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Carlesa Williams

Swayze Got His Start On Wheels

By September 15, 2009

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Skatetown, USA co-starring Scott Baio, Maureen McCormick and Flip Wilson, marked the beginning of a successful 30-year acting career for Patrick Swayze. He was born on August 18, 1952 in Houston, Texas and passed away on September 14, 2009 after a two year battle with pancreatic cancer. Swayze was the son of a choreographer, and dance and skating were both part of his youth. Patrick did all of his own skating in Skatetown USA.

Skating scenes from Skatetown USA:

Shown: Maureen McCormick, Greg Bradford, Katherine Kelly Lang, Patrick Swayze and April Allen

Photo by Michael Ochs Archives/Stringer/Getty Images


September 18, 2009 at 11:56 pm
(1) Jo Ann Schneider Farris says:

I was told tonight that Patrick Swayze was very embarrassed about this movie. He felt the quality of his skating was too low and made sure that copies of the film could not be obtained. Is this true?

September 19, 2009 at 3:55 pm
(2) Carlesa Williams says:

I can’t confirm it, but he may have bought up the rights to the film to prevent further distribution.

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