Patrick Swayze 1952-2009

Patrick Swayze: A Talented Heartthrob Remembered

From Dirty Dancing to his valiant battle with pancreatic cancer, see what made the actor a beloved star

LITTLE CHARMER

Born prematurely in Houston on Aug. 18, 1952, the outgoing Swayze (circa 1960) showed an early talent for performing. As the oldest of five children, he grew up a student of choreographer mom Patsy's ballet school and the son of former champion rodeo cowboy Jesse. "I can't recall a time in my life when I wasn't dancing," he once said. Even when bullies taunted him with names like "Twinkle Toes" and "Sissy," wrote author Wendy Leigh in the 2009 biography Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance, he refused to be intimidated – and picked up martial arts and high school football.



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