Best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing & Ghost, American actor & dancer Patrick Swayze died yesterday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years old.
Swayze first came to the attention of movie lovers back in the 1980s with movies like The Outsiders, Red Dawn and hockey movie Youngblood. But in 1987 he became a huge star as the lead in Dirty Dancing and 3 years later starring opposite Demi Moore in the ever popular Ghost.
Another notable movie of his is Road House in 1989. In 1991, he starred in another major action hit, Point Break, and was also chosen by People Magazine as that year’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” 1992 saw him shoot in Calcutta for City Of Joy. He was nominated for the best actor award for his role (dressed in drag) in To Woo Fong, Thanks For Eveything! Julie Newmar.
Since the 1990s his star has waned with a few bright spots here and there but he never became the big star that he was supposed to be. Swayze was married to Lisa Niemi, his one time dance student, from June 12, 1975 until his death. He was a licensed pilot and also bred horses on his ranch. He came out in public in March 2008 with the news that he was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.
Patrick Wayne Swayze August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009