Sad news to report tonight: Actor Patrick Swayze, famous for countless roles, has passed away at age 57. In March 2008 it was revealed that Swayze was suffering from pancreatic cancer, and today we’ve learned that he passed away peacefully while surrounded by family. Swayze was famous for his romantic roles (Dirty Dancing and Ghost, among others), but I’m more of a fan of his work in Red Dawn, Road House, and Point Break (though you could probably argue about the romantic aspect of that latter role).
Most recently he’s starred in The Beast for A&E, and he also had a fascinating turn as a pedophilic self-help guru in Donnie Darko. Swayze’s career hit a bit of a slump in the late 90′s, and it sadly never returned to the heights he reached earlier on. Still, even in recent smaller projects, it’s been nice to see the guy on screen again.
It’s a shame we’ll never get to see a Point Break sequel reuniting Swayze and Reeves once again, but honestly it’s more sad that he was never able to rebound his career completely. He had the rare ability to make the ladies swoon while at the same time personifying 80′s cool. In many ways, Swayze’s passing is similar to Michael Jackson’s for me—it’s the end of an era.