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Actor Patrick Swayze died today, what you think of his acting life?

Asked by ESV (468points) September 14th, 2009 from iPhone

Was he a great actor to you, good one, or something else?

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wenn's avatar

I think too many people pay too much attention to celebrities dying and too much time ignoring the thousands of people dying everyday from starvation, disease, and oppression around the world

deni's avatar

He was good in the Chippendale skit!

@wenn But yes you are right.

dpworkin's avatar

De mortuis nihil nisi bonum.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Haven’t seen any of his movies, so it’s not that much of a deal to me

The_Compassionate_Heretic's avatar

Everything I heard suggested he was a consummate professional.
He only seemed to find his way into the tabloids after his illness.

Sarcasm's avatar

I know his name. To my knowledge, I’ve never seen one of his films, and I couldn’t pick him out of a lineup.

Always a shame for someone to die, though. Barring extremists.

poofandmook's avatar

I think he was excellent. He was in three of my favorite movies… he was a good person in general, which one could argue is speculation but usually when someone is around that long and manages to stay out of the Enquirer for the most part, that speaks a lot about the person. I’m sad for his family, and I’m sad to see a great performer go.

ragingloli's avatar


filmfann's avatar

I didn’t care for most of the movies he did, but I really liked Ghost, and of course the Chippendale skit.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

Oh yeah, Ghost!
good movie
Those black shadows used to scare the hell out of me

poofandmook's avatar

I really don’t understand how anybody can say that the death of a person who had family and friends that loved them is insignificant. That’s horribly insensitive… it really really is.

ragingloli's avatar

i meant that as an actor, he was insignificant

Frankie's avatar

I grew up on his movies, particularly Dirty Dancing, Ghost, and The Outsiders, so I’m quite sad. It’s very unfortunate. From what I understand he was a good, decent person for a celebrity…not sleazy or stupid, stayed out of the tabloids. Pancreatic cancer is a shitty way to go, too.

Jude's avatar

I liked him. Very sad.

From Ghost.

tiffyandthewall's avatar

i’ve never seen him in anything, but i have a lot of respect for him; he came off as a decent person.

Les's avatar

I just watched Dirty Dancing last night.

Very sad news.

MissAusten's avatar

I was in high school when Dirty Dancing came out, and of course watched it a hundred times. He may not have been the most astounding actor, but I will always have fond memories of watching some of his movies with my best friends at slumber parties. I read that his family was with him when he died, and my thoughts are with them right now.

It is possible to feel sad about the passing of a celebrity and still have some perspective about larger tragedies in the world.

jamielynn2328's avatar

Dirty Dancing was kind of a coming of age movie for me. My friends all saw it before I did and when my mom finally let me watch it, it was a big deal. I loved the music and the film. It is a classic. Celebrity or not, this man had a family and was loved. Cancer is a terrible monster that does not see fame or wealth. I feel for his family and loved ones right now. It is so hard to watch someone suffer and even harder to let them go.

Les's avatar

@MissAusten – Amen. I don’t understand why acknowledging the death of a celebrity somehow negates the attention one pays to all the other news of the day.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

lol I just read this on a site…
I hope Kanye doesn’t show up to Patrick Swayze’s funeral. “I’ll let you get back to your funeral in a minute…but Michael Jackson had the best death of the year….just sayin’.”

ubersiren's avatar

He was a great actor, singer, songwriter, and dancer.

I don’t think it’s frivolous to care about a celebrity’s death. I’m not ashamed to say that I grew up with his work and it’s a sad day. Now, dwelling on it and ignoring other important issues is not probably a healthy way to live, but caring about anyone’s death, especially someone whose work you admire, should not be shameful. I won’t buy into the attitude that those who care are shallow, superficial, or stupid. Anyone who really thinks this is arrogant, narrow minded, and rude.

Les's avatar

@ubersiren – Testify!

Frankie's avatar

@MissAusten “It is possible to feel sad about the passing of a celebrity and still have some perspective about larger tragedies in the world.” and @ubersiren:

Major major lurve. Thank you for putting into words what I couldn’t. I really do hate it when people imply that the above isn’t possible and that for some reason, regular people who feel sad about a certain celebrity’s death are ignorant and/or pathetic. Can we say pretentious?

MissAusten's avatar

I just realized I was actually in middle school when Dirty Dancing was released. Small difference, but I had to throw that out there since my 35th birthday is coming up and I feel a need to still be young.

