August 18, 1952
September 14, 2009
5 ft 11 in | 178 cm
75 kg | 165 lb
10 US | 43 EU
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born in Houston, Texas, United States, on August 18, 1952, was an American actor.
Young Patrick Swayze first started performing in school theater productions.
He began his professional career as a dancer in role as Prince Charming for Disney Theatrical Group in show Disney On Parade.
He began his acting career in Broadway production of musical "Grease", in role as Danny Zuko.
He made his big screen debut in comedy movie Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979) in role as Ace Johnson.
He got his television debut in romantic comedy sports movie The Comeback Kid (1980) in role as Chuck.
Patrick's breakthrough performance came as Johnny Castle in romantic drama dance movie Dirty Dancing (1987), for which he was nominated for the Golden Globe Award for Best Actor.
He was nominated for the Golden Globe Awards for Best Actor for his performances in movies:
Ghost (1990) romantic fantasy thriller in role as Sam Wheat
To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) comedy in role as Vida Boheme
He won the Bravo Otto Award for Best Actor for his role as Chuck "Tiger" Warsaw in drama film Tiger Warsaw (1988).
The Outsiders (1983) coming-of-age drama directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Road House (1989) thriller action opposite Ben Gazzara, Kelly Lynch and Sam Elliott
Point Break (1991) action thriller with Keanu Reeves and Lori Petty
Red Dawn (1984) thriller opposite Charlie Sheen and Jennifer Grey
Donnie Darko (2001) science fiction with Jake Gyllenhaal, Drew Barrymore and Maggie Gyllenhaal
Uncommon Valor (1983) action with Gene Hackman and Fred Ward
Youngblood (1986) drama sports opposite Rob Lowe, Cynthia Gibb and Keanu Reeves
11:14 (2003) black comedy with Hilary Swank and Ben Foster
Next of Kin (1989) action thriller opposite Liam Neeson, Ben Stiller and Helen Hunt
Keeping Mum (2005) black comedy with Rowan Atkinson and Maggie Smith
Steel Dawn (1987) science fiction action opposite Lisa Niemi and Anthony Zerbe
Three Wishes (1995) drama fantasy with Joseph Mazzello and Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio
Black Dog (1998) action thriller opposite Randy Travis and Meat Loaf
Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) comedy with Jamie Lee Curtis, Jennifer Jason Leigh and John Cusack
Father Hood (1993) adventure comedy drama opposite Halle Berry
Waking Up in Reno (2002) road comedy drama with Charlize Theron and Billy Bob Thornton
Green Dragon (2001) drama opposite Forest Whitaker
The Renegades (1983) action crime drama series in role as Bandit
He portrayed Orry Main in television miniseries North and South (1985) and North and South, Book II (1986).
He voiced Uncle Ron in animated television series Scruff (2000-2003).
King Solomon's Mines (2004) miniseries in role as Allan Quartermain
He played Jason Monk in television thriller film Icon (2005).
The Beast (2009) crime drama series in role as Charles Barker / Apache
Attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary School, Black Middle School, and Waltrip High School in Oak Forest, Houston.
Graduated from S.P. Waltrip High School in Houston in 1971.
He studied dance and ballet in high school.
Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse.
Had two sisters: Vickie and Bambi and two brothers: Don and Sean.
Had English, Irish and Scottish ancestry.
Practiced martial arts Wushu, Taekwondo and Aikido.
He wrote and recorded song from the film Dirty Dancing "She's Like the Wind".
He voiced Cash in animated adventure comedy film The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006).
Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in 1999.
He was a licensed pilot.
Featured in music video for Totò "Rosanna" (1982).
Published his autobiography "The Time of My Life" in 2009.
Was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in 2009.
Swayze died on September 14, 2009, at the age of 57.
He was married to Lisa Niemi (1975-2009).