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PATRICK SWAYZE'S "GHOST" IMAGE WILL ALWAYS HAUNT US!
The Paranormal Community Mourn The Death Of Patrick Swayze
The motion picture Ghost has a very special meaning for us. It was released about the same time as our book Hollywood and the Supernatural (1990, St. Martins Press), and it seemed in every interview we gave that Ghost would be mentioned and we would be questioned regarding what we thought of its presentation. During our appearance on Entertainment Tonight, they played the clip in which Demi first senses the presence of Patrick's spirit and a single tear moves over her cheek. Then, of course, the theme Unchained Melody would be overlayed--and everyone would shed a tear along with Demi. Each time, we were asked about the authenticity of the film, we gave it two thumbs-up.
What Brad especially liked about Patrick was his ability to play macho action films and sensitive love stories with equal credibility. Brad must confess that Road House is one of his guilty pleasures, and he has enjoyed it more each time through many viewings.
Sherry admired him for his diverse acting abilities and for his courageous fight against cancer. Even though he was undergoing chemotherapy, he showed up on call each day for his final television series, The Beast.
Patrick Swayze was truly a very remarkable person and a gifted actor. He will be greatly missed. Our sincere condolences to his family.
Patrick Swayze star on the Hollywood walk of fame.
The image of Actor Patrick Swayze in his role in the film "Ghost" Nominated – Golden Globe Award for Best Actor – Motion Picture Musical or Comedy Nominated – Saturn Award for Best Actor, will always haunt us
Sadly he has died after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze born August 18, 1952 – died September 14, 2009, he was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his roles as romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries. He was listed by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991. He is the brother of Donald Carl "Don" Swayze (born August 10, 1958) wo is an American actor also. He is a younger brother.
With news of Patrick Swayze's death Monday night after a battle with pancreatic cancer, thousands of fans of the actor shared their sadness and memories on Twitter, making the actor the most popular topic on the social networking site.
And the late actor's colleagues contributed to the mourning, with a diverse group that included "The Shield" actor Michael Chiklis, talk show host Wendy Williams, singer Ricky Martin and rapper Ludacris sharing thoughts and memories of their own alongside fans.
Perhaps the most personal of the celebrity tweets came from Demi Moore, who starred with Swayze in 1990's "Ghost." Late Monday night, Moore wrote, "Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives."
Moore followed with a quote from the movie, writing: "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."
The movie “Ghost” did help our research in this field as it gave us a few clues as to intelligence after death. Patrick portrayed this role very well and made many believers! Before this film, the whole Ghost/spirit aspect was completely taboo and no one discussed their personal feelings or incidents. Due to the film “Ghost” and Patrick Swayze, the American public grew curious about life after death and wanted to learn more. This film was like no other as it was realistic in nature and not “Hollywoodized” like all of these other films out there. For this reason it is a true classic and will always remain as such. The Haunted Voices Radio Network would like to extend our condolences to the Swayze family as well as comment Patrick himself for being so very brave and fighting until the end. He will be sadly missed and never forgotten.
Patrick Swayze brought to the screen that a real man can be good at ballet. One of his best pictures, "Ghost," showed how the spirits can communicate with the living. It took a lot of poetic license in the portrayal yet it was natural. I have used the movie to illustrate the real spiritual communication that take place with the spirits and the living in my career, even though it is over the top. I know the love for his family will keep him with them and our love will keep him with us in our hearts.
ABC to Air Final Patrick Swayze Interview in One Hour Special -
Barbara Walters appeared on "Nightline" tonight with portions of her January interview with Patrick Swayze -- what turned out to be his last TV interview. At the end of her report, Cynthia McFadden announced the interview will air as a one-hour special. The Barbara Walters Special "Last Dance". Swayze died today at his California ranch after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer.
I remember the first time I saw the movie "Ghost". It was one of those movies that sticks with you and you never forget those special scenes between Sam & Molly. My favorite scene was the clay pot throwing that turned into a grand love scene.. Yes, I am a sucker for the romance. The movie was especially interesting for me since I had just started studying ghosts. It made me want to try harder to make contact with the dead, just like Oda Mae Brown did, I finally did... many times over. Patrick Swayze you will be very missed and I hope to talk to you in a seance someday... "Ditto" to you in the afterlife.
