Patrick Swayze, who graced the silver screen in such classics as “Red Dawn,” “Dirty Dancing” and “Ghost,” died Monday. He was 57.
Swayze, whose spokesman announced in March 2008 that the actor had pancreatic cancer, died at home with his family at his side, ABC News reported, citing his spokeswoman Annett Wolf. The Texas native began his career as a dancer and made dozens of stage, film and TV appearances over four decades.
It was first reported in March 2008 that the actor was being treated for inoperable stage-four pancreatic cancer. In an ABC interview in January, Swayze said it “seemed likely” he would live for two more years.
Swayze followed “Dirty Dancing” with two more projects: “Road House” and “Next of Kin,” both released in 1989 before scoring the romantic lead in Jerry Zucker’s “Ghost.” His iconic performance captivated audiences and his scene with Demi Moore became on of cinema’s most memorable moments.
Swayze won his second Globe nomination for “Ghost” and became a poster boy, earning People’s “Sexiest Man Alive” cover in 1991. Also in 1991, would tackle the role of a bank robber/surfer guru in “Point Break.”
Swayze truly left behind an unforgettable legacy and we are all better for having been graced by his presence.