Patrick Swayze was an actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star.
After appearing as a roughneck cop in "Next of Kin" and as a steely bouncer in "Road House" — two 1989 movies that flopped — he fought for a leading role in the romantic tear-jerker "Ghost."
He starred with Keanu Reeves in the action-packed "Point Break" (1991) so he could become a licensed sky diver and surf big waves. In the noble "City of Joy" (1992), Swayze was an idealistic American surgeon in Calcutta; critics said he was miscast but acquitted himself well.
In "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995), he played a drag queen.
Defending his choices, Swayze said he was "fed up with that Hollywood blockbuster mentality."