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Old 07-20-2017, 05:53 PM
 
Location: So Ca
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it seems that the late Patrick Swayze had been in a long career slump when he was striken with the cancer that killed him.
Probably a victim of ageism in Hollywood. He was an amazing dancer. And I loved him in "The Outsiders," which came out when he was in his early 30s and was not very well known. One handsome guy...
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Old 07-20-2017, 10:04 PM
 
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I don't know if it was a slump or a choice. He had his ranch and a lot of dogs, cats, and horses. Perhaps he was enjoying the money he had made. I know in an interview when he was dying, he said he got his comfort from spending his time with his wife and the animals, that being with his animals was what made him feel better.

I remember him first as Orrie Main in the miniseries North and South, which I guess is where most people first saw him. It was ironic that Orrie Main walks with a cane after being wounded in the Mexican War, and no one knew the actor was a great dancer. I guess not no one, lol, but the general viewing public.

Of course, then came Dirty Dancing a few years after that and then everyone knew.
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Old Yesterday, 11:14 AM
 
Location: The Jar
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Pat was talented. No doubt he would have made more great and noteworthy films had he lived. He is sorely missed, as well as Mike Landon-- who also succumbed to the same disease.
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Old Yesterday, 09:17 PM
 
Location: southern born and southern bred
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I don't know if it was a slump or a choice. He had his ranch and a lot of dogs, cats, and horses. Perhaps he was enjoying the money he had made. I know in an interview when he was dying, he said he got his comfort from spending his time with his wife and the animals, that being with his animals was what made him feel better.

I remember him first as Orrie Main in the miniseries North and South, which I guess is where most people first saw him. It was ironic that Orrie Main walks with a cane after being wounded in the Mexican War, and no one knew the actor was a great dancer. I guess not no one, lol, but the general viewing public.

Of course, then came Dirty Dancing a few years after that and then everyone knew.
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Old Today, 05:05 AM
 
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I'll always remember Swayze for Red Dawn. I was in the military at the time stationed overseas when I saw it. It was a different world back then with the potential for conflict between the Soviet Union and the U.S. so Red Dawn seemed relevant to some extent. Wasn't that anyone thought the Soviets would invade but it didn't take that much of a stretch of the imagination to contemplate, "What if?". Anyway, I thought Patrick did a great job along with the rest of the cast.

Thanks to Red Dawn I had a hard time seeing him in the role of Dirty Dancing. That was just me though. It was a tribute to him as an actor that he could pull off the two very different roles well.
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