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Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing

Vestron Pictures

Whether playing a sexy resort dance instructor or a wise roadhouse bouncer, Patrick Swayze brought something unique to every role he played.

The actor and movie icon died today at age 57.

After starting out as a dancer, Swayze blossomed into one of the biggest movie stars in the world. Throughout his meteroric rise and after, he enjoyed that rarest of Hollywood gifts: a happy, successful marriage to wife Lisa Niemi.

He will be missed.

Take a look back at the star's most iconic roles in our gallery