Patrick Swayze fans held a small memorial at the Firefly Cove in Lake Lure, N.C. yesterday to remember the beloved actor. The site was chosen because "Dirty Dancing" was filmed there. Swayze died… READ MORE >
Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best-known for his tough-guy roles, as romantic leading men in the hit films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and as Orry Main in the North and South television miniseries. He was named by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991. His film and TV career spanned 30 years. Diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in January 2008, Swayze told Barbara Walters a year later that he was "kicking it". However, he died from the disease on September 14, 2009. His last role was the lead in an ill-fated A&E TV series, The Beast, which premiered on January 15, 2009. Due to a prolonged decline in health, Swayze was unable to promote the series. On June 15, 2009, Entertainment Tonight announced the show's cancellation. Patrick Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, the second child of Patsy Yvonne Helen (née Karnes; born 1927), a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze (1925–1982), an engineering draftsman. He was raised Roman Catholic. Swayze had two younger brothers, actor Don Swayze (born 1958) and Sean Kyle and sister Vickie Lynn (1949–1994). Swayze was diagnosed with Stage IV pancreatic cancer in late January 2008, and underwent chemotherapy and treatment with an experimental drug Vatalanib to cut off the blood supply to the tumor at the Stanford University Medical Center.Swayze died "with family at his side" on September 14, 2009, at age 57, (coinicidentally the same age as his father), 20 months after being diagnosed.Swayze's publicist, Annett Wolf, confirmed to CNN that he had died of pancreatic cancer.