Patrick Swayze was a very talented man loved and looked up to by many. He was a talented dancer, actor, and singer. Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on 18 August 1952 in Houston, Texas where he lived until age 20. His mother was a choreographer and dancer and he followed her interests, moving to New York City in 1972 to complete his formal dance training through ballet. His first professional appearance was as a dancer for Disney on Parade.
Swayze was married to Lisa Niemi from June 12, 1975 until his passing. The couple first met in 1970 when Swayze was 18 years old. Niemi, 14 years old at the time, was taking dance lessons from Swayze’s mother. Swayze knew how to move and he wasn’t afraid to do so, his flexability and endless abilities would soon gave him the recognition he yearned for.
His career led him to Broadway and then he had his first movie appearance in the 1979 movie Skatetown, USA. He also appeared in a 1981 episode of M.A.S.H. then had several roles in films and miniseries until his breakthrough role came in the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing where he played dance instructor Johnny Castle.
Dirty Dancing was a low-budget project that was intended to be shown in theaters for one weekend only and then go straight to video, but it became a surprise hit and achieved massive international success. It was the first film to sell one million copies on video, and as of 2007, earned over $300 million worldwide and spawned several alternate versions, ranging from a television series to stage productions to a computer game. Swayze received a Golden Globe Award nomination for the role and also sang one of the songs on the soundtrack, “She’s Like the Wind,” which he had originally co-written with Stacy Widelitz for the film Grandview, U.S.A. The song became a top ten hit and has been covered by other artists. He was named by People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.
Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer on September 14 2009 at the age of 57, he was a talented individual who will be remembered forever.