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Patrick Swayze ACTOR


Patrick Swayze was born on August 18th, 1952 in Houston, Texas with the birth name Patrick Wayne Swaze.  His mother owned a dance studio in Houston and he would take dance lessons there.  After graduating from Waltrip High School where he excelled in football and gymnastics he was offered a scholarship and went on to study at San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas.
He began dancing professionally first appearing as Prince Charming in, "Disney on Parade" and also on Broadway in, "Grease" as Danny Zuko.  After gaining some years of stage experience, Swayze went on to pursue a career in the film industry.  His film debut was in, "Skatetown U.S.A" (1979).

Patrick became known to millions of moviegoers in the breakout film for a bunch of up and coming stars in the Francis Ford Coppola film "The Outsiders" (1983) cast along with Rob Lowe, Emelio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Leif Garrett, Darren Dalton and Diane Lane and from these actors was the group formed known as the 'Brat Pack'.

The 1985 miniseries "North and South" cast Patrick Swayze as Orry Main and James Read as George Hazard, with Lesley-Anne Down as Orry's love interest Madeline and Wendy Kilbourne as George's future wife Constance.  Kirstie Alley played George's outspoken abolitionist sister Virgilia, with Genie Francis as Orry's 'good' sister Brett and Terri Garber as his selfish and wicked sister Ashton, as well as Philip Casnoff as Elkanah Bent, George and Orry's nemesis.  All of these actors returned for the 1986 sequel, joined by Parker Stevenson as Billy Hazard, George's brother and Brett's paramour.

North and South also featured many well-known actors as guest stars, including Elizabeth Taylor as bordello proprietor Madam Conti, David Carradine as the sadistic Justin LaMotte, Hal Holbrook as Abraham Lincoln, Gene Kelly as Bent's father Senator Charles Edwards, Robert Mitchum as Colonel Patrick Flynn, M.D., Johnny Cash as abolitionist John Brown, Jean Simmons as Orry's mother Clarissa Main, Mitchell Ryan as Orry's father Tillet Main, Robert Guillaume as abolitionist Frederick Douglass, Morgan Fairchild as Burdetta Halloran, David Ogden Stiers as Congressman Sam Greene, and Olivia Cole as Madeline's devoted but doomed servant Maum Sally.  John Jakes' wife Rachel also made an appearance in Episode 6 as Lincoln's wife Mary.  North and South: Book II (1986) saw the return of Carradine as LaMotte, Holbrook as Lincoln, and Stiers as Congressman Greene, as well as new guests Lloyd Bridges as Jefferson Davis, Anthony Zerbe as Ulysses S. Grant, Nancy Marchand as Dorothea Dix, James Stewart as Miles Colbert, Wayne Newton as Captain Thomas Turner, and William Schallert as Robert E. Lee, with Linda Evans as Rose Sinclair and Olivia de Havilland as Mrs. Neal. 1994's Heaven and Hell featured Peter O'Toole as 'louche actor' Sam Trump and Billy Dee Williams as Francis Cardozo.
He then went on to gain experience as a television actor in, "M*A*S*H" and soon was cast in one of his most well known films as, Johnny Castle in the film, "Dirty Dancing" (1987) co-starring Jennifer Grey, Jack Weston, Jerry Orbach, Kelly Bishop and Cynthia Rhodes, for which he earned a Golden Globe nomination.  Following this he starred in "Road House" (1989) alongside Sam Elliott, Ben Gazzara, Kevin Tighe, Kelly Lynch and Red West.  He earned yet another Golden Globe nomination when he was cast as, Sam Wheat in the film, "Ghost" (1990) also starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg
As his career progressed he maintained steady work on television, films and even returned to Broadway in the musical, "Chicago".  He married only onc to Lisa Niemi who he met when he was just nineteen and she only fifteen at his mothers dance studio. 
Sadly in January 2008, Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer.  He tried to fight the illness and continue to work making appearances on the film, "Powder Blue" (2009) with an ensemble cast including Jessica Biel, Forest Whitaker, Kris Kristofferson, Ray Liotta, Lisa Kudrow and Riki Lindhome and the television series, "The Beast" (2009).  However on September 14th, 2009, Swayze lost his battle to the disease in Los Angeles, California at the age of fifty seven.
Patrick Swayze was chosen by People Magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the world in 1991 and was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for his contribution to the Motion Picture Industry. 
Patrick Swayze's remains were cremated and his ashes were scattered over his New Mexico ranch.  He is survived by his wife Lisa Niemi and they had no children.


2009 The Beast 
2009 Powder Blue 
2008 Jump!
2007 Christmas in Wonderland
2006 The Fox and the Hound 2
2005 Keeping Mum 
2005 Icon
2004 King Solomon's Mines
2004 George and the Dragon
2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
2004 Whoopi 
2003 11:14
2003 One Last Dance 
2002 Waking Up in Reno
2001 Donnie Darko
2001 Green Dragon
2000 Forever Lulu 
1998 Letters from a Killer 
1998 Black Dog 
1995 Three Wishes 
1995 To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar 
1995 Tall Tale 
1993 Father Hood
1992 City of Joy
1991 Point Break
1990 Ghost
1989 Next of Kin 
1989 Road House 
1988 Tiger Warsaw 
1987 Steel Dawn
1987 Dirty Dancing
1986 Amazing Stories 
1986 North and South, Book II
1986 Youngblood
1985 North and South
1984 Red Dawn 
1984 Grandview, U.S.A. 
1984 Pigs vs. Freaks
1983 Uncommon Valor
1983 The Outsiders 
1983 Renegades
1982 The Renegades
1981 Return of the Rebels
1981 M*A*S*H
1980 The Comeback Kid
1979 Skatetown, U.S.A. 

Matinee Classics - The Outsiders starring C. Thomas Howell, Ralph Macchio, Matt Dillon, Rob Lowe, Patrick Swayze, Emelio Estevez, Tom Cruise, Glenn Withrow, Diane Lane, Leif Garrett, Darren Dalton, Michelle Meyrink, Tom Waits, Gailard Sartain, S. E. Hinton and William Smith
Matinee Classics - Red Dawn starring Patrick Swayze, C. Thomas Howell, Lea Thompson, Charlie Sheen, Powers Booth, Ben Johnson, Harry Dean Stanton and Jennifer Grey

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