Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months,” his publicist said in a statement.
Swayze starred in A&E network’s “The Beast,” which debuted in January. He agreed to take the starring role of an undercover FBI agent before his diagnosis. The network agreed to shoot an entire season of the show after Swayze responded well to cancer treatment.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas. His father was an engineering draftsman. His mother was a ballet dancer and later the director of the Houston Ballet Dance Company.
In an early 1970s version of “Disney on Ice, Swayze played Prince Charming” . Soon after he met his wife Lisa, a former student of his mother. The two married in 1975 and moved to New York to pursue their careers. Surgery for an old football injury ended his ballet career and he turned to acting. Swayze held the lead role of Danny Zuko in the long-running Broadway production of “Grease” in 1978. Swayze picked up the role of Darrel Curtis in Francis Ford Coppola’s 1983 film “The Outsiders.”
He was three-time Golden Globe nominee. His claim to fame came as bad boy Johnny Castle in “Dirty Dancing ” in 1987. He appeared on the cover of People magazine as its “Sexiest Man Alive” in 1991.