In a testament to his wide-ranging career, tributes to Patrick Swayze poured in from all corners Monday: from former co-stars, younger actors inspired by his work, and even the New York Yankees.
"Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace," said Jennifer Grey of her Dirty Dancing co-star. "Gorgeous and strong, he was a real cowboy with a tender heart. He was fearless and insisted on always doing his own stunts, so it was not surprising to me that the war he waged on his cancer was so courageous and dignified."
The original baby in the corner went on to say, "When I think of him, I think of being in his arms when we were kids, dancing, practicing the lift in the freezing lake, having a blast doing this tiny little movie we thought no one would ever see. My heart goes out to his wife and childhood sweetheart, Lisa Niemi, to his mom, Patsy, and to the rest of their family."
Patrick Swayze dies at 57
Ghost co-star Demi Moore used Twitter to honor Swayze. "Patrick you are loved by so many and your light will forever shine in all of our lives," she tweeted. "And in the words of Sam to Molly. 'It's amazing Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.' I love and will miss you Patrick."
"Patrick was a really good man, a funny man and one to whom I owe much that I can't ever repay," said Whoopi Goldberg, his other Ghost co-star. "I believe in Ghost's message, so he'll always be near."
Gary Busey, who appeared with the actor in Point Break, called him "a kindred spirit and a spiritual brother of mine."
"His focus was center target and his purpose was with faith, kindness, grace, understanding, and love," Busey said in a statement.
Tributes to Swayze also included one at Yankee Stadium, where, soon after the news of his death, "(I've Had) the Time of My Life," from Dirty Dancing, boomed from the speakers.
"I have always had a special place in my heart for Patrick," said C. Thomas Howell, who starred with Swayze in The Outsiders, Red Dawn and Grandview. "Not only did we lose a fine actor today, I lost my older Outsiders brother. My heart goes out to not only his entire family, but all his fans as well."
Rob Lowe, who co-starred with Swayze in The Outsiders and Youngblood, said, "Patrick lived a thousand lifetimes in one life. He played my brother twice and so I feel like I lost a brother tonight."
Saturday Night Live head writer Seth Meyers remembered Swazye for a classic skit with Chris Farley: "R.I.P. Patrick Swayze. Many remember you fondest from Dirty Dancing. For me, it will always be with Farley in Chippendales sketch."
Kirstie Alley reached out to Swayze's widow. "Oh my... I just heard about Patrick... unreal... Lisa, here if you need me," she tweeted. "I will always cherish my amazing memories of Patrick...we had so much fun together...come back soon Patrick, we need you here on earth."
Alyssa Milano also tweeted about her sadness at the loss. "RIP Patrick. You were a great talent. And more importantly... a true gentleman."
Shanna Moakler, who recently lost friend DJ AM, captured the mood of many in a year that has seen the death of several beloved entertainers. "RIP Patrick Swayze, I grew up watching and adoring you. We keep losing everyone :("
Patrick Swayze: His Life, His Legacy will air on TV Guide Network at 10/9c Monday and repeat throughout the day Tuesday, including at 8/7c. Also watch a special edition of Hollywood 411 on Swayze at 6/5c Tuesday.