From the time of his birth on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, you could tell that Patrick Swayze was destined to make it big. True to the stuff of legends, everything seemed to align in his favor.
Famed as a dancer, he learned his first moves from his mother, Patsy, a skilled choreographer. It was easy for him to pick up the steps as the mother also owned a dance school.
With his whole life still ahead of him, he met the love of his life, Lisa Niemi, in the same studio. It wasn’t long until their love blossomed and wedding bells rang on June 12, 1975.
He got his silver screen debut in the television show M*A*S*H in the 1980s in various supporting roles. Here, he got to pick up key lessons that helped him establish his name.
His big break came in 1987 when he got to star in the Dirty Dancing film. This romantic drama dance flick suited his talents like a glove as he could naturally express himself.
Awa from the silver screen, Swayze dabbled in music as a singer. Amazingly, he also got to showcase his talents on the Broadway production of Grease as Danny Zuko.
With 51 acting credits to his name, he tragically discovered that he had Stage IV pancreatic cancer in early 2008. Before passing away on September 14, 2009, Swayze shared that his life had been once an incredible ride. A true legend of the times.