Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze

1952 - 2009

“I found that dance was key to keeping depression out of my life. When you dance, things just go away, things don't seem so bad. There's no better way to take care of health than through something as joyous and beautiful as dance.” - Patrick Swayze




With his wife Lisa ...




... they were together since 1970.

Patrick was often named sexiest man alive, sexiest actor, sexiest dancer ...



I always thought he was a good guy, a regular guy, a genuine person.

"If you live through the initial stage of fame and get past it, and remember that's not who you are. If you live past that, then you have a hope of maybe learning how to spell the word artist." - Patrick Swayze



Peaceful Journey Patrick

34 comments:

Grayquill said...

People in the spot light who reach, 'famous' status. We forget feel with all the same emotions we have. I liked how you highlighted his humanness.

Daryl said...

Every one of his former co-stars who has commented on his passing stressed his nice guy/good person qualities ... may he rest in peace, he fought hard ...

Ramblings of a Villas Girl said...

Hi Dianne! I believe we have lost a truly great person. I think too that he was a down to earth nice guy. Rest in peace Patrick.

Jacob said...

He was a fighter for sure. I think I saw most of his movies and always thought he was an excellent actor.

May he rest in peace.

Nice tribute, Dianne!

Matt-Man said...

He's probably in a better place now, where the movies in which he starred were actually good. Cheers Dianne!!

Akelamalu said...

A lovely tribute Dianne. He had everything didn't he? Charisma, looks and boy could he dance! I feel so sorry for his wife. :(

Ron said...

BEAUTIFUL tribute, Dianne!

He had the sweetest soul.

I remember when Dirty Dancing first came out - I went back and saw it THREE times. I still watch it now on DVD and enjoy it just as much.

Rest in peace, Patrick.

X

Jay said...

"Pain don't hurt." - Dalton in "Roadhouse"

Linda Reeder said...

Lovely tribute, Dianne. Famous people are real people, after all, and he was a good one.

Dianne said...

grayquill - thank you, I try to concentrate on our shared humanity, it makes life more noble

daryl - he did fight hard

lisa - he did an interview with Barbara Walters years ago and that was when I realized who he was

jacob - he managed to make even a badly written role better

matt-man - his movies may not have won with the critics but he sure did entertain his fans :)

akelamalu - I feel for her too, they were together since she was 16

ron - sweet soul is a perfect description my love

jay - excellent quote Jay
I loved him in that movie
I remember when he first cleaned up the bar and the owner said "it was a good night, nobody died"
we used to use that quote at my job

linda r - he was a good one

The Quiet Rage said...

I love the pic with the horse....

Sylvia K said...

A great tribute, Dianne. I was always a fan and enjoyed all his movies, but most of all his dancing! It's always sad to see someone so talented die so early.
RIP, Patrick!

Lily Hydrangea said...

Even my 15 year old son was sad to hear of his passing, all his facebook friends were sad too. He will be missed.
I agree Dianne, he was a regular guy.
Thanks for the thoughtful tribute.

Linda said...

Sometimes it seems sadly true that "only the good die young" and it's a true tragedy and shame that a guy such as Patrick Swayze not only died way too young but had a miserable lot of it, too.

We can still put a man on the moon but we can't cure cancer, can we?

Rest in peace, Patrick, and don't let them put you in a corner up there in Heaven!

Hilary said...

A very touching tribute, Dianne.. simple and real. Sigh!

~Just me again~ said...

He will be missed, thats for sure.

Beautiful post!

CrystalChick said...

Really nice post, Dianne. We liked him alot too. Seemed so kind and loved his life.

Cloudia said...

Yes, this one hurt. You said it very well.

Too Wong Foo: Thanks for EVERYTHING!

A beautiful man!

Aloha

Comfort Spiral

fermicat said...

RIP

Much too young. Same age as my Dad when cancer took him.

Cancer sucks.

Travis said...

I liked him. I was entertained by the films I saw him in.

Dianne said...

quiet rage - I like that pic too, something very gentle and hopeful about it

sylvia - I loved to watch him dance

lily - I think Dirty Dancing made him ageless, it's a movie will endure

linda - if the Pharma cos would put their profits in the right place and if they didn't own the govt ...

hilary - thanks, deep sigh

just me - I did me best, thank you

crystal - he's one "celeb" I wish I had met

cloudia - he was beautiful, I almost forgot that movie :)

fermicat - my mom was 59
cancer does suck
we need more work on cures

travis - and I think being entertaining was just fine with him :)

Robin said...

I'll always remember him best as Darry Curtis in The Outsiders.

Rest in peace Patrick.

Scott Oglesby said...

He will always be Bodhi to me. One of my most favorite characters of all time. RIP!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

What a BEAUTIFUL Tribute to such a lovely lovely Actor, and from all I have ever heard...A truly lovely man! I love the quotes you chose, Dianne---especuially the second one about being an Artist! Thank you, my dear, for this very touching post. RIP, Patrick.

Deborah Godin said...

Really nice tribute to one of the good guys!

CG said...

What a lovely, lovely person he was. A rare soul.

Raven said...

His was a life well lived. Nice collection of photos.

Sleepypete said...

Aye - we knew this was coming soon but knowing doesn't make it any easier.

Good bloke, definitely provoked envy from this one :-) Sad to hear he's gone.

gazomato said...

hi..visitin u from afar..sad to know tat his not with us anymore..i really love his movie with Demi Moore..he's one of those rare gems..

Ivanhoe said...

I will miss him too. What a fight he put up with that nasty cancer...

Miss you, D!

dining room set said...

R.I.P. to Patrick Swayze! He fought a good battle! And I believe he lived his life into something very special that many people can remember.--"pain don't hurt".

Frank Baron said...

Swayze was one of those rare guys who could do things like dance, and still be a man's man with whom you could have a beer while watching the game.

A nice guy who finished too soon.

Lu' said...

Amen, Very nice Dianne.

Michael Manning said...

Lovingly written, Dianne. I felt he was a good man and I admired him tremendously. This is a very sad loss and my thoughts and prayers are with Patrick now and his wife Lisa. A fantastic couple.