Patrick Wayne Swayze (August 18, 1952 – September 14, 2009) was an American actor, dancer and singer-songwriter. He was best known for his tough-guy roles and as a romantic leading men in the films Dirty Dancing and Ghost and in the North and South television miniseries.

In "The Story on Page One", Peter Griffin is a Ghostbuster in a flashback and interrupts the famous potter wheel scene in the film Ghost and sucks up Swayze. "Baby Not On Board" also reenacts the potters wheel scene while Peter is getting a massage.

He also appears in "Padre de Familia" with a more realistic ending to the film Dirty Dancing.

The episode "Brian's Got a Brand New Bag" is dedicated to him. The first act heavily references his films Road House, which airs on the Griffin television at the start of the episode, as well as Ghost.