patrick-swayze-dead at 57

This is the news that no one wanted to hear. Eighties icon and dance heart throb Patrick Swayze has died at the tender age of 57. For those of you who have been following him over the past few years, the actor had been battling pancreatic cancer. According to People, Swayze unfortunately lost his fight today with his family and his friends at his side.

More on the life of Patrick….

Patrick was born in 1952 in Houston, Texas to a choreographer named Patsy. It’s no surprise that dance would be one of the talents that would catapult him into Hollywood super-stardom. Best known for his roles in Dirty Dancing, Red Dawn, and The Outsiders the actor was able to balance both masculine as well as softer roles. Swayze was nominated for a Golden Globe Award in 1990 for his role as a murdered man trying to solve his own homicide from beyond the grave in Ghost.

Later in his career the actor made smaller appearances in film, most notably his cameo in the 2004 sequel, Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights. He starred in a short lived police drama on the cable network A&E entitled, The Beast just last year. During the time of the show’s filming, the actor refused to take any heavy medication for his cancer, for a fear that it would take the edge off of his performance.

As for his battle with the terminal illness, Swayze told The New York Times in 2008 that although chemo had been “hell on wheels,” he refused to quit fighting.

He fought until the very end. R.I.P. Patrick Swayze.

What was your favorite film of the late actors?