Monday, September 14, 2009

Patrick Swayze 1952 - 2009

There is absolutely nothing I can say that won't be said better by someone else on the internet. Patrick Swayze was an icon. Pure and simple. He appeared in some of the best loved films of the 80s into the 90s. He seemed like a true gentleman and proved you could be straight and still dance like that. He was, for many of us, the guy we grew up watching. And we loved him.

Patrick had his hand in more than a few television projects, his final being The Beast which aired earlier this year on A&E. As he struggled with pancreatic cancer, my love and admiration only grew for him. I am deeply saddened by his passing.

Here's a couple of stills of Patrick in Return of the Rebels:

Strangely enough, I finally got to see this movie only a couple of weeks ago. I started writing my review of it last week between classes. Patrick is the bad guy, and man, he's oh-so-good at it! I will post the review with more stills when I finish it.

Patrick in Renegades:

This has to be my all time favorite thing Patrick ever did (with Roadhouse coming in a close second!). Before 21 Jump Street, Patrick and his merry band of reformed street thugs went undercover as cool young things, infiltrating all that is evil for the young... Originally a made for TV movie which aired in 1982, it became a very short lived series in 1983... only six episodes. I remember watching ever single one.

Patrick also appeared in the following television movies/mini-series:

The Comeback Kid (1980)
Pigs vs. Freaks (1984)
North & South (1985)
North & South: Book II (1986)
King Solomon's Mines (2004)
Icon (2005)

RIP Patrick. You were one of a kind. I'll miss you.

Here is the opening credits for Renegade, aka the best show ever:


VoyagerG said...

Yes, he certainly will be missed. I actually own Pigs vs. freaks because I love Adam Baldwin, he was Mickey South, the hippie football player. I thought Patrick also looked so cute. That was the earliest work I ever saw him in.

Amanda By Night said...

I have never seen Pigs vs. Freaks, but I also love Adam Baldwin!

I'm adding it to the list!