A man the entertainment industry will not forget in a hurry; Patrick Swayze, born on the 18th of August 1952, to the family of Jesse Wayne Swayze and Patricia ‘Patsy’ Yvonne Helen Swayze, was an American by nationality, from Houston, Texas, U.S.A.
He was an actor, dancer, singer and songwriter who is best remembered for his work on famous movies like Ghost and Dirty Dancing. He made his first movie debut in 1979, in Skatetown U.S.A.
Career and Life Achievements
Patrick Wayne Swayze’s breakthrough came when performing as dance instructor Jonny Castle in the movie, Dirty Dancing, produced in 1987. He co-wrote the soundtrack ‘she’s like the wind’ for the movie, which he sang at the golden globe award after earning himself a nomination. The song became a top ten hit and has since been covered by other artists.
His biggest hit, however, came in 1990, when he starred in the American romantic fantasy thriller film ghost. A year after, he earned himself the reputation of “The sexiest man alive” by People Magazine.
Patrick co-produced the fictional dance movie One Last Dance, which he also starred in along with his wife Lisa, in 1993. He then had to stay out of filming for a while after he broke both legs doing scenes for HBO’s Letters from the Killer in 1998. He fell from a horse and hit a tree and suffered from detached tendons in his shoulder.
His father died from a heart attack at age 57 in 1982 and Swayze, being affected by his father’s demise, began to drink heavily, to the extent that he had to go to a rehabilitation centre to overcome his addiction. His sister Vicky committed suicide by overdose in 1994.
Patrick Swayze Wife, Kids
Patrick Wayne Swayze was married to the beautiful Lisa Anne Haapaniemi Swayze DePrisco who is currently popular with her stage name ‘Lisa Niemi’. Born 26th of May 1956, she is the only daughter out of six children. They were married for 34 years from 12th 1975 to Patrick’s death. They both met in 1970 at Patrick’s mother’s own dancing school.
Lisa is also an actress and director and like Patrick, she is a native of Houston, Texas, U.S.A, born to Edmond Melvin Haapaniemi and Edna Karin Hyttinen.
She starred in a string of films including Steel Dawn, One Last Dance, Beat Angel, Letter From a Killer and Next of Kin with her late husband.
After over three decades of marriage, the couple was never able to spawn a child. Though Lisa got pregnant during the early days of their marriage, it led to a miscarriage. Patrick, however, expressed his desire to become a father, and how he tried but it all ended futile.
In one of his memoir, “The Time of My Life”, he said: “I couldn’t wait to become a dad, to have a child with this woman I loved so dearly.” He also said having a child would avail him the opportunity to give his best as a father just as his own father was to him. He died without having a chance to fulfil this dream.
Patrick was the second child, after his sister Vicky Lynn. His mom then had two more boys, Don and Sean Kyle, and an adopted daughter Bambi. They were raised in their mother’s Roman Catholic faith.
Donald Swayze popularly known as Don Swayze is also into the entertainment industry like his elder brother and parents. He is an American actor and dancer.
Patrick Wayne Swayze was 5feet 10inches (1.78m) tall and weighed 77kg before his death.
Cause of Death
Patrick Swayze passed on at about 10 am on Monday, 14th of September 2009 at age 57 years and 27 days, twenty months after being diagnosed with cancer. He died with his family by his side.
His cause of death was listed as being a cardiorespiratory arrest, with an underlying cause of advanced pancreatic cancer. In January 2008, Patrick was diagnosed with stage IV pancreatic cancer.
The Beast was his last appearance in the movie industry. Patrick couldn’t promote the series due to his prolonged health issues and on the 15th of June 2009, Entertainment Tonight announced the cancellation of the show. His body was cremated and his ashes were scattered over his ranch in New Mexico.
Patrick Swayze Net Worth
Before his death, Patrick had an estimated net worth of $40 million. Apart from his music, he also earned a huge sum as salary for his roles in the movie industry.