Fast Facts

  • Was a running back on his high school's football team.
  • Attended San Jacinto College on a gymnastics scholarship but left after two years to tour as Prince Charming with Disney on Parade.
  • Met his wife Lisa Niemi while she was a student at his mother's dance academy.
  • Studied at the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet Companies and was named principal dancer at the Eliot Feld Ballet Company.
  • Was a replacement Danny Zuko during the original Broadway run of Grease.
  • Taught North and South costar James Read how to ride horses.
  • Wrote and sang "She's Like the Wind" from the Dirty Dancing soundtrack.
  • Turned down $6 million to reprise his role as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights.

Awards

  • 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1996, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
  • 1991, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee

Relationships

  • Bambi Swayze — Sister
  • Vicky Swayze — Sister
  • Patsy Swayze — Mother
  • Jesse Swayze — Father
  • Lisa Swayze — Wife
  • Don Swayze — Brother
  • Sean Swayze — Brother

College

  • Attended San Jacinto College, Houston, TX

Details

  • Birth Name: Patrick Wayne Swayze
  • Birth Place: Houston, TX
  • Birthday: August 18, 1952, Leo
  • Died: September 14, 2009
  • Profession: Actor, Choreographer, Singer
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