Swayze-Crazy: TO WONG FOO, THANKS FOR EVERYTHING! JULIE NEWMAR

Trope and Dagger

In September 2009, the world lost actor Patrick Swayze to cancer. Both an action star and a dancer, Swayze was able to play romantic leads and tough guys a feat few in Hollywood (of any era) can pull off. Swayze oozed charisma and stared in some of the biggest films of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Maybe you first saw him in Ghost starring playing a young lover murdered in cold blood. Or perhaps you know him best as Frances Houseman from the 1987 dance flick Dirty Dancing. Or maybe you know him as Jed Eckert in the Cold War action-thriller Red Dawn. It’s difficult to put Patrick Swayze into a unified category, which is probably why he became such a big star and meant a lot to so many people.

I grew up watching a ton of movies, many starring Swayze, but it wasn’t until I went back and revisited…

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