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Original Name
Patrick Wayne Swayze
Birth
Houston, Harris County, Texas, USA
Death
14 Sep 2009 (aged 57)
Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
Burial
Cremated, Ashes scattered. Specifically: Ashes scattered over his New Mexico ranch. Add to Map
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Actor, Dancer. Patrick Wayne 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 including: "The Outsiders" (1983), "Uncommon Valor" (1983), "Grandview, U.S.A." (1984) and "Red Dawn" (1984), 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" (1987). Included on the soundtrack was a song entitled "She's Like the Wind," composed with Stacy Widelitz and performed by Swayze, featuring additional vocals from Wendy Fraser. In a nod to the beefcake reputation he had earned for his performances in "Dirty Dancing" and "Road House," Swayze was selected as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 1991. Several more hit movies followed, including: "Road House" (1989), "Ghost" (1990), "Point Break" (1991), "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" (1995) and "Donnie Darko" (2001). 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. For his contributions to motion pictures, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.
Actor, Dancer. Patrick Wayne 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 including: "The Outsiders" (1983), "Uncommon Valor" (1983), "Grandview, U.S.A." (1984) and "Red Dawn" (1984), 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" (1987). Included on the soundtrack was a song entitled "She's Like the Wind," composed with Stacy Widelitz and performed by Swayze, featuring additional vocals from Wendy Fraser. In a nod to the beefcake reputation he had earned for his performances in "Dirty Dancing" and "Road House," Swayze was selected as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 1991. Several more hit movies followed, including: "Road House" (1989), "Ghost" (1990), "Point Break" (1991), "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar" (1995) and "Donnie Darko" (2001). 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. For his contributions to motion pictures, he has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, located at 7021 Hollywood Blvd.

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  • Added: Sep 14, 2009
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