@ubersiren Well said!

ragingloli's avatar

don’t try to hide it. that site was ebaumsworld.

teh_kvlt_liberal's avatar

what’s ebaumsworld?

gailcalled's avatar

He was also married to the same woman for 34 years. And he was 57, which means they wed when he was 23.

The last two lines of the Donne poem are famous; the first
seven less so but worth noting.

No man is an island entire of itself; every man
is a piece of the continent, a part of the main;
if a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe
is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as
well as any manner of thy friends or of thine
own were; any man’s death diminishes me,
because I am involved in mankind.
And therefore never send to know for whom
the bell tolls; it tolls for thee.

rooeytoo's avatar

His work was such that it usually did not receive accolades from “respected critics” but it appealed to most everyday people. I liked it and he seemed to have a good attitude towards life. He didn’t seek the limelight, for the most part led his life quietly and fought for his causes. Not a bad obituary really.

Tink's avatar

I only saw him in Ghost and he was kinda cute, back then. But that’s all.

SuperMouse's avatar

I loathed the movie Ghost, it is on my list of worst movies of all time, I also hated Point Break but that was mostly because Keanu Reeves couldn’t act his way out of a paper bag. That being said, I was saddened by his death, not because he was a celebrity, but because he was a man who was loved, left behind a family, and will be missed. As @The_Compassionate_Heretic pointed out, he had a spotless reputation which, in Hollywood, is no small feat, that really says something about the kind of man he was.

filmfann's avatar

The kind of man he was?
Do you remember this movie?

ubersiren's avatar

@filmfann : YES! Part of his awesomeness!

rooeytoo's avatar

Not too many who can pull off being a masculine man and a good looking woman in the same body!!

SuperMouse's avatar

@filmfann as a fan of John Leguizamo I tried to watch that movie, alas I could not get through it.

figbash's avatar

I think it’s sad, and while I agree that focusing too much attention on celebrities isn’t good, I’m hoping that this brings attention to the need for more cancer research funding. He died of pancreatic cancer, which is brutal and normally takes people very quickly. I’m hoping a fund of some sort is established in his name so that we can work toward finding some kind of treatment, if not a cure.

Roadhouse and Donnie Darko weren’t so bad, either

aprilsimnel's avatar

When I was a young girl, I had a crush on his Darryl character from The Outsiders. And then I never saw him in another movie ever again, save for clips on TV. He was a journeyman sort of an actor and that’s just fine.

Poor guy.

Supacase's avatar

I never expected him to win an Oscar, but I enjoyed his movies. Dirty Dancing is probably the single most memorable movie of my youth. It was right around the time I started dating. I thought all bad boys were just misunderstood… all because of sexy Johnny Castle.

mammal's avatar

Bill Hicks died of pancreatic cancer that was a sad day, i wish celebritydom would die in one night of debauched fuckery, having said that i liked the Swayze, point break had a great vibe for a cheezy film, donnie darko was good, he somehow played the anti christ very convincingly.

oratio's avatar

Wonderful actor and seemed very decent. I loved him in “North and South”. I liked him in the recent “The Beast” too.

sandystrachan's avatar

Questions like these and Facebook pages for dead people , are silly and miss placed . These times are for family and friends , ok you want to pay respects and what not . Find a better way , unless you are related in someway to the dead or dying leave it alone .
If you died would you have people making endless comments about it , ok thats a bad example cause everyone loves everyone here i hate these types of questions and mourners , its boarderline pathetic

sandystrachan's avatar

Oh and his acting was crap

poofandmook's avatar

Well, thank you sandy… who pissed in your Wheaties?

We’ll do what we like, thank you, and if you think it’s so pathetic, then don’t comment.

rebbel's avatar

Back when the dinosaurs had just disapeared from the face of the earth, i saw him in North and South, which was a pretty nice series, i thought.
Wonder what happened to the co-star of that show, now that i think of it.

Swayze seemed like a common dude to me.
And 57 is too young for anybody to leave from here.

CMaz's avatar

He acomplished so much in his life.
As he said, ” by the age of 30 I felt I was living on borrowed time.”

Darwin's avatar

He was a good guy, a terrific dancer, and he grew up in Houston where his mom was a dancer and choreographer and the director of the Houston Ballet. He had his problems (as do we all) but he worked hard, made some great movies (Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Donnie Darko, The Outsiders) and he successfully managed to be both a dancer and a cowboy without having any huge problems with self-image.

I find it ironic that his father died at age 57 also, although of different causes.

ml3269's avatar

Last winter we saw all seasons of “North and South” (in german: “Fackeln im Sturm”)... great stuff from my youth… and “Ghost”... with him and a great Whoopi Goldberg…

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