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Patrick Dempsey

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Patrick Dempsey has lived two charming but separate lives on film and television. From an exuberant, somewhat awkward charmer in college comedy films of the late 1980s and early 1990s, he has morphed spectacularly into a dreamy, wavy-haired television hunk of the new-age millennium and this seductive new image has since spilled off into romantic lead roles back on the large screen as a slightly offbeat, self-effacing Prince Charming type. Patrick Galen Dempsey was born on January 13, 1966 in Lewiston, Maine, to M. Amanda (Casson) and William Allen Dempsey. He is the youngest of three. His father, an insurance agent, and his mother, a school secretary, raised the children in Buckfield (Maine). His parents were both originally from Pennsylvania, and he has German, English, and Scottish ancestry ("Dempsey" was the surname of his step-grandfather). Patrick, who was diagnosed as dyslexic (he has to fully memorize his scripts), attended St. Dominic Regional High School but dropped out before graduating. Always interested in entertainment, Patrick studied juggling and entered several competitions. Acting was also a natural for him and, at age 15, he earned the role of the rebellious son in a Maine production of "On Golden Pond". Two years later, he won a prime role as David, the gay teen, in the Harvey Fierstein play "Torch Song Trilogy", spending several months touring the San Francisco area with the show. In between he, found supplementary gigs dancing and juggling. More opportunities came his way after winning the protagonist role of Neil Simon's "Brighton Beach Memoirs" that toured in 1984. Directed by the renowned comedy favorite Gene Saks, Dempsey started looking at the possibility of film work. He made his movie debut in the secondary part of a Catholic student in the 1960s-era school-age comedy Heaven Help Us (1985) starring "Brat Pack" actor Andrew McCarthy. More silliness followed with Meatballs III: Summer Job (1986) and a ripe turn in the socially aware television-movie A Fighting Choice (1986) in which he played an epileptic teen who sues his parents (Beau Bridges and Karen Valentine) in order to have risky brain surgery. Around the same time, he found himself in a television series entitled Fast Times (1986), based on the ultimate school-age film Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982), which made a star out of Sean Penn. Inheriting the Robert Romanus cool guy role of con artist Mike Damone, expectations were far too big and the television series died a quick death. However, his movie career got on a faster track and he scored well co-starring with the worldly Beverly D'Angelo in the movie In the Mood (1987), as a young man who makes headlines pursuing older women. Life resembled art that same year when Patrick married actress and drama coach Rocky Parker, who played a bit part in the film. He was 21 and she was 48. By this time, his trademark cuteness and appeal started taking shape. The youthful 21-year old Patrick played a nerd role next in the very funny high school comedy Can't Buy Me Love (1987) with Amanda Peterson. A movie favorite for many, Patrick had reached the peak of his early career popularity. He showed a more serious side in the World War II-era drama In a Shallow Grave (1988), which presented a Cyrano de Bergerac-like storyline with Patrick as the Christian de Neuvillette counterpart, but then he went straight back to familiar territory with the college-themed comedies Some Girls (1988) with Jennifer Connelly, Loverboy (1989), and Happy Together (1989). Stretching more in the 1990s, Patrick co-starred on stage in a 1991 production of "The Subject Was Roses" (playing the Martin Sheen film role) as the World War II soldier readjusting to civilian life with his parents (Dana Ivey and "Frasier" co-star John Mahoney). Films included the cross-country comedy-drama Coupe de Ville (1990), the action thriller Run (1991), Mobsters (1991), in which he made a stab at playing major Mafioso Meyer Lansky, Face the Music (1993) opposite "Brat Pack" femme Molly Ringwald, the title role in Bank Robber (1993), and the Mark Twain family-geared Ava's Magical Adventure (1998), co-directed by Patrick and wife Rocky. However, the couple divorced that same year. On television, Patrick played a young John Fitzgerald Kennedy in the miniseries J.F.K.: Reckless Youth (1993), Pierre Arronax in the television remake of 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997), and Raskolnikov in a small screen version of Crime and Punishment (1998). The rest of the decade on film was less newsworthy with co-starring or featured movie roles in Hugo Pool (1997), Denial (1998), Life in the Fast Lane (1998) and Me and Will (1999). It was television that gave Patrick a shot in the arm as he progressed into the new millennium. A recurring role as Will's closeted sportscaster amour in the sitcom Will & Grace (1998) presented Patrick in a more mature, wry and sexier fashion. Another recurring role in Once and Again (1999) earned him a dramatic Emmy nomination in 2001 as Outstanding Guest Actor, and a third on The Practice (1997) was also extremely well-received. While the romantic comedy film Sweet Home Alabama (2002) opposite Reese Witherspoon really nailed the direction Dempsey was headed, the medical series Grey's Anatomy (2005), as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd (aka "Dr. McDreamy"), gave distaff audiences the whole heartthrob package. The perfect vehicle to showcase his undeniable charisma and sharp talent for offbeat comedy, he is a two-time Golden Globe nominee and his popularity has absolutely skyrocketed. This reawakening has also swung the door open again on high-profile film offers, registering with the ladies once again in a number of light leading man parts, notably Enchanted (2007) and Made of Honor (2008). Off-camera, Dempsey married a second time in 1999, to make-up artist and Delux Beauty founder Jillian Dempsey. The couple have three children: daughter, Tallulah Fyfe (born 2002), and twin sons Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick (born 2007). An avid sports car racer (he has participated in the Indianapolis and Daytona Beach events), he showed off a more humanitarian side when he started the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing in his hometown of Lewiston after his mother developed ovarian cancer. Befittingly, he has produced a sexy men's fragrance line by Avon called "Unscripted".  See full bio on IMDb »