Patrick swayze dancing with his wife, Lisa Nieme to the song All The Man That I Need as a salute to multiple award winner Whitney Houston.
Celebrities and fans inspired by Swayze's struggle poured out their condolences, including C. Thomas Howell, who costarred with Swayze in "The Outsiders," "Grandview U.S.A." and "Red Dawn."
"I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick," he said. "While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day."
Others used Twitter to express their sadness, and "Dirty Dancing" was a top trending topic Monday night, trailed by other Swayze films.
Demi Moore, who played Swayze's fiancee in "Ghost," wrote: "Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives." Moore's husband, Ashton Kutcher, tweeted: "RIP P Swayze" and linked to a YouTube clip of the actor poking fun at himself in a classic "Saturday Night Live" sketch, in which he played a wannabe Chippendales dancer alongside the corpulent — and frighteningly shirtless — Chris Farley.
Larry King wrote: "Patrick Swayze was a wonderful actor & a terrific guy. He put his heart in everything. He was an extraordinary fighter in his battle w Cancer." King added that he'd do a tribute to Swayze on his CNN program Tuesday night.
One of my first introductions into the paranormal was with watching the movie "Ghost". I was a small child when the movie came out. I remember my mother telling me to close my eyes through parts she considered too scary. Specifically, I remember peaking during the scene where the man was taken down to hell by the demons! It gave me nightmares for years! This movie began my interest with what happens after death....and also reinforced why I needed to go to church HAHA!
Patrick Swayze's character "Sam" will always be considered one of the greatest movie ghosts ever imagined. The way he learned to manipulate objects and interact in the living world has crafted and molded and entire generation's view on real life paranormal experiences. Mr. Swayze was extremely talented and will be missed.
In a career spanning more than thirty years, Patrick Swayze has made a name for himself on the stage, the screen, and television. Known for his versatility, passion and fearlessness, he's become one of our most beloved actors.
But in February 2008, Patrick announced he had been diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. Always a fighter, he refused to let the disease bring him to his knees, and his bravery has inspired both his legion of fans and cancer patients everywhere. Yet this memoir, written with wisdom and heart, recounts much more than his bout with cancer. In vivid detail, Patrick describes his Texas upbringing, his personal struggles, his rise to fame with North and South, his commercial breakthroughs in Dirty Dancing and Ghost, and the soul mate who's stood by his side through it all: his wife, writer and director Lisa Niemi.
A behind-the-scenes look at a Hollywood life and a remarkable love, this memoir is both entertainment and inspiration. Patrick and Lisa's marriage is a journey of two lives intertwined and lived as one--throughout their years in Hollywood and at home on their working ranch outside Los Angeles, and culminating in the hope and wisdom they've imparted to all who know them. This book will open the door for families, individuals, and husbands and wives to grow, bond and discover entirely new levels of love and sharing, proving that life shouldn't be lived as a series of endings, but rather as the beginning of greater strength and love.
A tribute to Patrick Swayze Compiled By Lisa Lee Harp Waugh
Patrick Swayze, the vey loved Texan actor who starred in two of the biggest romantic hits of the 1980s, 'Ghost' and 'Dirty Dancing,' died Monday after a spirited 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 by his publicist, Annett Wolf. No other details were provided.
With his passing many hearts as does mmany in this world today mourn his death. But his life's legacy will live on, as his many films and portrayal will surely haunt us, as his performance in The film Ghost and Dirty Dancing. Swayze brought a new paranormal understanding to many of those that hunt ghost today by his port rail of Sam Wheat that will never be forgotten. And least we never forget the movie when the whole world fell in love with his dear soul in Dirty Dancing.
Many in the pursuit of paranormal understanding of real ghost in their studies will often refer to this wonderful movie and how it is seen from the prospective of what it must be like to be a ghost. From the realization of death to the learning and understandings that you are dead. The story then takes us to the point where we see that ghost need to learn to adapt as well as focus their thoughts and energies to effect the living. But as by watching this movie many would be ghost hunters tend to believe that real ghosts all fit this mold.
