Patrick Swayze: He Had the Looks, and the Moves

Actor Patrick Swayze, a romantic idol to millions, has died of pancreatic cancer at the age of 57

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Actor Patrick Swayze in the 1990 film Ghost

He had the looks, and the moves. As the star of some of the most iconic films of the 1980s and '90s — Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Point Break and that epic of B-movie machismo, Road House — Patrick Swayze brought intelligence and warmth to old-fashioned movie maleness. Then he played his greatest, most heroic role, in a gritty, dignified, very public 20-month battle with pancreatic cancer that ended on Sept. 14. The actor was 57.

Seriously gorgeous in his prime, with a face that was sensual and craggy, Swayze always seemed secure in his studliness;...

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