Patrick Dempsey
American actor, car collector, businessman
Patrick Dempsey
Patrick Galen Dempsey is an American actor, known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd ("McDreamy") on the medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Prior to Grey's Anatomy he made several television appearances and was nominated for an Emmy Award. He has also appeared in several films, including Sweet Home Alabama, Made of Honor, Valentine's Day, Flypaper, Freedom Writers, and Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
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Patrick Dempsey on His Year After 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC News - 3 months
The actor says he'll never get tired of being called "McDreamy."
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Patrick Dempsey on His Year After 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC News - 3 months
The actor says he'll never get tired of being called "McDreamy."
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The 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Novel Proves Rom-Com Franchises Are A Mistake
Huffington Post - 4 months
You can be highbrow. You can be lowbrow. But can you ever just be brow? Welcome to Middlebrow, a weekly examination of pop culture. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” is that rarest of things: a third installment in a romantic comedy franchise. As someone who likes a healthy dollop of her entertainment served up frothy and sweet, I loved the original book and movie. The second, “Bridget Jones: The Edge of Reason,” struck me as silly and superfluous. The third? Well ... huh.   The latest film, “Bridget Jones’s Baby” actually startled me, because I’d read the third Bridget book from Helen Fielding, Mad About the Boy, and it was decidedly not about a baby. Instead, it portrayed a widowed Bridget, struggling to parent her children and get her mojo back after losing Mark Darcy to a landmine explosion during one of his humanitarian trips. Not to worry: Fielding has finally presented us with the book version of Bridget Jones’s Baby, set just over a decade before Mark shuffles premat ...
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Reese Witherspoon And Her Black Jumpsuit Are Giving Us Feelings
Huffington Post - 5 months
Remember back in July when Reese Witherspoon tugged at our heartstrings with a slew of “Legally Blonde” Instagrams in honor of the film’s 15th anniversary? Now she’s back at it, albeit unintentionally, inciting serious pangs of nostalgia for her classic rom-com “Sweet Home Alabama.” Dressed to the nines in a plunging black jumpsuit, Witherspoon attended an event Thursday for Tiffany & Co., the very store in which Patrick Dempsey’s character famously proposed to Witherspoon’s in the film. It’s a move that’s sat atop our dream proposal bank ever since.  This time around, instead of being swarmed by beaming store staffers, Witherspoon was joined by other stars including Kate Hudson, Jennifer Garner and Halle Berry.  Hudson, who also wore a jumpsuit, looked stunning in pink:  Garner opted for an ever-classic LBD:   Berry wore one seriously sexy suit:  Can you say squad goals?   -- This feed and its contents are the property of The Huffington Pos ...
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Patrick Dempsey saddles up for Dempsey Challenge fundraiser
Yahoo News - 5 months
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — Actor Patrick Dempsey is saddling up as the "Dempsey Challenge" draws to a close.
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Patrick Dempsey returns to Maine for cancer fundraiser
Yahoo News - 5 months
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) — After hitting the red carpet this month for the release of his new movie, actor Patrick Dempsey has returned to his home state for a cancer fundraiser.
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Patrick Dempsey on Life After 'Grey's Anatomy'
ABC News - 5 months
Patrick Dempsey still thinks about his loyal “Grey’s Anatomy” fans.
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The End Of 'Bridget Jones's Baby' Sets Up The Potential For A Fourth Installment
Huffington Post - 5 months
Even if it feels like every studio movie garners a sequel nowadays, it’s rare to see a female-fronted trilogy. Except for “The Hunger Games,” no lucrative franchise ― let’s say three or more installments ― with a singular female lead springs to mind. Especially not one that doesn’t involve a weapon more piercing than self-deprecating sass. This weekend, that changed. “Bridget Jones’s Baby” opened 15 years after the original, “Bridget Jones’s Diary,” and 12 after its inferior sequel, “The Edge of Reason.”  That’s a particular point of pride for Sharon Maguire, who directed 2001’s “Bridget Jones’s Diary” but says she skipped out on 2004’s “Edge of Reason” because she’d become a “breeding machine.” If anything, having kids readied Maguire to helm this particular chapter in our beloved Bridget’s life. (Hi, Renée Zellweger! Welcome back.) Paul Feig and Peter Cattaneo were originally tapped to direct, but they exited the project in the wake of delays and reported creative differences. B ...
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'Bridget Jones's Baby' Is Worth The Wait, And A Whole Lot Of Fun
Huffington Post - 6 months
I’m ready for this, there’s no denying That lyric ― from Jess Glynne’s song “Hold My Hand” ― has been appropriately featured in the trailers for “Bridget Jones’s Baby,” and pretty much explains our feelings on the new installment of the beloved film franchise finally coming out. The rom-com is definitely worth the wait, and, let us assure you, it will make you belly laugh from beginning to end.  The film sees the long-awaited on-screen return of Renée Zellweger, who took six years off to focus on life outside of Hollywood. Of course, it was the one and only Bridget Jones who convinced the actress to re-enter her career, and our hearts, once again. “It was pretty selfishly motivated, actually,” Zellweger told AOL Build host Ricky Camilleri of reviving the character. “She’s kind of fun. She’s really fun to play!” Thinking back, Zellweger beat out a competitive list of actresses to nab the coveted role of Bridget, an accident-prone, self-conscious, love-hungry ...
