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Patrick Swayze

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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success wrapped up in the films of the 1980s, the actor soon found himself fighting against the mentality that he was out of date.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

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
100% Donnie Darko: 15th Anniversary
  • Jim
$0.2M 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
91% 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
22% 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
86% Donnie Darko
  • Jim
2001
61% Dragón Verde
  • 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
40% Tall Tale
  • Pecos Bill
1995
11% Father Hood
  • Jack Charles
1993
57% City of Joy
  • Max Lowe
1992
No Score Yet Return of the Rebels
  • Actor
1991
68% Point Break
  • Bodhi
1991
74% Ghost
  • Sam Wheat
1990
50% 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
48% Red Dawn
  • Jed
1984
No Score Yet Grandview U.S.A.
  • Ernie "Slam" Webster
1984
56% Uncommon Valor
  • Scott
1983
65% The Outsiders
  • Darrel Curtis
1983
No Score Yet The Comeback Kid
  • Actor
1980
No Score Yet Skatetown U.S.A.
  • Ace
1979

TV

RATING TITLE CREDIT YEAR
57% The Beast
2009
  • Charles Barker
  • 2009
No Score Yet Saturday Night Live
1975
  • Guest
  • Host
  • Actor
  • 1998
  • 1990

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