"Patrick Swayze passed away peacefully today with family at his side after facing the challenges of his illness for the last 20 months," said a statement released Monday evening by his publicist, Annett Wolf. Swayze died in Los Angeles, Wolf said, but declined to give further details.
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Ghost is a fun flick, but my favorite Swayze was definitely "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar". Who can resist a movie in which studly action heroes Swayze, Weslie Snipes, and John Leguizamo believably (and hysterically) portray drag queens?
Swayze was from the Houston area-south east in the refinery area. Think the backdrop of Urban Cowboy in the 50's and 60's. His mother was a long-time dance instructor at a local community college (San Jacinto CC). My buddy took classes from her. Nice lady, good family. Patrick would host benefits/recitals for the college. No star-tripping at all.
In one of the better MASH episodes, a young Swayze played Pvt Gary Sturgis who is intent on donating blood to his wounded buddy. He later learns that he is unable to donate because the docs discovered he has leukemia. Good performances all around.
I was hardly a Swayze fan, but Donnie Darko was a great 'low budget' marvel. eleven:fourteen was similar in that regard, and came later(?) but seems much less well known.
If you haven't seen it, even if you're not a 'fan', I can heartily recommend it. Part produced by and also starring Hilary Swank. It's smart, funny, and in an age where movies seem to run at 120 minutes standard, it's pleasingly short, at just 86 minutes.
A cheesy post-apocolyptic film. It was trying to cash in on the success of the Mad Max films. As a huge fan of the genre, I tracked down a copy of this on DVD and it's now a proud part of my collection. If you like bad movies, you should check this out.
Youngblood. I caught this recently on late-night. It's one of those kinds of movies that you get caught up in and can watch every so often. Swayze plays the wiser, older kid, that's waiting to break into the big leagues.