Many great things have been said about Patrick Swayze who lost the battle with pancreatic cancer two days ago. Some seem surprised that there are so many of us who care and want to honor an actor who is mostly remembered for characters he played more than a decade ago.
I got to see him on the stage in London in 2006, when he played Nathan Detroit in the musical Guys and Dolls. It felt strange and wonderful to see my teenage hero in real life.
In this age of 15-minute fame it might be strange to see all these tributes to an actor who hasn't had a box office hit in years. But we are not only honoring an actor, we are mourning the man who brought life to beloved characters like Johnny Castle and Orry Main.
Everyone who grew up in the 1980's remembers Dirty Dancing and North & South.
I named my first cat Orry Main, after Patrick Swayze's character.
So what if he didn't have a major box office hit in the last 10 years? Nobody puts Patrick Swayze in the corner. Even if he is carrying a watermelon.
What lesson can we learn from this? That you don't need to be perfect or have a long string of hits to be remembered and loved. All it takes is heart, a bit of mambo and one great line.
New Found Glory have posted their cover of "Hungry Eyes" on their myspace as a tribute to Patrick Swayze. Click here to check it out!