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The 'rock' in Patrick Swayze's life

Patrick Swayze
London (ANI): American actor Patrick Swayze's 'The Beast' bosses have praised his wife Lisa for the strength she has given him to continue work as he battles pancreatic cancer. Swayze has been battling the deadly disease for a
year, and he has been filming cop series The Beast side-by-side chemotherapy treatment.

His wife of 34 years, Lisa, remained a constant presence beside her husband on set, and it was her love that helped rally the ill actor, according to producer John Romano. "I think we were all very moved by the closeness and humour of their relationship," the Daily Star quoted Romano as telling People magazine. And the producer reveals that Lisa's support for her sick husband even helped shape the character Swayze was playing. "He has said she's half responsible for the creation of (Charles) Barker," he said.

The show's co-creator, Bill Rotko, also noticed the couple's closeness, and is sure it had a hand in the evolution of the show, which premieres in America on January 15. "They're a creative partnership. After takes, he would go talk to the director, and then go talk to his wife, and say, ''What do you think?'' And she would lean in his ear," Rotko said.

"They're each other's rocks. (Lisa) has a quality about her. When you're around her, you feel a warmth coming from her. In a cold Chicago winter, that was helpful," he added.

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