Born in in Houston, Texas, Patrick Swayze began his career as a dancer before finding success on Broadway. After early films like The Outsiders , he enjoyed a breakout as the sexy star of Dirty Dancing. Julie Newmar. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in , the actor passed away the following year at age He and his four siblings were raised by parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze. Swayze's mother, director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company, introduced her son to dance at an early age. While still in grade school, Swayze developed a love for ballet and was often teased by fellow classmates. Throughout high school, he set aside his dance career to concentrate on athletics like gymnastics, swimming and football.
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The Handbook of Texas is free-to-use thanks to the support of readers like you. Support the Handbook today. Soon after he took his first steps, he began training at the dance studio his mother owned and operated. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he attended school at St. At Waltrip High School, Swayze began focusing on athletics—balancing swimming, diving, gymnastics, track, and football. In fact, he excelled on the gridiron and had aspirations of earning a college scholarship until a knee injury his senior year cut his hopes short. Swayze nevertheless received a scholarship to San Jacinto College for gymnastics and worked all spring and summer to get back in shape. In he entered college with dreams of competing in the Olympics and for the interim took a job managing the skating rink at the Houston Galleria. But his hopes were dashed when he once again injured his knee and needed more surgery and another cast.
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Ten years since the world lost Patrick Swayze, there's still no one quite like the gracefully masculine good guy. Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi, opens up in "I Am Patrick Swayze" about the abuse that her late husband dealt with at the hands of his strict mother, Patsy Swayze, who was also his dance teacher. In fact, Zucker was convinced that there was absolutely no way Swayze would star in his film. He was ready to quickly dismiss the actor who came to audition. But Swayze wound up reading through the entire script to filmmakers. Swayze got the part.
It's hard to imagine that September 14 will mark 10 years since the world said goodbye to renowned actor Patrick Swayze. The Dirty Dancing and Ghost star died in after battling pancreatic cancer for 20 months. While fighting the disease, his wife of 34 years, Lisa Niemi , was by his side. As she penned in her memoir, Worth Fighting For , the actor spoke his final words to her Friday evening and died the following Monday morning. After I brought him home, things went very fast," she wrote. Lisa went on to say that Patrick slipped into a full coma soon after. She went on: "In the quiet of Monday morning, September 14, I looked at his face and listened to the tiny sips of air he was taking. There was something delicate, childlike about it. I knew it was time. Recently, Lisa spoke to Entertainment Tonight about what life was like with her late husband.