Reports have now been confirmed that 55 year-old actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The Dirty Dancing star is currently undergoing treatment and is reportedly responding well thus far. Unlike earlier reports that Swayze only had weeks to live, the good news is that the star's doctor says his chances are, "considerably more optimistic.
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Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Swayze, 55, was reportedly diagnosed last month. In contrast with earlier reports, the actor's rep denied that Swayze was given a dire prognosis.In a statement, the rep said, "Actor Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and is currently undergoing treatment. Patrick's physician Dr. George Fisher states, 'Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far. All of the reports stating the timeframe of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic.'"A&E later followed up with its own statement, expressing concern for Swayze and saying that his new show for the network, Beast, is still in the running for a series pickup. In the show, Swayze reportedly plays an FBI alum who is "unorthodox" in his methods. For the moment, however, the network said, "At this time all of our thoughts are solely with Patr...
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Paul Blackthorne (The Dresden Files) has replaced Chris Wiehl (Love Monkey) as Brooke Shields' husband on the NBC midseason drama Lipstick Jungle.... Also per the Reporter, Patrick Swayze has been tapped to topline The Beast, A&E Network's drama pilot about a veteran FBI agent who trains a new partner (Travis Fimmel) in his psychologically clever style while being pursued by an Internal Affairs team and being subjected to Dr. Houseman's rhetoric.
Get this — it's the first day of Entertainment News in '06, and I've already got the strangest story you'll hear all year: Patrick Swayze — whose surname means "disappear" in gangsta parlance (seriously) — is moving in on Fitty's turf. According to allhiphop.com, the 53-year-old original Ghost whisperer has said he's begun tinkering with "rap rhythms as an emotional undercurrent for ballads." Alas — and maybe this won't come as a shock to you — no release date was mentioned for the avant-garde material.
Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi
Patrick Swayze is dancing again, but there isn't anything dirty about it. The drama One Last Dance, written, directed by and costarring his wife, Lisa Niemi, represents a passion project nearly two decades in the making. Now that the film (about a trio of dancers who must reunite to save something dear to them) is available on DVD, the marrieds are having, well, the time of their life.
TVGuide.com: You recently had a birthday, Patrick. Do you feel, what is it, 53? What are we saying these days?Patrick Swayze: Well, I've never lied. I'm feeling like I should start to, though, what do you think? Lisa Niemi: He's always been totally honest about his age.Swayze: I'm 53 and it's amazing.
TVGuide.com: As amazing as the fact that you two have been married for 30 years. What is your secret?Swayze: Keep dancing and keep looking in each other's eyes.