Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Patrick Swayze 1952 - 2009

All right. Someone needs to stop this pop cultural Grim Reaper. He's being a real asshole this year. And now he's taken Johnny Castle.

I suppose since Patrick Swayze was battling pancreatic cancer, his death shouldn't be that much of a shock. Nor should it be that tragic, since it means that he's not suffering anymore. But, for me, it's a little bit of both, because it's just one more piece of my childhood/young adulthood that's gone. And even though I'll still always have the images Patrick left on the screen - the secretly sensitive greaser Darry in The Outsiders, the leader of the Wolverines in Red Dawn, the protective spirit in Ghost, and the hottest dance instructor to ever grace the Catskills in Dirty Dancing - now I'll feel a certain sadness when watching them. But I'll still keep watching them.

12 comments:

the iNDefatigable mjenks said...

What? No love for Road House?

Shelly said...

Good point, mjenks. Road House was awesome.

Love some Patrick Swayze. Sad that he's gone.

SkylersDad said...

Wolveriiiiiinnnnneeeeesssss!

Billy said...

Also worth including: Point Break.

Because Bodie had a beautiful mullet and died riding the biggest wave ever rather than be arrested by that d-bag Johnny Utah.

Soda and Candy said...

I think Point Break is my favorite too. Road House is pretty awesome though, and the Commie fighting teens one.

artfulkisser said...

I loved him in Dirty Dancing but found him strangely arousing as Ms Vida Boheme too.

Travis said...

You know, I can't call him a great actor...not with a straight face.

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

Tennyson ee Hemingway said...

Somebody finally put Johnny in the corner. Yeah, I know it's not funny. Sorry.

Penny said...

RIP :(

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

Did any female on the planet not develop a crush on him while watching DD? I can't imagine anyone not. I think most males did too.

And Point Break. Loved it.

And Roadhouse.

And Ghost.


He will be missed.

Angell said...

I'm devastated that he's been taken from us, but I'm happy he's no longer in pain. Pancreatic cancer is a death sentence.

He will always be beautiful. Johnny Castle is now immortal.

Gifted Typist said...

sniff!

 

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