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Also Known As: Patrick Galen Dempsey Died:
Born: January 13, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Lewiston, Maine, USA Profession: actor, director, model

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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." Dempsey remained a key part of "Grey's Anatomy" until the spring of 2015, when Dr. Shepherd was suddenly killed off in a surprise twist that shocked the series' longtime fans.

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." Dempsey remained a key part of "Grey's Anatomy" until the spring of 2015, when Dr. Shepherd was suddenly killed off in a surprise twist that shocked the series' longtime fans.

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 Flypaper (2011)
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 Valentine's Day (2010)
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 Made of Honor (2008)
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 Enchanted (2007)
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 Freedom Writers (2007)
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Raised in rural communities of Turner and Buckfield, ME
1981:
Performed as juggler, magician and puppeteer before Elks clubs and community organizations
1983:
Stage debut, "On Golden Pond," with Maine Acting Company
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
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Toured for a year in leading role of Eugene Jerome in the Neil Simon comedy-drama "Brighton Beach Memoirs"
1985:
Film acting debut, "Heaven Help Us"
1986:
TV debut as Mike Damone in the short-lived CBS teen sitcom "Fast Times"
1986:
TV-movie debut as an epileptic teen in "A Fighting Choice" (ABC)
1987:
Breakthrough role as Ronald Miller, the loveable geek in "Can't Buy Me Love"
1989:
Portrayed an amorous pizza delivery man in "Loverboy"
1990:
Co-starred in "Coup de Ville"
1991:
Made Off-Broadway debut in a revival of "The Subject Was Roses"
1991:
Portrayed the young Meyer Lansky in "Mobsters"
1993:
Cast in the title role of the ABC miniseries "JFK: Reckless Youth"
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"
1996:
Starred in the CBS miniseries "A Season in Purgatory," adapted from the Dominick Dunne novel
1997:
Modeled clothes for the J. Crew catalog
1998:
Played title role in the biblical drama "Jeremiah" (aired in the USA in 2000 on PAX TV)
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"
2001:
Portrayed Cass Chaplin (a semi-fictive Charles Chaplin Jr.) in the CBS miniseries "Blonde" based on Joyce Carol Oates' novel
2002:
Co-starred with Reese Witherspoon in the romantic comedy "Sweet Home Alabama"
2004:
Cast in the HBO original movie "Iron Jawed Angels" based on womens' struggle for the right to vote in America
2007:
Played the husband of Hilary Swank's character in "Freedom Writers"
2008:
Starred with Michelle Monaghan in the romantic comedy, "Made of Honor"
2010:
Joined an ensemble cast for the Garry Marshall directed romantic comedy, "Valentine's Day"
2011:
Appeared in Michael Bay's "Transformers: Dark of the Moon"
2011:
Produced and acted in the action-comedy "Flypaper"
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Education

Buckfield High School: Buckfield , Maine -

Notes

Dempsey overcame dyslexia.

While in high school, Dempsey was the Maine state downhill skiing champion.

"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." --Patrick Dempsey to The Chicago Tribune, October 11, 1998.

"L.A. chews through people. I'm doing a lot of gardening. Actors like gardenings because you plant something and you go away, and when you come back, something has happened.

"It's like when I went back home to Maine recently for the longest time I've stayed there since I left. I bought a house and farm for my mother and I helped remodel it. I walked down the street of my home town, and everything I hated about it when I was growing up, I now appreciate." --Dempsey quoted in The Chicago Tribune, October 11, 1998.

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wife:
Rocky Parker. Manager. Born c. 1950; divorced; co-directed "Ava's Magical Adventure" (1994) with Dempsey.
wife:
Jillian Fink. Make-up artist. Married in July 1999.

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daughter:
Tallulah Fyfe. Born 2002; mother Jillian Fink.

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