The Handbook of Texas is free-to-use thanks to the support of readers like you. Support the Handbook today. Soon after he took his first steps, he began training at the dance studio his mother owned and operated. Raised as a Roman Catholic, he attended school at St. At Waltrip High School, Swayze began focusing on athletics—balancing swimming, diving, gymnastics, track, and football.
Patrick Swayze’s Rise to Stardom
Gaining fame with appearances in films during the s, he became popular for playing tough and romantic male leads, giving him a wide fan base. He was named by People magazine as its Sexiest Man Alive in He wrote and recorded the popular song " She's Like the Wind " and was posthumously awarded the Rolex Dance Award in Swayze died of cancer in at the age of He married Katherine Kinge from Essex and eventually had seven children. Their grandson Samuel, a judge, was among the first to use the Swayze spelling. During this time, he pursued multiple artistic and athletic skills, such as ice skating , classical ballet , and acting in school plays. He also played football during high school, hoping to receive a football scholarship for college until a knee injury ended his career, and also concurrently practiced martial arts such as Wushu , Taekwondo and Aikido , which he used to channel his "self-deprecating rage. Patrick Swayze's first professional appearance was as a dancer for the Disney Theatrical Group in a show called Disney on Parade.
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Born in in Houston, Texas, Patrick Swayze began his career as a dancer before finding success on Broadway. After early films like The Outsiders , he enjoyed a breakout as the sexy star of Dirty Dancing. Julie Newmar. Diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in , the actor passed away the following year at age He and his four siblings were raised by parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze. Swayze's mother, director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company, introduced her son to dance at an early age.
As the son of a choreographer and dance instructor, the would-be triple threat grew up practicing classical ballet, ice skating, and acting. When a knee injury ended his football career, year-old Swayze moved to New York City to formally train at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet companies. After catapulting to fame through his appearance in the classic film The Outsiders , Swayze starred in Red Dawn, Youngblood, and the television miniseries North and South. However, his starring role in Dirty Dancing , where he danced and romanced Jennifer Grey, is what turned Swayze into one of the most famous '80s heartthrobs. In honor of his birthday this weekend, CR looks back at images of the late, talented triple threat in his youthful heyday.