Patrick Dempsey

Actor, Director, Model
A charismatic, yet slightly geeky heartthrob of teen-pleasing films of the late 1980s, Patrick Dempsey succeeded in doing what few teen idols ever manage to do - disappear off the radar for several years before ... Read more »
Born: 01/13/1966 in Lewiston, Maine, USA

Filmography

Actor (75)

Grey's Anatomy 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jimmy Kimmel Live 2005, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

National Lampoon's Cattle Call 2014 (Movie)

Richie Rey (Actor)

Once and Again 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2010, 2013 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Phineas and Ferb 2014 (Tv Show)

Voice

Private Practice 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2001, 2003 - 2010, 2012 - 2014 (Tv Show)

Actor

Wonderful Tonight 2014 (Movie)

(Actor)

Secret of my Success 2013 (Movie)

(Actor)

The 2013 VH1 Do Something Awards 2012 - 2013 (TV Show)

Actor

The Late Show With David Letterman 2006, 2008 - 2009, 2011, 2013 (Tv Show)

Guest

2011 MTV Movie Awards 2010 - 2011 (TV Show)

Presenter

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

Tripp (Actor)

Transformers: Dark of the Moon 2011 (Movie)

Dylan (Actor)

Jimmy Kimmel Live: After the Academy Awards 2009 - 2010 (TV Show)

Actor

Valentine's Day 2010 (Movie)

Dr Harrison Copeland (Actor)

Extreme Makeover: Home Edition 2009 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

Made of Honor 2008 (Movie)

Tom Bailey (Actor)

The 59th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

The 80th Annual Academy Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Enchanted 2007 (Movie)

Robert Phillip (Actor)

Freedom Writers 2007 (Movie)

Scott Casey (Actor)

The 2007 Screen Actors Guild Awards 2006 - 2007 (TV Show)

Actor

Celebrity Debut 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Awards 2006 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Barbara Walters Special 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The Practice 1996 - 1997, 1999 - 2000, 2003 - 2006 (Tv Show)

Actor

Brother Bear 2 2005 (Movie)

Kenai (Voice)

Karen Sisco 2003 (Tv Show)

Actor

Sweet Home Alabama 2002 (Movie)

Andrew Hennings (Actor)

The Emperor's Club 2002 (Movie)

Older Louis Masoudi (Actor)

Blonde 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Will & Grace 2000 - 2001 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jeremiah 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

Scream 3 2000 (Movie)

Detective Mark Kincaid (Actor)

Denial 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Dostoevsky's "Crime and Punishment" 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

Me & Will 1998 - 1999 (TV Show)

Actor

For the People 1996 - 1997 (Tv Show)

Actor

Jules Verne's 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

There's No Fish Food in Heaven 1997 (Movie)

The Stranger (Actor)

Outbreak 1995 (Movie)

Jimbo Scott (Actor)

With Honors 1994 (Movie)

Everett Calloway (Actor)

Bank Robber 1993 (Movie)

Billy (Actor)

Face the Music 1993 (Movie)

Charlie Hunter (Actor)

For Better and For Worse 1992 (Movie)

Robet Faldo (Actor)

Merry Christmas, Baby 1991 - 1992 (TV Show)

Actor

Mobsters 1991 (Movie)

Meyer Lansky (Actor)

Run 1991 (Movie)

Charlie Farrow (Actor)

The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards 1990 - 1991 (TV Show)

Actor

Coupe de Ville 1990 (Movie)

Bobby (Actor)

Happy Together 1990 (Movie)

Christopher Wooden (Actor)

Loverboy 1989 (Movie)

Randy Bodek (Actor)

Some Girls 1989 (Movie)

Michael (Actor)

The 61st Annual Academy Awards Presentation 1988 - 1989 (TV Show)

Actor

Il Giovane Toscanini 1988 (Movie)

(Actor)

In a Shallow Grave 1988 (Movie)

Potter Daventry (Actor)

Can't Buy Me Love 1987 (Movie)

Ronald Miller (Actor)

In the Mood 1987 (Movie)

Ellsworth "Sonny" Wisecarver (Actor)

Meatballs III 1987 (Movie)

Rudy (Actor)

Fast Times 1985 - 1986 (TV Show)

Actor

Heaven Help Us 1985 (Movie)

Corbet (Actor)

A Fighting Choice (TV Show)

Actor

A Season in Purgatory (TV Show)

Actor

Bloodknot (TV Show)

Actor

Hugo Pool (TV Show)

Actor

Iron Jawed Angels (TV Show)

Actor

JFK: Reckless Youth (TV Show)

Actor

Lucky 7 (TV Show)

Actor

The Escape (TV Show)

Actor

The Right to Remain Silent (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (1)

Flypaper 2011 (Movie)

(Producer)

Biography

A charismatic, yet slightly geeky heartthrob of teen-pleasing films of the late 1980s, Patrick Dempsey succeeded in doing what few teen idols ever manage to do - disappear off the radar for several years before resurrecting their adult career as the resident hunk on one of the most popular TV shows of its time. Almost 20 years after riding that famous lawnmower to fame as the wannabe lady killer Ronald Miller in "Can't Buy Me Love" (1987), Dempsey landed the part of the stylishly coiffed neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd on the monster hit, "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ). Hitting a career high with this role, Dempsey became a national obsession with the female contingent, all of whom wholeheartedly agreed that the actor lived up to his infamous moniker, "Dr. McDreamy."

