Late acting legend Patrick Swayze is loved and missed by his fans with many banding together to pay tribute on the day he would have turned 70 years old. Sadly, Swayze was just 57 years old when he passed away in 2009 following a battle with pancreatic cancer. As someone who had been one of Hollywood’s most popular actors since the 1980s, the loss was very hard on many, and it’s clear now just as much as it was then how much the fans miss him.
“Happy Heavenly 70th Birthday Patrick Swayze. Rest in Peace,” writes one fan of the actor on Twitter, including some photos of Swayze in different roles.
Another tribute post reads, “In honor of what would be Patrick Swayze’s 70th birthday, take time today to watch one of his many classics like Dirty Dancing, Roadhouse or Point Break, Me, I’ll be watching Ghost. Happy Birthday Mr. Patrick Swayze. I’ll see ya on the other side.”
“Today is the 70th birthday of Patrick Swayze,” reads another tweet. “I think we forget he was in The Outsiders and Red Dawn, Look through his extremely varied film roles, he could do anything. The world is a better place because he was in it and still feels the loss that he has left.”
And another fan puts it, “He refused to let anyone put baby in a corner and spoke through a psychic Whoopi Goldberg to save his girlfriend from the people who killed him. He died far too young but today we celebrate his birthday. Happy birthday Patrick Swayze.”
Patrick Swayze Movies Are Getting Revisited
There has been a lot of discussion lately about classic Patrick Swayze movies, as some of them will be revisited soon in one form or another. Jennifer Gray is set to return in an upcoming legacy sequel to Dirty Dancing that landed Jonathan Levine as its director back in May. With Gray appearing in the film as Baby, chances are there will be references to the original film along with Swayze’s character Johnny Castle.
“While the original Dirty Dancing has always been one of my favorite films, I never imagined I would direct the sequel,” Levine said when he boarded the project. “Through co-writing it, I fell in love with the characters (new and old), the world of 1990s Catskills New York, and the music, which will range from songs from the original movie to ’90s hip-hop. I can’t wait to collaborate with Jennifer to bring this beautiful story of summer and romance and dancing to a generation of new fans. And to the longtime ones, I promise we will not ruin your childhood. We will tackle the assignment with sophistication, ambition, and, above all, love.”
Meanwhile, it was recently announced that Jake Gyllenhaal would be starring as a new incarnation of Swayze’s character in an upcoming Road House remake in the works at Prime Video. Because the original film is a beloved cult classic, there have been many fans decrying the remake, feeling that no one else could possibly bring the story of Road House to life better than Swayze had. In any case, the hope at Amazon is for the remake to click with today’s audiences while taking inspiration from the original film.
“I’m thrilled to put my own spin on the beloved Road House legacy,” director Doug Liman said in a statement. “And I can’t wait to show audiences what Jake and I are going to do with this iconic role.”
You can see more of the 70th birthday tribute posts for Swayze below.