[Another World]]. Hughes is a reality television executive for [[Renegade 83]]