A scene from One Last Dance – Swayze, his wife Lisa, and George de la Pena
Actor Patrick Swayze died yesterday (Monday, Sept. 14) after a 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
One of five children raised in Houston, Texas, by Patsy, a dance teacher, and Jesse, a champion rodeo cowboy, Swayze grew up dancing in his mom’s studio and met his future wife, Lisa Niemi, when the two teenagers were both students there. It was the beginning of one of Hollywood’s most enduring romances: Swayze and Niemi, 53, were married 32 years. – People Magazine
“I keep dreaming of a future, a future with a long and healthy life, a life not lived in the shadow of cancer, but in the light. … I dream that the word `cure’ will no longer be followed by the words `is impossible.'” – Patrick Swayze, September 2008 live television event “Stand Up to Cancer,”
An array of video clips from Swayze’s diverse career