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Patrick Drahi

Patrick Drahi

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Full NamePatrick Drahi
Net Worth$45 Million
Date Of BirthAugust 18, 1952, Houston, Texas, United States
Age49 years 6 months
DiedSeptember 14, 2009, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of BirthHouston
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Dancer, Singer-songwriter
EducationSt. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Harkness Ballet, Joffrey Ballet schools, Beverly Hills Playhouse Acting School
SpouseLisa Niemi (m. 1975–2009)
ParentsJesse Wayne Swayze, Patsy Swayze
SiblingsDon Swayze, Bambi Swayze, Sean Kyle Swayze, Vickie Lynn Swayze
NicknamesPatrick Wayne Swayze , Buddy
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AwardsAftonbladet TV Prize, Sweden (1988), BMI Film & TV Awards - Most Performed Song from a Film (1989), Bravo Otto Germany - Best Actor, Lifetime Achievement Award (2009), ShoWest Award (1992)
AlbumsRaising Heaven In Hell Tonight (1989), I've Had The Time Of My Life / She's Like The Wind (1987)
NominationsGolden Globe Awards for Best Actor (1987, 1990,1995), MTV Movie Award for Most Desirable Male, Saturn Award for Best Actor, Star on the Walk of Fame (1997)
Movies“Disney on Parade”, “Blood Brothers”, “The Outsiders” (1983), “Road House”,“Ghost” (1990)
TV Shows“Three Wishes”, “Donnie Darko”, “The Beast”, “George and the Dragon”, “Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights”

Quotes of Patrick Drahi

1[on shooting Dirty Dancing (1987) with co-star Jennifer Grey] She'd slip into silly moods, forcing us to do scenes over and over. We did have a few moments of friction...she seemed particularly emotional, sometimes bursting into tears if someone criticized her.
2Facing your own mortality is the quickest way possible to find out what you're made of. It strips away all the bull -- and exposes every part of you, your strength, your weaknesses, your sense of self, your soul. It also leads you to confront life's hardest questions.
3[on having terminal cancer] I've had more lifetimes than any 10 people put together, and it's been an amazing ride...So this (dying) is O.K.
4My big regret is the physical damage I've done to my body. I can do almost anything physically and I used to believe I was invincible, breaking bones over and over, playing football, doing gymnastics, diving, ballet, doing my own stunts, kickboxing, staging fights ... It all seems a little stupid to me now.
5Five years is pretty wishful thinking ... two years seems likely if you're going to believe statistics. I want to last until they find a cure, which means I'd better get a fire under it. (January 2009)
6[on accepting a continuing role in the series The Beast (2009)] How do you nurture a positive attitude when all the statistics say you're a dead man? You go to work.
7I'm still fine to work, I haven't changed - oh, I have changed, what am I saying? It's a battle-zone I go through. Chemo, no matter how you cut it, is hell on wheels.
8[on having achieved some success with various anti-cancer treatments] I'm a miracle, dude.
9I have a great deal of faith in faith; if you believe something strongly enough, it becomes true for you. I would like to believe that my father is right here with me in this room and that he's my guardian angel, that there's life after death -- because if there isn't, why are we here? I don't believe that just flesh and bones can contain from the point of view of physics this very real recorded energy inside of us. Whether it's true or not, we need to believe it.
10[in 2004, about his drinking] I made a conscious decision to break away from big films when I got alcohol out of my life. I had been sucked into the blockbuster, box-office mentality and it was destroying my sense of purpose in life. The loneliness of fame was messing with my head. Once you've been famous for a while and told your story, it can sound like a lie. You don't know what's true. It sounds like an article someone wrote rather than the essence of who you are.
11I believe in a higher power. I've studied Eastern philosophies, and I've studied the Koran. We've devalued everything worth believing in. Now we're tearing into religion. A line should be drawn. The Last Temptation of Christ (1988) and The Da Vinci Code (2006) borders on that. I was glued to the book, but afterwards I thought, "Oh my Lord, now we're tearing into God and our faith". Are we going to be turning into a reality show, too? I certainly hope not.
12Good-looking people turn me off. Myself included.

