Picture Patrick Swayze – Celebrity Profile

Patrick Swayze’s health concerns due to stage 4 pancreatic cancer have brought him back into the spotlight. His unfortunate struggle should not overshadow a long and diverse career for the well coiffed star of stage, screen and song. A talented dancer, who was able to segway into movies was in plenty of classics from the 80’s and 90’s like Ghost, Point Break, Red Dawn, Dirty DancingThe Outsiders and the classic small town bar bouncer tale Road House (which I’ll watch on cable and Saturday morning you ask me to). He always has come off as a pretty decent guy with a good sense of humor…remember his SNL Chippendales skit with Chris Farley? His most recent project is and FBI set show on A&E The Beast.

Career Highlights:

  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) Vida – Golden Globe nomination for best actor
  • Ghost (1990) – Golden Globe nomination for best actor
  • “She’s Like the Wind” (1987)- song from Dirty Dancing Soundtrack – reached #3 on Billboard Hot 100 and #1 on Adult Contemporary, and was worldwide hit. The soundtrack album was #1 for 19 weeks.
  • Dirty Dancing (1987) – Golden Globe nomination for best actor
  • 2003 Appeared on Broadway as  Billy Flynn in the Tony Award winning Chicago
  • 1975 Broadway debut as dancer in Goodtime Charley
  • 1991 People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive

Personal Life:

  • Married to Lisa Niemi since June 12, 1975 (pretty impressive for a Hollywood hunk). Niemi’s mother was Patrick’s dance instructor.

Selected Filmography:

  • Christmas in Wonderland (2007) Wayne Saunders
  • Jump (2007) Richard Pressburger
  • Keeping Mum (2006) Lance
  • Road House 2 (2006) James Dalton
  • The Fox and the Hound 2 (2006) Voice of Cash
  • One Last Dance (2005) Travis
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) Dance Class Instructor
  • One Last Dance (2003)
  • Green Dragon (2002) Staff Sergeant Jim Lance
  • Waking Up in Reno (2002) Roy Kirkendall
  • Donnie Darko (2001) Jim Cunningham
  • Along for the Ride (2000)
  • Get Bruce (1999) Himself
  • Letters from a Killer (1999)
  • Black Dog (1998) Jack Crews
  • Tall Tale: The Unbelievable Adventures of Pecos Bill (1995) Pecos Bill
  • Three Wishes (1995) Jack
  • To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995) Vida
  • Father Hood (1993) Jack Charles
  • City of Joy (1992) Max Lowe
  • Point Break (1991) Bodhi
  • Dance (1990)
  • Ghost (1990) Sam Wheat
  • Next of Kin (1989) Truman Gates
  • Road House (1989) Dalton
  • Tiger Warsaw (1988) Chuck Tiger Warsaw
  • Dirty Dancing (1987) Johnny Castle
  • Steel Dawn (1987) Nomad
  • Youngblood (1986) Derek Sutton
  • Grandview, U.S.A. (1984) Ernie Slam Webster
  • Red Dawn (1984) Jed Eckert
  • Uncommon Valor (1983) Scott
  • The Outsiders (1983) Darrel Curtis
  • Skatetown, USA (1979) Ace