1. Headline
  1. Headline
updated 9/14/2009 8:19:28 PM ET 2009-09-15T00:19:28

Although Patrick Swayze's movies never ended up on my must-see lists year after year, a recent surf through YouTube reminded me that I do have some fond memories of his work.

  1. More Entertainment stories
    1. Autistic ballerina dances her way into hearts

      In a popular YouTube video, the beaming little ballerina dances an entire four-minute routine seemingly perfectly, matchin...

    2. Every on-screen drink in 'Mad Men' in 5 minutes
    3. See the 'Dancing' stars' most memorable moves
    4. Emmy's biggest snubs? Cranston, Hamm, more
    5. 'Toy Story' toys burn up in prank on mom

I think that appreciation is rooted in the fact that, for me, he was a B-movie action/romance star who wasn't afraid to come across as rather comical. And that's not to disrespect his body of work, which at the time was well-regarded by audiences, if not critics. But somehow I imagine that after a certain amount of time Swayze, too, may have found some humor in his cinematic legacy.

Let's start with the classic — "Road House." There's no way you can watch this movie today and not chuckle at Swayze's tough guy bouncer, Dalton, who comes to the Double Deuce bar to instill his special brand of security. A mullet never looked so tough.

For many fans, appreciating Swayze starts and ends with "Dirty Dancing." An accomplished dancer, Swayze will forever be remembered for not putting Baby in the corner. Shall we have a last dance?

What do you remember about "Ghost"? Whoopi Goldberg won an Oscar for best supporting actress? Demi Moore had short hair that a lot of women tried to copy? Oh, and Moore and Swayze made a potter's wheel the sexiest movie prop of the '90s.

Slideshow: Patrick Swayze It's not a stretch to say that Swayze played pretty much the same character in many of his movies — "The Outsiders," "Red Dawn," "Point Break." He was a man's man, a leader, not a follower. "Youngblood" may have been a Rob Lowe vehicle in 1986, but the boozing hockey players looked up to Swayze in this clip.

It's sadly ironic that we'll complete this short list with a clip featuring another star who died too young — Chris Farley. This "Saturday Night Live"Chippendales skit is more about Farley's dance moves than Swayze's, but there's no denying the tough guy had a great sense of humor.

© 2013 msnbc.com Reprints


Discussion comments


Most active discussions

  1. votes comments
  2. votes comments
  3. votes comments
  4. votes comments

More on TODAY.com

  1. Monkey Business Images / Shutterstock

    Play nice: 4 ways to teach kindness and raise kids who aren't jerks

    7/24/2014 7:05:14 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T19:05:14
  1. Watch the full ‘Fifty Shades of Grey’ trailer: What we couldn’t show on TV

    “Fifty Shades of Grey” fans, you’ve come to the right place. 

    7/24/2014 12:30:07 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T12:30:07
  2. video ‘Fifty Shades’ stars give first look at steamy film

    video Stars Jamie Dornan and Dakota Johnson offer TODAY viewers a sneak peek at the highly anticipated film. When Savannah Guthrie told Dornan that viewers had asked if he'd do the interview shirtless, he said, “I would have considered it.” 

    7/24/2014 5:22:44 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T17:22:44
  3. Not a date movie: Why ‘Fifty Shades’ a girls’ night hit

    Even though the film is opening on Valentine's Day — the biggest date night of the year — women are likely to turn the movie into a social event.

    7/24/2014 1:22:41 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T13:22:41
  4. Universal Pictures
  1. Air Algerie Flight AH5017 plane wreckage found   

    General Gilbert Diendere says the wreckage of Air Algerie Flight AH5017, which went missing with 116 people on board Thursday, has been found in Mali. 

    7/24/2014 2:47:05 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T14:47:05
  1. 5 things I wish my boss knew about fatherhood

    7/24/2014 6:28:13 PM +00:00 2014-07-24T18:28:13