Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18th, 1952 in Houston Texas. He grew up around dancing and choreography since his mother Patsy Swayze owned her very own dance school, where Patrick attended. So not only did music and dancing run through his family, but he also started practicing at a very early age. And practice makes perfect would be an understatement for how beautifully Patrick danced through his life and through his movies. As he gained dancing experience through his mom’s dancing school, he also gained love. When he was fifteen he met his future wife, Lisa Niemi whom he married on June 12th, 1975. After he left his mothers dance class, he went to Harkness Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School.
He moved on to starring in Broadway originals such as playing a stint of Danny Zuko on Grease, and Prince Charming on “Disney on Parade.” Then around eight years later he made his film debut and first Golden Globe nominated performance in Dirty Dancing, where he starred next to Jennifer Grey as her dance instructor. Between their dancing and chemistry, it became one of the movies that we now all know and love as it’s evolved into a true classic. This movie is also where his famous line, “Nobody puts baby in a corner” came from. And after he spoke that line, the two get on stage and perform their dance to “I’ve had the time of my life.”
As everybody started to think that there was no way that Patrick could top that movie, three years later the box office hit Ghost came out, where Patrick and Demi Moore’s love heated up more fans. He received his second Golden Globe nomination for his portrayal of Sam Wheat in this movie, who got murdered and comes back as a ghost to be with his clay pot making wife, and then to finally leave at the end thanks to Whoopi Goldberg. An all star cast, and a magnificent performance from Patrick made this movie another great classic.
Though none of his performances since then have ever topped those two famous roles, he moved on to doing movies such as Point Break with Keanu Reeves, where he played a surfing bad ass. And starring as a host on Saturday Night Live where his infamous and brilliant skit next to Chris Farley as a Chip and Dales dancer, brought great laughs to Swayze fans and even non Swayze fans around the world. He also made a cameo in the 2004 movie Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights as a dance instructor.
As his performances and reviews started to go a little down hill, his love with his wife still grew stronger than ever. The love they shared moved people from all over who wanted to find a love like his. Everybody envied that not only did he have some of the greatest love performances on the screen, but one of the greatest love stories off screen. Their common interest of dancing was a strong bond that they could always look back and still do together as they stood and danced with each other through the good times and the bad times.
Then in January 2008, he was diagnosed with the fatal disease of pancreatic cancer. Fans around the world couldn’t believe what could be happening to such a great man and they grew devastated. He kept pushing forward and wouldn’t let the cancer stop him from doing what he loved. He came out with the television show, The Beast where he portrayed Charles Barker, and made speeches, even writing letters to congress about the disease that he was suffering with.
At the beginning of 2009, he was hospitalized with pneumonia but everybody was relieved to know that he pulled through. Unfortunately on September 14th, 2009, he passed away in Los Angelas, California from the cancer. His wife Lisa and him were able to publish their memoirs in a book before he passed, and titled the book, The Time of My Life. His movies will live through generations and he’ll always be remembered.