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


That "pedestal ... is a strangely wonderful and confusing place to go," Swayze told PEOPLE about being named Sexiest Man Alive in 1991. But there was no question of why he wore the crown. "He has a very sweet, gentle, kind heart, and those Southern manners," Demi Moore raved about her Ghost costar. "But he's also got a very rugged, animalistic physique."