Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on Aug 18, 1952, in Houston, Texas. He has raised his parents, Patsy and Jesse Swayze alongside his four siblings. His father worked as a chemical plant engineer draftsman while his mother Patsy worked as the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company.
His mother introduced him to Ballet and he was soon over hills with it, even though he was often teased by his classmates.
He graduated from Waltrip High School in 1971. Patrick continued attending his mother’s ballet school as he was in love. During one of the times, he spent in the Ballet school he saw a girl, Lisa Niemi, and couldn’t take his eyes off her.
After graduating from high school, Patrick soon landed his first job as Prince Charming in Disney on Parade and made his Broadway debut as Danny Zuko in the original production of Grease.
He made his film debut in 1979 after landing a role in SkatetownU.S.A and made his debut on television in the classic series M*A*S*H, where he played a soldier diagnosed with leukemia in 1981.
He got a life-changing role in 1987 in the movie dirty dancing where he starred as a dance instructor Johnny Castle and the rest is history.
After meeting Lisa Niemi for the first time, Patrick knew he wasn’t going to let her go and when he found out she had similar feelings they became a couple.
“I knew she was the smartest chick I’d ever met. [Before Lisa] I had been meeting girls with names like “Mimi” and “Angel”. And for a long time, I didn’t feel like I deserved her,” Swayze explained.
The two lovebirds tied the knot on June 12, 1975. They wanted to build a family but it wasn’t forthcoming as Lisa miscarried. He wanted to have kids with Lisa and when it wasn’t happening, it crushed him, but his career continued to flourish.
Their love story soon turned into a tragedy after Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with Stage 4 pancreatic cancer in late 2007. He loved smoking and didn’t want to quit.
His last film was the movie Velvet Blue in 2009 and he passed away on September 14, 2009, at the age of 57.
On his death anniversary she took to her Instagram page to post:
“Celebrating a wonderfully strong, sensitive & special man on the 11th anniversary of his passing. So missed. Can’t help but feel a dark cloud today (and all last week!), but grateful for what we had together. What a journey! Blessed, even with the tears”, Lisa wrote.
May he keep resting in Peace.