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

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"He fought, stomped, kicked and screamed to make sure I got the part and I won an Oscar because of Patrick Swayze," the actor's Ghost costar Whoopi Goldberg once said. Still devoted friends over a decade later, the View co-host spoke out about negative rumors of his prognosis in April. "He's doing what everybody else is doing – he's taking it one day at a time," she told the British TV show GMTV. "He does not have an expiration on his backside."