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Dean: (emphatically) Swayze movie! Swayze always gets a pass!
Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 — September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, and singer.
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 '80s).
His breakout role came as Orry Main in the North and South (U.S.) TV miniseries, followed by his iconic performance as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. Its wild success ended up Typecasting the actor, which resulted in several flops, the most successful of which was (ironically) Road House (1989).
His fame started to wane in The '90s, 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.
Notable film roles:
- Kevin Scott in Uncommon Valor (1983)
- Darry Curtis in The Outsiders (1983)
- Jed Eckert in Red Dawn (1984)
- Derek Sutton in Youngblood (1986)
- Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing (1987) (Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor)
- Nomad in Steel Dawn (1987)
- James Dalton in Road House (1989) (Razzie nominee for Worst Actor)
- Sam Wheat in Ghost (1990) (Golden Globe and Saturn Award nominee for Best Actor)
- Bodhi in Point Break (1991)
- Vida Boheme in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995) (Golden Globe nominee for Best Actor)
- Pecos Bill in Tall Tale (1995)
- Jack Crews in Black Dog (1998)
- Jim Cunningham in Donnie Darko (2001)
- Tony in Whoopi (2004)
- Garth in George And The Dragon (2004)
- Cash in The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006) (voice)