For Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing was the best that could have happened to him career-wise. He went on to star in Ghost together with Demi Moore and films like Point Break and Donnie Darko. But he also had some success as a singer - his most popular song is still probably She's like the Wind from the Dirty Dancing original soundtrack. Sadly, he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and passed away in September of 2009. He was only 57 years old.
In Dirty Dancing (1987), Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey as "Johnny" and "Baby" enchanted a whole generation. Swayze was already known from the successful TV series North and South, but the part of the teenager who falls in love with the handsome dance teacher was the first big role for the young Jennifer Grey. Both actors were nominated for a Golden Globe in 1988.