Today marks the one year anniversary of Patrick Swayze's death. He died from pancreatic cancer, which he had been diagnosed with in January 2008. Swayze began his career as a dancer in Disneyland parades playing Cinderella's Prince Charming. Dancing was always a part of his life, his mother Patsy was a choreographer and owned a dance school in Houston. He went to New York to further his training as a dancer at Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet School.
Swayze is probably best known for his roles in Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990). Of course, he was in many other movies and appeared in several television shows. He was nominated for three Golden Globes, for his performances in: (1) Dirty Dancing, (2) Ghost and (3) To Wong Foo Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar (1995).