C. Thomas Howell talks about his ''Outsiders'' co-star

Aug. 18, 1952-Sept. 14, 2009

Most of the people who were close to Patrick called him ”Buddy.” He was maybe 30 when we did The Outsiders. And Buddy played the older brother, but he really was the older brother. He was always setting the example of what we should be doing. He always had a guitar slung over his shoulder. The one thing that was great about him was also the most irritating fact about him: He was always somehow better than you, no matter what it was you were doing. It didn’t matter if you were on horseback, shooting weapons, roller-skating, or reciting Shakespeare. He was a tough f—er and a free spirit.

Swayze died of pancreatic cancer in L.A.