Monday, September 14, 2009
Patrick Swayze has died at age 57 of pancreatic cancer, a terrible disease that few people survive. His work was defined by four very different movies, each of which has a passionate and even cult following, a remarkable professional achievement for a dancer. Take the TigerHawk Patrick Swayze poll in his honor.
It is disheartening that someone who has always been so fit has died in the prime of his life. My favorite role that Swayze portrayed was that of Orry Main in the miniseries North and South. Patick showed range at a young age as he played a character who aged - from a young, coddled man of about 18 to a battle-hardened Civil War veteran of 30. I will miss his talent.
I think that his character in "Red Dawn", Jed, should be used as the new Minuteman for Revolution 2.0.
"Red Dawn" should have been required watching right after the required viewing of Teh Øne's rousing school speech, just to keep things even.