Relationships

William Dempsey

Father

Amanda Dempsey

Mother
Worked in high school Dempsey attended

Talula Dempsey

Daughter
Born in 2002; mother, Jillian Fink

Darby Dempsey

Son
Born Feb. 1, 2007; twin of Sullivan Patrick; mother, Jillian Fink

Sullivan Dempsey

Son
Born Feb. 1, 2007; twin of Darby Galen; mother, Jillian Fink

Mary Dempsey

Sister
Worked as the center coordinator for the Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope & Healing in Maine

Jill Fink Hair

Wife
Married July 31, 1999

Rocky Parker

Wife
Married Aug. 24, 1987 (at the time, Dempsey was 21 years old, while Parker was 48); she was Dempsey's manager and the mother of his friend, actor Corey Parker Co-directed "Ava's Magical Adventure" (1994) with Dempsey Divorced April 26, 1994

EDUCATION

Buckfield High School

Buckfield , Maine
Left school before senior year

Milestones

2011

Appeared in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"

2010

Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day"

2008

Starred with Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy, "Made of Honor"

2007

Played the husband of Hilary Swank's character in "Freedom Writers"

2007

Co-starred with Amy Adams in the live-action, animated feature, "Enchanted"

2005

Cast as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy"; earned Golden Globe (2006, 2007) and SAG (2006) nominations for Best Actor

2004

Cast in the HBO original movie "Iron Jawed Angels" based on womens' struggle for the right to vote in America

2002

Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"

2001

Portrayed Cass Chaplin (a semi-fictive Charles Chaplin Jr.) in the CBS miniseries "Blonde" based on Joyce Carol Oates' novel

2000

Cast in a recurring role as the psycholigically disturbed brother of Lily (Sela Ward) on "Once and Again" (ABC); earned an Emmy (2001) nomination for Outstanding Guest Actor

2000

Had recurring role as a closeted sportscaster dating lawyer Will Truman (Eric McCormack) in the NBC sitcom "Will & Grace"

2000

Co-starred as a detective investigating a string of murders on a film set in "Scream 3"

1998

Played title role in the biblical drama "Jeremiah" (aired in the USA in 2000 on PAX TV)

1997

Modeled clothes for the J. Crew catalog

1996

Starred in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory," adapted from the Dominick Dunne novel

1994

Appeared as Brendan Fraser's college roommate in "With Honors"

1994

Directorial debut as co-helmer (with then wife Rocky Parker) of "Ava's Magical Adventure"

1993

Cast in the title role of the ABC miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth"

1991

Made Off-Broadway debut in a revival of "The Subject Was Roses"

1991

Portrayed the young Meyer Lansky in "Mobsters"

1990

Co-starred in "Coup de Ville"

1989

Portrayed an amorous pizza delivery man in "Loverboy"

1987

Breakthrough role as Ronald Miller, the loveable geek in "Can't Buy Me Love"

1986

TV-movie debut as an epileptic teen in "A Fighting Choice" (ABC)

1986

TV debut as Mike Damone in the short-lived CBS teen sitcom "Fast Times"

1985

Film acting debut, "Heaven Help Us"

1983

Appeared in San Francisco production of "Torch Song Trilogy"

1983

Won "Talent America" contest and the attention of a booking agent during the summer

1983

Stage debut, "On Golden Pond," with Maine Acting Company

1981

Performed as juggler, magician and puppeteer before Elks clubs and community organizations

Raised in rural communities of Turner and Buckfield, ME

Toured for a year in leading role of Eugene Jerome in the Neil Simon comedy-drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs"

Bonus Trivia

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Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age twelve.

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Dempsey enjoyed auto racing in his spare time, having driven the pace car in the Indianapolis 500 and raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race.

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He was co-owner of the IndyCar Series team Vision Racing and Dempsey Racing.

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After his mother was was diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 1997, Dempsey helped start the Patrick Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center in his home town of Lewiston, ME.

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"The first time I was successful, when I was in my 20s, I was never comfortable with my success. Not that I'm so comfortable now, but I realize that it's a day-to-day process and I'm a work in progress." – Dempsey to The Chicago Tribune, Oct. 11, 1998

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"I think I self-sabotaged," Dempsey says without hesitation. "The responsibility of that kind of success early on was overwhelming. Subconsciously, I definitely did things to prevent myself from moving forward." – on his early career, to Entertainment Weekly, Oct. 19, 2007

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In November 2008, he launched an Avon fragrance named Unscripted. He had a second fragrance named Patrick Dempsey 2 that was released in October 2009.

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On April 24, 2012, Dempsey came to the rescue of a teenage driver who crashed and flipped his car right next to the actor's Malibu, CA home. The actor was able to get the young driver out of the car.

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In January 2013, Dempsey saved Seattle, WA coffee chain Tully's from bankruptcy after purchasing the franchise for $9.15 million.

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