This slideshow features the great American actor, handsome, young, Patrick Swayze. Born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas, he was a tough high school football player-turned classical ballet dancer who performed in several ballet productions. He moved to New York City in 1972 to continue his professional training at the Harkness Ballet and Joffrey Ballet schools. His first professional appearance was as an ice skater for Disney on Parade. He then landed a replacement role for the Broadway production of Grease, and shortly after, his acting career was launched in the early 1980s. His first major successful role was in the television series in the mid-1980s North and South, which was set during the American Civil War period. He landed lead roles in several blockbuster hits, including: Dirty Dancing, Ghost, Red Dawn and Point Blank. Many people also love him for his role as Dalton, the rough-and-tumble bouncer with a heart of gold, in the timeless 80's classic, Road House. His famous line, "Pain don't hurt," is still one of the best pieces of dialogue in cinematic history. People Magazine named him sexiest man alive in 1991. Swayze unfortunately passed away on September 14, 2009 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. Enjoy remembering a truly great actor by checking out these pictures of Patrick Swayze when he was young.