In 2006, Patrick Swayze graced London’s West End stage in the beloved “Guys and Dolls.” Swayze’s highly anticipated debut as Nathan Detroit was an instant hit with critics and audiences alike. He shared the spotlight with Neil Jerzak and Jordan McGhee. They went on to become a formidable trio – the faces and voices that brought a timeless story to life.
Swayze was impeccable as the smooth-talking gambler, effortlessly commanding the spotlight. His memorable run in “Guys and Dolls” lasted from July 27 to November 25, 2006. This wasn’t his first rodeo, however. Broadway had already come calling twice before in notable productions such as “Goodtime Charley” in 1975 and “Chicago.”
A Ghost Parody in “Community”
In one of the episodes of the comedy series “Community,” the writers poke fun at an iconic moment from Swayze's legacy! Three of the main characters find themselves enrolled in a pottery class. However, there's a twist. The pottery instructor lays down a strict rule that no one is allowed to re-enact the infamous scene from Ghost between Swayze and Demi Moore. But rules are meant to be broken, as we know.
Predictably, the irresistible urge to re-enact the scene becomes too much for the characters to resist. And just as you might expect, this re-enactment doesn't go as planned and leads to some amusing and unintended consequences.
He and His Wife Team Up for a Project
In 2003, sparks flew both on and off the dance floor as Patrick Swayze and his wife, Lisa Niemi, joined forces for "One Last Dance." The captivating dance film tells the story of a real-life dance masterpiece, "Without a Word," choreographed by the legendary Alonzo King. Swayze and Niemi not only starred in the film but also served as producers.
The two infused their expertise into every aspect of the project, a mesh of heart and professionalism that made it extra special. Swayze and Niemi also composed some of the film's music. The film was clearly a passion project for the couple in every conceivable way.
A Range of Unforgettable Characters
In 2006, Patrick Swayze lent his voice to the role of Cash, the country music band dog, in the animated Disney film "The Fox and the Hound 2." Viewers instantly recognized his voice, only this time with a touch of country charm to boot! As fun as that was, Swayze’s on-screen presence extended beyond animated worlds.
In 2007, he graced the screen in "Christmas in Wonderland," bringing the holiday spirit to life with his captivating performance. The film's heartwarming story and Swayze’s talents made it a festive treat for audiences everywhere. If it’s a feel-good film you need, who better to star in it than Patrick Swayze?
Yet Another Close Encounter While Flying
Patrick Swayze's flying adventures took another unexpected turn! On December 27, 2006, Swayze, along with his wife and fellow licensed pilot, Niemi, were soaring, flying their trusty aircraft, N414PS. As they were making their way to their New Mexico ranch, things took a sudden nosedive.
During their ascent, they experienced a nerve-wracking loss of power, followed by complete right engine failure. Luckily, Niemi, who was in control as the pilot for this flight, skillfully managed to land the plane safely in Van Nuys. After this second incident, the couple decided to bid farewell to N414PS and set their sights on a brand-new aircraft, the Beechcraft Super King Air.