9:53 am - 09/17/2009

Entertainment Weeklys amazing Patrick Swayze cover

Though he was nominated for three golden Globes over the course of his 30-year career, Patrick Swayze measured his success by lives touched, not money made or awards won. “No matter what opinion Hollywood has of you,” Swayze once told Entertainment Weekly, “the fans never forget you if you never forget them.”

On September 14, at the age of 57, Swayze died after an extraordinarily brave and dignified 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze had initially responded well to treatment, and spent four months working 12-hour days on the A&E undercover drama The Beast while undergoing chemotherapy. He refused to take medication that might hinder what would become his final onscreen performance – even though the pain became intense. After he passed away, tributes have poured in from friends and colleagues. “Patrick was a rare and beautiful combination of raw masculinity and amazing grace,” recalled his Dirty Dancing costar Jennifer Grey.

The first hints of Swayze’s stardom emerged in his 1987 breakout film, Dirty Dancing. After that film’s success, Swayze was offered everything from a cologne deal to a record contract. But he was determined not to be pigeonholed as a gyrating boy toy. He sought cover in action films that let him run in what he called “crazy Swayze adrenaline-junkie mode.” The movies that he chose appealed to the side of him that was a self-proclaimed “searcher.” To Swayze, Road House showcased the beauty of martial arts via a bouncer with a philosophy degree from New York University.

Ghost brought him greater fame and accolades, but these were also years of personal turmoil. Swayze did a stint in rehab for alcohol abuse in 1993, and his sister Vicky committed suicide the following year. By the mid-’90s, he was ready to work again and was focused on playing interesting characters instead of the usual action heroes and dreamboats. The actor made what he later jokingly called “a conscious decision to have a great time screwing up my career.” His next movies were surprising and revealed new colors to his acting. He played the proud and elegant drag queen in To Wong Foo, and a closeted pedophile in the cult hit Donnie Darko. Supporting Darko at the Sundance Film Festival in 2001, he explained, “In my career, when you get offered an absolute fortune for crap, your insides start screaming for some kind of fulfillment. When I started meeting with some of these young filmmakers, the passion was restored in my life…This is the fifth reinvention of Patrick Swayze.”

Swayze’s hard-fought battle may be over, but his story hasn’t ended. On September 29, Atria will publish Swayze’s inspirational memoir, The Time of My Life, co-written with his wife. “Dance is a metaphor for life,” Swayze told EW in 2005. “You’re born. You peak. Your physical body goes downhill, but your spirit stays intact.”

For more on Patrick Swayze, including his essential filmography and a preview of his upcoming memoir, pick up the new issue of Entertainment Weekly on stands Sept. 18.


I like how NPH's name is on the cover because he did a cool Swayze skit on HIMYM
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aishiteru_x3 17th-Sep-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
He was a beautiful man.
ryuugazaki 17th-Sep-2009 02:10 pm (UTC)
An awesome cover indeed. RIP
neaira 17th-Sep-2009 02:11 pm (UTC)
I hope his wife is doing okay. They were married for a really long time. :(
lexatok 17th-Sep-2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
i think its called true love
karmapearl 17th-Sep-2009 02:36 pm (UTC)
It's called finding the right person and being sure you're ready to be with them forever.
unluckythirteen 17th-Sep-2009 02:42 pm (UTC)
i don't know. my parents have been together for almost 40 years, but every single day my mother tells me if she had the money, she would have left him long ago.
neaira 17th-Sep-2009 04:05 pm (UTC)
Some people just belong together.
redleigh86 17th-Sep-2009 06:41 pm (UTC)
I think it's about marrying your best friend. My parents will celebrate their 30th anniversary next year... and most of my relatives have been married 20+ years. It's not just about physical attraction but having common interests. My parents are each other's best friends. They're always joking around and having fun, and go on dates every weekend... but they also go off and do their own things.

What I don't understand is how someone can marry a person they know they don't want to spend the rest of their life with. What's the point of marrying a person if you don't like them/can't stand them???
nat 17th-Sep-2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
I was watching ET the other day and they were showing pictures of him and his wife dancing. I started bawling :(
colossusx 17th-Sep-2009 02:12 pm (UTC)
icon? well...oooookay.
colossusx 17th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
i just don't know if i agree he's reached iconic status
thewretchedpoet 17th-Sep-2009 07:20 pm (UTC)
For 80's kids, he sure as fuck is an icon.
jungle_mag 17th-Sep-2009 02:13 pm (UTC)
I'm really starting to feel like my whole childhood is dying :/
lasamy 17th-Sep-2009 06:37 pm (UTC)
Seriously...it's so sad and depressing :(

(Hai Gil hai!)
hxcfairy 17th-Sep-2009 02:17 pm (UTC)
Love the cover ♥
mostdisturbing 17th-Sep-2009 02:18 pm (UTC)
Watching Dirty Dancing again won't feel the same. :(
senorina 17th-Sep-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
That's a nice cover.

