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Personal Life: Patrick Swayze married Lisa Niemi in 1975. Swayze lost his father in 1982 and 12 years later, his sister Vicky also passed away.
The incidents caused him to start drinking heavily and following his sister's death he sought treatment for alcoholism.
He later toured as Prince Charming in the Disney on Ice show.
He moved to New York in 1972, where he studied at the Harkness Ballet School and Joffrey Ballet School. Swayze then appeared in a number of successful films such as The Outsiders (1983), Red Dawn (1984), and Youngblood (1986).
Performing Career: Swayze's Broadway debut was as Danny Zuko in the stage version of Grease. Swayze's television appearances around this time include a role in an episode of M*A*S*H and the American Civil War drama, North and South, which was Swayze's first breakthrough success.
This was followed by his film debut as Ace in the film Skatetown U. The film Dirty Dancing, released in 1987 was the venture that really propelled Patrick Swayze to super-stardom.
Swayze continued to act in TV and Film roles whilst suffering with illness.
On September 14th 2009 Patrick Swayze lost his battle with cancer.
Witnesses claimed that Swayze appeared to be intoxicated.
That year, he starred alongside Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron in the film Waking Up in Reno.
He also co-starred with Melanie Griffith in Forever Lulu.
The song 'She's Like The Wind', from the soundtrack, was sung by Swayze and became a Top 10 hit.
Three years later, Swayze found himself starring in another international hit when he starred in Ghost alongside Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg.
The accident happened when he fell from a horse and hit a tree.