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Also Known As: Patrick Wayne Swayze Died: September 14, 2009
Born: August 18, 1952 Cause of Death: pancreatic cancer
Birth Place: Houston, Texas, USA Profession: actor, dancer, songwriter, singer, carpenter, restaurateur, professional skater

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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...

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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CAST: (feature film)

1.
 Powder Blue (2009)
2.
 Jump (2008)
4.
 Keeping Mum (2006)
6.
 Road House 2 (2006)
7.
 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Dance Class Instructor
8.
 Waking Up in Reno (2002) Roy Kirkendall
9.
 Donnie Darko (2001) Jim Cunningham
10.
 Green Dragon (2001) Staff Sergeant Jim Lance
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Milestones close milestones

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Began career as dancer, touring as Prince Charming in "Disney on Parade"
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Performed as skater at Galleria Ice Skating Pavilion in Houston
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Danced as a guest artist with Buffalo Ballet Company before studying with the Harkness Ballet
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Performed briefly as a principal dancer with the Feld Ballet; left because of aggravated knee injury from high school football
1975:
Broadway debut as dancer in "Goodtime Charley"
1979:
Film debut, "Skatetown USA"
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Performed with and wrote material for six bands
1983:
TV series debut, "Renegades"
1983:
Returned to features films with roles in "The Outsiders" and "Uncommon Valor"
1984:
Played first feature lead in the war drama, "Red Dawn"; first film with Jennifer Grey
1985:
First success TV mini-series, "North and South" set during the Civil War
1986:
Co-starred with Rob Lowe and Keanu Reeves in the hockey-themed feature, "Youngblood"
1987:
Breakthrough role as dance instructor, Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing" co-starring Jennifer Grey; earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role; also sang one of the songs on the soundtrack, "She's Like the Wind"
1989:
Starred in "Road House" as a bouncer at a seedy roadside bar
1990:
Became co-owner (with Bobby Ochs) of Mulholland Drive Cafe; restaurant closed in 1996
1990:
Co-starred with Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the successful romantic fantasy-thriller, "Ghost"
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Co-founded, with Lisa Niemi, Troph productions
1991:
Re-teamed with actor Keanu Reeves in the action hit, "Point Break"
1995:
With Ochs, opened second restaurant, Bobby O's City Bites
1997:
Broke right leg and fractured left leg in riding accident during filming of "Letters From a Killer"
1997:
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August 18)
2001:
Acted in the Vietnam-set "The Green Dragon"; screened at Sundance
2001:
Co-starred in "Without a Word" a film co-written and directed by Lisa Niemi
2002:
Co-starred in "Waking Up in Reno" with Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron
2003:
Appeared on Broadway as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Tony Award winning musical "Chicago"
2004:
Played a choreographer in the NBC sitcom "Whoopi"
2004:
Had a cameo appearance as a dance instructor in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
2006:
Made London stage debut in the musical "Guys and Dolls" as Nathan Detroit
2006:
Played Kristin Scott-Thomas' golf teacher in the British comedy "Keeping Mum"
2009:
Played FBI Agent Charles Barker in the A&E drama, "The Beast"
2009:
Co-starred as an aging rock star, opposite younger brother Don, in the film "Powder Blue" (released straight to DVD)
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Education

Waltrip High School: Houston , Texas -
Harkness Ballet School: New York , New York -
Joffrey Ballet School: New York , New York -

Notes

A small plane which Swayze was piloting was involved in a crash outside Phoenix, Arizona, on June 1, 2000. The actor, who was not injured, reportedly attempted an emergency landing and sheared off the right wing of the plane after colliding with a light pole.

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wife:
Lisa Niemi. Dancer, director, actor. Born on May 26, 1956; married in 1976; was a dance student of his mother's; married three years later; played opposite Swayze in the adventure fantasy, "Steel Dawn" (1987).

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father:
Jesse Swayze. Engineering draftsman. Died 1982; chemical plant engineer.
mother:
Patsy Swayze. Dancer; choreographer. Choreographed films, "Urban Cowboy" and "Liar's Moon".
brother:
Don Swayze. Actor. Born on August 10, 1958.
brother:
Sean Kyle Swayze. Born on October 13, 1962.
sister:
Vicky Swayze. Committed suicide c. 1994.
sister:
Bambi Swayze.
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