7 Life Lessons We Learned From Patrick Swayze

7 Life Lessons We Learned From Patrick Swayze


Patrick may be Swayze, but his life lessons are still with us.

The don Patrick Swayze, not to be confused with his less talented, less famous brother Don Swayze, died Monday of pancreatic cancer. Rest in peace, Pat. Though best known for romantic chick flicks like Dirty Dancing and Ghost, Swayze also had bangers like The Outsiders, Road House, and Point Break that were entertaining and educational for dudes (if you could read between the movie lines). Check out 7 lessons we learned from this great entertainer...

Swayze Lesson #1: Never take yourself too seriously.
Popularly identified as a dancing hunk, Swayze went on Saturday Night Live and clowned himself, playing a Chippendales hopeful at an audition dance-off in one of Chris Farley's best sketches ever. Not that the abs of steel hurt with the ladies.

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Swayze Lesson #2: Fight back for your country!
1984's Red Dawn found Swayze playing a Middle American teen who fights back when commies invade America, starting WWIII. OK, maybe it's a little paranoid. We mean, really, what kind of country is gonna go all the way around the world to occupy another nation just because they have different beliefs? Oh right.

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Swayze Lesson #3: Take no one at face value.
In 2001's Donnie Darko, Swayze played Jim Cunningham, a wildly successful motivational speaker who is both full of preachy advice for others and a closet pedophile. We've got our eye on you, Tony Robbins!

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Swayze Lesson #4: Man up and be sensuous.
Pottery wheel clay play in Ghost... Rug-cutting in Dirty Dancing... Cross-dressing in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar... Swayze did all these and was still more man than most of us will ever be. Word to throngs of female fans in heat and People magazine's 1991 "Sexiest Man Alive" title.

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Swayze Lesson #5: Be nice until it's time to not be nice.
As a "cooler" in 1989's Road House, Swayze displayed a Zen calm (and a flip mullet) before it was time to kick some ass. Unlike ponytail-sporting Steven Seagal, who also employed this method in movies, his signature move was not to bore you to death with sleepy moves.

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Swayze Lesson #6: Be greeeeasy.
Swayze's swagger first turned Hollywood heads in Francis Ford Coppola's 1983 adaptation of S.E. Hinton's 1967 novel The Outsiders. He played Darrel, the stern but affectionate older brother of two of the "Greasers," a group of working-class kids who beef with privileged assholes. Basically, if you didn't have dirt on you, you were a dick.

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Swayze Lesson #7: Live life to the extreme.
In Point Break, he played Bodhi, an adrenaline junkie who got his fix from extreme sports and bank robberies. Swayze not only taught us that there's a line between line and death and sometimes you need to push it if you want to really live but also that he could out-act Keannu Reeves in his sleep.

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