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Patrick Dempsey is a famous film and television actor

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BirthdayJanuary 13, 1966
NationalityAmerican
FamousFilm & Theater Personalities, Actors
City/StateMaine
SpousesJill Fink (m. 1999) Rochelle Parker
Known asPatrick Galen Dempsey
Childrens Tallula Fyfe Dempsey Darby Galen Dempsey Sullivan Patrick Dempsey
Universities
  • Saint-Dominic Academy
  • Leavitt Area High School
  • Buckfield Jr-Sr High School
Founder / Co-Founder
  • Dempsey Company
Birth PlaceLewiston
Height179cm
GenderMale
FatherWilliam
MotherAmanda (née Caisson)
Net Worth$60 million as of Sep 16,2016
Sun SignCapricorn
Born inLewiston
Famous asActor

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Who is Patrick Dempsey?

Patrick Dempsey is a popular American actor and a famous television icon. A role-model for many, Dempsey has juggled with various roles throughout his career but is best-known for his role as the charming neurosurgeon, ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’ on the hit medical drama series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. Not many of his fans may know but he initially started out as a magician touring different places before a career on television beckoned. When he initially started out as an actor, he was known for his spruced good looks and his ‘dreamy’, lover-boy image in the rom-coms ‘Heaven Help Us’, ‘Loverboy’ and ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’. He appeared in a number of award-winning shows including ‘Once & Again’ before he took up the role of a neurosurgeon in one of the most highly-rated shows on television. In addition to his work on ‘Grey’s Anatomy’, he has also starred in a number of critically-acclaimed films including ‘Freedom Writers’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, ‘Scream 3’ and ‘Made of Honor’. Apart from acting, he was the co-owner of the ‘Vision Racing Indycar Series’ team and is the current owner of ‘Dempsey Racing’.

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Childhood & Early Life

Patrick Galen Dempsey was born on 13 January 1966, to Amanda and William Dempsey, in Lewiston, Maine. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother was a school clerk.

He studied at St. Dominic Regional High School. At the age of 12, he was diagnosed with dyslexia. It was around this time, young Dempsey is believed to have been ‘the most insecure’.

From a very young age, he was adept at juggling, winning a national juggling competition. He was also an accomplished skier and while in high school, he won the Maine state slalom championship.

Career

He left high school in Lewiston to pursue acting and got the role of ‘David’ in the San Francisco production of ‘Torch Song Trilogy’. He performed in several plays including bagging the lead role in ‘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 got 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 boy who supplied ‘more than just pizzas’ in the romantic comedy, ‘Loverboy’. At this point of time in his life, he became a heartthrob with a horde of adoring 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 budding actor with a number of projects in his kitty. He appeared in ‘Mobsters’ and ‘Run’, two films which proved his versatility in acting. Two years later, he played a young John F. Kennedy in a two part TV mini-series, ‘JFK: Reckless Youth’.

From 1993 to 1998, he appeared in a string successful and not-so-successful films including, ‘Bank Robber’, ‘With Honors’, ‘Outbreak’, ‘Hugo Pool’ and ‘Denial’.

In 2000, he appeared as ‘Detective Kincaid’ in the third part of the thriller ‘Scream’ series, ‘Scream 3’. The same year, he bagged his first major role in television as ‘Mathew’ in ‘Will and Grace’ and in ‘Once and Again’.

He followed this with a critically-acclaimed performance alongside Reese Witherspoon in the hit film, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, in 2002. Two years later, he was seen in the television movie, ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ and ‘The Practice’.

2005 gave Dempsey one of his biggest breakthroughs when he was cast in a lead role as ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’ in the hit American medical drama series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. He overnight became a star 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’. The next year, he appeared in the multi-starrer, ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘Easy A’.

In 2009, he starred in the spin-off of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ called, ‘Private Practice’ as ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’.

He was cast as a supporting actor for ‘Transformer: Dark of the Moon’ as Dylan Gould, in 2011. The same year, he produced and appeared in ‘Flypaper’, which was one of the last films he appeared in.

In 2013, he was cast as himself in the Dutch movie ‘Ushi Must Marry.’

Major Works

‘Grey’s Anatomy’ is a popular American medical drama which featured Dempsey in the lead role of ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’, the irresistible neurosurgeon. Considered one of the ‘highest-rated shows of all time’, the series ran for 10 seasons and became the recipient of a number of important awards. Dempsey was praised for his screen presence and acting abilities which earned him a number of nominations and important awards for his role.

Awards & Achievements

In 1987, he won the Young Artist Award for ‘Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy’ for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.

He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Best Cast in a Drama Series’ along with his other co-stars for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2006.

In 2007 and 2008, he was honored with a People’s Choice Award for ‘Favourite Male TV Star’ for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’.

He was ranked No. 1 on Buddy TV’s list of ‘TV’s Sexiest Men of 2011’.

Personal Life & Legacy

He married Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Parker, who was an actress, acting coach and the mother of his best-friend, in 1987. She was 26 years his senior. The couple divorced in 1994.

In 1999, he married Jill Fink, with whom he has three children; Tallulah Fyfe and twins, Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen.

