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Patrick Swayze: Lisa Niemi Talks About How Tragic His Childhood Really Was

Patrick Swayze with his wife Lisa Niemi.

26. August 2019 - 10:30 Uhr / Clemens Fanger

As "Johnny", Patrick Swayze (†57) took the hearts of millions of viewers by storm in Dirty Dancing. The new documentary I Am Patrick Swayze now looks back on the life of the actor and shows how tragic Patrick Swayze's childhood really was.

It has been almost ten years since the world had to say goodbye to Patrick Swayze (†57). The actor died in September 2009 after suffering from pancreatic cancer. His early death shocked his family, friends and millions of fans.

Patrick Swayze: New documentary reveals tragic details from his childhood

After the release of Dirty Dancing, Patrick Swayze was a staple in the world of Hollywood. With his role in the eighties classic he proved not only his acting talent but also his dancing abilities. Even as a child, the native Texan trained hard. His mother Patsy (†86) was a popular choreographer in Hollywood at that time.

But Patrick Swayze's childhood also had a dark side, as we recently learned in a documentary released on August 18, 2019 (Swayze's birthday). I Am Patrick Swayze tells the life story of the Dirty Dancing star and reveals tragic details.

Patrick Swayze played "Orry Main"

Patrick Swayze was a highly successful actor.

Patrick Swayze: He was apparently abused by his mother

The actor is said to have been abused by his mother as a child. This is told by his wife Lisa Niemi (63), who married Patrick in 1975. "Patsy was really an example of what happens in families in a cycle of abuse" Niemi said, adding that Patsy herself was abused as a child.

Patsy had beaten her son regularly and had not given him the love a child needed, Niemi said. Patrick, on the other hand, is said to have fought even harder for his mother's attention.

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in 'Dirty Dancing'

Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing

As Niemi reveals, Swayze's 18th birthday was the turning point in the relationship between mother and son:

"Patrick privately recounted the story of his 18th birthday when Patsy was 'laying into him' before his father [Jesse] told his wife [Patsy] that he would divorce her if she touched their son again."

"She never hit him after that," Lisa told People.