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Patrick Swayze

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, to Patsy Yvonne Helen (Karnes) and Jesse Wayne Swayze, a chemical plant engineer draftsman. His mother, choreographer Patsy Swayze, 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, and attended San Jacinto College in Pasadena, Texas. He married actress/dancer Lisa Niemi on June 12, 1975, whom he had known when she was 15 and a student at his mother's dance school. His New York City dance training included the Harkness Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School. He first danced professionally as "Prince Charming" in "Disney on Parade". After a stint as "Danny Zuko" in the original Broadway production of "Grease", he made his film debut with a small role in Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979). He made his television debut in 1981 on M*A*S*H (1972), as a soldier diagnosed with leukemia.After many supporting roles in films and a lead role in the TV mini-series North and South (1985), he landed his breakthrough role as dance instructor "Johnny Castle" in the hit film Dirty Dancing (1987), for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He received a second nomination for his portrayal of "Sam Wheat" in the blockbuster Ghost (1990). Ghost (1990) was the highest-grossing film of 1990, and at one point, the fourth highest-grossing film of all time. Unfortunately, he did not capitalize on its success. His subsequent films like La cité de la joie (1992), Tall Tale (1995), Black Dog (1998), and Waking Up in Reno (2002) did not fare well with critics or audiences. In December 2003, he returned to Broadway as a replacement for the lead role of "Billy Flynn" in the acclaimed revival of John Kander & Fred Ebb's musical, "Chicago". The production also went on tour in several cities of the United States, including Los Angeles. In January 2008, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. He fought the illness for well over a year and was able to continue working, but died on September 14, 2009.

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Aug 18, 1952 In Houston, Texas, USA
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the series M*A*S*H 1972-09-17
Latest Project:
Series Running Man 2010-07-11

Nominated for 3 Golden Globes. Another 5 wins & 4 nominations.

Known For
Poster of How I Met Your Mother
Poster of Dancing with the Stars
Poster of Family Guy
Poster of The Daily Show
Running Man Unknown 2010-07-11
The Beast Charles Barker / ... 13 episodes, 2009 2009-01-15
Britain's Got Talent Unknown 2007-06-09
Dancing with the Stars Unknown 2005-06-01
How I Met Your Mother Unknown 2005-09-19
MythBusters Unknown 2003-01-23
Family Guy Unknown 1999-01-31
The View Unknown 1997-08-11
The Daily Show Unknown 1996-07-22
The Tonight Show with Jay Leno Unknown 1992-05-25
Beverly Hills, 90210 Unknown 1990-10-04
North and South, Book II Orry Main 1986-05-04
North & South: Book 1, North & South Orry Main 6 episodes, 1985 1985-11-03
Amazing Stories Unknown 1985-09-29
Saturday Night Live Unknown 1975-10-11
M*A*S*H Unknown 1972-09-17