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Patrick Swayze (1952–2009)

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Swayze (née Yvonne Helen Karnes), a choreographer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother owned a dance school in Houston, where Patrick was also a student. His father passed away in 1982. He graduated from Waltrip High School in Houston, ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 7 wins & 8 nominations. See more awards »

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Ghost Sam Wheat
Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing Johnny Castle
Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko Jim Cunningham
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 2008 Jump!
Richard Pressburger
 2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 (Video)
Cash (voice)
 2006 Keeping Mum: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
 2005 Icon (TV Movie)
Jason Monk
 2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Dance Class Instructor
 2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
- The Last Dance (2004) ... Tony
 2003 11:14
 2003 One Last Dance
Travis MacPhearson
 2001 Green Dragon
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance
 2000 Forever Lulu
Ben Clifton
 1993 Father Hood
Jack Charles
 1992 The Player
Patrick Swayze (uncredited)
 1990 Ghost
Sam Wheat
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Chuck 'Tiger' Warsaw
 1987 Steel Dawn
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Eric David Peterson
- Life on Death Row (1986) ... Eric David Peterson
 1985 North and South (TV Mini-Series)
Orry Main
- Episode #1.6 (1985) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.5 (1985) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.4 (1985) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.3 (1985) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.2 (1985) ... Orry Main
 1984 Red Dawn
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Doug Zimmer
 1983 The Renegades (TV Series)
- Target: Marciano (1983) ... Bandit
- Film at Eleven (1983) ... Bandit
- On the Pad (1983) ... Bandit
- The Big Time (1983) ... Bandit
 1982 The Renegades (TV Movie)
 1981 Return of the Rebels (TV Movie)
K.C. Barnes
 1981 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Pvt. Gary Sturgis
 1980 The Comeback Kid (TV Movie)
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Other Works:

Stage: Appeared (as "Billy Flynn") on Broadway in a revival of "Chicago". See more »

Publicity Listings:

3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 33 Articles | 14 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


5' 10" (1.78 m)

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[on shooting Dirty Dancing (1987) with co-star Jennifer Grey] She'd slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over. We did have a few moments of friction...she seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her. See more »


Planning to write his memoir, with his wife, Lisa Niemi, with a release date in the Autumn. See more »


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