I just heard about Patrick Swayze’s death as I was having dinner with my hubby. When he said, did Patrick Swayze died? I immediately said, no, it was a bunch of hoax, as false reports were circulating last May of his demise. But this time, it was real, he did pass away after battling pancreatic cancer for nearly two years. He was 57.
I first saw Patrick when he was in The Outsiders, along with the brat pack Tom Cruise, Rob Lowe, Ralph Macchio, C. Thomas Howell, and Matt Dillon. I don’t remember much of that flick though. But it’s his turn as the charming dancer Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing that’s the most memorable to me. The movie was super cheesy for sure, but in the 80s, what wasn’t? He didn’t exactly ‘danced’ into my heart, but I truly enjoyed the performances and all his dance moves were undoubtedly sensuous.
A few years later, I also rooted for him in Ghost, playing the sympathetic banker Sam who was murdered and came back to say good bye to his fiancee. Who didn’t cry when he and Demi Moore slow-danced to Unchained Melody? Well you’d have to be pretty heartless if you didn’t. It was the ultimate tear-jerker flick and his sympathetic performance made him a star and he became known more than the ‘snake-hipped’ actor who can dance like there’s no tomorrow.
The last movie I saw Patrick in was the dark British comedy Keeping Mum with Rowan Atkinson and Kristin Scott Thomas, as the perverted golf instructor having an affair with Kristin’s character. He was hilarious as he was clearly poking fun at his own sexy persona, complete with the teeny-tiny g-string!
From what I learned, Patrick is a down-to-earth family man who’s been married to his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi, a fellow dancer. My heart goes out to her and her family, may the Lord give them comfort and strength in this difficult time. God have mercy on his soul.