It is such a sad day. Patrick will be dearly missed by all in the paranormal world, in the private sector, and by his family and close friends. Texas has lost one of its most famous sons, and we weep. To Patricks family, I send my heart felt sympathy, and be assured, is in no more pain. God Bless You All.
... Tamilia Jackson
I can't say that "Ghost" influenced anything for me. I did like Patrick Swayze, GOD Bless him and his family.
The scene where the "Subway Ghost" (Vincent Schiavelli) teaches Sam to move objects with his " newly attained ghost powers" was filmed in an abandoned lower platform at the 42nd Street A station in New York. This scene is the key to what and how many who study the paranormal believe that ghosts learn to haunt the living by training with other ghost. According to a recent book I just read , President Bush claims to have seen ghosts emerge from the Lincoln Bedroom in the White House. President Reagan reputedly once told the story that his dog was scared and refused to enter the Lincoln Bedroom, suggesting that Lincoln's ghost was still residing there. Vladimir Putin allegedly said that some of his Russian astronauts saw ghosts in outer space. How do we explain reports like these? The Key Words is what the great Patrick Swayze, Demi Moore and Whoppi Goldberg brought to a whole new understanding to what contact with a supposed real ghost really is.
BY Elliot Olshansky Demi Moore, left, posted a tribute to 'Ghost' co-star Patrick Swayze after the actor died Monday night following a battle with ...
The pottery wheel scene is extremely well-known and often parodied (e.g. by Saturday Night Live, Family Guy, etc.).
Ghost was a great movie, a love story mixed with tragedy, hopelessness mixed with undying hope, and the struggle we all have with losing a loved one and their ability to cope with not being able to be with us anymore either. The movie touched my heart in a way that is unexplainable, as I'm sure it had done for other psychic mediums also.
Patrick Swayze, as a man, was a great guy, with a loving and kind heart. He loved his family unconditionally and they loved him. He was such a joy and a gentleman, quiet and reserved. He was also loyal to his friends and his wife. An all around good man.
We should all strive to be like Patrick was in life. Successful, spiritual, and compassionate.
He will be missed.
My wife loved the movie "Ghost." Personally, while somewhat entertaining, it was never a favorite of mine. I was more into the "Red Dawn" type of movie Patrick Swayze did back in the early 1980's. The movie (Ghost) itself never really had an effect on my belief in the paranormal. By that time I pretty well accepted the concept of ghosts in general, and liFe after death when it comes to religion could be considered a belief in ghosts I suppose.
I think he was a person who loved life, because most people who end up with cancer merely give up and fade away. In that regards, he was a person to be admired.
... Bobby Zoeller
To Mr. Swayze's Family, we here at Hauntsofowensboro are deeply sadden by the lost of this wonderful person. You will be in our prayers, he will be missed.
Patrick Swayze plays a ghost who teams with a psychic (Whoopi Goldberg) to uncover the truth behind his murder - and to rescue his sweetheart (Demi Moore) from a similar fate. "The word of mouth is that Ghost is a must-see romance," says Entertainment Weekly. Ditto to that!
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Demi Moore and Patrick Swayze are the passionate lovers whose romance is undone when the latter is murdered during a bungled hit arranged by a rival. The clever concept by screenwriter Bruce Joel Rubin (director of My Life) extends outward into comedy (Swayze's character communicates through a sassy medium played by Whoopi Goldberg, who won an Oscar for this role), horror (the afterlife is populated by hell-bound demons and the like), and romantic complications (a handsome suitor, played by Tony Goldwyn, comes on to Moore while Swayze's spirit is still hanging around). Directed by Jerry Zucker, previously best known for codirecting Airplane! and similar broad comedies, Ghost is a careful balancing act of strong commercial elements, but at heart it is a timeless Hollywood tearjerker that easily gets under one's skin. --Tom Keogh
Sam Wheat (Patrick Swayze) and Molly Jensen (Demi Moore) are a happy and loving couple living in New York City. The only problem in their relationship is Sam's apparent discomfort with saying "I love you" to his girlfriend, only responding to her saying it with "ditto." This bothers Molly, who feels she needs to hear him say "I love you" in return.