And "To Wong Foo" is my favorite Patrick Swayze movie. Am I alone in this sentiment?
eternalwings 17th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
I love To Wong foo ^_^
miss_nyxie 17th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Not at all.
senorina 17th-Sep-2009 02:25 pm (UTC)
Everyone keeps talking about Dirty Dancing (understandably) but my heart belongs to Vida, Noxema, and Chi Chi :-)
je_ne_sais_twat 17th-Sep-2009 02:33 pm (UTC)
haha no. i remember my mom ~banned~ me from watching it. by the time she wanted to get her ban on i had already seen it at my aunt's house about 5 times lmao.
arrogant_sage 17th-Sep-2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
To Wong Foo is my favorite Swayze movie. Followed closely by Red Dawn and The Outsiders. Dirty Dancing is good, but not as much as those others.
harmlessbondage 17th-Sep-2009 02:48 pm (UTC)
i love that movie as much now as i did as a kid (even though i admittedly understand it much better now).

but, god rest his soul, mr. swayze did make an ugly fucking woman :(
piccolho 17th-Sep-2009 03:10 pm (UTC)
No, I adore this movie. So much sadness! They never got to make a sequel!
satisfying 17th-Sep-2009 03:18 pm (UTC)
I love that movie.
klmnumbers 17th-Sep-2009 04:28 pm (UTC)
I love that movie so much.
hemsworth 17th-Sep-2009 06:34 pm (UTC)
i fucking love to wong foo. i got my bff into it!
redleigh86 17th-Sep-2009 06:45 pm (UTC)
Nope!!! I loved this movie as a kid and still love it :-)) I've always liked it more than Dirty Dancing too, which is something my friends never understood.

What's funny is that when me, my sister, and our friends/cousins (we're all girls btw) talk about our favorite movies, we've always all had at least 1 Patrick Swayze movie in the top 5. Even my dad has a Patrick Swayze movie in his favorites - Road House lol which I love as well.

He really is a legend.
baglady25 17th-Sep-2009 02:22 pm (UTC)
That's a gorgeous cover.
eternalwings 17th-Sep-2009 02:23 pm (UTC)
Why does it have to have that red ribbon across it? Would have been much better (Not to mention more respectful) without it.

Or is that just an internet type addition?
colossusx 17th-Sep-2009 02:24 pm (UTC)
probably because they had another cover before he died and that was some of the material and also to attract people who might not be too interested in reading about patrick swayze
yourremedy 17th-Sep-2009 02:27 pm (UTC)
He looks so good in that picture. RIP!
calumfan 17th-Sep-2009 02:29 pm (UTC)
Amazing cover and tribute.

My father died from pancreatic cancer and let me tell you, it is one of the most painful things I've ever witnessed.

To see a man who was always so strong wither away and be debilitated by the pain is something I'll never forget. I can only imagine that Patrick Swayze suffered about the same.

Even with the tabloid coverage Mr. Swayze handled his illness with dignity.

God Speed Johnny Castle
mckinley83 17th-Sep-2009 02:47 pm (UTC)
I'm so sorry for your loss, bb. :(
jezemel 17th-Sep-2009 03:12 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry :(
jessicagiovanna 17th-Sep-2009 04:02 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry for your loss.

I too have lost my father; his was heart disease :(
bostongirl2003 so sorry bb. *hugs*17th-Sep-2009 04:41 pm (UTC)
Maybe with this kind of exposure more money will be donated to research. It really seems like pancreatic cancer doesn't get as much attention, even though the statistics are so grim...
marmar627 17th-Sep-2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
Hugs bb, many hugs :(
velvetunicorn 17th-Sep-2009 02:31 pm (UTC)
that is a great cover.
writtenbyhand 17th-Sep-2009 02:35 pm (UTC)
I just found out about this today. I opened the newspaper that had been in my bag the whole day, and I just noticed it then. Genuine shock :( RIP sir! You fought hard.
harmoner 17th-Sep-2009 02:38 pm (UTC)
Nice cover. My favourite Patrick Swayze movie will always be The Outsiders.
unluckythirteen 17th-Sep-2009 02:43 pm (UTC)
stay gold ponyboy.
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