One of the biggest matinee idols of our era has gone to that great roadhouse in the sky. WOLVERINES!
It could be argued that Patrick Swayze was, in the 1980s and '90s, what Clark Gable and Cary Grant were to the 1930s and '40s.
If you were going to cast an action picture, and wanted to make sure that girls didn't mind going to see it, he was the ideal lead. And if you wanted to do a romantic movie where the guy was the kind of guy a real guy could admire, he was also the idea lead.
From his "Brat Pack" teen-flick debut in The Outsiders, to his macho lead as the patriotic resistance leader in Red Dawn to his equally macho (yet much sexier) lead in Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze represented the male ideal of a generation.
Condolences to his family and friends.
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