Quick Facts of Patrick Drahi

1Smoked 60 cigarettes a day.
2Was considered for the roles of "Martin Riggs" in Lethal Weapon (1987), "Connor MacLeod" in Highlander (1986), & "Batman/Bruce Wayne"in Batman (1989).
3Did one of the most memorable SNL sketches, with Chris Farley, where they both posed as Chippendale dancers.
4Appeared as a dancer in Toto's music video, "Rosanna", in 1982.
5Replaced Kevin Sorbo as the lead in Black Dog (1998), after Kevin had to quit a week into filming due to an aneurysm in his shoulder.
6Planning to write his memoir, with his wife, Lisa Niemi, with a release date in the Autumn. [February 2009]
7Release of the book, "Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance", by Wendy Leigh. [2009]
8Dancing instructor in the "prequel" Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004). [February 2004]
9Release of his memoir, "The Time of My Life" by Patrick with Lisa Niemi. [September 2009]
10Continuing cancer treatment. Told the press, "I am continuing treatment at Stanford [University Medical Center near San Francisco] and the great news is I continue to respond well." Was photographed in public with his wife at a basketball game, watching the Los Angeles Lakers play the San Antonio Spurs in Los Angeles. [May 2008]
11Reveals that he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January and is receiving treatment, but is continuing to work on projects. [March 2008]
12Both he and his Road House costar Ben Gazzara died from pancreatic cancer. Swayze in 2009, and Gazzara in 2012.
13His sister, Vicky Swayze, committed suicide in 1994.
14People Magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.
15Appeared in Toto's video "Rosanna", as a dancer in a red letterman's jacket, alongside his Dirty Dancing (1987) co-star, Cynthia Rhodes.
16Ex-brother-in-law of Marcia Swayze.
17Uncle of Danielle Swayze.
18He broke both legs after falling from a horse while filming Letters from a Killer (1998).
19Starting in the early 1990s (shortly after the box-office success of his movie Ghost (1990)), hip-hop lyrics often included his name or the phrase "I'm Swayze" as a reference to or replacement for the earlier slang, "I'm ghost", meaning "I'm leaving/out of here/gone, etc." The 'Notorious B.I.G.' was one artist who was especially fond of including this phrase in his songs. Swayze's appearance in the video for Ja Rule's "Murder Reigns" was also a reference to his interesting place in hip-hop culture.
20Went to New York to train as a dancer at Harkness Ballet and the Joffrey Ballet School.
21Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 7021 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California in 1999.
22After graduating high school, he studied gymnastics at San Jacinto College for two years.
23Publicist is Annett Wolf.
24Hospitalized for a week with internal bleeding in August 2009.
25While visiting Rio de Janeiro, Brazil in 1995, he stayed at the world-famous Copacabana Palace Hotel.
26Originally cast in Kurt Russell's role in Tango & Cash (1989), but pulled out to make Road House (1989).
27Hospitalized with pneumonia in January 2009.
28In an interview with Barbara Walters in January 2009, Swayze acknowledged that his history as a recovering alcoholic and heavy cigarette smoker may have contributed to his illness.
29Was considered for the role of Howard Saint in The Punisher (2004).
30Is a distant cousin of actor William Holden. Amadeus (1984) actor Tom Hulce is another, more distant cousin.
31In high school, excelled at football and gymnastics and won an athletic scholarship to college.
32Was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in January 2008 after falling ill in the previous month.
33Was approached to star in Predator 2 (1990) but was unable to commit due to scheduling conflicts. Danny Glover was cast instead.
34Immortalized in the song "(Let's Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas" from the "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
35Stayed at the historic Hotel Colorado in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, while filming Tall Tale (1995). His picture and autograph hang in the main lobby.
36Called 'King of the Sleepers" for a brief period, after the unexpected success of Dirty Dancing (1987) and Ghost (1990).
37Graduated from S.P. Waltrip High School in Houston, Texas in 1971. Other graduates from this high school include Shelley Duvall and wrestler Mark Calaway (aka The Undertaker).
38Attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary School and Black Middle School in Houston, Texas.
39Was reportedly offered $6,000,000 to reprise his role of Johnny Castle in a sequel to Dirty Dancing (1987) but turned it down.
40Studied acting at The Beverly Hills Playhouse with Milton Katselas.
41Patrick's father, Jesse Wayne Swayze, was a chemical plant-engineer in Houston, Texas. Besides sharing the middle name "Wayne," Jesse and Patrick both died at the same age (57 years): Jesse suffered a fatal heart attack in 1982; Patrick's life was taken by cancer in 2009.
42He had English, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.
43He was flying solo in his twin-engine Cessna from California to Las Vegas when he developed a mechanical problem and decided to make a precautionary landing on a dirt road near a housing complex in the small community of Prescott Valley in northern Arizona. There were no injuries. Fire department and sheriff's department officials said the plane had a damaged wing and that when they arrived on the scene, they could find no one. It later emerged that Patrick had hitched a ride from a passing vehicle and was taken to a nearby house, where he telephoned authorities. [2000]
44Son of choreographer Patsy Swayze
45Began his career as a dancer appearing in Disneyland's parades as Prince Charming from Cinderella (1950). One of the many Cinderellas he danced with was Michelle Pfeiffer.
46Chosen by People magazine as one of the 50 Most Beautiful People in the World. [1991]
47At age 19, he met his wife Lisa Niemi, then 15 years old, who attended dance lessons with his mother, Patsy Swayze.
48Recovering alcoholic.
49Older brother of Don Swayze.
50He owned a five-acre spread called Rancho Bizarro outside of Los Angeles.
51Broke his leg when he fell off a horse while filming Letters from a Killer (1998). [May 1997]

Trademarks of Patrick Drahi

1Deep voice
2Chiseled features
3His half salute

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