Born and raised on the High Plains of Northeastern Colorado near the Nebraska panhandle, Dwane grew up on a wheat farm & cattle ranch. Early on, he developed a fascination for the past from his maternal grandmother, Ila Hannah, who was a one-room school teacher during most of the 1920 & 30s, as well as his mother, Mildred Starlin, who founded the Washington County Pioneer Museum.
He graduated from the University of Colorado with a BA in International Affairs & from the University of Denver with a JD.
Through the years he has been a rancher/farmer, dry goods salesman, hotelier, advertising displayer, real estate broker, barkeeper/restaurant owner, petroleum landman, stock broker before settling down as a professional musician & actor along with a DC tour guide’s license here in DC. He thinks of himself as an Edutainer.
He relocated to the greater Washington-Baltimore region over 35 years ago; contracted “Potomac Fever,” where he remains today. He is a member of SAG-AFTRA and the American Guild of Musical Artists as an EMC with AEA. He belongs to the Association of Oldest Inhabitants, the Guild of Professional Guides of Washington, DC, & the Historic Society of Washington. He maintains an association with the Dumbarton House Museum and the Burleith History Group (he recently co-authored the book, Images of America: Burleith.)