March 26, 2008
We are all sending prayers for Patrick Swayze, the actor who has delighted audiences in virtually every role he has ever done. I've always admired Patrick for many reasons. One of them is his marriage to Lisa Niemi. He met her at age 19, when she was only about 15, and waited for her to grow up. They've been married for over 30 years, reportedly one of the most solid marriages in show business.
Patrick Swayze is all about excellence. His performances are always compelling. He grew up in the same area where I now live, in the northwest part of Houston, Texas. His mother had a dance studio here. Patrick was also an ice skater in his early days here in Houston.
My favorite movie of Patrick Swayze's may come as a surprise, considering that he is the star of "Ghost" and "Dirty Dancing," both of which are beloved movies. But my all-time favorite movie of his (and I have not seen all of his movies) has always been "Point Break." I absolutely love the character he plays in this film, and the interaction with another super-favorite actor, Keanu Reeves. (This movie contains language, sex, violence, it's not for children, and it needs to be seen as pure entertainment - which it most certainly is!)
My favorite part of "Point Break" is when the men are on their way to rob another bank, and Keanu's character says, "Man, this is your wake-up call! I am an FBI agent!" - and Patrick's character responds, "I know, man, isn't it wild?"
Patrick Swayze certainly deserves the highest praise as an actor, and in reading about him from so many people lately, he's said to be free of "star" ego. A relative of his said that he's the kind of guy who would be on the red carpet one night, and the next day, he'd be over at your house with his truck to help you move.
Long live Patrick Swayze! We all want you to get well. We love you, Patrick!!! You're the best!!!
Send thoughts and prayers of strength, love, and health to our "Bodhi" and much loved American actor - and to your family as well. We need Patrick to be here to win the Academy Award and the many more great roles that are surely his to come.
Scenes from "Point Break":