In 1989, he came out in Next of Kin which I completely connected with. He was a cop living in Chicago. His youngest brother comes to town to make a living. Patrick then finds himself in the middle of an Appalachian revenge from his family against the local mobsters. He tries to stop his older brother from seeking revenge after his younger brother is killed. You see the turmoil of a man pushed beyond what he is capable when he goes to seek revenge himself. Who doesn't want a family that protects their own? Let me tell you. You do not want to upset hillbillies. They do take revenge.
The same year, he also starred in Road House. He was a level-headed cool hearted bouncer. He has a PhD and goes from place to place fixing problems at bars. He played in this movie with Sam Elliot and Kelly Lynch. I will never forget the scene when he got up from his bed in the morning. Hot buns! Who will ever forget him when he is working out as well? It gave me new respect for taekwondo. If it can make a body look like that. We all knew that Patrick Swayze did that as an exercise.
But who can forget this scene depicting in this picture. It was the most erotic scene I have ever scene and will go down in history as such.
There are so many moments in his movies that I could talk about. There were several more movies along the way but I wanted to talk about what else I respected about Patrick Swayze. With all the Hollywood relationships that don't make it, he remained married to his love, Lisa, for 33 years. Just like all of his movies, he loved with his heart. He didn't let his celebrity status go to his head and start running around like so many do.
I saw the interview with Barbara Walters in 2009 when he came out with the fact that he was dying. He appears both sincere and humble in the interview. You could see the love between him and his wife. My heart goes out to her. He chose not to take the drugs that would take away his pain so that he could finish filming the series, "The Beast". He was an avid conservationist. He gave of his time to go to Africa and help the cause over there.
Bless you, Patrick Swayze