"Skatetown, U.S.A." is a 1979 American comedy musical film produced to capitalize on the short-lived fad of roller disco. Directed by William A. Levey, the film features many television stars from the 1960s and 1970s, among them Scott Baio, Flip Wilson, Maureen McCormick, Ron Palillo and Ruth Buzzi. Patrick Swayze's leading role as the skater "Ace" was his first movie performance. Also in the cast are Sydney Lassick, Billy Barty and "Playboy" centerfold model Dorothy Stratten.

Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer, and singer who was recognized for playing distinctive lead roles, particularly romantic, tough and comedic characters. He was also known for his media image and looks; "People" magazine named Swayze the "Sexiest Man Alive" in 1991.

Swayze received three nominations for the Golden Globe Award for Best Lead Actor in a Motion Picture – Comedy or Musical; this was for his roles in the romance film "Dirty Dancing" (1987), the thriller film "Ghost" (1990) and the road comedy film "To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything, Julie Newmar" (1995). He also acted in famous action films such as "Road House" (1989) and "Point Break" (1991). He was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1997.

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