He cut a swathe through the hearts of millions of women in the 1980s ’90s, but the late actor Patrick Swayze has been cut his own model at the world-famous Madame Tussauds in Los Angeles.

Swayze’s widow Lisa Niemi was in attendance yesterday (19 Oct) to open the waxwork to the public of her late husband and star of the 1987 film Dirty Dancing.

The waxwork shows Swayze as Johnny Castle from the hit movie balancing on a log, taken from the famous scene where he teaches Baby the importance of balance in dance.

Niemi  was married to Swayze for 34 years and said: The fact that it is this log scene is so perfect for Patrick because he was so fearless, and confident, and always pushing the edge,” she said. “This pose says a lot about Patrick, but also about Dirty Dancing.

The tribute from Madame Tussaud’s Hollywood comes two years after Patrick Swayze died of pancreatic cancer at just 57-years-old.

“Patrick Swayze touched so many of us in his too-short life – embodying quintessential teenage angst and steadfast love in Dirty Dancing, a generation of us grew up with Patrick Swayze,” said Colin Thomas, General Manager of Madame Tussauds Hollywood. “We are extremely pleased to be able to pay tribute to him in our attraction.”

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Baby (Jennifer Gray) and Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) in a scene from Dirty Dancing.


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