One night, while walking back to their new apartment after going to the theatre, they encounter a thief named Willy Lopez (Rick Aviles). He pulls a gun and Sam is shot. Sam chases Willy, but loses him; when he returns to Molly, he sees her cradling his own corpse, and realizes that he is now a ghost, trapped between worlds. Lights descend to take him away, but he flees.
Sam realizes that the robbery was planned when Willy sneaks into the house and rifles through his belongings. Sam follows Willy home and learns that his close friend and co-worker, Carl Bruner (Tony Goldwyn), hired Willy to rob Sam in order to obtain his office computer password. Carl had been using Sam's computer to facilitate a money laundering scheme and needs the new password to regain access after the password was changed. Sam lashes out in frustration at his supposed best friend, but realizes that, as a ghost, he can do little.
Sam knows that Molly is in danger but he is unable to communicate with her in his spiritual form. However, he encounters Oda Mae Brown (Whoopi Goldberg), a con artist posing as a medium who ironically discovers (through hearing Sam say that her business is a "crock of shit") that she really does have her family's power to hear ghosts, though she cannot see them. Realizing she is his only hope of communicating with Molly, Sam endlessly pesters Oda Mae until she eventually gives in and agrees to help him.
Oda Mae reluctantly calls Molly and tells her she is communicating with Sam, but Molly is understandably skeptical. Molly is convinced only when Oda Mae tells her several private things that only Sam could know, most importantly Sam's use of the word "ditto."
Meanwhile, Sam sets off in search of a disturbed poltergeist (Vincent Schiavelli) whom he encountered during his first night as a ghost in the subway, who is able to move and touch objects by focusing and summoning all his emotions on his intended target. Sam seeks to learn and the ghost is willing to teach, but before he can learn anymore the ghost snaps and disappears into the subway.
During his journeys Sam also learns that, thanks to him, Oda Mae is now being plagued by ghosts coming from as far away as New Jersey to speak to their living relatives. One briefly possesses her, but it is seen that this greatly saps a ghost's energy. He promises that she will no longer be bothered if she helps him.
Meanwhile, Molly visits the police, having become quite skeptical of Oda Mae's claims. The desk sergeant assures her that she's right to be suspicious, as there's no file on any 'Willy Lopez'—but there is an amazingly large file on Oda Mae Brown, who is well-known to local police as a huckster and small-time fraud.
Sam and Oda Mae move to thwart Carl's plan. Sam has finally discovered the extent of Carl's fraud and finds that $4 million has been placed in fraudulent accounts under the name of "Rita Miller." Sam sends Oda Mae to the bank to withdraw the money from the accounts, and convinces her (grudgingly) to give the large cheque to two nuns collecting for charity. Carl panics when he realizes the account has been closed, and is tormented by Sam, who, invisible, behaves like a poltergeist and types the word "MURDERER" on his computer. He then reveals himself to Carl, who ransacks the office in his terror and runs to Molly with Sam in hot pursuit.
When Carl gets to Molly's apartment he asks her about Oda Mae, unaware that Molly has already gone to the police with her concerns and that she had seen Oda Mae at the bank earlier that day. Molly tells Carl that Oda Mae's claims about Sam are a scam and that Oda Mae's name was really Rita Miller. Carl suddenly realizes what's happened and panics. At the same time, he realizes Sam's ghost is present and tells him he will be back to kill Molly if he doesn't get the money back.
Armed with that information Sam runs off to warn Oda Mae, but Carl and Willy arrive shortly thereafter. Oda Mae and her sisters escape as Sam terrorizes Willy, prompting Willy to run out into the street screaming and then get hit by a truck, killing him. However, much like had happened earlier when he shot and killed Sam, Willy doesn't realize he's dead until he sees his own corpse lying in the street. Shortly after the realization the shadows surrounding his body take the form of screeching demons who come to life and drag Willy into the darkness, where he vanishes.
