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Spotlight: Patrick Swayze

Thumbnail image for wisemanl.jpgSay it ain't so. Patrick Swayze, the hunky, sexy, smooth-talking dancer from that iconic film, "Dirty Dancing," has died. I've watched the movie hundreds of times. Heck, I even owned the soundtrack (on a cassette no less.) Tell me, what 13-year-old girl didn't want to be swept onto the dance floor by bad-boy Johnny Castle after they proclaimed "Nobody puts Baby in the corner."

While Swayze's career was hardly full of A-list roles, I grew up on his movies. "The Outsiders," "Red Dawn," "Youngblood," "Point Break," and "Ghost." While today I have refined my movie taste, I loved watching these movies. I have seen them all repeatedly. And Swayze was good in these films. He was what you wanted him to be in a cheesy drama.

So, will you forget Swayze wrapped around Demi Moore in "Ghost" as she attempts to mold clay with "Unchained Melody" playing in the background? Have you not seen the end of "Point Break" when Swayze's character sacrifices himself to catch the killer wave during the storm of the century?

Share with us your favorite Swayze movie moments and thoughts on yet another celebrity who has died this summer. We would love to hear from you.

By Lauren Wiseman |  September 14, 2009; 9:14 PM ET  | Category:  Lauren Wiseman , Movies
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While your swaggering post is similiar in spirit to movies that were vehicles for Patrick Swayze in the 80s, it's not the approriate tone for kicking off comments about his life and work. Mr. Swayze was a talented professional, who carved out a career in "Hollywood" without compromising his bedrock, heartland values. His courageous and dignified fight with cancer at the end of his life deserves our respect, not backhanded compliments about enjoying his cheesy dramas.

Posted by: lmalloy1 | September 15, 2009 7:45 AM

His passing barely made a ripple in the news cycle, unless I missed it, all of it?

I thought his resume (though I wasn't a big fan) would've warranted more?

Posted by: MarkAntney | September 15, 2009 10:42 AM

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