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January 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Game of Thrones" actor Wilko Johnson says his pancreatic cancer is giving him a new appreciation for life. The 65-year-old actor, who plays mute knight and executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the hit HBO series, announced via his manager on his Facebook page in early January that he'd been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. But now, the diagnosis has given him "an elation of spirit," he told BBC's Radio 4's "Front Row . " "You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive.
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January 9, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Surf's up for action star Gerard Butler, who is poised to star in a remake of the 1991 thriller "Point Break," which memorably featured Keanu Reeves as an FBI agent infiltrating a gang of bank-robbing surfer dudes led by Patrick Swayze's laid-back Bodhi. According to the Hollywood Reporter , Butler is in final negotiations to play the nirvana-seeking criminal Swayze made popular in a new remake from Alcon Entertainment and Warner Bros. The movie will feature some surfing but will also be set in the broader world of international extreme sports.
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September 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Choreographer and dance instructor Patsy Swayze, who trained her late actor son Patrick Swayze on his way to "Dirty Dancing" fame, has died. She was 86.  Swayze died Monday evening at her home in Simi Valley, said publicist Annett Wolf. A cause of death was not given, though the Houston Chronicle reported Swayze suffered a stroke on Sept. 8.   The Houston native choreographed the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy,” for which she coached John Travolta on the movements of the two-step.
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December 30, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's widow, is engaged to be married, four years after her first husband's 2009 death.  Niemi, 57, and Swayze, who died at 57 after a nearly two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer, were married for 34 years. Swayze of course starred in films including "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost. " Albert DePrisco, 58 and a jeweler, proposed on Christmas Eve, Niemi's rep told People over the weekend. The two have been dating for a year and a half after meeting through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi, the magazine said.
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February 18, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze, spoke in Washington this week about a bill that would make pancreatic cancer a federal research priority, according to a CNN report. Swayze died nearly a year and a half ago from the disease, nearly 22 months after being diagnosed. This was actually an uncommonly long amount of time to survive; as the National Center for Biotechnology Information points out, average survival is usually less than a year. That may be in part because pancreatic cancer doesn't manifest symptoms at first and is generally caught at a later stage, according to the center -- and perhaps why it's the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States.
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December 30, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Lisa Niemi, Patrick Swayze's widow, is engaged to be married, four years after her first husband's 2009 death.  Niemi, 57, and Swayze, who died at 57 after a nearly two-year struggle with pancreatic cancer, were married for 34 years. Swayze of course starred in films including "Dirty Dancing" and "Ghost. " Albert DePrisco, 58 and a jeweler, proposed on Christmas Eve, Niemi's rep told People over the weekend. The two have been dating for a year and a half after meeting through mutual friends at a birthday party for Niemi, the magazine said.
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June 2, 2000 | From Associated Press
A small plane piloted by actor Patrick Swayze made an emergency landing and clipped a wing on an empty street in central Arizona on Thursday. Swayze was not injured. Swayze was flying a 1978 twin-engine Cessna 414A from Los Angeles to Las Vegas, N.M., when he was forced to make an emergency landing, said John Clabes, a spokesman for the Federal Aviation Administration. Sgt. P.J.
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September 15, 2009 | Valerie J. Nelson
Patrick Swayze, the actor and classically trained dancer whose role in the enduringly popular "Dirty Dancing" made him a movie star, one who struggled with the alienation of fame and against being typecast as a leading man, died Monday. He was 57. Swayze, who also starred in the blockbuster film "Ghost," died in Los Angeles with his family at his side, his publicist, Annett Wolf, said. Early last year, Swayze learned he had pancreatic cancer, a diagnosis that came two weeks after production wrapped on the pilot of "The Beast," an A&E series in which he starred as an unorthodox FBI agent.
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January 4, 2004 | Elaine Dutka
Patrick SWAYZE, who made his name as the hunky dance instructor-from-the-wrong-side-of-the-tracks in 1987's "Dirty Dancing," will be displaying his moves onstage in Bob Fosse's "Chicago," beginning Wednesday at the Pantages Theatre for a three-week run. To prepare for the role of Billy Flynn, the slick legal eagle popularized by Richard Gere in 2002's Oscar-winning movie, the actor put in a short, unadvertised stint in the Broadway production, his...
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September 3, 1993 | SARA CATANIA, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
A steady stream of acting hopefuls smiled for snapshots and agonized over applications in Fillmore on Thursday for the chance to appear in an old-time Western starring beefy heartthrob Patrick Swayze. A casting agent for the Disney movie, with a working title of "Tall Tale," came to the tiny town seeking extras to fill the screen as loggers, farmers, railroad hands and townspeople.
