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8 Things to Know About Colt Prattes, Dirty Dancing's new Johnny Castle

Carrie Nelson is a writer and filmmaker based in NYC. Her bylines appear on websites including The Daily Dot, New York Observer, Bitch Media, and The New Civil Rights Movement, and she was a founding editor of the global feminist blog Ge...

Sure, Dirty Dancing's Colt Prattes has abs for days — but that's not even the best thing about him

OK, so we have to admit we've had some mixed feelings when it comes to the onslaught of '80s and '90s revivals and remakes that have been relentlessly coming at us over the past couple years. And when ABC announced they were redoing Dirty Dancing last year, it didn't seem like the best of ideas. Let's be honest: No one can replace Patrick Swayze, and Colt Prattes — who ABC has cast in the role of Swayze's Johnny Castle — has some huge dancing shoes to fill.

But the more we learn about Prattes, our confidence in his ability to bring our beloved Johnny to life grows. And did you see the new promo poster that just came out? Total blast from the past.

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Here are some of his qualifications and fun facts that you might not have heard about him.

1. He loves Swayze just as much as we do

Sure, Dirty Dancing's Colt Prattes has abs for days — but that's not even the best thing about him
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"Growing up I watched this movie almost every weekend," Prattes wrote on Instagram of Dirty Dancing. "It inspired me to start dancing and still inspires me every time I see it."

2. He was in the Las Vegas cast of Rock of Ages

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If you look at Prattes' photo and think, "Wow, I would love to hear this man serenade me with '80s power ballads," sadly, you just missed the boat. He was in the Las Vegas company of Rock of Ages for over a year as rocker Stacee Jaxx, and belted out classics like "Wanted Dead or Alive," "I Want to Know What Love Is" and "Renegade." His last performance was in March of 2016.

3. You probably recognize him from the music video for Pink's "Try"

It's no wonder Prattes was cast in Dirty Dancing when you watch his moves in Pink's music video for her hit song "Try." Their chemistry is unstoppable and his moves are undeniably impressive. Pink was so taken with Prattes that he performed with her at the Grammys and even danced on tour with her after "Try" was released.

More: A Dirty Dancing Novice and Expert Discuss the Film 30 Years After Its Release

4. He swears by CrossFit

And just how does Prattes manage to stay in such top shape? He's a CrossFitter. His Instagram feed is filled with workout pics, and he even participates in CrossFit competitions! Fitness is incredibly important to him, with good reason.

5. His wife is fellow dancer and actress Angelina Mullins

Sorry, y'all — Prattes is taken. He's married to Angelina Mullins, a dancer with Broadway credits. She also performed on Smash back in the day. And from the looks of it, these two couldn't be more in love.

More: Lindsay Lohan is Trying So Hard to Play Ariel in The Little Mermaid Live Remake

6. He supports the troops

Prattes comes from a family of Marines, and he makes a point of vocally supporting service members whenever he's able.

7. He is definitely a dog person

Today was the best day I can recall ever having. @angelina.mullins

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Prattes and Mullins aren't the only members of their family — his Instagram feed has plenty of pictures of his adorable four-legged children.

7. When he's not dancing, working out or spending time with his family, he's a writer

An excerpt from Pt 2 of a short essay Im honored to have written for @newagegents about my views on what it means to be a One Woman Man. #NewAgeGents is making a statement and giving the men and women of our generation a new platform to speak. Drop by their page and take in some good vibes. @billyharrigantighe @rjarrett09 @angelina.mullins @drdavept @colione @methodsofstrength (repost edit from @newagegents). /------------------------------/I knew from childhood what I truly wanted out of this life, and when it finally arrived, I was terrified. She scared me in every conceivable way, because I knew this was the end… and more importantly the beginning… of my life "as it was”. She was worth leaving behind all the one night stands, the meetings in bars, and the constant search for a partner. I was being lifted out of “the game” that I had lost interest in playing long before my eyes rose and my heart fell for her. Angelina represented all of the things I wanted out of life. She was all of the things that challenged my current state of being; while at the same time something about her felt like home from the moment we met. My wife was, and remains still, the most comfortable discomfort I have ever been in. I choose her everyday because she sees more in me than I see in myself. Whoever you spend your life with should see into the secret parts of your soul that you don’t talk about. They should know those parts exist just by looking into your eyes. They should listen to how you speak about music or art or literally anything and be able to call bullshit on you when you’re lying to yourself or others. My wife has made me a better person because she cares more about me than she does about herself. The minute I realized THAT was my only job as a husband… we began to flourish. You can be a “one woman man” and still be a bad husband, lover, fiance’, boyfriend, or just friend. It has little to do with your attentiveness to other women…. and everything to do with your level of attentiveness to the one woman that matters.

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Seriously, what can't this man do? Somehow, Prattes manages to find the time to write for New Age Gents, a forthcoming men's lifestyle blog. He is passionate about being a positive embodiment of masculinity and his writing is an interesting glimpse into what that means for him.

Are you excited to see Prattes in the Dirty Dancing remake? Do you think he will be able to fill Patrick Swayze's shoes?

Before you go, check out our slideshow below.

Sure, Dirty Dancing's Colt Prattes has abs for days — but that's not even the best thing about him
Image: Vestron Pictures

Originally published February 2016. Updated March 2017.

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