At 58 years old, Patrick Dempsey has this physical status:
Patrick Galen Dempsey (born January 13, 1966) is an American actor and racer best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd in Grey's Anatomy, starring Ellen Pompeo (Dr.Meredith Grey).
After 11 seasons, Dempsey redeveloped the character.
He began acting in a number of films in the 1980s, including Can't Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989).
He appeared in smaller films in 1990s, such as Outbreak (1995) and television.
Patrick appeared in Scream 3 (2000), where he portrayed Detective Mark Kincaid's role.
In 2002, a surprise box office hit, he was successful in landing a lead role in Sweet Home Alabama.
Since appearing in other films, including Brother Bear 2 (2006), Enchanted (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Valentine's Day (2010), Freedom Writers (2007), Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), and Bridget Jones' Baby (2016). In his spare time, Dempsey, who owns a sports car and retro vehicle collection, also enjoys auto racing.
He has participated in pro-am events including the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race and the Ensenada SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.
Dempsey said he would "walk away" from acting and dedicate himself entirely to motorsports ahead of the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans.
Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, and grew up in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield. Shane Wray, a half-brother, and two older sisters. Amanda (née Casson) was a school secretary and his father, William, was an insurance salesman.
He attended Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School, and after moving to Houston, he attended Willowridge High School.
Dempsey competed in juggling tournaments as a child. He earned second place in 1981 at the International Jugglers' Association Championship in the Juniors category, just behind Anthony Gatto, who is widely regarded as the finest technical juggler of all time.
At age 12, Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia. On her 2008 Oscar show, he told Barbara Walters that dyslexia made him what he is today. "It's given me a sense of — you must keep working," Dempsey told Walters. "I have never given up."
At the age of 12, Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia. As a result, it's also important for him to perform, especially for auditions, where he is unlikely to be able to participate.
"What made Grey's Anatomy a mega-hit?" Entertainment Weekly put Dempsey's hair on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, according to Entertainment Weekly, "what made Grey's Anatomy a mega-hit?" It could have something to do with writer Shonda Rhimes' scalpel-sharp writing... or McDreamy's ostensibly luxurious man hair. "Just saying" is all that was on the topic. People magazine named him second in its annual list of "Best Men Alive" in 2005 and then again in 2006.
Dempsey has been married twice before. Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, his manager, actress, and acting coach, married him on August 24, 1987, when he was 21 and she 48. In the film In the Mood, she appeared alongside Dempsey. Though Dempsey married his best friend's mother, he's found that he became Parker's uncle only after he became romantically connected with Parker. On April 26, 1994, the couple wedlocks divorced. She died in 2014 when she was 14.
Dempsey married Jillian Fink on July 31, 1999. The couple have three children. Fink filed for divorce in January 2015, but the couple reconciled later this year. On November 12, 2016, the couple called off their divorce.
Dempsey is a fan of Scottish football club Rangers F.C. He is regarded as a Scottish person because of his step-grandfather's Scottish connections.
Patrick Dempsey's discovery as an actor came as a result of an invitation to audition for a role in Torch Song Trilogy's stage production. His audition was fruitful, and he spent the next four months touring with the company in Philadelphia. He joined Brighton Beach Memoirs, which was directed by Gene Saks, after this tour. In a 1990 off-Broadway revival of The Subject Was Roses co-starring John Mahoney and Dana Ivey at the Roundabout Theatre in New York, Dempsey has also appeared in the stage productions of On Golden Pond, with the Maine Acting Company, and as Timmy (the Martin Sheen role).
Dempsey's first big film role came at age 21 with Beverly D'Angelo in the film In The Mood, the true World War II tale about Ellsworth Wisecarver's relationships with older married women sparked national outrage. He appeared in the third season of Meatballs III: Summer Job, alongside Sally Kellerman in 1987. In 1987, Amanda Peterson and Some Girls with Jennifer Connelly appeared in a teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love, which was followed by a teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love. In 1989, Dempsey played a lead role in the films Loverboy starring actress Kirstie Alley and actress Helen Slater.
