Remembering Patrick Swayze

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Last night the entertainment world lost another icon—Patrick Swayze died of cancer at the age of 57.

He had an impressive film career, starring in some of the most popular movies of all time: The Outsiders, Red Dawn, Ghost, Point Break and indie favorites, Donnie Darko and To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. He had also starred on the small screen, in the 1985 mini-series North and South and the recent A&E series, The Beast.

But the role he is most remembered for is sexy bad-boy dancer Johnny Castle, in the 1987 hit film, Dirty Dancing. The moves, the soundtrack, the clothes, the quotable lines —“No one puts Baby in the corner!”—Dirty Dancing became a pop-culture phenomenon and catapulted Swayze into instant stardom.  He was nominated for three Golden Globes (for Dirty Dancing, Ghost and To Wong Foo) and in 1991 was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.”

He remained married to his wife, Lisa, from 1975 until the day he died. He first met her while she took dance lessons from his mother.

In addition to being an actor and dancer, Swayze was also a choreographer, singer/songwriter, a licensed pilot and a rancher, where he bred Arabian horses.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008. He is survived by his wife and mother.

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