Patrick Dempsey Biography

Patrick Dempsey is a famous film and television actor. Go through this biography to learn more about his profile, childhood, life and timeline.

Quick Facts

Birthday: January 13, 1966

Nationality: American

Famous: Quotes By Patrick Dempsey Actors

Age: 54 Years, 54 Year Old Males

Sun Sign: Capricorn

Also Known As: Patrick Galen Dempsey

Born in: Lewiston

Famous as: Actor

Height: 5'10" (178 cm), 5'10" Males


Spouse/Ex-: Jill Fink (m. 1999) Rochelle Parker

father: William

mother: Amanda (née Caisson)

children: Tallula Fyfe Dempsey Darby Galen Dempsey Sullivan Patrick Dempsey

U.S. State: Maine

Diseases & Disabilities: Dyslexia

Founder/Co-Founder: Dempsey Company

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education: Saint-Dominic Academy, Leavitt Area High School, Buckfield Jr-Sr High School

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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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  • 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.
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  • 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.
  • 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’.

1. Freedom Writers (2007)

  (Biography, Crime, Drama)

2. The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019)

  (Comedy, Drama, Romance, Sport)

3. Can't Buy Me Love (1987)

  (Romance, Drama, Comedy)

4. Heaven Help Us (1985)

  (Drama, Comedy, Romance)

5. Coupe de Ville (1990)

  (Comedy, Drama)

6. Bridget Jones's Baby (2016)

  (Comedy, Romance)

7. With Honors (1994)

  (Drama, Comedy)

8. The Emperor's Club (2002)



People's Choice Awards
2015 Favorite Dramatic TV Actor Winner
2008 Favorite Male TV Star Winner
2007 Favorite Male TV Star Winner

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