Patrick Swayze was one of the most iconic male actors in the 80s and 90s. The man with multiple talents, Patrick was a dancer, singer, and songwriter. He is still world wide famous for his work in the 1987 movie Dirty Dancing and the 1990 movie Ghost. His song "She's like the wind" is one of the notable works in his musical career.
Patrick's fan-base grew stronger as he portrayed tough and romantic characters during his career. He was also named People magazine's Sexiest Man Alive in 1991. Unfortunately he died of cancer at age 57 in 2009.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas, the U.S. He was one of the five children born to Patsy Swayze and father, Jesse Wayne Swayze. His mother Patsy was a choreographer and dancer, while his father, Jesse worked in engineering.
Patrick has two sisters named, Vickie and Bambi along with two younger brothers named, Don and Sean. He learned athletic skills in his late teens and attended San Jacinto College. Patrick later moved to New York City to complete his dance training.
Patrick Swayze Wife
The Dirty Dancing actor was married to Lisa Niemi for a longtime until his death. They remained married for 34 years. Patrick's wife, Lisa is a writer, director, actress, and dancer. Lisa appeared in the 2003 film One Last Dance with her late husband. Their other collaborations were the 1987 Steel Dawn and the 2004 Beat Angel.
Patrick and Lisa first met when they were teenagers. In 1970, then 14-year-old Lisa was taking dance lessons from Swayze's mother. Also, Patrick was 18 years old at the time. Five years after their first meeting, the couple tied their wedding knot on June 12, 1975.
The couple didn't had any children, but Lisa had suffered one miscarriage. Patrick was never involved in any extra-marital affairs. He was linked up with several women but none of the rumors proved to be true.
Addiction, Illness, and Death
During 1989, Patrick got into Buddhism and began practicing different forms of meditation. But one year later, he went into rehab for the treatment of alcoholism. Additionally, Patrick was a heavy smoker for forty years.
Patrick loses battle with Cancer!
In January 2008, Swayze was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer. In May 2008, sources claimed that he underwent a surgery to remove part of his stomach. The same month he was seen at a Los Angeles basketball game which was his first public appearance since the diagnosis.
Patrick died 20 months after his cancer diagnosis on September 14, 2009. He was 57 at the time of his death. Shortly before his death, Swayze helped his wife co-wrote a memoir called The Time of My Life. The memoir became a New York Times Best Seller.
Patrick had a net worth of $40 million at the time of his death as per celebritynetworth. The primary source of his earning was purely the big and small screen. Over his 30 years of professional career, Patrick appeared in numerous successful movies and television shows. During his final time, Patrick named his fortune to his wife.
Patrick's most successful movie was the 1987 romantic drama, Dirty Dancing. Take a look at the box-office collections of some of his films:
|1987||Dirty Dancing||$214.6 million|
|1989||Road House||$30.1 million|
|1991||Point Break||$83.5 million|
Swayze would have actively involved in movies if his health was better. He was one of the most demanded actors during his peak career.