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Creator: Patrick Swayze

Dean: Nobody puts baby in a corner.
Sam: ...You know that's a line from—
Dean: (emphatically) Swayze movie! Swayze always gets a pass!
Supernatural, "Dirty Dancing"

Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 — September 14, 2009) was an acclaimed shirtless actor and dancer.

To begin with, he was the product of a dance instructor and a rodeo champion. Plainly, his destiny as an all-American, ballet-dancing, Judo-kicking beefcake was written in the stars.

Swayze's career began as an understudy for Danny Zuko in a Broadway production of Grease, eventually leading to great deal of TV and film work. He was a peripheral member of the Brat Pack (mainly via his role in The Outsiders), alongside... well, pretty much every young male actor who made it big in The Eighties.

His breakout role came as Orry Main in the North and South TV miniseries, followed by his iconic performance as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. Its wild success ended up type casting the actor, which resulted in several flops, the most successful of which was (ironically) Road House.

His fame started to wane in The Nineties, though he did make an incongruous appearance here and there, such as in Donnie Darko. Swayze landed a starring role in the A&E cop drama The Beast right before being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, the only thing that would dare trifle with him. He died at age 57.

Cracked prepared a compelling brief for why he is the second greatest actor in the world.

Related tropes:

  • '80s Hair: Though he has short-length hair in the majority of his films, many fans identify him with the Power Mullet.
  • Badass: Because Pain Don't Hurt. Famously, he once performed an emergency landing of his plane on a paved residential street. Naturally, he emerged unhurt.
  • Dead Artists Are Better: He has gained greater esteem because of his battle against pancreatic cancer.
  • Determinator: He worked on The Beast while undergoing cancer treatment. Unfortunately, the show was cancelled because Swayze was unable to promote it himself.
  • Face Death with Dignity: While undergoing treatment for his pancreatic cancer, Swayze never broke his stride. He even challenged the homeopaths who claimed he could be cured with their "treatments":
    "If anybody had that cure out there, like so many people swear they do, you’d be two things. You’d be very rich, and you’d be very famous. Otherwise, shut up."
  • Famous Last Words: According to his family, "I'm not afraid to die. I'm going home."
  • Generation Xerox: Both he and his father Jesse had died at age 57. Patrick died from pancreatic cancer, and Jesse died from a heart attack.
  • Mr. Fanservice
  • One of Us: When someone played the Mystery Science Theater 3000 song "Let's Have A Patrick Swayze Christmas" for him, Swayze loved it.
  • Real Men Wear Pink: Studied ballet in high school, shrugging off the weak-minded fools who claimed it wasn't manly.

Notable film roles:


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alternative title(s): Patrick Swayze
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