Patrick & Jillian Dempsey -- Romance is Back for Our Roman Holiday (PHOTO GALLERY)

Patrick & Jillian Dempsey
Romance is Back for Our Roman Holiday

Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian's relationship wasn't rebuilt in a day ... so they picked the perfect place to toast their reunion.  The newly still-married couple had a romantic… READ MORE >

Patrick & Jill Dempsey -- It's Official ... We're NOT Divorcing!

Patrick & Jill Dempsey
It's Official ... We're NOT Divorcing!

Patrick and Jill Dempsey are officially out of splitsville and chilling in backtogethertown.  Jill filed legal docs to have her divorce petition dismissed from court. A judge obliged and… READ MORE >

- 797 days ago
Patrick Dempsey -- Starting Fresh in New $6.4 Million Crib (PHOTO GALLERY)

Patrick Dempsey
Starting Fresh in New $6.4 Mil Crib

Instead of dishing out money on divorce lawyers, Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jill, decided to drop several million to move into a new Malibu home.  It's a 4 bedroom, 4 bath crib… READ MORE >

- 832 days ago
Patrick Dempsey -- Mrs. McDreamy Sells House, Keeps Hubby (PHOTO GALLERY)

Patrick Dempsey
Mrs. McDreamy Sells House ... Keeps Hubby

Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jill, are back together, and their first order of business -- dumping the pad Jill bought when they were on the verge of divorce.  Jill swooped the 2 story… READ MORE >

- 835 days ago
Patrick and Jill Dempsey -- Judge Wants Answers ... Are You Really Divorcing???

Patrick & Jill Dempsey
Judge Wants Answers Are You Really Divorcing???

Patrick and Jill Dempsey have either reconciled or they've been asleep at the wheel in their divorce case, and now the judge has issued an ultimatum ... get on with the divorce or get it thrown… READ MORE >

- 968 days ago
Patrick Dempsey -- In Case There Was Any Question About that Divorce ... (PHOTOS)

Patrick Dempsey
In Case there Was Any Question About that Divorce

Patrick Dempsey is still in the middle of divorce proceedings ... but in name only, because it's abundantly clear he and his wife are back together. Patrick and Jillian are vacationing with their… READ MORE >

- 1059 days ago
Patrick Dempsey -- I Got Screwed in a Race Car Deal

Patrick Dempsey
I Got Screwed in a Race Car Deal

Patrick Dempsey is racing to the courthouse with a lawsuit against a sports clothing company he says stiffed him. Dempsey claims in the lawsuit -- obtained by TMZ -- he cut a deal with GBG Spyder,… READ MORE >

- 1115 days ago
Patrick Dempsey and Wife -- Divorce Still On, but They're Not Racing to Court

Patrick Dempsey and Wife
Divorce Still On, But ... They're Not Racing to Court

Patrick Dempsey and his estranged wife have not pulled the plug on their divorce, TMZ has learned, but it seems headed in that direction. Patrick and Jillian Fink strolled down the streets of… READ MORE >

- 1164 days ago
Michael Waltrip -- 'McDreamy' Has Racing Groupies ... He's Legit On the Track

Michael Waltrip
'McDreamy' Has Racing Groupies He's Legit On the Track

Patrick Dempsey is making serious strides on the racing circuit -- not only impressing other drivers ... but already racking up a solid bunch of race groupies ... so says NASCAR legend Michael… READ MORE >

- 1359 days ago
Patrick Dempsey -- McDreamy Headed for Divorce Court -- NO PRENUP

Patrick Dempsey
McDreamy Headed for Divorce Court No Prenup

We just got a joint statement from Patrick and Jillian, saying, "It is with careful consideration and mutual respect that we have decided to end our marriage.  Our primary concern remains the… READ MORE >

- 1455 days ago
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