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30 Reasons Why We Will Always Be Crazy For Patrick Swayze

The great Swayze would have celebrated his 62nd birthday this week.

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1. Swayze was as versatile an actor as he was a dancer.

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By playing both the tough guy and the romantic hero, Swayze reminded us that, like a roll of Quilted Northern toilet paper, a guy could be soft AND strong.

3. ...and the next minute he might be punching your lights out. But only if you were a bad guy and totally deserved it anyway.

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5. He was never willing to put up with any crap.

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Whether that included stealing from the register, burning down any local business that refused to go along with your racketeering scheme, or breaking beer bottles over each other's heads at the Double Deuce.

7. And an incredible surfer, always looking for the next big wave.

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"If you want the ultimate, you've got to be willing to pay the ultimate price. It's not tragic to die doing what you love."

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24. His career even spawned this beautiful tribute.

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Starring Channing Tatum and Charlyne Yi. One month Swayze's eating Jujubes to keep alive, the next he's got ladies stuffing diamonds in his pockets.

25. And this one.

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Starring Reno 911 and Human Giant.

27. Yes, this happened on numerous occasions.

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Sometimes, Otis Redding is all you need to get the job (of romance) done.

28. But he always respected your need for boundaries and space.

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"Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine. You gotta hold the frame."

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