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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 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 '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.
Notable film roles:
- Kevin Scott in Uncommon Valor (1983)
- Darry Curtis in The Outsiders (1983)
- Jed Eckert in Red Dawn (1984) (1984)
- Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing (1987)
- 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)
- Jim Cunningham in Donnie Darko (2001)
- '80s Hair: Though he has short hair in the majority of his films, many fans identify him with the Power Mullet.
- 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, despite positive reviews, the show had low ratings 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."
- Also:"I've had more lifetimes than any 10 people put together, and it's been an amazing ride...So this is O.K."
- 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.
- Happily Married: His high school sweetheart Lisa Niemi, from when he was just 23 years old until the day he died.
- Hollywood Skydiving: Subverted. He was an experienced skydiver, and did all the jumps in his films without stunts (e.g. 55 jumps in Point Break (1991)), and he also frequented the local drop zone. Those who knew him considered him a natural talent.
- Mr. Fanservice
- Real Men Wear Pink: Studied ballet in high school, shrugging off the weak-minded fools who claimed it wasn't manly. To the end of his life he promoted encouraging parents to enroll their sons in ballet as commonly as they did their daughters.
- Sleeper Hit: The unexpected successes of Dirty Dancing and Ghost got him dubbed "King of the Sleepers" for a period.