Swayze first gained international attention following his memorable performance as Johnny Castle in the 1987 smash hit Dirty Dancing. He went on to become a major Hollywood star with roles in Ghost opposite Demi Moore
and Whoopi Goldberg
, Kathryn Bigelow
's Point Break with Keanu Reeves
, Roland Joffe
's City of Joy, Father Hood, Three Wishes, Tall Tale and Black Dog. For his performance as Miss Vide Boheme in To Wong Foo, Thanks For Everything, Julie Newmar
he received a Golden Globe nomination. Other credits include Francis Coppola's The Outsiders, Steel Dawn and Without a Word, which he also produced and was directed by his wife Lisa Niemi.
Swayze will next be seen as a man who discovers his wife and best friend are having an affair in the romantic comedy Wakin' Up in Reno with Billy Bob Thornton and Charlize Theron. He also stars in the acclaimed Vietnam drama The Green Dragon directed by Tony Bui, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival with Donnie Darko, drawing accolades for Swayze.
Note: This profile was written in or before 2000.
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