Yesterday, Patrick Swayze tragically passed away at the age of 57. To celebrate his life and acting career, I've compiled my favorite movies and TV appearances by Swayze. From his iconic role in Dirty Dancing to smaller roles that made me smile, enjoy the bright moments of a truly memorable career.
Patrick Swayze passed away today at home with his family. He was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and his condition took a turn for the worse earlier this year. He was 57 years old. Swayze is survived by his wife, Lisa Niemi, who he's been with since he was 18 years old. Patrick has a very special place in our hearts for many of his movies, like Ghost and Point Break to name a couple, but perhaps most of all for Dirty Dancing. Our thoughts are with his loved ones, and he will be missed.
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Patrick Swayze's battle with cancer has been getting a lot of media attention over the past few months but tonight he'll be in the spotlight for a different reason. He's been working hard on his new show, and The Beast premieres tonight on A&E. So we want to know — will you watch The Beast to support Patrick?
I don't know if it's possible to watch Patrick Swayze in The Beast and separate his performance from what we know about his personal drama. Swayze has been simultaneously battling pancreatic cancer and filming the show, which premieres tonight at 10 p.m. on A&E.
That makes it all the more impressive that he's being called the best thing about The Beast, delivering a confident performance as an undercover FBI agent who takes a new protege under his wing. Swayze's character, Charles Barker, is the latest in a string of unorthodox but brilliant detectives we've seen on TV over the years, specializing in high-intensity undercover work. As The Beast begins, Charles attempts to train his rookie partner, Ellis Dove, (Travis Fimmel), even as the FBI's higher-ups are trying to convince Dove to help in an internal investigation of Charles's methods.
At TCA last week, the producers of The Beast said Swayze's health hasn't had much of an impact on their plans for the show, which was cast before Swayze was diagnosed; if the show is picked up for a second season, it could be in production as soon as March. To check out some clips of the show and the actors talking about their roles, read more