Entertainment behind the scenes
Yes, tough guys can dance. Patrick Swayze did.
Swayze enjoyed a long career in Hollywood as a ruggedly handsome leading man. He could turn a head, or two. And he could dance, as in “Dirty Dancing,” his 1987 movie that made his star soar in Hollywood. There’s that old saying that tough guys don’t dance, but like any stereotype that is not true, and Swayze personified just how untrue it is. He was a classically trained dancer of ballet and jazz and Broadway musicals.
He was a lover, too, in 1990 romance “Ghost”, but more importantly, in real life. He stayed married to his wife Lisa Niemi for more than 30 years — now that’s tough, and classy.
And here’s the clincher: Yeah, he played many tough guys in movies and on television. And if you say, “well, that’s not real life, that’s Hollywood,” consider this: even after he was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer, one of the most deadly forms of the disease, in January 2008, he went to work on television show, “The Beast.” He played through the pain, as they say in all those tough guy sports locker rooms.
Yeah, Patrick Swayze was a tough guy, but his special toughness was his soft heart.
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