Patrick Swayze was an American actor and dancer who gained fame with his role in Dirty Dancing in 1987. He died in 2009 due to pancreatic cancer.
Peter Swayze and his childhood and education
Peter was born on 18 August 1952 in Houston. His parents were Jesse and Patsy Swayze. His mother was a dance teacher and choreographer and owned a dance studio. His father was an engineering draftsman. He had four siblings and he was second in birth order. He had two younger brothers Don and Sean. His sisters were Vicki and Bambi.
Their ethnicity is English.
Patrick ‘s mother taught him to dance early in his life. He was bullied due to it and had said:
“I had to fight my way up from the days I was little,”
He attended many schools in Houston and pursued many artistic and athletic skills such as ice skating, acting, and ballet. He was good at football and wished to pursue it as a career but a knee injury ended it. He learned martial arts such as Wushu, Taekwondo, anAikidodo. In 1972, he moved to New York and completed his dance training at the Joffrey Ballet and Harkness Ballet Schools. He joined San Jacinto College in Houston but dropped out after two years when his acting career began.
Patrick Swayze and his career and net worth
After dropping out of college, he took the role of Prince Charming in a touring “Disney on Parade” ice show. He was part of Broadway production called Grease. He debuted in films in the role of Ace in Skatetown USA in 1979. He also was seen in the TV series called Return of the Rebels in 1981.
His role in 1983’s Outsiders was noticed and he got more offers after that. It was in 1987 in the film Dirty Dancing that his popularity rose. It was a major hit and he gained international fame due to it. He also received nominations of prestigious awards. He did Road House in 1989, Ghost in 1990, and Point Break. One Last Dance saw his acting and he was also the co-producer on it. He has a Hollywood Hall of Fame star which he received in 1997.
In 1997, he fell from a horse and hit a tree during a filming and was in the hospital for it. He took 3 years to completely recover from the massive injuries due to it and in 2000 he appeared in Forever Lulu. He was cast as an FBI agent in The Beast and that was his final role before his death. His net worth at the time of his death was $ 40 million.
Patrick Swayze and his wife and children
Patrick was a married man. He met his future wife in his mother’s dance studio and her name was Lisa Niemi. She was 5 years younger than him. She also was a dancer and both had landed jobs with Joffrey’s Dance company together. They married on1 2 June 1975.
In 1982 after his father’s death, Patrick took to heavy drinking. In 1989, he created a ruckus in a hotel room and soon decided to cease this habit. He was successful for a while but in 1994 when his sister Vicki died, he again took to drinking. He credits his wife for helping him overcome this habit and both retired to their ranch in California and Las Vegas and started breeding Arabian horses.
Patrick Swayze and his death
Patrick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer during the filming of The Beast. He continued to shoot for the film despite his chemotherapy. His cancer was advanced and he was put on an experimental drug. But he succumbed to it and expired on 14 September 2009. He had faced a number of death hoaxes which had disturbed him.
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