Patrick Swayze, the gorgeous actor who wowed us all when he first came on the movie scene and danced his way into viewers’ hearts with “Dirty Dancing. We watched again as he become the icon for the song “endless love” in the movie, “Ghost. He died today after his battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
“Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully with his family at his side,after fighting this illness for 20 months. This is reported in a statement released by his publicist, Annett Wolf. The statement was brief and offered no other details.
We first learned in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a fatal form of cancer.
He showed his will power to fight as he kept working despite the diagnosis, starring in “The Beast,” an A&E drama series. He also co-authored a memoir with his wife during his treatments for this deadly disease.
Swayze took his acting so seriously that he decided against using painkilling drugs while making “The Beast” because their effects would have taken away from his performance.
First reports of his illness gave him only weeks to live, but Swayze showed them differently.
In Swayze’s 2009 interview with Barbara Walters he acknowledged that although he is fighting, he thought that living another 5 years would be a stretch considering everything he was told by his doctors. “I want to last until they find a cure, which means I’d better get a fire under it,” were the words of hope he added.
Swazye is a three-time Golden Globe nominee, becoming a star with his role of good hearted tough guy, Johnny Castle, in the film “Dirty Dancing.” He was the son of a choreographer which played a role in the dancing coming so naturally to him.
“Dirty Dancing” became an international block buster in the summer of 1987, along with an album that had an Oscar-winning hit song, “(I’ve Had) the Time of My Life,”. Another song from that album, “She’s Like the Wind,” he wrote about his wife, Lisa Niemi.
Another hit movie starring Swayz came out in 1989, “Road House,” which also did well in the box office and is still a favorite of many today. it was his role in 1990’s “Ghost” that will always stand for endless love. With Demi Moore as a co-star, Swayze will forever be remembered in this film, which is one of the great modern day love stories.
Swayze said at the time that he was up against Kevin Kline for the role of Sam. During the audition he read six of the scenes and won the part.
Swayze was married since 1975 to Lisa Niemi, a fellow dancer. They met when she was 15 and taking dancing lessons from his mother. He was 19 at the time. Theirs was one of those rare marriages that lasted in the divorce land of Hollywood.
He was named the “Sexist Man Alive” in 1991 by People Magazine. He starred in numerous movies such as “Point Break”, “To Wong Foo and Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. These are just of few of his many performances. He will be sadly missed by fans world wide.