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Patrick Swayze
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Swayze in 1990
Born
Patrick Wayne Swayze

(1952-08-18)August 18, 1952
Houston, Texas, U.S.
Died September 14, 2009(2009-09-14) (aged 57)
Los Angeles, California, U.S.
Resting place Ashes scattered on his New Mexico ranch
Nationality American
Alma mater San Jacinto College
Occupation
  • Actor
  • dancer
  • singer-songwriter
Years active 1979–2009
Known for Red Dawn
Dirty Dancing
Road House
Ghost
Point Break
Spouse(s)
Lisa Niemi (m. 1975)
Parent(s) Patsy Swayze
Relatives Don Swayze (brother)

Patrick Wayne Swayze (/ˈswzi/; August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, singer, and songwriter. Gaining fame with appearances in films during the 1980s, he became popular for playing tough guys and romantic lead males, giving him a wide fan base with female audiences and a status as a teen idol. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in 1991.

During his career, Swayze received three Golden Globe Award nominations, for Dirty Dancing (1987), Ghost (1990), and To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995). His other films included The Outsiders (1983), Road House (1989), and Point Break (1991). He wrote and recorded the popular song "She's Like the Wind", and was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009.

Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 and died in Los Angeles, California at the age of 57.

He was married to Lisa Niemi from 1975 and until his death. The couple owned a horse ranch in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Swayze did not have children.


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