He landed his breakthrough role as dance instructor "Johnny Castle" in the hit film Dirty Dancing for which he received a Golden Globe nomination. He also starred in the highest grossing movie of 1990 - Ghost.
At age 19, he met his wife, then 15 years old, who attended dance lessons with his mother. They were married until the day he died. Patrick was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer in 2008 and lost the battle with it in 2009.