Apart from his acting career, he initiated the ‘Patrick Dempsey Center’, a cancer center at Central Maine Medical Center. The inspiration for starting this organization came after his mother was diagnosed with ovarian cancer and suffered nearly five relapses in her life.

Trivia

This famous American television and film actor is the owner of limited sports and vintage cars and is an avid auto-racer. He even expressed his interest to compete full-time for auto-racing. He was seen in pro-am events including ’24 Hours of Le Mans’, ‘Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race’ and the ‘Baja 1000 off-road race’.

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Patrick Dempsey awards

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People's Choice Awards

2015Favorite Dramatic TV ActorWinner
2008Favorite Male TV StarWinner
2007Favorite Male TV StarWinner

Patrick Dempsey biography timelines

  • // 13th Jan 1966
    Patrick Galen Dempsey was born on 13 January 1966, to Amanda and William Dempsey, in Lewiston, Maine. His father was an insurance salesman and his mother was a school clerk.
  • // 1985
    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’.
  • // 1987
    In 1987, he won the Young Artist Award for ‘Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture-Comedy’ for ‘Can’t Buy Me Love’.
  • // 1987 To 1994
    He married Rochelle ‘Rocky’ Parker, who was an actress, acting coach and the mother of his best-friend, in 1987. She was 26 years his senior. The couple divorced in 1994.
  • // 1989
    In 1989, he was cast as a pizza boy who supplied ‘more than just pizzas’ in the romantic comedy, ‘Loverboy’. At this point of time in his life, he became a heartthrob with a horde of adoring fans. He was also cast as ‘Christopher Wooden’ in ‘Happy Together’ along with Helen Slater.
  • // 1991
    1991 proved to be an extremely busy year for the budding actor with a number of projects in his kitty. He appeared in ‘Mobsters’ and ‘Run’, two films which proved his versatility in acting. Two years later, he played a young John F. Kennedy in a two part TV mini-series, ‘JFK: Reckless Youth’.
  • // 1993 To 1998
    From 1993 to 1998, he appeared in a string successful and not-so-successful films including, ‘Bank Robber’, ‘With Honors’, ‘Outbreak’, ‘Hugo Pool’ and ‘Denial’.
  • // 1999
    In 1999, he married Jill Fink, with whom he has three children; Tallulah Fyfe and twins, Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen.
  • // 2000
    In 2000, he appeared as ‘Detective Kincaid’ in the third part of the thriller ‘Scream’ series, ‘Scream 3’. The same year, he bagged his first major role in television as ‘Mathew’ in ‘Will and Grace’ and in ‘Once and Again’.
  • // 2002
    He followed this with a critically-acclaimed performance alongside Reese Witherspoon in the hit film, ‘Sweet Home Alabama’, in 2002. Two years later, he was seen in the television movie, ‘Iron Jawed Angels’ and ‘The Practice’.
  • // 2005
    2005 gave Dempsey one of his biggest breakthroughs when he was cast in a lead role as ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’ in the hit American medical drama series, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’. He overnight became a star and his fan-base expanded.
  • // 2006 To 2008
    From 2006 to 2008, he starred in a number of critically-acclaimed hits including ‘Shade’, ‘Freedom Writers’, ‘Enchanted’ and ‘Made of Honor’. The next year, he appeared in the multi-starrer, ‘Valentine’s Day’ and ‘Easy A’.
  • // 2006
    He won the Screen Actors Guild Award for ‘Best Cast in a Drama Series’ along with his other co-stars for ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ in 2006.
  • // 2009
    In 2009, he starred in the spin-off of ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ called, ‘Private Practice’ as ‘Dr. Derek Shepherd’.
  • // 2011
    He was cast as a supporting actor for ‘Transformer: Dark of the Moon’ as Dylan Gould, in 2011. The same year, he produced and appeared in ‘Flypaper’, which was one of the last films he appeared in.
  • // 2013
    In 2013, he was cast as himself in the Dutch movie ‘Ushi Must Marry.’

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Patrick Dempsey's FAQ

  • What is Patrick Dempsey birthday?

    Patrick Dempsey was born at 1966-01-13

  • Where is Patrick Dempsey's birth place?

    Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston

  • What is Patrick Dempsey nationalities?

    Patrick Dempsey's nationalities is American

  • Who is Patrick Dempsey spouses?

    Patrick Dempsey's spouses is Jill Fink (m. 1999) Rochelle Parker

  • Who is Patrick Dempsey childrens?

    Patrick Dempsey's childrens is Tallula Fyfe Dempsey Darby Galen Dempsey Sullivan Patrick Dempsey

  • What was Patrick Dempsey universities?

    Patrick Dempsey studied at Saint-Dominic Academy, Leavitt Area High School, Buckfield Jr-Sr High School

  • Which company or organization was founded by Patrick Dempsey?

    Patrick Dempsey was the founder/co-founder of Dempsey Company

  • How tall is Patrick Dempsey?

    Patrick Dempsey's height is 179

  • Who is Patrick Dempsey's father?

    Patrick Dempsey's father is William

  • Who is Patrick Dempsey's mother?

    Patrick Dempsey's mother is Amanda (née Caisson)

  • What is Patrick Dempsey's sun sign?

    Patrick Dempsey is Capricorn

  • How famous is Patrick Dempsey?

    Patrick Dempsey is famouse as Actor