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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)
Ghost
Ghost Sam Wheat
(1990)
Donnie Darko
Donnie Darko Jim Cunningham
(2001)
Point Break
Point Break Bodhi
(1991)

Filmography

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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)
Lance
 2006 Keeping Mum: Funnies (Video short)
Lance
 2005 Icon (TV Movie)
Jason Monk
 2004 Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
Dance Class Instructor
 2004 Whoopi (TV Series)
Tony
- The Last Dance (2004) ... Tony
 2003 11:14
Frank
 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
Nomad
 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
Jed
 1984 Grandview, U.S.A.
Ernie 'Slam' Webster
 1984 Pigs vs. Freaks (TV Movie)
Doug Zimmer
 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
 1982 The Renegades (TV Movie)
Bandit
 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)
Chuck
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Other Works:

(2/88) Single: His duet with Wendy Fraser, "She's Like the Wind," reached #3 on the U.S. charts. See more »

Publicity Listings:

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


Height:

5' 10" (1.78 m)
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Personal Quote:

[in 2004, about his drinking] I made a conscious decision to break away from big films when I got alcohol out of my life. I had been sucked into the blockbuster, box-office mentality and it was destroying my sense of purpose in life. The loneliness of fame was messing with my head. Once you've been famous for a while and told your story, it can sound like a lie. You don't know what's true. It ... See more »

Trivia:

Starting in the early 1990s (shortly after the box-office success of his movie Ghost (1990)), hip-hop lyrics often included his name or the phrase "I'm Swayze" as a reference to or replacement for the earlier slang, "I'm ghost", meaning "I'm leaving/out of here/gone, etc." The 'Notorious B.I.G.' was one artist who was especially fond of including this phrase in his songs. Swayze's appearance in ... See more »

Trademark:

His half salute See more »

Nickname:

Buddy

Star Sign:

Leo

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