Patrick Swayze: 1952 - 2009

Patrick SwayzeActor Patrick Swayze was best known for his romantic roles in the surprise movie hits Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990). Trained as a ballet dancer, Swayze got his start in acting on the New York stage, and his success in the Broadway production of Grease led to a career in Hollywood. His performance as the eldest "greaser" in the Francis Ford Coppola film The Outsiders proved his talent and marketability as leading man. After action films such as Uncommon Valor and Red Dawn, Swayze got back to dancing in the box office smash Dirty Dancing. The role made him a famous beefcake, his place as a romantic hunk was cemented with the even bigger hit Ghost. Then came the 1990s, the ridiculous and yet beloved Point Break, his sister's death, troubles with alcohol and forgettable movies. Swayze bounced back in the 2000s, in a key role in the Jake Gyllenhaal film Donnie Darko (2001). His other films include Road House, To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar and Green Dragon. He began starring as a rogue FBI agent in the TV series The Beast in 2008, but he was soon incapacitated by pancreatic cancer and died in September of 2009.

The National Enquirer reported in March of 2008 that Swayze was ill with pancreatic cancer and had five weeks to live. Swayze announced that he did have pancreatic cancer but had been given no such timeline. He went on to begin filming episodes of his TV series The Beast while undergoing treatment.

Patrick Swayze passed away last September 14, 2009 at home with his family. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and his condition took a turn for the worse earlier this year. He was 57 years old. Swayze is survived by his wife, who he's been with since he was 18 years old, Lisa Niemi. Patrick has a very special place in our hearts for many of his movies like Ghost and Point Break to name a couple, but perhaps most of all for Dirty Dancing. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, and he will be missed.

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