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Patrick Swayze movies: 15 greatest films ranked from worst to best

Although his films for the most part weren’t award winners or critical successes, Patrick Swayze starred in a stream of commercially successful movies that have since gone on to attain cult status. Two set the standard for the iconic 1980s Brat-Pack teen movies, and two films that have become a huge part of pop culture. Men wanted to be him, women loved him and he is one of the actors that comes to mind as one we lost much too soon.

Patrick Wayne Swayze was born on August 18, 1952, in Houston, the second of five children. His mother owned a dance studio, and Swayze became an accomplished dancer, although he was bullied in school for his training in classical ballet. As a teen, he honed several skills besides dance, including ice skating, acting in school plays, martial arts and football. His hopes for a football scholarship were dashed when he injured his knee. This variety of interests and skills led to an interesting and diverse career as a dancer, songwriter, romantic lead and action hero who could perform his own stunts.

Swayze found success on stage, as well as in television and film. He began his professional life in the 1970s as Prince Charming for a Disney theatrical group in “Disney on Parade,” followed by a stint as Danny Zuko in the Broadway production of “Grease.” He found steady work in television beginning in the 1980s, including an episode of the acclaimed sitcom “M*A*S*H” and a lead role in the popular Civil War miniseries “North and South” (1985). On the big screen, he became a heartthrob in the teen films “The Outsiders” (1983) and “Red Dawn” (1984). In 1987, at the age of 35, he had his breakout role in the sleeper hit “Dirty Dancing,” which garnered him his first of

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