American actor Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Texas. His mother was a choreographer and his father was an engineering draftsman. Patrick Swayze appeared in various stage productions like ‘Disney on Parade’ and ‘Grease’ and made his big screen debut in 1979, with the movie ‘Skatetown U.S.A.’. In the movie, the actor impressed everyone with his performance and screen presence.
Patrick Swayze’s Broadway debut was as Danny Zuko in the stage version of Grease. This was followed by his film debut as Ace in the film Skatetown U.S.A. in 1979. He then appeared in a number of successful films such as The Outsiders (1983), Red Dawn (1984), and Youngblood (1986).
1987 became a landmark year for Patrick Swayze when ‘Dirty Dancing’ was released. The movie was a huge commercial success. It grossed $170 million worldwide and became one of the highest grossing films of the year. He was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for his role. Patrick Swayze starred another international hit when he starred in Ghost alongside Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. The next year, he joined up with his co-star in Youngblood, Keanu Reeves in Point Break, a big-budget action film.
On September 14th 2009 Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer. He is survived by his wife of more than thirty years, Lisa Niemi.