Patrick Dempsey is an American actor and race car driver who has been in the spotlight since the 80s.
He is best known for his role as Dr. Derek Shepherd, aka McDreamy, on the hit medical drama Grey’s Anatomy.
He was honored with a Disney Legend Award in 2022 and was named as People’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2023.
Patrick Dempsey Bio
Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, and grew up in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield.
He has two older sisters His mother, Amanda (née Casson), was a school secretary, and his father, William, was an insurance salesman.
He attended Leavitt Area High school, Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School, and after moving to Houston attended Willowridge High School.
In his youth, Dempsey participated in juggling competitions.
In 1981, he achieved second place at the International Jugglers’ Association Championship in the Juniors category, just behind Anthony Gatto, who is considered to be the best technical juggler of all time.
Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12.
He told Barbara Walters on her 2008 Oscar special that he thinks dyslexia made him what he is today.
“It’s given me a perspective of — you have to keep working,” Dempsey told Walters. “I have never given up.
Patrick Dempsey Career
He left high school to pursue acting and landed the role of ‘David’ in the San Francisco production of ‘Torch Song Trilogy.’ He performed in several plays, including ‘Brighton Beach Memoirs’ and ‘The Subject was Roses.’
In 1985, he starred in ‘Heaven Help Us,’ a romantic film, followed by ‘Meatballs III: Summer Job’ the next year. He was also seen on television in ‘A Fighting Choice’ and ‘Fast Times.’
He landed his first major role in the 1987 movie ‘In the Mood.’ The same year, he also starred in the romantic film ‘Can’t Buy Me Love,’ which cemented his lover-boy image.
In 1989, he was cast as a pizza delivery driver who supplies ‘more than just pizzas’ in the romantic comedy ‘Loverboy.’ By now, he had become a heartthrob with many female fans. He was also cast as ‘Christopher Wooden’ in ‘Happy Together’ along with Helen Slater.
1991 proved to be an extremely busy year for the actor as he had a number of projects under his belt. He appeared in ‘Mobsters’ and ‘Run,’ two films that proved his versatility in acting. Two years later, he played a young John F. Kennedy in a two-part TV mini-series titled ‘JFK: Reckless Youth.’
From 1993 to 1998, he appeared in a string of successful and not-so-successful films, such as ‘Bank Robber,’ ‘With Honors,’ ‘Outbreak,’ ‘Hugo Pool,’ and ‘Denial.’
In 2000, he appeared as ‘Detective Kincaid’ in ‘Scream 3,’ the third installment of the ‘Scream’ series. The same year, he landed his first major role in television when he was cast to play ‘Mathew’ in ‘Will and Grace.’ He then went on to play ‘Aaron Brooks’ in ‘Once and Again.’
He followed this with a critically-acclaimed performance in the hit film ‘Sweet Home Alabama’ in 2002. Two years later, he was seen in the television movie ‘Iron Jawed Angels.’ He was also seen in the TV series ‘The Practice.’
2005 turned out to be a good year for Dempsey as he landed his breakthrough role of ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’ in the hit American medical drama series ‘Grey’s Anatomy.’ He became a star overnight and his fan-base expanded.
From 2006 to 2008, he starred in a number of critically-acclaimed hits, including ‘Shade,’ ‘Freedom Writers,’ ‘Enchanted,’ and ‘Made of Honor.’ In 2010, he appeared in the multi-starrer film ‘Valentine’s Day.’
In 2009, he starred in the spin-off of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ titled ‘Private Practice’ as ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd.’
He was cast in a supporting role in ‘Transformer: Dark of the Moon’ in 2011. The same year, he produced and appeared in ‘Flypaper’ alongside Ashley Judd. In 2013, he appeared as himself in the Dutch movie ‘Ushi Must Marry.’
Following his departure from ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2015, he appeared in the blockbuster hit romantic comedy ‘Bridget Jones’s Baby’ in 2016.
In 2017, he starred in the short movie ‘Red Nose Day Actually’ and followed it up with a mini-series titled ‘The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair’ where he played the titular role.
The talented actor started portraying the role of ‘Dominic Morgan’ in the TV drama series ‘Devils.’ The series is based on Guido Maria Brera’s novel of the same name.
Patrick Dempsey Wife: Who is Patrick Dempsey married to?
Patrick Dempsey has been married twice.
His first wife was Rocky Parker, an actress and director who was 27 years older than him. They got married in 1987 and divorced in 1994.
His second and current wife is Jillian Fink, a makeup artist and hairstylist. They tied the knot in 1999.
Patrick Dempsey Children
Dempsey and Fink have three kids together.
A daughter named Talula Fyfe Dempsey, born in 2002, and twin sons named Darby Galen Dempsey and Sullivan Patrick Dempsey , born in 2007.