Last night, actor Patrick Swayze passed away at the age of 57 after a long battle with cancer. Swayze’s career included memorable roles in “Dirty Dancing,” “Road House,” “Ghost” and “Point Break,” and he recently starred in the supremely underrated series “The Beast.” Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year and was initially given only six months to live, but he persevered and continued working.
Swayze wasn’t just an actor — he also had extensive dance training (hence his memorable role in “Dirty Dancing,” where he uttered the legendary line “Nobody puts Baby in the corner”) and was also a singer. His contribution to the “Dirty Dancing” soundtrack, “She’s Like the Wind,” spent several weeks near the top of the Billboard Hot 100. Swayze co-wrote the song with singer Wendy Fraser (who also sings on the track), and it’s been covered by the likes of David Hasselhoff, Vibekingz and Lumidee, but it will be hard to top Swayze’s original.