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Patrick Wayne Swayze

Birthplace: Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
Death: September 14, 2009 (57)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States (Pancreatic Cancer)
Immediate Family:

Son of Jesse "Buddy" Swayze and Patsy Swayze (Karnes)
Husband of Lisa Niemi
Brother of Don Swayze; Private; Private and Vicky Lynn Toritsuka-Peden (Swayze)

Occupation: American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter
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About Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze was a Texas-born movie actor whose background in ballet and gymnastics ironically gave him a physique well-suited for his roles as hunky love interest or macho action film hero. His early roles as the only slightly older patriarchal figure of his onscreen teenage families in films like “The Outsiders” (1983) and “Red Dawn” (1984) helped put the heartthrob on the map and on the cover of many a Tiger Beat fan magazine in the early 1980s. But it was only a few years before the teen became a man and it was in these more adult roles that the actor made his mark. He never surpassed the popularity of his earnest, romantic blockbusters “Dirty Dancing” (1987) and “Ghost” (1990), but after suffering bouts of alcoholism and removing himself from Hollywood altogether, he seemed to regain new perspective that would raise the bar for his future acting endeavors. If nothing else, his utterance of the line – “Nobody puts Baby in the corner” – from “Dirty Dancing” guaranteed big screen immortality. But it was his battle against pancreatic cancer for almost two years that would inspire the public and galvanize the actor to bravely give his final performance on A&E's dark drama series, "The Beast." In a year unparalleled in Hollywood loss, Swayze would pass away on Sept. 14, 2009.

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Actor, Dancer. Swayze was the son of a dance instructor and an engineering drafter and one of five children. He engaged in a number of artistic pursuits starting in childhood, including dance, ice skating, acting, and gymnastics. At the age of 20, he moved to New York to train with the Harkness and Joffrey ballet schools. After appearing in Disney on Parade and the Broadway production of "Grease," he made his first film appearance in the 1979 movie "Skatetown, U.S.A." After a number of roles in both TV and film, he first came to national prominence in 1985 in the Civil War TV miniseries "North and South," starring as Southerner Orry Main. Two years later, he took the lead role of dance instructor Johnny Castle in the blockbuster movie "Dirty Dancing." Included on the soundtrack was a song entitled "She's Like the Wind," composed and performed by Swayze. In a nod to the beefcake reputation he had earned for his performances in "Dirty Dancing" and "Roadhouse," Swayze was selected as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 1991. Several more hit movies followed, including "Roadhouse," "Ghost," "Point Break" and "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar." He acted steadily through the ensuing years and eventually expanded his focus to include voice-over work in "The Fox and the Hound 2." He also added to his experience in live theater, performing in "Guys and Dolls" in 2006. His final project was an A&E television series, "The Beast," in which he played an FBI agent. However, due to his spreading pancreatic cancer, he was unable to promote the series, and it was cancelled after only five months on the air. Swayze was married for 34 years to Lisa Niemi, one of his mother's dance students.

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Patrick Swayze dancing with his wife Lisa

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Patrick Swayze's Timeline

August 18, 1952
Houston, Harris, Texas, United States
September 14, 2009
Age 57
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, United States
September 14, 2009
Age 57