About Patrick Wayne Swayze
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.