Patrick Swayze Barbara Walters Interview (01/07/09)

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Barbara Walters has landed the first television interview with actor Patrick Swayze since the actor announced he was battling pancreatic cancer last March.

The two met up at Patrick’s ranch outside Los Angeles, where Babs interviewed him for the first time for a TV special eight years ago.

Patrick is preparing for the debut of his FBI crime series The Beast, premiering on A&E later this month.

“Everything about him (Swayze) impresses me: his courage, his humour. There’s something very valiant about him… He’s a fighter,” Barbara said in an interview with TV Guide this week.

The Patrick Swayze/Barbara Walters special airs on ABC this Wednesday, Jan. 7.