Swayze not letting cancer interfere with TV role
By Kimberly Nordyke
LOS ANGELES (Hollywood Reporter) - Pancreatic cancer is not slowing Patrick Swayze.
The "Dirty Dancing" veteran stars in the cop drama "The Beast," which has just been picked up by cable's A&E Network.
Swayze plays an unorthodox but effective FBI veteran who trains a new partner (Travis Fimmel) in his hard-edged and psychologically clever style of agenting while being pursued by a secret Internal Affairs team.
"I have searched for quite a long time to find a character that is this multilayered, unpredictable and downright entertaining as well as a project this current and cutting-edged," Swayze said in a statement.
The statement did not address his health, but network executives confirmed that his doctors have cleared him to resume work. They have ordered 13 hour-long episodes to go into production this summer in Chicago, with a premiere set for early 2009.
Swayze, 55, was diagnosed with cancer in March, and has been receiving treatment at Stanford University Medical Center, near San Francisco.
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