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ELEANOR HALL: To the death this morning of US actor Patrick Swayze.

The 57 year old started his career as a dancer but went on to become one of Hollywood's biggest
names.

His film "Dirty Dancing" was a low budget production which was expected to have a short run.

But it became a box office hit with a cult following.

Brigid Glanville prepared this report.

(audio: "Nobody puts baby in the corner")

(song: "Time of My Life")

BRIGID GLANVILLE: 57-year-old Patrick Swayze will be most remembered for his role as dance
instructor Johnny Castle in the 1987 hit "Dirty Dancing".

It's a romantic comedy about a teenager - nicknamed Baby - who falls for the dance teacher while on
summer holidays at a resort in the 1960s.

It became a surprise hit but in 2007 it had earned more the $300 million.

It was the first film to sell one million copies on video and has captured the hearts of women
around the world.

(song: She's Like the wind")

PATRICK SWAYZE: There was a period where it was like, "Am I ever going to get out of this dance
dude thing?" That's part of the reason why I'd gone off a done so many different, you know, types
of characters.

BRIGID GLANVILLE: Patrick Swayze was born in 1952 and grew up in Houston, Texas.

He started his career as a dancer and was trained in classical ballet dancer.

One of his early films was the Francis Ford Coppola's movie, "The Outsiders".

PATRICK SWAYZE: "And I can't even call the cops because you two will be thrown in a boy's home so
fast it would make your head spin."

BRIGID GLANVILLE: After "Dirty Dancing" he went on to star in the box office hit "Ghost". It was a
love story starring Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg

DEMI MOORE: What's the matter?

PATRICK SWAYZE: It seems like whenever anything good in my life happens I'm just afraid I'm going
to lose it.

DEMI MOORE: I really love you.

BRIGID GLANVILLE: In January 2008, Patrick Swayze was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer, a
chain-smoker Swayze admitted his habit had something to do with his illness.

In an interview with Barbara Walters eight months ago on the American network ABC he remained
positive about his prospects.

PATRICK SWAYZE: I expect it to be a long hard battle, one that I'm gonna to win according to
certain rules.

BARBARA WALTERS: What rules?

PATRICK SWAYZE: The rules that the cancer isn't going away. Mind you, I keep my heart and my mind
and my spirit open to miracles. I pray.

BARBARA WALTERS: Do you have any sense of how much longer you have to live?

PATRICK SWAYZE: Oh goodness. It comes down for me for quality of life. I bet you I can hang on for
a long time. I bet you I can be around to just hassle people for a while.

BRIGID GLANVILLE: Patrick Swaye married Lisa Niemi in 1975. His father died in 1982 and his sister
committed suicide in 1994. After that the actor began to drink heavily and was later treated for
alcoholism.

After his hit movies "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing", Patrick Swayze withdrew from show business,
retreating to his horse ranches.

Patrick Swayze is survived by his wife.

PATRICK SWAYZE: I don't think, I don't think I would have understood even how to spell the word
artist unless I started with dance, you know, because when you hit a place as a dancer that goes
beyond technique and goes beyond just something physical and when your heart kicks in and wonderful
things happen.

ELEANOR HALL: And that report, prepared by Brigid Glanville.