Tuesday, September 15, 2009

Johnny Castle is immortal

The blogo-sphere is probably filled with pictures and tributes to the man who made dancing cool for guys to do.

Patrick Swayze made Dirty Dancing what it was. There was a great supporting cast, but he just shone right through as the star.

I loved him from the very first moment I saw him in The Outsiders. Playing Darry, the big brother, doing his best to keep his family together.

I have nothing deep to say today about his passing, nothing that I can type out at this time. I knew once I heard that he had pancreatic cancer that his death sentence had been proclaimed. My aunt - God rest her - passed away from it within a year of being diagnosed. I can only imagine how much pain he was in towards the end.

My heart is in sorrow. His performances meant more to me than I will ever be able to say. Each one struck a chord in me.

Johnny Castle, Darry Curtis, Dalton, Sam Wheat, Derrek Sutton, Vida....all those roles will live on in my heart, as will Patrick.

It's amazing, Molly. The love inside, you take it with you.

I hope so. Rest in Peace Patrick.

Stay sane inside insanity ~ and never forget your towel.


BeckEye said...

Yep yep. He'll always be Johnny Castle to me.

Travis Cody said...

That's the problem with pancreatic cancer. The symptoms just don't show until it's already too late.

Vinny "Bond" Marini said...

Great tribute my friend


With love and pride