Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze


Patrick Swayze
Film: South side of the 7000 block of Hollywood Boulevard
Born Aug. 18, 1952 in Houston, TX
Died Sept. 14, 2009 of cancer in Los Angeles, CA

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."

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