Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an actor, dancer, and singer-songwriter. He graduated from Waltrip High School, in Houston, TX, in 1971 (where his yearbook lists him as “Buddy Swayze”). While at Waltrip, he participated in football and drama. Also a classically-trained ballet dancer, Swayze started out his post-school career performing with Disney on Parade. His first major acting role was in the film The Outsiders, in 1983, and his big breakthrough came when he starred in Dirty Dancing in 1987. That film brought fame in more than one way; the soundtrack includes “She’s Like the Wind,” a power ballad sung by Swayze that became a top-10 hit. Lead roles in Road House and Ghost further cemented his popularity. In 1991, the same year that he co-starred in Point Break, Swayze was named People magazine’s “Sexiest Man Alive.” In 1997, he received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Swayze continued to act until his death from pancreatic cancer in 2009.