Sam and Oda Mae head back to Molly, who refuses to believe Oda Mae and threatens to call the police. Sam is only able to convince Molly after using the knowledge the subway ghost gave to him to push a penny up the wall. Sam then uses Oda Mae's body to share a passionate moment with Molly, but an outraged Carl storms in and threatens to kill Molly and Oda Mae if he does not get his money. Sam is forcefully ejected from Oda Mae's body and tries to stop Carl, but, as seen before, the possession has left him drained.
Molly and Oda Mae escape to a loft above the apartment, with Carl in pursuit. He tries desperately to catch up with the women and finally gets to Oda Mae, pulling out a gun, which looked like the gun used by Willy. Molly comes to Oda Mae's defense, but Carl overpowers her and he takes her hostage instead, calling out Sam to challenge him. Sam's energy is restored and he forces Carl to throw the gun away, enabling Molly to escape unharmed. Fighting in vain to stop Sam's attacks, Carl foolishly swings a hanging hook at him and scampers toward an open window to escape. The hook completely misses Sam and swings back, shattering the window into a jagged mass of glass shards. The remains of the window then come crashing down and impale Carl in the stomach, instantly killing him. Sam expresses regret as the demons take Carl's terrified spirit away.
Sam returns to Oda Mae and Molly, checking to see if they are alright. Slowly, something begins to happen as Molly can now hear Sam to his surprise. Immediately after, Sam begins to be enveloped in bright light, which makes him visible to both Oda Mae and Molly. After sharing a kiss with Molly and saying a final goodbye to Oda Mae, he tells Molly he loves her, to which she responds "Ditto." Sam slowly walks off into the bright light, saying "It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you. See ya."
Dirty Dancing, which was made for a modest budget and almost scrapped by its studio, became a massive box-office hit, earning Golden Globe nominations for both of its stars and spawning the Oscar-winning hit single (I've Had) The Time of My Life. The film reaped $64m (£39m) at the US box office and $214m worldwide.
Swayze co-wrote and performed the song She's Like the Wind for the movie's soundtrack, which went to No 3 in the music charts. The film remained widely popular more than two decades later and recently spawned a stage musical version.
"The believabilty of the film GHOST did in fact shape the human characteristics of our tour's storytelling esthetic. Too many films, and ghost stories for that matter, treat the ghost subject as abstract, removed and having nothing to do with nothing except being to some poor person's malevolent detriment. GHOST made art of not only how people truly relate to a loved one's death, but the film became an important mirror on how a person in spiritual transition may truly relate to their new state of being. Not unlike the prior state of earthly life, its imperfect in it's frustration, humor, tenderness, warmth and more. Its about coming to terms with the various terms and conditions of mortality on both sides of the equation. Ultimately these kinds of understandings and considerations became part and parcel to our company's storytelling tones and attitudes."
GHOST The Musical is an upcoming musical with book & lyrics by Bruce Joel Rubin and music by Dave Stewart and Glen Ballard. It will be directed by tony award winning director Matthew Warchus. It is based on the hit 1990 romantic drama film of the same name. It will open in the West End in 2010.
GHOST is a timeless fantasy about the power of love. Walking back to their apartment one night, Sam and Molly are mugged, leaving Sam murdered on a dark street. Sam is trapped as a ghost between this world and the next and unable to leave Molly who he learns is in grave danger. With the help of a phony storefront psychic, Oda Mae Brown, Sam tries to communicate with Molly in the hope of saving and protecting her.
AKA: Patrick Wayne Swayze;
Birth Name: Patrick Wayne Swayze
Birth place: Houston, Texas, USA
Profession: actor, songwriter, professional skater, carpenter, singer, dancer, restaurateur
A poem for those who truly grieve the Passing of Patrick Swayze.
When I am dead, my dearest,
Sing no sad songs for me:
Plant thou no roses at my head,
Nor shady cypress tree:
Just be the green grass above me
With flowers and showers and dewdrops wet;
And if thou wilt, remember,
And if thou wilt, forget.
