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    Actor Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer...

    http://www.tmz.com/2009/09/14/patrick-swayze-dies/

    http://www.miamiherald.com/entertain...y/1233791.html

    'Dirty Dancing' star Patrick Swayze dies at 57

    By CHRISTY LEMIRE
    The Associated Press
    LOS ANGELES -- Patrick Swayze, the hunky actor who danced his way into viewers' hearts with "Dirty Dancing" and then broke them with "Ghost," died Monday after a battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.

    "Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were given.

    Fans of the actor were saddened to learn in March 2008 that Swayze was suffering from a particularly deadly form of cancer.

    He had kept working despite the diagnosis, putting together a memoir with his wife and shooting "The Beast," an A&E drama series for which he had already made the pilot. It drew a respectable 1.3 million viewers when the 13 episodes ran in 2009, but A&E said it had reluctantly decided not to renew it for a second season.

    Swayze said he opted not to use painkilling drugs while making "The Beast" because they would have taken the edge off his performance. He acknowledged that time might be running out given the grim nature of the disease.

    When he first went public with the illness, some reports gave him only weeks to live, but his doctor said his situation was "considerably more optimistic" than that.

    "I'd say five years is pretty wishful thinking," Swayze told ABC's Barbara Walters in early 2009. "Two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it."

    A three-time Golden Globe nominee, Swayze became a star with his performance as the misunderstood bad-boy Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing." As the son of a choreographer who began his career in musical theater, he seemed a natural to play the role.

    A coming-of-age romance starring Jennifer Grey as an idealistic young woman on vacation with her family and Swayze as the Catskills resort's sexy (and much older) dance instructor, the film made great use of both his grace on his feet and his muscular physique.

    It became an international phenomenon in the summer of 1987, spawning albums, an Oscar-winning hit song in "(I've Had) the Time of My Life," stage productions and a sequel, 2004's "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights," in which he made a cameo.

    Swayze performed and co-wrote a song on the soundtrack, the ballad "She's Like the Wind," inspired by his wife, Lisa Niemi. The film also gave him the chance to utter the now-classic line, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

    And it allowed him to poke fun at himself on a "Saturday Night Live" episode, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent - and frighteningly shirtless - Chris Farley.

    A major crowdpleaser, the film drew only mixed reviews from critics, though Vincent Canby wrote in The New York Times, "Given the limitations of his role, that of a poor but handsome sex-object abused by the rich women at Kellerman's Mountain House, Mr. Swayze is also good. ... He's at his best - as is the movie - when he's dancing."

    Swayze followed that up with the 1989 action flick "Road House," in which he played a bouncer at a rowdy bar. But it was his performance in 1990's "Ghost" that showed his vulnerable, sensitive side. He starred as a murdered man trying to communicate with his fiancee (Demi Moore) - with great frustration and longing - through a psychic played by Whoopi Goldberg.

    Swayze said at the time that he fought for the role of Sam Wheat (director Jerry Zucker wanted Kevin Kline) but once he went in for an audition and read six scenes, he got it.

    Why did he want the part so badly? "It made me cry four or five times," he said of Bruce Joel Rubin's Oscar-winning script in an AP interview.

    "Ghost" provided yet another indelible musical moment: Swayze and Moore sensually molding pottery together to the strains of the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody." It also earned a best-picture nomination and a supporting-actress Oscar for Goldberg, who said she wouldn't have won if it weren't for Swayze.

    "When I won my Academy Award, the only person I really thanked was Patrick," Goldberg said in March 2008 on the ABC daytime talk show "The View."

    Swayze himself earned three Golden Globe nominations, for "Dirty Dancing," "Ghost" and 1995's "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar," which further allowed him to toy with his masculine image. The role called for him to play a drag queen on a cross-country road trip alongside Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo.

    His heartthrob status almost kept him from being considered for the role of Vida Boheme.

    "I couldn't get seen on it because everyone viewed me as terminally heterosexually masculine-macho," he told the AP then. But he transformed himself so completely that when his screen test was sent to Steven Spielberg, whose Amblin pictures produced "To Wong Foo," Spielberg didn't recognize him.

    Among his earlier films, Swayze was part of the star-studded lineup of up-and-comers in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's novel "The Outsiders," alongside Rob Lowe, Tom Cruise, Matt Dillon, Ralph Macchio, Emilio Estevez and Diane Lane. Swayze played Darrel "Dary" Curtis, the oldest of three wayward brothers - and essentially the father figure - in a poor family in small-town Oklahoma.

    Other '80s films included "Red Dawn," "Grandview U.S.A." (for which he also provided choreography) and "Youngblood," once more with Lowe, as Canadian hockey teammates.

