Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57.
I had such an enormous crush on Patrick Swayze when I was a teenager. Ever since he was Darry Curtis in The Outsiders, I lurrrrrrved him. He also had the greatest hair of the 1980's (save maybe James Spader), which reached its awe-inspiring pinnacle around the time he hosted the SNL with that iconic Chippendales try-out sketch (homage; immortalized) with Chris Farley.
And then there is this, always this:
In "Dirty Dancing's" climactic scene, Swayze delivers a line with swaggering perfection. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," he says as he defies her father and pulls her up for a final uplifting dance sequence. Fans said that scene secured the movie's place in the pantheon of best date movies of all time.
[From an outdoor screening of Dirty Dancing commemorating its 20th anniversary.]
Blub. RIP Patrick.