One Major Injury That Nearly Derail Patrick Swayze's Dancing Career

Before he concentrated on gymnastics and dance, Patrick Swayze considered playing football, but he ended up injuring his knee.

When Swayze, known to his loved ones as Buddy or Little Buddy, was 18, he suffered a major injury to his left leg during the second to last football game of his senior year. 

His breakthrough role came with his performance as dance instructor Johnny Castle in the film "Dirty Dancing."

Patrick Swayze on January 8, 2004 at Cinespace, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Swayze on January 8, 2004 at Cinespace, in Los Angeles, California | Photo: Getty Images

The occurrence motivated him to transfer his energy to gymnastics and use dance as a means of treatment to stimulate his body.

Swayze then trained with the Harkness and Joffrey Ballet companies in New York City. He turned into a leading dancer with the Eliot Feld Ballet Company.

However, in 1976, he developed an abscess in a tooth. It worked itself into a staph infection in his bloodstream within days. Then it finally settled in his previously injured left knee.

The doctors told Swayze that his entire leg would have to be amputated from the hip unless the infection subsided within a week.

In the memoir "Patrick Swayze: One Last Dance," he said:

"I thought my world was destroyed."

Luckily, Swayze was saved. He inevitably discovered his way to Broadway stardom and afterward the big screen.

Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi at the Bellagio July 27, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Patrick Swayze and Lisa Niemi at the Bellagio July 27, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada | Photo: Getty Images

Swayze was born in Houston, Texas on August 18, 1952. He was the second child of Patsy, a choreographer, dance instructor, and dancer, and Jesse Wayne Swayze, an engineering draftsman.

Swayze first professional appearance was as a dancer for "Disney on Parade." His breakthrough role came with his performance as dance instructor Johnny Castle in the film "Dirty Dancing."

All through his career, Swayze won three Golden Globe Award nominations. In 1991, he was named by People magazine as its "Sexiest Man Alive." In 2009, he was honored with the Rolex Dance Award.

On September 14, 2009, Swayze died of pancreatic cancer with his family by his side. He was 57 years of age.

Swayze was married to writer Lisa Niemi from June 12, 1975, until his death, and they had no children.

Despite the fact that it was sad for numerous individuals, his legacy will consistently be recollected in our preferred movies.

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