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Patrick Swayze

Patrick SwayzeAKA Patrick Wayne Swayze

Born: 18-Aug-1952
Birthplace: Houston, TX
Died: 14-Sep-2009
Location of death: Los Angeles, CA
Cause of death: Cancer - Pancreatic
Remains: Cremated (ashes scattered)

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Actor, Dancer

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze first attracted attention for his portrayal of a gang leader in the 1983 adaptation of S. E. Hinton's The Outsiders. The following year came major roles in Grandview, U.S.A and Red Dawn and in 1985, the TV miniseries North and South. But he scored a breakthrough as Johnny Castle in 1987's coming-of-age film Dirty Dancing, which became an unexpected success and for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. In 1989 came another success, Road House, where he played Dalton, a bouncer brought in from New York City tasked with cleaning up the Double Deuce bar in Jasper, Montana. Swayze's third major entry into the American cultural milieu followed in 1990's romantic drama Ghost as Sam Wheat, a man killed during an apparent aborted robbery. As a ghost, he realizes the robbery was actually planned and he must find a way to warn his girlfriend Molly, played by Demi Moore, that her life is endangered. After Ghost Swayze was never short of work, but none of it achieved the success of that film. A 2009 television series, The Beast, lasted 13 episodes. In March 2008 he announced his diagnosis with pancreatic cancer, later acknowledging that alcohol and tobacco use may have contributed to his poor health. He succumbed to the cancer on 14 September 2009 at his home in Los Angeles.

Father: Jesse Wayne Swayze (b. 1925, d. 1982 alcoholism)
Mother: Patsy Yvonne Helen Karnes (choreographer, d. 16-Sep-2013)
Brother: Don Swayze (actor, b. 10-Aug-1958)
Brother: Sean Kyle Swayze (b. 1962)
Sister: Vicky Lynn Swayze (b. 1949, d. 1994 suicide)
Sister: Bambi (adopted from South Korea)
Wife: Lisa Niemi (actress/dancer, m. 12-Jun-1975, until his death)

    High School: S. P. Waltrip High School, Houston, TX (1971)
    University: San Jacinto College

    Planet Hollywood
    Endorsement of Pabst Brewing Company (1979)
    Hollywood Walk of Fame 18-Aug-1997 at 7018 Hollywood Blvd.
    unknown detox facility
    Animal Bite Sharon Osbourne's Pomeranian dog Minnie (1-Sep-2006)
    Risk Factors: Alcoholism, Smoking, Marijuana, Pancreatic Cancer, Skydiving

    The Beast Charles Barker (2009)

    Powder Blue (10-Nov-2008) · Velvet Larry
    Christmas in Wonderland (9-Nov-2007)
    The Fox and the Hound 2 (7-Nov-2006) [VOICE]
    Keeping Mum (2-Dec-2005)
    Icon (30-May-2005)
    King Solomon's Mines (6-Jun-2004)
    Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (27-Feb-2004)
    George and the Dragon (2004)
    Overnight (12-Jun-2003) · Himself
    11:14 (16-May-2003)
    One Last Dance (4-Apr-2003) · Travis MacPhearson
    Waking Up in Reno (25-Oct-2002)
    Green Dragon (19-Jan-2001) · Gunnery Sgt. Jim Lance
    Donnie Darko (19-Jan-2001) · Jim Cunningham
    Forever Lulu (7-Jul-2000) · Ben Clifton
    Letters From a Killer (21-Aug-1998)
    Black Dog (1-May-1998)
    Three Wishes (27-Oct-1995)
    To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (8-Sep-1995) · Vida
    Tall Tale (24-Mar-1995)
    Heaven & Hell: North & South, Book III (27-Feb-1994)
    Father Hood (27-Aug-1993) · Jack Charles
    City of Joy (15-Apr-1992) · Max Lowe
    Point Break (12-Jul-1991) · Bodhi
    Ghost (13-Jul-1990)
    Next of Kin (20-Oct-1989)
    Road House (19-May-1989) · Dalton
    Tiger Warsaw (13-Sep-1988)
    Steel Dawn (6-Nov-1987) · Nomad
    Dirty Dancing (25-Aug-1987) · Johnny Castle
    North and South II (4-May-1986)
    Youngblood (31-Jan-1986)
    North and South (3-Nov-1985)
    Red Dawn (10-Aug-1984) · Jed
    Grandview, U.S.A. (3-Aug-1984)
    Uncommon Valor (16-Dec-1983) · Scott
    The Outsiders (25-Mar-1983)
    Return of the Rebels (17-Oct-1981)
    The Comeback Kid (11-Apr-1980)
    Skatetown, USA (Oct-1979)

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