Patrick Galen Dempsey (born January 13, 1966) is a Golden Globe Award-nominated American actor who first became prominent in Hollywood during the late 1980s. He is also known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (Dr. McDreamy) on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy. During the 2000s, he also appeared in several film roles, including The Emperor's Club, Freedom Writers, Enchanted and Made of Honor.
Dempsey also spent some of his school years in the town of Buckfield, Maine, where he attended Buckfield High School in the Maine School Administrative District (MSAD) #39 for his freshman through junior years. His mother was secretary to the high school principal there and still resides in the area.
Dempsey was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age 12. He told Barbara Walters on her 2008 Oscar's special that he thinks dyslexia "made him what he is today." “It’s given me a perspective of — you have to keep working,” Dempsey tells Walters. “I have never given up.”
Dempsey's first major feature film role was at age 21 with Beverly D'Angelo in the movie In The Mood, the real life WW2 story about Ellsworth Wisecarver who had relationships with older married women which created a national uproar. This was followed by the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love in 1987 with actress Amanda Peterson. In 1989, he had the lead role in the film Loverboy with actress Kirstie Alley and Happy Together with actress Helen Slater. Although the teen comedy and romance roles led to Dempsey being somewhat typecast for a time, he was able to avoid playing the same character as his career progressed.
Dempsey made a number of featured appearances in television in the 1990s; he was cast several times in pilots that were not picked up for a full season, including lead roles in the TV versions of the films The Player and About A Boy. However he received good reviews as he portrayed real-life mob boss, Meyer Lansky in 1991, when Mobsters were put on the screen. His first major television role in tv series was a recurring role as Will's closeted sportscaster boyfriend on Will & Grace. He went on to play the role of Aaron Brooks, Lily & Judy's psychologically unbalanced brother, on Once & Again. Dempsey received an Emmy nomination in 2001 as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Aaron. In 1993 he was convincing as a young John F. Kennedy in the 2-part TV mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth. In 2004, he co-starred in the highly acclaimed HBO production, Iron Jawed Angels, opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston. He also appeared as special guest star in The Practice for 3 episodes finale season (8x13-8x15), as a married man who murdered his lover.
Dempsey had a high-profile role as one of the suitors for Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama. He also had a role as Detective Kincaid on Scream 3. Dempsey's most recent roles include the 2007 Disney film Enchanted, and the Paramount Pictures film Freedom Writers where he reunites with his Iron Jawed Angels co-star Hilary Swank. He also voiced the character Kenai in Brother Bear 2 .
Most recently, Dempsey has starred in Made of Honor as Tom.
Dempsey was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series – Drama at the 2007 Golden Globes for the role. In 2006 Dempsey signed a contract with ABC raising his salary to $225,000 per episode. His success on the show has led to him becoming a spokesman for Mazda and a model Versace. He is currently working with Avon to launch a fragrance, due out in November 2008.
Dempsey has been married twice. In 1987, he married actress and acting coach Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, who appeared with Dempsey in the film In the Mood. At the time of their marriage, Dempsey was 21 years old, while Parker was 48, with a son, Corey Parker, who was one year Dempsey's senior. The couple divorced in 1994.
On July 31, 1999, Dempsey married Jillian Fink, a Connecticut resident and founder of Delux Beauty. They met when Dempsey entered Fink's salon for a haircut. Fink still trims his locks. The couple has three children: a daughter, Tallulah Fyfe, born in February 20, 2002, and twin sons Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick, born on February 1, 2007.
Dempsey enjoys auto racing in his spare time, having driven the pace car in the Indianapolis 500, and raced in the Rolex 24 at Daytona and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000. He is currently the co-owner of IndyCar Series team Vision Racing. In 2008 he will be competing in 5 of the 12 Rolex Sports Car Series racing series races.
Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12. As a result, he is forced to memorize all his lines in order to perform, even for auditions where he was unlikely to get the part.
|1985||The Stuff||Underground Stuff buyer #2|
|Heaven Help Us||Corbet|
|1986||Meatballs III: Summer Job||Rudy|
|A Fighting Choice||Kellin Taylor|
|Fast Times (TV Series)||Mike Damone|
|1987||Can't Buy Me Love||Ronald Miller|
|In the Mood||Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver|
|In a Shallow Grave||Daventry|
|Happy Together||Christopher Wooden|
|1990||Coupe de Ville||Robert 'Bobby' Libner|
|1992||Say I Do|
|1993||JFK: Reckless Youth||John F. Kennedy|
|1994||With Honors||Everett Calloway|
|Ava's Magical Adventure||Jeffrey|
|1996||A Season in Purgatory||Harrison Burns|
|1997||20,000 Leagues Under the Sea||Pierre Arronax|
|1998||The Bible: Jeremiah||Jeremiah|
|1999||Mickey Mouse Works||Narrator|
|2000||Scream 3||Det. Mark Kincaid|
|2002||Sweet Home Alabama||Andrew Hennings (Melanie's fiance)|
|2003||Lucky 7||Peter Connor|
|2004||Iron Jawed Angels||Ben Weissman|
|2006||Brother Bear 2||Kenai||voice only|
|2007||Freedom Writers||Scott Casey|
|2008||Made of Honor||Tom|
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