07/29/2008 at 08:00 AM EDT
Nobody puts Patrick Swayze in a corner!
The 55-year-old Dirty Dancing
star looked fit and healthy Monday as he filmed The Beast
, his first acting job since he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer earlier this year.
The self-proclaimed "miracle"
– who announced he had pancreatic cancer
in March and began chemotherapy
– looked tanned and smiling on the set of the A&E TV series. (Episodes of the show – in which Swayze plays and FBI agent – are scheduled to begin airing next year.)
"Patrick is an amazing person," his costar Larry Gilliard Jr. recently told PEOPLE
. "He's so positive. I'm really looking forward to getting back to work with him."
– Phil Boucher