Dirty Dancing Cast

Tuesday, April 26 by Isabel Prontes

To view a diverse array of seasoned actors and actresses, all one has to do is look at a list that details the "Dirty Dancing" cast. "Dirty Dancing" is a blockbuster romantic drama that was released in the late summer of 1987. The hit film is highly regarded as being a classic, and is about a teenage girl who falls in love with her seductive dance instructor while on summer vacation with her family.

  1. Patrick Swayze, who passed away of pancreatic cancer in 2009, was an actor who rose to immense popularity in the 1980s and 1990s with smash films such as "Point Break" and "Ghost." In "Dirty Dancing," Patrick Swayze portrayers dance teacher Johnny Castle. The Texas-bred actor had a strong background in dancing due to the fact that his mother was both a dancer and choreographer.
  2. Jennifer Grey is a New York City-born actress who made a splash on the Hollywood scene with her career-changing turn in "Dirty Dancing," as the main character, a teenager nicknamed "Baby." Jennifer Grey's career in film began in the middle of the 1980s. Some of her most notable movies include Ferris Bueller's Day Off, "Red Dawn" and the "Bloodhounds of Broadway."
  3. Jerry Orbach was a veteran actor that was particularly well known for his part as a detective in the television program, "Law & Order." In "Dirty Dancing," the native New Yorker plays Jake Houseman, who is Baby's stern but loving father. Other noteworthy Jerry Orbach movies include "Universal Soldier," "Last Exit to Brooklyn" and "Crimes and Misdemeanors."
  4. Cynthia Rhodes is a Nashville native who portrays dancer Penny in "Dirty Dancing." The former actress, who is married to singer Richard Marx, worked sporadically in films throughout the 1980s, and is now focused entirely on motherhood and family. Cynthia Rhodes has appeared in movies like "Flashdance", "Runaway" and "Staying Alive"
  5. Jack Weston was a Cleveland-born character actor who in "Dirty Dancing" stars as Max Kellerman, the owner of the ritzy Catskills resort where Baby and her family spend the summer. Jack Weston was well-known for his comedic turns in movies of the 1960s and the 1970s, including "Cactus Flower," "The April Fools" and "Please Don't Eat the Daisies."

-Sharon Shy

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