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    Patrick Swayze

    Actor never put baby in the corner and wasn't afraid to don a dress for the many films throughout his career.

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    Skate king -

    Patrick Swayze made his film debut in 1979's "Skatetown, U.S.A.," which co-starred Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick, Flip Wilson and Billy Barty and had the tag line, "The Rock and Roller Disco Movie of the Year!"
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    Soldier's story -

    Swayze co-starred opposite Gene Hackman and Robert Stack in 1983's "Uncommon Valor," a story about a group of Vietnam vets who reunite to return to Vietnam to rescue one man who was left behind.
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    Grease is the word -

    Francis Ford Coppola featured a bunch of hot young actors including Swayze, C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe in 1983's "The Outsiders." Based on S.E. Hinton's novel, the film tells the story of a group of greasers who get challenged by the rich "socs."
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    Keeping it civil -

    Swayze starred opposite Lesley-Anne Down in the 1985 TV miniseries "North and South." The series told the story of two friends, one from the north and one from the south, who struggled to stay friends during the Civil War.
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    Hunks on ice -

    Swayze starred opposite Rob Lowe in 1986's hockey drama, "Youngblood."
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    The time of his life -

    Jennifer Grey and Swayze created a coming-of-age classic with 1987's "Dirty Dancing." Though the stars reportedly didn't get along off screen, they managed to make sparks anyway.
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    Apocalypse now -

    Swayze starred as a warrior in a post-apocalyptic world who wanders through the desert until he comes upon a group of settlers who need his protection in 1987's "Steel Dawn."
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    More than a doorman -

    Swayze stars as a tough bouncer hired to take care of the bullies who rule a rough bar in 1989's "Roadhouse."
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    Hungers for her touch -

    In 1990's "Ghost," Swayze starred as a man who comes back from the dead to protect his wife (Demi Moore) from his killer.
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    Shake it -

    On "Saturday Night Live," Swayze poked fun at his fit body in a skit with Chris Farley where they competed to become Chippendales dancers.
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    Daddy time -

    In 1993's "Father Hood," Swayze stars as the father of two young crooks (Sabrina Lloyd and Brian Bonsall) and plans a big heist that could set them up for life.
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    What a drag -

    In 1995's "To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar," John Leguizamo, Wesley Snipes and Swayze starred as drag queens who get stranded in a small town while traveling across the country.
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    He's a star -

    Swayze kisses his wife, Lisa Niemi, after the unveiling of his star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in Los Angeles on Aug. 18, 1997. The couple married in 1975.
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    On the mic -

    Swayze appears at Borders Bookstore to sign copies of his movie "One Last Dance" on Aug. 24, 2005, in New York. The 2003 film tells the story of three veteran dancers who reunite to pay tribute to their dead mentor.
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    Perfect couple -

    Swayze and his wife Lisa speak onstage during the Ninth Annual Costume Designers Guild Awards at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, Calif., on on Feb. 17, 2007.
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    'The Beast' -

    Patrick Swayze stars as an FBI agent in the A&E TV series, "The Beast." Swayze filmed episodes of the crime drama while undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.
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    Happy family -

    Swayze and his wife pose with their dogs, poodle Lucas, left, and Rhodesian Ridgeback puppy Kumasai at their ranch in New Mexico on May 13, 2009.
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    In memoriam -

    An actor in the musical "Dirty Dancing -- Das Original Live On Stage," signs a book of condolence for Swayze in Berlin, Germany, on Tuesday, Sept. 15.
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