Patrick Swayze

Birthday: Aug 18, 1952
Birthplace: Houston, Texas, USA
An athlete practically from birth, Patrick Swayze was a football player in high school and then earned a gymnastics scholarship to pay for college. His father had been a dancer/choreographer, and Swayze began to study dance early on, eventually working with the prestigious Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies. He made his professional debut as a dancer with the lead role of Prince Charming in a traveling company of Disney on Parade, but an old knee injury from his football days threatened to cut his dancing career short at any moment. Hedging his bets, Swayze opened his repertoire up to acting and made the transition to Broadway, landing the role of Danny in the hit musical Grease before heading to Los Angeles to make yet another transition, this time to the screen.Swayze cut his teeth on TV guest appearances, scoring a memorable role as a dying soldier in an episode of M*A*S*H. Finally, he got a role in Francis Ford Coppola's youth ensemble film The Outsiders (1983), a film of massive critical acclaim and box-office success. Steadily continuing his upward trajectory, he followed The Outsiders with the Cold War classic Red Dawn (1984) and with the Civil War TV miniseries North and South (1985). His real big break came in 1987, however, with a starring role in the hit Dirty Dancing. The film gave Swayze the chance to showcase both his acting and dancing abilities and, additionally, he wrote and performed one of the film's songs, "She's Like the Wind," which went on to become a major hit. The role made Swayze an undisputed star, and he scored big again with a tough-guy role in the movie Road House, as well as the romantic lead in the supernatural drama Ghost (1990), a box-office smash that ended up grossing more than $200 million.The '90s had started out for Swayze with a bang, but with so much of his success wrapped up in the films of the 1980s, the actor soon found himself fighting against the mentality that he was out of date. He found iconic roles like surfer Bodhi in the police thriller Point Break and even played a drag queen in 1995's To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar, but transitioning into the next phase of his career proved challenging. In 2001, Swayze found a film to help him facilitate this change with the role of twisted self-help guru Jim Cunningham in the dark mystery drama Donnie Darko. There was an element of self-parody in Swayze's portrayal of the über-positive, deceptively clean-cut Cunningham, and audiences found the role refreshing. He continued to pick up projects as they appealed to him, appearing in everything from the romantic drama One Last Dance to the quirky British comedy Keeping Mum.Sadly, however, by the late 2000s some upsetting news arrived. Swayze announced to the press in March 2008 that he was suffering from inoperable stage IV pancreatic cancer. The star battled his illness for a reported 20 months, but in the end it took his life. He died at the relatively young age of 57 in September 2009.

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Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

CREDIT
No Score Yet I Am Patrick Swayze Actor 2019
100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary Jim $0.3M 2017
25% Powder Blue Velvet Larry 2009
0% Christmas in Wonderland Wayne Saunders 2007
No Score Yet Jump Richard Pressburger 2007
20% The Fox and the Hound 2 Cash 2006
56% Keeping Mum Lance $1.5M 2006
No Score Yet Frederick Forsyth's Icon Jason Monk 2005
78% Overnight Actor 2004
90% Donnie Darko: The Director's Cut Actor $0.6M 2004
No Score Yet King Solomon's Mines Allan Quatermain 2004
No Score Yet George and the Dragon (Dragon Sword) Garth 2004
23% Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights Dance Class Instructor $14.2M 2004
No Score Yet Special Thanks to Roy London Actor 2004
92% 11:14 Frank 2003
No Score Yet One Last Dance Producer Travis MacPhearson 2003
13% Waking Up in Reno Roy K. 2002
87% Donnie Darko Jim 2001
61% Green Dragon Gunnery Sergeant Jim Lance 2001
No Score Yet Forever Lulu Ben 2000
71% Get Bruce Actor 1999
No Score Yet Letters From a Killer Race Darnell 1998
10% Black Dog Jack Crews 1998
13% Three Wishes Jack McCloud 1995
41% To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar Vida Boheme 1995
50% Tall Tale Pecos Bill 1995
10% Father Hood Jack Charles 1993
56% City of Joy Max Lowe 1992
No Score Yet Return of the Rebels Actor 1991
69% Point Break Bodhi 1991
74% Ghost Sam Wheat 1990
60% Next of Kin Truman Gates 1989
38% Road House Dalton 1989
No Score Yet Hollywood on Horses Actor 1989
No Score Yet Tiger Warsaw Chuck 'Tiger' Warsaw 1988
No Score Yet Steel Dawn Nomad 1987
71% Dirty Dancing Johnny $1.9M 1987
38% Youngblood Derek Sutton 1986
46% Red Dawn Jed 1984
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A. Ernie "Slam" Webster 1984
56% Uncommon Valor Scott 1983
64% The Outsiders Darrel Curtis 1983
No Score Yet The Comeback Kid Actor 1980
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A. Ace 1979

TV

CREDIT
61% The Beast
2009
Charles Barker
  • 2009
No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show
2003
Guest
  • 2009
No Score Yet Whoopi
2003-2004
Tony
  • 2004
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
Guest Host
  • 1998
  • 1990
76% Roseanne
1988-2018
Guest
  • 1996
No Score Yet M*A*S*H
1972-1983
Pvt. Gary Sturgis
  • 1981

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