Patrick Swayze, who passed away yesterday after his long struggle with pancreatic cancer, created some of the most awesome characters in the movies in the eighties and nineties. We’ve put together a tribute to Patrick Swayze and some of his great movie roles in video below.
In honor of Patrick Swayze, we wanted to take a look back at some of Patrick Swayze’s most memorable moments in film.
In 1979, Swayze landed his first major movie called Skatetown, U.S.A.. This movie also included stars such as Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, and many others. Swayze got to show off his dance moves in this roller disco film.
Swayze got his big break from Francis Ford Coppola in 1983’s The Outsiders.
Swayze next played in the 1984 Cold War cult classic, Red Dawn, which is currently being remade.
After Dirty Dancing Swayze did a movie called Road House, about a bar bouncer.
Then Patrick Swayze played a cool surfing and skydiving bank robber called Bodhi in 1991’s Point Break.
Patrick Swayze chose a very different role, even going into drag for his movie in 1995 called To Wong Foo Thanks For Everything.
In 2001 Swayze did a bit part in the cult film Donnie Darko as a spiritual dude in an infomercial.
As Patrick Swayze battled pancreatic cancer he continued to work and played on A&E’s The Beast.
Many of Patrick’s co-stars have spoken out about their friend and co-star.
Here’s what some of them had to say:
Whoopi Goldberg, who delighted audiences alongside Swayze in the 1991 hit film ‘Ghost,’ tells us: “Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can’t ever repay. I believe in ‘Ghost’s’ message, so he’ll always be near.”
Demi Moore had this to say about Patrick, her co-star in “Ghost”:
“Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives. In the words of Sam to Molly, ‘It’s amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.’ I will miss you. I love you, Demi.”
Actress Jennifer Grey, who appeared alongside Patrick Swayze in his star-making turn in ‘Dirty Dancing,’ also released a statement to “The Insider”: “Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace. Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified. When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family.”
California Governor and former actor Arnold Schwarzenegger released this statement to “The Insider”:
“Patrick Swayze was a talented and passionate artist who struck a memorable chord with audiences throughout the world. He played a wide range of characters both on stage and in movies and his celebrated performances made the hard work of acting look effortless — which I know from experience is not easy. As a fan and as an actor, I admired Patrick and I know that he will be dearly missed. On behalf of all Californians, Maria and I send our deepest condolences to Patrick’s family, friends and fans.”
C. Thomas Howell, who shared the screen with Swayze in ‘The Outsiders,’ ‘Red Dawn’ and ‘Grandview, U.S.A.,’ shared his thoughts about the sad news, saying: “I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick. While I was fortunate enough to work with him in three films, it was our passion for horses that forged a friendship between us that I treasure to this day. Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older ‘Outsiders’ brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well.”
A&E, the network which aired Swayze’s final television show “The Beast,” said in a statement to “The Insider”: “We are saddened by the loss of one of our generation’s greatest talents and a member of the A&E family. Patrick’s work on’The Beast’ was an inspiration to us all. He will be greatly missed and our thoughts are with his wife Lisa and his entire family during this difficult time.”
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