Two years later, he took the lead role of dance instructor Johnny Castle in the blockbuster movie "Dirty Dancing." Included on the soundtrack was a song entitled "She's Like the Wind," composed and performed by Swayze.
In a nod to the beefcake reputation he had earned for his performances in "Dirty Dancing" and "Roadhouse," Swayze was selected as People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" for 1991.
Also a singer/songwriter, dancer, and stage actor, Swayze grew up in Houston, Texas. Lisa Niemi wrote, directed and produced the film "One Last Dance" in 2004.
However, due to his spreading pancreatic cancer, he was unable to promote the series, and it was cancelled after only five months on the air.
Patrick Swayze was a Texas-born movie actor whose background in ballet and gymnastics ironically gave him a physique well-suited for his roles as hunky love interest or macho action film hero.
His early roles as the only slightly older patriarchal figure of his onscreen teenage families in films like “The Outsiders” (1983) and “Red Dawn” (1984) helped put the heartthrob on the map and on the cover of many a Tiger Beat fan magazine in the early 1980s.
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