Attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Oak Forest Elementary School and Black Middle School in Houston, Texas.
Was approached to star in Predator 2 (1990) but was unable to commit due to scheduling conflicts. Danny Glover was cast instead.
Immortalized in the song "(Let's Have) A Patrick Swayze Christmas" from the "Santa Claus Conquers the Martians" episode of Mystery Science Theater 3000 (1988).
Ex-brother-in-law of Marcia Swayze.
In an interview with Barbara Walters in January 2009, Swayze acknowledged that his history as a recovering alcoholic and heavy cigarette smoker may have contributed to his illness.