Patrick Swayze has lost his 20 month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57. He fought cancer like a champion for 20 months, defying the odds every step of the way. He even filmed a full season of his TV series The Beast while undergoing chemo.
Swayze was a native Texan, born and raised in Houston. He attended San Jacinto Community College before moving to New York to study dance. His dancing skills were apparent in his iconic role in Dirty Dancing, but even in his many action movies, he moved with grace. My favorite film of his was To Wan Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. I thought it was his best performance. It brought him one of his three Golden Globe nominations.
He is survived by his wife, Lisa Niemi, to whom he had been married since 1975.