- 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.
- 1991, 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
- 1988, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Motion Picture - Musical or Comedy: Nominee
- Vicky Swayze — Sister
- Bambi Swayze — Sister
- Jesse Swayze — Father
- Lisa Swayze — Wife
- Don Swayze — Brother
- Patsy Swayze — Mother
- Sean Swayze — Brother
- Attended San Jacinto College, Houston, Texas, United States
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