Swayze's first professional appearance was as a dancer for Disney on Parade. He starred as Danny Zuko in the Broadway theatre production of Grease before his debut film role as "Ace" in Skatetown, U.S.A. (1979). He also appeared as Pvt Sturgis in the M*A*S*H episode "Blood Brothers" (episode 9.18, 6 April 1981). Swayze became known to the filming industry after appearing in The Outsiders (1983), as the older brother of C. Thomas Howell and Rob Lowe. Swayze, Howell, and Howell's friend Darren Dalton reunited in Red Dawn the next year, and Lowe and Swayze reunited in Youngblood, where he was considered a member of the Brat Pack, but his first major success was in the 1985 television miniseries North and South, which was set during the American Civil War.
His real breakthrough to stardom came with his performance as the dance instructor in the 1987 film Dirty Dancing, alongside his Red Dawn costar, Jennifer Grey. His earlier ballet experience came to good use in this film. Dirty Dancin