Patrick Swayze

Actor, Dancer, Singer
Patrick Swayze was a Texas-born movie actor whose background in ballet and gymnastics ironically gave him a physique well-suited for his roles as hunky love interest or macho action film hero. His early roles as the ... Read more »
Born: 08/18/1952 in Houston, Texas, USA

Filmography

Actor (89)

Road House 2 2014 (Movie)

James Dalton (Actor)

Jump 2009 (Movie)

Richard Pressburger (Actor)

The Beast 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Powder Blue 2008 (Movie)

Velvet Larry (Actor)

Keeping Mum 2006 (Movie)

Lance (Actor)

One Last Dance 2006 (Movie)

Travis (Actor)

Dancing With the Stars 2005 (Tv Show)

Actor

Frederick Forsythe's Icon 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

George and the Dragon 2005 (Movie)

Garth (Actor)

The Fox and the Hound 2 2005 (Movie)

Voice of Cash (Actor)

11:14 2004 (Movie)

Frank (Actor)

Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights 2004 (Movie)

Dance Class Instructor (Actor)

King Solomon's Mines 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

Green Dragon 2002 (Movie)

Staff Sergeant Jim Lance (Actor)

Waking Up in Reno 2002 (Movie)

Roy Kirkendall (Actor)

16th Annual IFP/West Independent Spirit Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Presenter

Dirty Dancing: The E! True Hollywood Story 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Donnie Darko 2001 (Movie)

Jim Cunningham (Actor)

Forever Lulu 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Patrick Swayze 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Get Bruce 1999 (Movie)

Himself (Actor)

Storytime 1993 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Black Dog 1998 (Movie)

Jack Crews (Actor)

Screen Actors Guild 4th Annual Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Performer

The 33rd Annual Academy of Country Music Awards 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Presenter

Blockbuster Entertainment Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Performer

Hollywood Diaries 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

The 54th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Presenter

Sinatra: 80 Years My Way 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

The 21st Annual People's Choice Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The 52nd Annual Golden Globe Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

The Newsweek American Achievement Awards 1994 - 1995 (TV Show)

Presenter

Three Wishes 1995 (Movie)

Jack (Actor)

The 1994 World Music Awards 1993 - 1994 (TV Show)

Host

50th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

Father Hood 1993 (Movie)

Jack Charles (Actor)

The 1993 World Music Awards 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Presenter

49th Annual Golden Globe Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Performer

City of Joy 1992 (Movie)

Max Lowe (Actor)

First Person With Maria Shriver (11/12/91) 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

The 64th Annual Academy Awards 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Presenter

Point Break 1991 (Movie)

Bodhi (Actor)

The 23rd Annual NAACP Image Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Performer

America's Dance Honors 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Performer

Ghost 1990 (Movie)

Sam Wheat (Actor)

Roy Orbison Tribute to Benefit the Homeless 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

The 32nd Annual Grammy Awards 1989 - 1990 (TV Show)

Actor

An All-Star Celebration: The '88 Vote 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Dance 1989 (Movie)

(Actor)

Next of Kin 1989 (Movie)

Truman Gates (Actor)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

Dalton (Actor)

Superstars and Their Moms 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Performer

Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

The 30th Annual Grammy Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The 60th Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The American Music Awards 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Performer

The Barbara Walters Special (05/11/88) 1987 - 1988 (TV Show)

Actor

Tiger Warsaw 1988 (Movie)

Chuck "Tiger" Warsaw (Actor)

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

Johnny Castle (Actor)

Steel Dawn 1987 (Movie)

Nomad (Actor)

Texas 150: A Celebration Special 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Youngblood 1986 (Movie)

Derek Sutton (Actor)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

Ernie "Slam" Webster (Actor)

Off Sides 1983 - 1984 (TV Show)

Actor

Red Dawn 1984 (Movie)

Jed Eckert (Actor)

M*A*S*H 1972 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

The Outsiders 1983 (Movie)

Darrel Curtis (Actor)

The Renegades 1982 - 1983 (TV Show)

Actor

Uncommon Valor 1983 (Movie)

Scott (Actor)

Skatetown, USA 1979 (Movie)

Ace (Actor)

Christmas in Wonderland (TV Show)

Actor

Free Money (TV Show)

Actor

King Solomon's Mines (Movie)

Allan Quatermain (Actor)

Letters From A Killer (TV Show)

Actor

North and South (TV Show)

Actor

North and South: Book II (TV Show)

Actor

Off Sides (Movie)

(Actor)

Return of the Rebels (TV Show)

Actor

The Comeback Kid (TV Show)

Actor

The Renegades (TV Show)

Actor
Music (6)

(500) Days of Summer 2009 (Movie)

"She's Like The Wind" (Song)

(500) Days of Summer 2009 (Movie)

"She's Like The Wind" (Song Performer)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

("Cliff's Edge") (Song)

Road House 1989 (Movie)

("Cliff's Edge" "Raising Heaven (in Hell) Tonight") (Song Performer)

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

(Song)

Dirty Dancing 1987 (Movie)

("She's Like the Wind") (Song Performer)
Producer (1)

One Last Dance 2006 (Movie)

(Producer)
Writer (1)

One Last Dance 2006 (Movie)

(Play as Source Material)
Other (1)

Grandview, U.S.A. 1984 (Movie)

choreography (Choreographer)