I shall not see the shadows,
I shall not feel the rain;
I shall not hear the nightingale
Sing on, as if in pain;
And whilst dreaming through out the twilight
That doth not rise nor set,
Haply I may remember,
And haply may forget.
My favorite variation of a poem by Christina Rossetti
For Patrick from me. A few words, a remembrance and a tear for the feelings of the man so loved that we have lost.
Yes my own tear mingles with those of thousands.
With all the heaviness and broken hearts that feels this tragic great loss.
Patrick Swayze for you I do "Believe" you were always Real!
Patrick Swayze was a Texas-born Hollywood movie actor whose background in ballet and gymnastics ironically gave him a physique well-suited for his roles as hunky love interest or macho action film hero. He never surpassed the popularity of his earnest, romantic blockbusters "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and "Ghost" (1990), but after suffering bouts of alcoholism, and removing himself from Hollywood altogether, he seemed to regain new perspective that would raise the bar for his acting future. And if nothing else, his utterance of the line, "Nobody puts Baby in the corner," from "Dirty Dancing," virtually guaranteed big screen immortality.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on Aug. 18, 1952, in Houston, TX. His father, Jesse Wayne, had been a champion rodeo cowboy and Mom, "Patsy" Yvonne Swayze, was a dancer and choreographer who owned the Houston Jazz and Ballet Company. His parents were not the only performers in the family - Swayze was also a distant relation of actors William Holden and Tom Hulce. Swayze began dance training with his hard-driving mother at an early age, focusing on a ballet career even before thoughts of acting. But high school was tough for a teenage boy in a leotard, so for several years, Swayze also developed his sporting side, participating in gymnastics, swimming and football at Waltrip High School in Houston. Consequently, the physical overachiever was offered scholarships for both dance and athletics, opting for the gymnastics program at San Jacinto College in Houston. To add to his impressive skills roster, he had also become an accomplished figure skater. Two years later, he got his first break into show business when he was offered a role as Prince Charming in the "Disney on Parade" touring ice show.
In 1972, Swayze decided to re-focus on his original love of ballet, so he headed for the bright lights and abundant career opportunities of New York City. He got right to work, studying at the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet Companies and getting hired as the principal dancer at the Eliot Feld Ballet Company. Several years into his New York run, his hometown girlfriend, Lisa Niemi, a fellow dancer whom he had met at his mother's studio, joined him in New York. The two were married not long after. When a high school football knee injury reappeared and cut his career with Feld short, Swayze made a lateral move to theater. His rugged looks, winning smile, and studied movements helped him land roles on Broadway's "Goodtime Charley," "West Side Story" and "Grease."
Swayze's high-profile turn as Danny Zuko onstage in "Grease" suddenly brought Hollywood knocking, and he and Lisa answered by packing up and moving West. He began landing parts, appearing as a bad boy on wheels in the big screen roller-skating flop, "Skatetown USA" (1979) and as a leukemia patient on an episode of "M*A*S*H" (CBS, 1972-1983). Swayze's big film breakout came in 1983 when he was cast as eldest greaser Darrel Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola's period teen melodrama, "The Outsiders" - a movie which also launched the careers of Rob Lowe, Emilio Estevez and Tom Cruise. Hollywood quickly saw Swayze's leading man potential, giving him the starring role as a young Confederate soldier in the miniseries, "North and South" (ABC, 1985) and as one of the local militants fighting the Russians in the laughable teens vs. Communists action flick, "Red Dawn" (1984).
Everything changed in 1987 when he became an overnight sensation with his starring role in "Dirty Dancing" opposite Jennifer Grey. It may have been the part he had been preparing for his whole life - rakish dance teacher Johnny Castle, who enjoyed tight pants, Cuban heels, and had an eye for the young ladies. He earned a Golden Globe nomination for the film, and also contributed an original song - "She's Like the Wind" - to the soundtrack. The song hit #3 on the pop charts and the film soundtrack became one of the top-selling soundtracks in history. Also immortalized: "Nobody puts Baby in the corner," uttered by Swayze to Jennifer Grey's father, Jerry Orbach, during the film's dance-off finale, which in subsequent years, became one of the most beloved and often repeated lines in film history.
