Idols Patrick Swayze, more than just a dirty dancer Published 2 years ago on August 23, 2016 A throwback to the movie stars of old, Patrick Swayze was an updated version of Clark Gable, charming and rugged at the same time. Though his first love was dance, Swayze entertained audiences as a con man, crook, neglecting father and POW-rescuing hero over the years. Though genre musicals are few and far between these days, Swayze was often been able to work music and dance moves into his films. Born on August 18, 1954, in Houston, Texas, Swayze’s mother was choreographer Patsy Swayze. His education included the Harkness Ballet School, the Joffrey Ballet School, and San Jacinto College. He first performed as a dancer in Disney on Parade. After playing in the Broadway production of “Grease,” he made his film debut as Ace in Skatetown, USA (1979). After many minor leg injuries, Swayze’s attempt to be a musical star was abandoned. He did gain considerable experience, including starring work in such films as The Outsiders (1983), Uncommon Valor (1983), Grandview USA (1984) and Youngblood (1986). He received a Golden Globe nomination for his role as the dance instructor Johnny Castle in the steamy musical-drama Dirty Dancing (1987) opposite Jennifer Grey–a film that did remarkable box office when it was released and continues to have a cult following. His career was further boosted by his portrayal of ghost Sam Wheat in the box-office smash Ghost (1990), for which Swayze was nominated for the Academy Award. He followed that success with some hits and misses, including Point Break (1991), Fatherhood (1993), Tall Tale (1995) and Black Dog (1998). Even in his lesser roles, Swayze constantly demonstrated a heroic and likable everyman persona. Some of Swayze’s later film choices proved a mixed bag. He played a self-help guru in the successful Donnie Darko (2001), but also appeared in Waking Up in Reno (2001) and Green Dragon (2002), which did little at the box office. Swayze married actress and fellow dancer Lisa Niemi in 1975 they met when they were both in their teens. Swayze developed pancreatic cancer in 2007 and died in 2009. Clark GablePatrick Swayze Advertisement advertisement and this just in Episodes21 hours ago Strike Back: Season 7 Episode 5 (Cinemax Fri 22 Feb 2019) Episode 5: Following a high-speed jungle ambush in Myanmar, the suitcase nukes end up in the hands of Jean-Baptiste Zaza... Episodes21 hours ago Don’t Be Tardy: Loaded Statement (S7EP3 Bravo Fri 22 Sep 2019) Loaded Statement: The Biermanns get serious about defending themselves and decide to attend a gun safety course after a break-in... Episodes21 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: E’ao lu’au a kualima (S9EP17 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) E’ao lu’au a kualima: Junior is torn between his duties as a member of Five-0 and his feelings for his... Episodes21 hours ago Secrets of the Morgue: Overkill (S1EP12 ID Fri 22 Feb 2019) Overkill: When a brutally murdered woman is found floating near the yacht club at Newport Beach, Calif., after the coroner... Episodes21 hours ago Speechless: G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT (S3EP15 ABC Fri 22 Feb 2019) G-A– GAME N-I– NIGHT: When Maya insists that it’s time to meet Izzy, a reluctant JJ arranges a game night... search EPISODES Episodes21 hours ago The Blacklist: Minister D (S6EP9 NBC Fri 22 Feb 2019) Minister D: While Red (James Spader) fights in court to clear his name of treason once and for all, Liz... Episodes21 hours ago Hawaii Five-0: Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa (S9EP16 CBS Fri 22 Feb 2019) Hapai ke kuko, hanau ka hewa: When the top salesperson for a beauty company/pyramid scheme is murdered, Five-0 sifts through... Episodes21 hours ago Mystery in San Luis Obispo airs Fri 22 Feb 2019 on ID When two female college students vanish from the city of San Luis Obispo, Calif., clues are elusive, but one detective... advertisement MOVIES Movies1 week ago Private Worlds (Paramount 1935, Charles Boyer, Claudette Colbert) Charles Boyer stars as the new superintendent of a progressive mental hospital. His apparent coldness first arouses resentment among the... Movies1 week ago Yucatán (2018, Luis Tosar, Stephanie Cayo) In farcical comedy Yucatán a pair of white collar thieves compete fiercely against each other trying to steal from an... Movies1 week ago The Breaker Upperers (Netflix Fri 15 Feb 2019, Jackie van Beek, Madeleine Sami) Two women run a business breaking up couples for cash but when one develops a conscience their friendship unravels. production... MY TV TONIGHTWhat's on and when. Broadcast, cable and streaming... BRITISH FILM 1930-1990The Viewer's Guide to British Film 1930-1990 Indepth guide to six decades of cinema in the UK.