Patrick and Jennifer Grey in Dirty DancingMany of you may be too young to remember all the good movies Patrick was in: The Outsiders, Dirty Dancing, Ghost, for cryin' out loud. For my generation, one of the best himbo flicks of the era was Point Break, where you had surfer boy Patrick up against FBI boy Keanu Reeves (back in the day when Keanu and soap were not mortal enemies) surfing, jumping out of airplanes, and being hot, sexy bank robbers. Ay, papi! Muy caliente!
They weren't all hits - Roadhouse, for example, pretty much sucked - but omigosh Dirty Dancing and Ghost were both gigantic megahits. It made Patrick and his leading ladies superstars, too.
So it was with great sadness that I read this morning Patrick Swayze has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer and may have as little as five weeks left to live. What a horrible thing for his family to go through, and now, thanks to the good folks at The National Enquirer they can do it in the glare of the public spotlight.
Patrick, we're so sorry about your illness. We just wanted you to know - we've had the time of our lives ... and we owe it all to you. Thank you for making dry humping your prom date respectable, and for making the pottery wheel the best sexual aid since the spin cycle.