The actor's next two titles were action films, but in Swayze-style action, he whirled through fight scenes like a West Side Jet in "Road House" (1989) and leapt into a mob-revenge melee like a gymnast in "Next of Kin" (1989). Only three years after securing leading man status in "Dirty Dancing," Swayze lived up to the hype by turning in another iconic performance in the blockbuster romance, "Ghost" (1990). Setting the ladies' hearts afire with his sensitive portrayal of the dead lover who can never tell his girl he loves her while alive, "Ghost," was a monster hit. Coming seemingly out of nowhere, the film featured Swayze as the slain lover of Demi Moore, who continues to communicate with and protect her in the afterlife. With this role, Swayze showed a range heretofore unseen - most especially witnessed in comic scenes with quack psychic, Whoopi Goldberg and in his tearful, earnest attempts to contact Moore from the great beyond. And much like "Dirty Dancing," Swayze offered up another quotable quote - "Ditto" - to say nothing of another famous film scene in which Swayze and Moore erotically sculpt clay to the Righteous Brothers' ballad, "Unchained Melody." For his work, Swayze received a second Golden Globe nomination and People magazine included him in their "Sexiest Man Alive" issue the following year. Without a doubt, Swayze's impossibly perfect abs and pecs being on full display while sculpting clay shirtless had something to do with his placement that year.
After appearing in two of the most popular films in history, there was no place else to go but down. Inevitably, the actor's next string of films did not fare as well at the box office. It was not surprising when he was overlooked at the Golden Globes for playing a surfing bank robber in "Point Break" (1991) - a film high on machismo, but laughable on plot. Four years later, he surprised audiences who were used to his romantic dramas and gut-punching action movies, when he starred in the quirky, cross-country drag-queen romp, "To Wong Foo, Thanks for everything! Julie Newmar" (1995).
In the late 1990s, Swayze experienced several career setbacks including a broken leg suffered while filming "Letters from a Killer" and increasing problems with alcoholism. His father had died of the disease in 1982, and Swayze admitted to lapsing in and out of periods of heavy drinking. His sister had committed suicide in 1994, and it contributed to the tailspin that landed Swayze in rehab. After his release, he and Niemi decided to get away from the Hollywood atmosphere and relocate to a ranch in Texas, even turning down a $6 million dollar offer to do a "Dirty Dancing" sequel. After a time, Swayze returned to work, appearing in some of the more critically-acclaimed films of his career, including the Sundance nominee "The Green Dragon" (2001) and the cult-classic "Donnie Darko" (2001). Back onstage, he played the tap-dancing Billy Flynn in "Chicago" on Broadway, and "Guys and Dolls" at the Piccadilly Theater in London. In 2006, he appeared alongside Kristin-Scott Thomas and Rowan Atkinson in the independent British film, "Keeping Mum," where he received positive nods for his tongue-in-cheek role as an aging ladies man.
Due to his high-profile roles in fluffy blockbusters of the '80s and '90s, Swayze became a bit of a cult icon for the succeeding generation of pop culture hipsters. "Swayze" was transformed into a bona fide adjective in the hip hop world, with "I'm Swayze" meaning "disappeared" or "gone" like his character in "Ghost." Film parodists "Mystery Science Theater 3000" (Sci-Fi Channel, 1988-1999) included an original song called "Patrick Swayze Christmas" in one of their holiday episodes, with the puppet hosts wishing their viewers "the Swayziest Christmas of them all." Indie rockers Kane Hodder even cut a song called "I think Patrick Swayze is Sexy," while, at the same time, The Petition Site.com received signatures of dozens of people who believe "No More Patrick Swayze Movies Should be Made." Love him or hate him, no one could claim the dancer-turned-actor did not inspire great passion from both his fans and his detractors.
