You may be wondering why I would devote a post to the passing of Patrick Swayze, which occurred today. Well, if you follow Civil War television shows, you may remember a young(er) Swayze portraying Orry Main in the landmark miniseries North and South. Orry was a southerner, from a planter family, who befriended George Hazard, the son of a wealthy industrial Northern family. The series chronicled the journey of the men from West Point, through the Mexican War, and both men’s service on either side of the war, with the two reuniting at war’s end. With that show, Swayze earned a place in the larger genre of Civil War film and television. Swayze was 57 years old and had been battling pancreatic cancer for almost two years. Rest in peace Patrick Swayze.
North and South was one of my favorite Civil War miniseries!
How can all of the main reports leave his role in North and South out? It is truly where I fell in love with him…as a man… as an actor… as a star. Everyone knows Roadhouse, Red Dawn, Dirty Dancing and Ghost… but the N & S mini-series started it all
Great role in North and South
North and South got me completely interested in history and made me proud to be an American. I like how it showed three dimensional characters with all their faults along with their triumphs. The series holds up well over the years. I feel bad for the generation now who have never seen this.
The acting, costumes and music are a feast for the eyes, ears and brain. A classic!