The life of Patrick Swayze, the late actor who grew up in Oak Forest, will be celebrated in an upcoming documentary on the Paramount Network.
“I Am Patrick Swayze,” the latest installment in the “I Am” documentary franchise by Derik Murray’s Network Entertainment, will debut Aug. 2 at the San Antonio Film Festival. It will air on the Paramount Network at 8 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18 — Swayze’s birthday — and be preceded by two of his most popular films, “Ghost” and “Dirty Dancing.”
According to a news release from the Paramount Network, the documentary showcases Swayze’s “life and career through untold stories, exclusive interviews, heartfelt home movies and family photos.” Swayze, who was known as “Buddy” while growing up in Oak Forest, attended St. Rose of Lima Catholic School, Frank Black Middle School and Waltrip High School. His mother, Patsy Swayze, owned and operated the Swayze School of Dance in the area.
Among those appearing in the documentary are Patrick Swayze’s brother, Don Swayze, and widow, Lisa Niemi, whom he met at his mother’s dance studio. Also featured are co-stars such as Sam Elliott, Jennifer Grey, Rob Lowe, Demi Moore and Lori Petty.
Swayze died in 2009 from pancreatic cancer. He was 57.
The “I Am” series, which began in 2012 with a documentary on Bruce Lee, also has featured John F. Kennedy, Martin Luther King Jr., Heath Ledger, Richard Pryor and Paul Walker, among others.