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Patrick Swayze and Dirty Dancing co-star Jennifer Grey pose on the red carpet at the film's New York City premiere in August 1987.
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Swayze and Brooke Shields pose together at a 1987 In Fashion party in New York City.
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Swayze married Lisa Niemi in 1975. The couple is seen here at Le Caprice Restaurant in London in 1989.
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Paula Abdul poses with Swayze at the 32nd Annual Grammy Awards in 1990.
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Swayze and actor Tom Selleck pose together at the 50th Annual Golden Apple Awards in Beverly Hills, Calif., in December 1990.
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Swayze was nominated for three Golden Globe Awards during his career. He is seen here posing with Jodie Foster and Al Pacino on the red carpet for the the 50th Annual Globes in 1993.
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Swayze receives a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame on Aug. 18, 1997.
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Jennifer Grey and Swayze reunite at The 10th Anniversary of Dirty Dancing in 1997.
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Swayze and his wife attend the opening of Planet Hollywood in Dubai.
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Swayze and his Ghost co-star Whoopi Goldberg walk the red carpet at the Los Angeles opening of Complexions Dance Company in 2001.
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Swayze and wife Lisa attend the opening night of Thoroughly Modern Millie in New York City in 2002.
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Swayze and his brother, Don, walk the red carpet at the world premiere of Kill Bill Vol. 2 in 2004.
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Swayze attends the Las Vegas movie premiere of One Last Dance in 2005 with his wife Lisa, who also starred in the movie.
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Swayze throws a playful punch while attending Muhammad Ali's Celebrity Fight Night XII in March 2006.
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In October 2006, Swayze opened a production of Guys and Dolls opposite Samantha Janus and Norman Bowman at the Picadilly Theatre in London.
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Eight months after being diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, Swayze appeared on the cross-network telethon, Stand Up to Cancer.
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Despite his cancer battle, Swayze completed filming on the A&E drama The Beast, which was canceled after one season.
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In one of his final interviews, Swayze told Barbara Walters that he had been "going through hell," but, as he did throughout his cancer battle, he remained positive that he was going to beat the disease. "I've never been one to run from a challenge," he said.