Tuesday, September 15, 2009

RIP: Patrick Swayze

Patrick Swayze died yesterday after a long battle with pancreatic cancer. He wasn't transgendered, but he did play a drag performer in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar. I thought he and his costars, Wesley Snipes and John Leguizamo, were horribly miscast (maybe not Leguizamo), but they played their parts with grace and panache. I think that stands pretty well for everything Swayze acted in, from The Outsiders and Red Dawn to Dirty Dancing and Ghost on to lower-brow fare like Roadhouse and Next of Kin. I especially enjoyed his turn in A & E's The Beast which aired last spring after he recovered from his last bout in the hospital. I thought he had kicked the cancer's tail, and I am sorry to be wrong.

Patrick Swayze was the first man-crush I would admit to, and I will miss him.