09:17 AM EDT 12/22/2014
Originally posted 09/15/2009 08:05AM
Patrick Swayze was a big softie. With performances in nearly three dozen movies in more than three decades, that was the secret behind his best work: his ability to convey, even when he was playing a tough guy, that beneath the glower his character was actually kind, sensitive and maybe even hurting.
His two most memorable roles, in 1987's Dirty Dancing and 1990's Ghost, both showcased his caring side. They were also his biggest box-office successes.
In Dancing, he made hearts flutter as a sexy, supportive dance instructor who, via the mambo and cha-cha, helps transform a teenage wallflower (Jennifer Grey) into a self-confident woman.
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