Patrick Swayze: 1952 – 2009


It’s a sad day in Hollywood as one of the most popular actors from the 1980’s and early 1990’s has lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. Patrick Swayze was 57.

The star of Roadhouse, Red Dawn, Point Break and Youngblood made a career of playing a tough hero, but had major breakthrough roles and earned the love of every woman alive in both Dirty Dancing and Ghost.

News broke back in March of 2008 that Swayze had contracted the disease.  He even kept working through it by starring in the A&E drama, The Beast.

He passed away peacefully with his family by his side.

For me, my favourite Patrick Swayze moments were his performance of She’s Like the Wind in Dirty Dancing, and the always hilarious Chippendales dance sketch with Chris Farley on Saturday Night Live.

What are your favourite or memorable Patrick Swayze moments or performances?

  • Ian

    Roadhouse and Point Break are both movies that would have been considerably less were it not for P.S. He was also good in Red Dawn.

  • Marc

    Sad news indeed. At least he left behind a fair amount of films that can be enjoyed by future generations.

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  • oh man, i was gonna say roadhouse, but i forgot the chippendales thing … that is classic …

  • Ray


    I do love the dance final dance scene in dirty dancing, Point Break is great and I loved him in Donnie Darko

  • Nemesis

    The father figure character Darrel in the Outsiders.

    Great Guy.


  • Henrik

    I loved in Roadhouse when the guy drove the monster truck over the cars!

  • theDia

    Strangely enough I just rewatched GHOST on Sunday. Why? I still don´t know – the DVD just lay around and called or me.

    And even more strange is that this time finally the movie got me and I broke in tears when Swayze went into the light.

    Sure, he wasn´t the greatest actor of all time, but he surely had something special around him. My thoughts are with those who are left behind.

    I gonna miss him.

  • doug nagy

    Road House and Black Dog.

    Swayze, you left us too soon.

  • Hanoi_Xan

    Sad day… Road House and Red Dawn are my favorites. Black Dog and Steel Dawn are entertaining movies also. Is Next of Kin good? Never saw that one.

  • man, they played some of the footage from his Barbara Walters interview last night on CNN – very profound dude, really honest about the conflicting emotions during your last days.

  • Bob The Slob

    how can Dalton die? it just ain’t right. Gonna miss him.

  • marcel

    for me its his role as Orry Main…my fav mini-series of all time

  • Greg

    When I briefly worked at a country radio station, I used the on-air name of ‘Chip Swayze’, in honour of him.

  • Chris

    I forgot he was Darrel in Outsiders! He was great in that, too.

  • Glendon

    Swayze singing Henry the 8th I Am in Ghost.

  • Kasper

    Swayze were awesome in Roadhouse. His death really puts a downer on things having cancer myself. May his fighting spirit through all of this be an inspiration to us all. R.I.P.

  • Fatbologna

    I JUST watched Road House for the first time this past weekend and it was fuckin’ ACES! HE WAS RIPPIN’ DUDE’S THROATS OUT WAAAAY BEFORE JOHN RAMBO!

    He really seemed like a rare breed in Hollywood. He was always gracious and honest in interviews and seemed to treat all with equal respect. The fact that he’s also one of the few men in the biz to stick with the same woman his entire career is another testament to his character.

    Pretty cool dude all around.

    He’ll surely be missed.


  • Erin

    He is definitely going to be missed. Not only for his movies and his dancing, but for the courageous fight against cancer. My great aunt just died of Pancreatic cancer, and her sister died of it several years ago. It is such a painful thing to watch, knowing that they are suffering and even with the care of a nurse, it is just knowing that their days are numbered that makes it so hard. Prayers go out to his family.

  • JoeCock

    Killing that poor guy in roadhouse by ripping out his throught :D

  • Lynne

    I think Patrick Swayze will always be remembered for his kindness and openess about his life. I think he was a gentle soul who will live on through his wonderful movies and the song he sang,(my favorite) She’s like the wind. He will be missed and remembered always. My heart felt Sympathy to his family and especially to his lovely wife Lisa. May he rest in peace now and always.

  • Mee

    when everyone else asks if i preffered john travol;ta in grease or patrick swayze in dirty dancing, the answer is ALWAYS patrick swayze, “nobody puts baby in the corner”!
    He was a total ledgend and i continue to love him <3