Patrick Swayze died today of pancreatic cancer. He will be remembered by so many people. He will be remembered by students who have to read "The Outsiders" for school and who opt instead to run to Blockbuster Video for the 1983 movie adaption. He will be remembered by guys for his action roles in "Roadhouse"(1989) and "Point Break" (1991). He will be remembered by women everywhere for "Dirty Dancing" (1987) and "Ghost"(1990). To this Blogger he was "Orry Main" from the television mini-series "North and South" (movie adaption of three books by John Jakes). This was the best dramatic portrayal of the life, events, and times of the civil war that I have ever seen. If you have not seen it there are still sites where it can be ordered (it is twelve made for TV movies, so clear some time if you plan to watch because it is hard to turn off).
He was a great actor and a breath of fresh air in this society where almost every celebrity death is met with the scandal of suicide or drug overdose. In the midst of Michael Jackson, Heath Ledger, and Anna Nicole Smith of the last two years, we have Patrick Swayze. An actor who dies of a natural cause after a great career spanning four decades with his wife by his side. He married his first and only wife Lisa in 1975 and they renewed their vows last year. Hollywood could learn a lot from Patrick, from his career and his life. He will be missed.