In the 1990s, Dempsey made several television appearances; he appeared in pilots who were not picked up for a full season, including lead roles in the television versions of the films The Player and About A Boy. He received praise for his portrayal of true-life Mob boss Meyer Lansky in 1991, when Mobsters first appeared on television. Will Truman's closeted sportscaster boyfriend on Will & Grace was his first big television role. Aaron Brooks, Lily's schizophrenic brother, appeared in four episodes of Once & Again (Sela Ward). In 2001, Dempsey received an Emmy Award as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Aaron. In 1993, he appeared as a young John F. Kennedy in the two-part TV mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth. In 2000, he appeared in Scream 3 as Detective Kincaid.
In Sweet Home Alabama (2002), Dempsey played a prominent part as Reese Witherspoon's fiancé. He co-starred in the critically acclaimed HBO film Iron Jawed Angels in 2004, opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. He also appeared as a special guest star in The Practice's three-episode finale season (8x13-8x15).
Dempsey appeared in Enchanted and the Paramount Pictures film Freedom Writers, where he reunited with his Iron Jawed Angels co-star Hilary Swank in 2007. In Brother Bear sequel Brother Bear 2, Kenai was also voiced by him, replacing Joaquin Phoenix. The latest films starring Dempsey include the 2008 film Made of Honor as Tom and the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day; the former film follows five interconnecting stories about Los Angeles people, who are anticipating (or in some cases dreading) the holiday of love.
In July 2009, Universal Pictures bought the rights to the book The Art of Racing in the Rain for Dempsey to appear. Milo Ventimiglia appeared in the film instead. In Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011), he appeared as Dylan Gould.
In the drama Grey's Anatomy next to Ellen Pompeo, Dempsey has received a lot of public attention for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd (McDreamy). Dempsey auditioned for the role of Dr. Chase on another medical show, House, before landing the role. He appeared in two episodes of the later Grey's spinoff Private Practice, portraying the same Dr. Shepherd character. A lot of praise and admiration have been given to his character's on-screen relationship with Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo).
He signed a two-year deal in January 2014 to remain on Grey's Anatomy, but it will guarantee his appearances in the 11th and 12th seasons.
At the 2006 Golden Globes, Dempsey was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series–Drama. Due to his popularity on the show, he has since become a spokesperson for Mazda and State Farm Insurance. "British Sexiest Guys of 2011" ranked him No. 1 on BuddyTV's list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011."
For the first time since the character had died in April 2015, Dempsey appeared in November 2020 as Derek Shepherd at the start of the series's 17th season.Following his departure from Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey was working on two small-screen films: a drama The Limit for SundanceTV and a travelogue spy drama called Fodors.
In 2016, Dempsey appeared in Universal Pictures' Baby, starring Renée Zellweger and Colin Firth, and in 2018, he appeared on Epix's television miniseries The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair.
Dempsey announced on February 4, 2020, he would appear as the lead of a CBS political drama pilot Ways & Means, where he will portray a Congressional chief. The pilot had been scheduled to be in consideration for the 2020-21 television seasons, but due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he was not expected to be able to participate in the following season. In May 2021, CBS decided on the finished pilot. In January 2021, Dempsey would reprise his role in the Enchanted sequel, Disenchanted, which is scheduled to begin in production in the spring of this year. The film is scheduled to be released on Disney+ in late 2022.
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Ellen Pompeo Says Her Steamy Scenes With Patrick Dempsey On Grey's Anatomy Were ‘Really Hard’ For Her Husband To Watch!
While most viewers were devastated when Patrick Dempsey left Grey’s Anatomy, it turns out there was possibly one person who actually breathed a sigh of relief!
During an interview on the Ladies First with Laura Brown podcast, Ellen Pompeo revealed that her husband Chris Ivery wasn’t always a fan of McDreamy — AKA Derek Shepherd — on the show because he became jealous of their intimate moments! She explained: