The American was the protagonist of the films “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing”, he was one of the most sought-after actors, but bad luck made his heart stop beating when he was only 57 years old, a victim of pancreatic cancer, from which could not recover.
Now, Swayze’s name is back on the scene thanks to his wife. Lisa Niemi has revealed details of her love story, in an interview for the “Entertainment Tonight” program, an entertaining TV show on the CBS network. There he also discovered the last words he dedicated to him before he died.
“My last words to Patrick? “Love you”. These were also his last words to me. I held her hand and listened to how she breathed little by little. I was afraid that suddenly he would panic. I lay down next to him, took his hand, and checked his pulse again. And then he stopped breathing”, remembers Niemi.
Not to mention the fact that his romance with his wife Lisa Niemi sounds like a Hollywood film script.
In Houston, Texas, on August 18, 1952, Patrick Wayne Swayze was born. Parents Patsy and Jesse Swayze raised him and his four siblings.
Father Jesse worked as a chemical plant engineer draftsman, while mother Patsy was the director of the Houston Jazz Ballet Company.
Swayze became interested in dance from an early age. At a dance studio, his mother introduced him to ballet, and soon after, Swayze was hooked.
Patrick Swayze was a talented dancer before he finished high school. In New York City, he took dancing lessons at the Joffrey Ballet School and the Harkness Ballet School.
As Prince Charming in Disney on Parade, he landed his first role. Soon after, he appeared on Broadway in the original production of Grease as Danny Zuko.
Then, in 1979, Swayze had a brief role in Skatetown U.S.A., which served as his feature film debut. Two years later, he made his television debut in the venerable show MAS*H, playing a soldier battling leukemia. The Outsiders, directed by Francis Ford Coppola, starred him with Matt Dillon in 1983, giving Swayze’s career a needed boost.
Swayze earned the role that would transform his life after appearing in six episodes of the television show North and South, putting him among some of the finest.
The two exchanged vows on June 12, 1975. Given how frequently marriages end in divorce in Hollywood, Lisa and Patrick’s relationship stood apart.
The only thing lacking from this storybook relationship was the absence of children for Lisa and Patrick.
Swayze and Niemi had longed to conceive a family ever since they were married. When Lisa learned she was pregnant, they were ecstatic. However, when she miscarried, their delight was replaced with grief.
“It broke his heart. He wanted to be a dad more than anything. He had skills, knowledge, kindness, and love – everything a child would want.”
“I was born to be a dad,” Swayze said.
On the eleventh anniversary of his passing in September 2020, she sent a touching letter and a lovely photo to Instagram.
“Celebrating a wonderfully strong, sensitive & special man on the 11th anniversary of his passing. So missed. Can’t help but feel a dark cloud today (and all last week!), but grateful for what we had together. What a journey! Blessed, even with the tears”, Lisa wrote.
We will always hold a special place in our hearts for Patrick Swayze. In addition to being a fantastic actor and dancer, he was also a lovely husband and person.