WEIRDLAND: R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

Monday, September 14, 2009

R.I.P. Patrick Swayze

Jake Gyllenhaal, with his co-stars Patrick Swayze, Drew Barrymore and Daveigh Chase at the premiere of "Donnie Darko" in Hollywood, on 22nd October, 2001.

One of the best scenes in Donnie Darko: Jim Cunningham Scene (Patrick Swayze and Jake Gyllenhaal discuss about personal empowerment).

"Patrick Swayze has died after a brave battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57 years old.

The actor was born in Houston, Texas on August 18, 1952 -- son of choreographer/dancer Patricia "Patsy" Yvonne Helen and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman. Swayze began dancing at a very young age, but didn't make his acting debut until 1979 in his role as Ace in "Skatetown, U.S.A."
His big break came in 1987 when he played dance instructor Johnny Castle opposite co-star Jennifer Grey in "Dirty Dancing". The low-budget film became a surprise hit and catapulted Swayze to international fame. Patrick snagged a Golden Globe nod for his role in the movie, and displayed his singing chops on the soundtrack by crooning "She's Like the Wind", which he also co-wrote. Swayze achieved box office success again -- along with another Golden Globe nod -- in 1990's "Ghost", co-starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.
Patrick also starred in the cult classic "Point Break" in 1991 -- the same year he was named People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive."Swayze met his wife Lisa Niemi in 1970 -- when the actor was only 18 and she began taking dance lessons from Swayze's mother. They fell in love and married in 1975 --- and were inseparable.During the '80s and '90s, Swayze struggled with alcohol addiction. In 1994, he entered rehab and took a break from show business to breed horses on his ranches in California, Las Vegas and New Mexico.
The actor was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008, and began undergoing chemotherapy and other cancer treatments at Stanford University Medical Center. He was reportedly a heavy smoker.

During the summer of 2008, following treatment, Patrick defied all odds by filming "The Beast", an A&E series about a veteran FBI agent. The show premiered in 2009 on USA.

Swayze is survived by his wife of 34 years".


"Patrick Swayze, you're an Angel Warrior. You can remain with us as a GHOST. Every morning, you can bring us a RED DAWN. Without you in the world, each morning, is more like an ugly, gray STEEL DAWN. You were certainly made of steel, Pat. You had the heart of a TIGER Warsaw. You had UNCOMMON VALOR. Nobody put you in a corner. Anybody can see what a magnificent soul you are; everyone loves you, including your NEXT OF KIN, and OUTSIDERS. You are now DIRTY DANCING on the streets of Heaven, in the CITY OF JOY. Your legacy extends everywhere, including NORTH & SOUTH. You were in TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING... well I say, To Patrick Swayze, thanks for everything. We love you, Patrick, we always will. And we miss you already".
Source: Patrick Swayze Imdb Board

Demi Moore's twitter message to Patrick:

"And in the words of Sam to Molly. "It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you". I love and will miss you Patrick".


Gail said...

Thank You for the lovely pictures of Patrick. I forgot he was with Jake in Donnie Darko. I will have to watch that one again real soon. Thanks also for the pictures below of Jake. Hugs

Kendra said...

yes, Patrick played a twisted character in "Donnie Darko", Jim Cunningham, and his scene with Jake was strikingly acted.

hugs for you, Gail!

countsheep said...

R.I.P. Patrick, he was so handsome in "Dirty Dancing", and I loved "Ghost" so much!

Kendra said...

I remember I watched "Dirty dancing" at theatres when I was a teenager, good times :)

Sharon Hall said...

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rhiannonrhodes85 said...

I miss him! But he never went to rehab. I read his book and no where does it say he went to rehab. He said he drank during the aftermath of his fathers death but he said he could never get drunk.