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September 20, 2013 | Devin Kelly
The note Patsy Swayze tucked in her son Don's suitcase was simple but meaningful. It was 1980, and Don had moved to California to pursue an acting career. He was sleeping on his older brother Patrick's couch and scared to death of the prospect of auditions. Then he found the note from his mom. It began, "Donny," and followed with a laundry list of all the awards he'd ever received. Remember when you won the second grade spelling bee? Remember the Pee Wee World Series in baseball?
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September 18, 2013 | By Devin Kelly
Choreographer and dance instructor Patsy Swayze, who trained her late actor son Patrick Swayze on his way to "Dirty Dancing" fame, has died. She was 86.  Swayze died Monday evening at her home in Simi Valley, said publicist Annett Wolf. A cause of death was not given, though the Houston Chronicle reported Swayze suffered a stroke on Sept. 8.   The Houston native choreographed the 1980 film “Urban Cowboy,” for which she coached John Travolta on the movements of the two-step.
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September 3, 2013 | By Nicole Sperling
Bill Murray and screenwriter Mitch Glazer have known each other for decades -- since Murray played the lead in Glazer's "Scrooged" in 1988. And now the two are partnering again on a project Barry Levinson will direct. Glazer's screenplay, called "Rock the Kasbah" and which QED International will finance and produce with Venture Forth and Shangri-La Entertainment, centers on a burned-out music manager who goes to Afghanistan on the USO tour with his last remaining client, according to Deadline.com, which published the news earlier Tuesday.
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April 18, 2013 | By Gary Goldstein
Ironically, the only thing that makes much sense about the DIY effort "Oconomowoc" is its baffling title. Too bad it takes until the closing credits to learn that moniker simply refers to the Wisconsin berg where the film was shot. But that's how this would-be comedy rolls. Writer-director Andy Gillies' shaggy underachiever alternates between the pointless and the elliptical as the movie sputters out its nominal story of Lonnie Washington (Brendan Marshall-Rashid), a 29-year-old man-child who returns to his hometown without a life plan or, it seems, much of a personality.
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January 25, 2013 | By Nardine Saad
"Game of Thrones" actor Wilko Johnson says his pancreatic cancer is giving him a new appreciation for life. The 65-year-old actor, who plays mute knight and executioner Ser Ilyn Payne on the hit HBO series, announced via his manager on his Facebook page in early January that he'd been diagnosed with terminal pancreatic cancer. But now, the diagnosis has given him "an elation of spirit," he told BBC's Radio 4's "Front Row . " "You're walking along and suddenly you're vividly alive.
NEWS
February 18, 2011 | By Amina Khan, Los Angeles Times
Patrick Swayze's widow, Lisa Niemi Swayze, spoke in Washington this week about a bill that would make pancreatic cancer a federal research priority, according to a CNN report. Swayze died nearly a year and a half ago from the disease, nearly 22 months after being diagnosed. This was actually an uncommonly long amount of time to survive; as the National Center for Biotechnology Information points out, average survival is usually less than a year. That may be in part because pancreatic cancer doesn't manifest symptoms at first and is generally caught at a later stage, according to the center -- and perhaps why it's the fourth most common cause of cancer death in the United States.
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September 15, 2009 | BETSY SHARKEY, FILM CRITIC
Though it was not his first film or even his breakthrough -- he'd already had that three years earlier with "Dirty Dancing" -- my favorite memory of Patrick Swayze came in 1990 with the romantic thriller "Ghost" with Demi Moore: He played a man whose love was so strong that, despite being gunned down in the street, he refused to leave this life until he knew she was safe. Like countless other women around the country, I suddenly wanted to buy a potter's wheel, slip into a guy's oversized white shirt and work with clay, the Righteous Brothers' "Unchained Melody" playing in the background.
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November 28, 2009
Swayze scholarship founded The Arabian Horse Foundation has established a scholarship in honor of the late actor Patrick Swayze and his wife, who both owned Arabian horses and competed in shows for several years. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Denver-based Arabian Horse Assn. The scholarship will be awarded each spring to a youth involved with Arabian horses who seeks a performing arts career. It was launched with a pledge from Iron Horse Farms in Canton, Ga. Swayze died in September of pancreatic cancer at age 57. He is survived by Lisa Niemi, his wife of 34 years.
NEWS
September 24, 2009
Swayze obituary: The obituary of actor Patrick Swayze in Section A on Sept. 15 said he played Prince Charming in a touring "Disney on Parade" ice show. The "Disney on Parade" shows, performed from 1969 to 1973, took place on wooden floors at arenas.
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