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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 »

Known For

Dirty Dancing
Dirty Dancing Johnny Castle
(1987)
Road House
Road House Dalton
(1989)
Point Break
Point Break Bodhi
(1991)
Ghost
Ghost Sam Wheat
(1990)

Filmography

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 2009 Powder Blue
Velvet Larry
 2009 The Beast (TV Series)
Charles Barker / Apache
- No Turning Back (2009) ... Charles Barker
- Counterfeit (2009) ... Charles Barker
- My Brother's Keeper (2009) ... Charles Barker
- Tilt (2009) ... Charles Barker
- The Walk In (2009) ... Charles Barker
 2008 Jump!
Richard Pressburger
 2007 Christmas in Wonderland
Wayne Saunders
 2006 The Fox and the Hound 2 (Video)
Cash (voice)
 2006 Keeping Mum: Deleted Scenes (Video short)
Lance
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Lance
 2005 Keeping Mum
Lance
 2005 Icon (TV Movie)
Jason Monk
 2004 George and the Dragon
Garth
 2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Dance Class Instructor
 2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
Tony
- The Last Dance (2004) ... Tony
 2004 King Solomon's Mines (TV Mini-Series)
Allan Quatermain
- Episode #1.2 (2004) ... Allan Quatermain
- Episode #1.1 (2004) ... Allan Quatermain
 2003 11:14
Frank
 2003 One Last Dance
Travis MacPhearson
 2002 Waking Up in Reno
Roy Kirkendall
 2001 Donnie Darko
Jim Cunningham
 2001 Green Dragon
Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance
 2000 Forever Lulu
Ben Clifton
 1998 Letters from a Killer
Race Darnell
 1998 Black Dog
Jack Crews
 1995 Three Wishes
Jack McCloud
 1995 Tall Tale
Pecos Bill
 1993 Father Hood
Jack Charles
 1992 City of Joy
Max Lowe
 1992 The Player
Patrick Swayze (uncredited)
 1991 Point Break
Bodhi
 1990 Ghost
Sam Wheat
 1989 Next of Kin
Truman Gates
 1989 Road House
Dalton
 1988 Tiger Warsaw
Chuck 'Tiger' Warsaw
 1987 Steel Dawn
Nomad
 1987 Dirty Dancing
Johnny Castle
 1986 Amazing Stories (TV Series)
Eric David Peterson
- Life on Death Row (1986) ... Eric David Peterson
 1986 North and South, Book II (TV Mini-Series)
Orry Main
- Episode #1.6 (1986) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.5 (1986) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.4 (1986) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.3 (1986) ... Orry Main
- Episode #1.2 (1986) ... Orry Main
 1986 Youngblood
Derek Sutton
 1985 North and South (TV 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
Jed
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Doug Zimmer
 1983 Uncommon Valor
Kevin Scott
 1983 The Renegades (TV Series)
Bandit
- Target: Marciano (1983) ... Bandit
- Film at Eleven (1983) ... Bandit
- On the Pad (1983) ... Bandit
- The Big Time (1983) ... Bandit
- The Demon Dragsters (1983) ... Bandit
 1983 The Outsiders
Darrel Curtis
 1982 The Renegades (TV Movie)
Bandit
 1982 Toto: Rosanna (Video short)
Dancer (uncredited)
 1981 Return of the Rebels (TV Movie)
K.C. Barnes
 1981 M*A*S*H (TV Series)
Pvt. Gary Sturgis
- Blood Brothers (1981) ... Pvt. Gary Sturgis
 1980 The Comeback Kid (TV Movie)
Chuck
 1979 Skatetown, U.S.A.
Ace Johnson
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3 Print Biographies | 1 Portrayal | 6 Interviews | 33 Articles | 14 Pictorials | 14 Magazine Cover Photos | See more »


Height:

5' 11" (1.8 m)
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Personal Quote:

My big regret is the physical damage I've done to my body. I can do almost anything physically and I used to believe I was invincible, breaking bones over and over, playing football, doing gymnastics, diving, ballet, doing my own stunts, kickboxing, staging fights ... It all seems a little stupid to me now. See more »

Trivia:

Stayed at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, while filming Tall Tale (1995). His picture and autograph hang in the main lobby. See more »

Trademark:

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Nickname:

Buddy

Star Sign:

Leo

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