Biography

Patrick Swayze was a Texas-born movie actor whose background in ballet and gymnastics ironically gave him a physique well-suited for his roles as hunky love interest or macho action film hero. His early roles as the only slightly older patriarchal figure of his onscreen teenage families in films like "The Outsiders" (1983) and "Red Dawn" (1984) helped put the heartthrob on the map and on the cover of many a Tiger Beat fan magazine in the early 1980s. But it was only a few years before the teen became a man and it was in these more adult roles that the actor made his mark. He never surpassed the popularity of his earnest, romantic blockbusters "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and "Ghost" (1990), but after suffering bouts of alcoholism and removing himself from Hollywood altogether, he seemed to regain new perspective that would raise the bar for his future acting endeavors. If nothing else, his utterance of the line - "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" - from "Dirty Dancing" guaranteed big screen immortality. But it was his battle against pancreatic cancer for almost two years that would inspire the public and galvanize the actor to bravely give his final performance on A&E's dark drama series, "The Beast." In a year unparalleled in Hollywood loss, Swayze would pass away on Sept. 14, 2009.

Relationships

Bambi Swayze

Sister

Kirstie Alley Actor

Companion
Met on the set of ABC miniseries "North and South" (1985) Alley revealed in 2012 memoir The Art of Men (I Prefer Mine al Dente) that they fell hard for each other

Lisa Niemi

Wife
Born in 1956 met while she was a dance student at his mother's ballet school played opposite Swayze in the adventure fantasy, "Steel Dawn" (1987) married from 1976 until his death in 2009

Jesse Swayze

Father
Died in 1982

Patsy Swayze

Mother
Choreographed films, "Urban Cowboy" (1980) and "Liar's Moon" (1982) also owned a ballet school

Don Swayze

Brother
Born in 1958

Sean Swayze

Brother
Born in 1962

Vicky Swayze

Sister
Committed suicide c. 1994

EDUCATION

Studied acting with Warren Robertson in New York and Milton Katselas in Los Angeles

Joffrey Ballet School

New York , New York

Harkness Ballet School

New York , New York

Waltrip High School

Houston , Texas
Played football

Milestones

2009

Played FBI Agent Charles Barker in the A&E drama, "The Beast"

2009

Co-starred as an aging rock star, opposite younger brother Don, in the film "Powder Blue" (released straight to DVD)

2006

Played Kristin Scott-Thomas' golf teacher in the British comedy "Keeping Mum"

2006

Made London stage debut in the musical "Guys and Dolls" as Nathan Detroit

2004

Had a cameo appearance as a dance instructor in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights

2004

Played a choreographer in the NBC sitcom "Whoopi"

2003

Appeared on Broadway as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Tony Award winning musical "Chicago"

2002

Co-starred in "Waking Up in Reno" with Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron

2001

Co-starred in "Without a Word" a film co-written and directed by Lisa Niemi

2001

Acted in the Vietnam-set "The Green Dragon"; screened at Sundance

1997

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August 18)

1997

Broke right leg and fractured left leg in riding accident during filming of "Letters From a Killer"

1995

With Ochs, opened second restaurant, Bobby O's City Bites

1991

Re-teamed with actor Keanu Reeves in the action hit, "Point Break"

1990

Co-starred with Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the successful romantic fantasy-thriller, "Ghost"

1990

Became co-owner (with Bobby Ochs) of Mulholland Drive Cafe; restaurant closed in 1996

1989

Starred in "Road House" as a bouncer at a seedy roadside bar

1987

Breakthrough role as dance instructor, Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing" co-starring Jennifer Grey; earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role; also sang one of the songs on the soundtrack, "She's Like the Wind"

1986

Co-starred with Rob Lowe and Keanu Reeves in the hockey-themed feature, "Youngblood"

1985

First success TV mini-series, "North and South" set during the Civil War

1984

Played first feature lead in the war drama, "Red Dawn"; first film with Jennifer Grey

1983

TV series debut, "Renegades"

1983

Returned to features films with roles in "The Outsiders" and "Uncommon Valor"

1979

Film debut, "Skatetown USA"

1975

Broadway debut as dancer in "Goodtime Charley"

Performed with and wrote material for six bands

Performed briefly as a principal dancer with the Feld Ballet; left because of aggravated knee injury from high school football

Performed as skater at Galleria Ice Skating Pavilion in Houston

Began career as dancer, touring as Prince Charming in "Disney on Parade"

Danced as a guest artist with Buffalo Ballet Company before studying with the Harkness Ballet

Co-founded, with Lisa Niemi, Troph productions

Bonus Trivia

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Named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.

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A small plane which Swayze was piloting was involved in a crash outside Phoenix on June 1, 2000. The actor, who was not injured, reportedly attempted an emergency landing and sheared off the right wing of the plane after colliding with a light pole.

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Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in late January 2008 and was undergoing chemotherapy and other treatments at the Stanford University Medical Center. A Reuters article (March 5, 2008) reported that Swayze's physician Dr. George Fisher said, "Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far."

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In early May 2008, it was widely reported in a number of tabloids that Swayze had undergone surgery to remove part of his stomach after the spread of the cancer.

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In an interview with Barbara Walters (aired in January 2009), Swayze admitted that he had a "tiny little mass" in his liver.

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On Jan. 9, 2009, Swayze was hospitalized with pneumonia. The pneumonia was said to be a complication of chemotherapy treatments.

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On April 19, 2009, doctors informed Swayze that the cancer had again metastasized to his liver.

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