    In the '90s, he made such eclectic films as "Point Break" (1991), in which he played the leader of a band of bank-robbing surfers, and the family Western "Tall Tale" (1995), in which he starred as Pecos Bill. He appeared on the cover of People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991, but his career tapered off toward the end of the 1990s, when he also had stay in rehab for alcohol abuse. In 2001, he appeared in the cult favorite "Donnie Darko," and in 2003 he returned to the New York stage with "Chicago"; 2006 found him in the musical "Guys and Dolls" in London.

    Swayze was born in 1952 in Houston, the son of Jesse Swayze and choreographer Patsy Swayze, whose films include "Urban Cowboy."

    He played football but also was drawn to dance and theater, performing with the Feld, Joffrey and Harkness Ballets and appearing on Broadway as Danny Zuko in "Grease." But he turned to acting in 1978 after a series of injuries.

    Within a couple years of moving to Los Angeles, he made his debut in the roller-disco movie "Skatetown, U.S.A." The eclectic cast included Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormack and Billy Barty.

    Swayze had a couple of movies in the works when his diagnosis was announced, including the drama "Powder Blue," starring Jessica Biel, Forest Whitaker and his younger brother, Don, which was scheduled for release this year.

    Off-screen, he was an avid conservationist who was moved by his time in Africa to shine a light on "man's greed and absolute unwillingness to operate according to Mother Nature's laws," he told the AP in 2004.

    Swayze was married since 1975 to Niemi, a fellow dancer who took lessons with his mother; they met when he was 19 and she was 15. A licensed pilot, Niemi would fly her husband from Los Angeles to Northern California for treatment at Stanford University Medical Center, People magazine reported in a cover story.
    Last edited by Southflaguy; 09-15-2009, 08:15 AM.
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  • #2
    Wow.

    I only liked him in Dirty Dancing and Roadhouse.

    RIP.........
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    • #3
      ^^ Oh my!

      Rest in peace.
      This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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      • #4
        Originally posted by deputy x 2 View Post
        ^^ Oh my!

        Rest in peace.
        How is retired life?
        "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives." - Jackie Robinson


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        • #5
          He helped save the United States when the Soviets invaded, oh wait that was a movie.............
          Today's Quote:

          "The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits."
          Albert Einstein

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          • #6
            My only hope is that he was saved by the repenting of his sins and accepting the Lord Jesus Christ into his heart. If so he is in Heaven and you just can't complain about that.
            Sworn on September 22, 2010

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            • #7
              i thought he was great in ghost. RIP patrick swayze!

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              • #8
                RIP

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                • #9
                  Ya know, Chief, most days anymore I can't even read an article about yet ANOTHER officer being killed in the line of duty. It is heart-breaking, even for a sergeant 3000 miles away from where it happened. This (Patrick's death) is also heart breaking for many people who enjoyed his entertainment. I enjoyed a couple of his movies. And he was a good person as celebrities go. He will be missed.

                  So, RIP, Patrick. Thank you for being a great entertainer.
                  Last edited by FJDave; 09-14-2009, 09:49 PM. Reason: personal.
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                  Originally posted by Smurfette
                  Lord have mercy. You're about as slick as the business side of duct tape.
                  Originally posted by DAL
                  You are without doubt a void surrounded by a sphincter muscle.

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                  • #10
                    +1 Fjdave
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                    Last edited by TXLawdog77; 09-14-2009, 10:01 PM.
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                    • #11
                      Here I'll post it again

                      I believe this subject has struck in a personal way...memories of a person or how bad they suffered. With that...just let it go.

                      Thanks
                      This profession is not for people looking for positive reinforcement from the public. Very often it can be a thankless job and you can't desire accolades, because those are not usually forthcoming. Just do your job to the best of your ability and live with the decisions you've made.

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                      • #12
                        Originally posted by FJDave View Post
                        So, RIP, Patrick. Thank you for being a great entertainer.
                        X2.... He was a great entertainer.

                        Speaking for myself Mr Swayze starred in one of my all time favorite movies from my youth, that being Red Dawn. I can vividly remember some 25 years ago, being a young teenager and watching Red Dawn in my hometown movie theater. It's hard to believe that with the Cold War and all, the 80's now seem like a simpler time.




                        RIP and godspeed...
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                        • #13
                          OOOOOOOOOOOOOooooo.. I love Red Dawn........they are making a remake of it...... such a good movie
                          Last edited by TXLawdog77; 09-14-2009, 10:03 PM.
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                          Fairfield Police Dept California
                          my father, my hero, greatest cop who ever lived


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                          • #14
                            I'm not much of a movie person, but I remember watching Ghost w/ my mom when I was young, Ghost is one of her favorite movies...He did a great job in that movie, so did Whoopie...

                            I love the subway scence, when he was trying to touch the soda can...


                            RIP Patrick...
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                            • #15
                              At first I hated that movie...due to my older sister making me watch it over and over and over....

                              I begged my mother not to leave the house.....I hid my dads car keys.....but no...they left ....and I was forced to endure......

                              but now i kinda like it..
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                              Fairfield Police Dept California
                              my father, my hero, greatest cop who ever lived


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