Dancing with the Stars to Pay Tribute to Patrick Swayze
“We have some very fond memories of the late actor coming to help us our when we were a tiny little show way back when,” Dancing's executive producer Conrad Green says.
Swayze, who died of pancreatic cancer on Monday at the age of 57, made a guest appearance on Dancing’s inaugural U.S. season in 2005, teaching friend and fellow actor John O’Hurley a few dance moves in rehearsal. He also came to the show and supported O’Hurley by attending the season 1 finale.
“He was one of the few to integrate dance with being an A-list actor,” Green says. “He inspired many and many of our pros to dance. We want to honor the great moments he’s brought to film by getting our dancers to do their interpretation to some music from his films.” --Monica Rizzo
From Dirty Dancing to his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, see what made Patrick Swayze a beloved star in PEOPLE's tribute to the late actor.