It was precisely this passion which led fans and even those ambivalent toward the actor to express their deepest sympathies when the National Enquirer broke the news in March 2008 that Swayze only had five weeks to live, due to terminal pancreatic cancer. The news shocked the masses, leading to a forced rebuttal from Swayze's physician, Dr. George Fisher, who did confirm the cancer, but not the tabloid's prognosis, stating "Patrick has a very limited amount of the disease and he appears to be responding well to the treatment." An outpouring of affection from both fans and former co-stars began pouring in, leading the family to release the statement: "We appreciate the love that's coming back to Patrick from all his fans." The actor had just shot a pilot for A&E, "The Beast," which, despite the news, the network confirmed was a major contender to go to series and that they believed Swayze would be able to continue his role once his cancer treatment was finished.
I'm afraid I have no response to Mr. Swayze's passing, other than to note he seemed to be
a gentleman and was a very good actor. Of course, my sympathies go out to his family and fiends for their untimely loss.
BROTHER: Don Swayze. Actor. Born on August 10, 1958.
BROTHER: Sean Kyle Swayze. Born on October 13, 1962.
SISTER: Vicky Swayze. Committed suicide c. 1994.
SISTER: Bambi Swayze.
WIFE: Lisa Niemi. Dancer, director, actor. Born on May 26, 1956; married in 1976; was a dance student of his mother's; married three years later; played opposite Swayze in the adventure fantasy, "Steel Dawn" (1987).
Began career as dancer, touring as Prince Charming in "Disney on Parade"
Performed as skater at Galleria Ice Skating Pavilion in Houston
Danced as a guest artist with Buffalo Ballet Company before studying with the Harkness Ballet
Performed briefly as a principal dancer with the Feld Ballet; left because of aggravated knee injury from high school football
1975: Broadway debut as dancer in "Goodtime Charley"
1979: Film debut, "Skatetown USA"
Performed with and wrote material for six bands
1983: TV series debut, "Renegades"
1983: Returned to features films with roles in "The Outsiders" and "Uncommon Valor"
1984: Played first feature lead in the war drama, "Red Dawn"; first film with Jennifer Grey
1985: First success TV mini-series, "North and South" set during the Civil War
1986: Co-starred with Rob Lowe and Keanu Reeves in the hockey-themed feature, "Youngblood"
1987: Breakthrough role as dance instructor, Johnny Castle in "Dirty Dancing" co-starring Jennifer Grey; earned a Golden Globe nomination for the role; also sang one of the songs on the soundtrack, "She's Like the Wind"
1989: Starred in "Road House" as a bouncer at a seedy roadside bar
1990: Became co-owner (with Bobby Ochs) of Mulholland Drive Cafe; restaurant closed in 1996
1990: Co-starred with Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg in the successful romantic fantasy-thriller, "Ghost"
Co-founded, with Lisa Niemi, Troph productions
1991: Re-teamed with actor Keanu Reeves in the action hit, "Point Break"
1995: With Ochs, opened second restaurant, Bobby O's City Bites
1997: Broke right leg and fractured left leg in riding accident during filming of "Letters From a Killer"
1997: Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame (August 18)
2001: Acted in the Vietnam-set "The Green Dragon"; screened at Sundance
2001: Co-starred in "Without a Word" a film co-written and directed by Lisa Niemi
2002: Co-starred in "Waking Up in Reno" with Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron
2003: Appeared on Broadway as slick lawyer Billy Flynn in the Tony Award winning musical "Chicago"
2004: Played a choreographer in the NBC sitcom "Whoopi"
2004: Had a cameo appearance as a dance instructor in "Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
2006: Made London stage debut in the musical "Guys and Dolls" as Nathan Detroit
2006: Played Kristin Scott-Thomas' golf teacher in the British comedy ¿Keeping Mum¿
2009: Played FBI Agent Charles Barker in the A&E drama, "The Beast"
2009: Co-starred as an aging rock star, opposite younger brother Don, in the film "Powder Blue" (released straight to DVD)
Harkness Ballet School - New York, NY Joffrey Ballet School - New York, NY Waltrip High School - Houston, TX - Played football.
A small plane which Swayze was piloting was involved in a crash outside Phoenix, Arizona, on June 1, 2000. The actor, who was not injured, reportedly attempted an emergency landing and sheared off the right wing of the plane after colliding with a light pole.
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