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Patrick Dempsey On Why He And Jillian Fink Called Off Their Divorce
Huffington Post - 6 months
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Zellweger: 'Bridge Jones's Baby' has 'interesting new dynamic'
CNN - 6 months
Renée Zellweger, Colin Firth, and Patrick Dempsey discuss the new 'Bridget Jones' movie.
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Colin Firth and Patrick Dempsey on making 'Bridget Jones's Baby'
LATimes - 6 months
Fall movie guide: 'Sully,' 'Girl on the Train' and more Sept. 1, 2016, 8:03 a.m. The fall movie season is here and there are dozens of new films from Hollywood and beyond vying for moviegoers' attention. From mega-budget franchise films to low-budget indies, from family-friendly 'toons to thought-provoking...
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Patrick Dempsey
    FORTIES
  • 2015
    Age 49
    In 2015, Dempsey is focusing on participating in the FIA World Endurance Championship with his own Dempsey Racing-Proton team in the GTE-Am class in a Porsche 997 GT3 RSR, teamed with Patrick Long and Marco Seefried.
    More Details Hide Details Not eligible for points. key) (Results are overall/class) Did not complete sufficient laps in order to score points. key) (Results are overall/class) ‡ As Dempsey was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. key) ‡ As Dempsey was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points. key) (Results are overall/class) Did not complete sufficient laps in order to score points. key) (Results are overall/class) Did not complete sufficient laps in order to score points. key) ‡ As Dempsey was a guest driver, he was ineligible to score points.
  • 2014
    Age 48
    In 2014, Dempsey told Reuters in the Hockenheimring support paddock at the German Grand Prix that motor racing was not just a hobby, and had become as much a part of who he is as acting.
    More Details Hide Details He said, "It's all-consuming in many ways. I couldn't imagine not racing right now. It really keeps me motivated. It's all I think about on a daily basis."
    In January 2014, Dempsey signed a two-year contract to remain on Grey's Anatomy (then in its tenth season) that would ensure his presence for potential 11th and 12th seasons.
    More Details Hide Details Dr. Shepherd later died in Season 11 due to a horrible car crash leaving Meredith Grey in sadness. Dempsey was nominated for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series–Drama at the 2006 Golden Globes for the role. His success on the show has led to his becoming a spokesman for Mazda and State Farm Insurance. BuddyTV ranked him #1 on its list of "TV's Sexiest Men of 2011". Following his departure from Grey's Anatomy, Dempsey was working on two small-screen projects: a drama The Limit for SundanceTV and a travelogue spy thriller called Fodors. He also said: "I would love to do something else. I’m going to take the rest of the year off to develop. I would like to be a producer. I would commit to a show that is 10 to 12 episodes. But 24 again, I don’t know if I would do that. It's a very hard life. It's financially rewarding but there comes a point where how much is enough, really? I’m focusing now on developing and racing and being a father to my children."
  • 2013
    Age 47
    Dempsey was awarded an honorary doctorate by Bowdoin College in 2013 for his philanthropic work.
    More Details Hide Details His Grey's Anatomy character Derek Shepherd had been written as a Bowdoin graduate after an alumnus led a petition signed by over 450 students to "adopt" the character as an alumnus.
    In January 2013, Dempsey announced that his company (Global Baristas) had secured the winning bid to purchase Seattle-based Tully's Coffee, which had filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection in October.
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    Dempsey, who maintains an extensive sports and vintage car collection, has enjoyed auto racing in his spare time for several years, and declared before the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 2013 that he would like to compete full-time, telling Eurosport: I would like to make that motorsports a complete priority and just focus on this full-time.
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    Starting in 2013, Patrick Dempsey is the face of Silhouette, promoting eyewear fashion from Austria.
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    In 2013, Dempsey starred in the romantic comedy Wonderful Tonight opposite Amanda Seyfried.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey has received significant public attention for his iconic role as Dr. Derek Shepherd (McDreamy) in the drama Grey's Anatomy. Prior to landing the role of Derek Shepherd, Dempsey auditioned for the role of Dr. Chase on another medical show, House. Initially a midseason replacement, Grey's Anatomy was well received and has become a highly rated program. Dempsey also appeared in two episodes of the Grey's spinoff Private Practice, playing the same character as in Grey's Anatomy.
    Prior to the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans, Dempsey declared that he would "walk away" from acting if he could and dedicate himself full-time to motorsports.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, and grew up in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield. He lived in Ireland in his very early life and has two sisters. His mother, Amanda (née Casson), was a school secretary, and his father, William, was an insurance salesman. He attended Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School.
  • 2009
    Age 43
    In October 2009, when Dempsey introduced the first Dempsey Challenge, registration was closed after reaching the goal of 3,500 cyclists, runners and walkers.
    More Details Hide Details The event raised more than $1 million for the cancer center. His mother had been in the crowd as Dempsey finished his 50-mile ride. The Challenge has since become an annual October event presented by Amgen in the Lewiston–Auburn area.
    Dempsey's company will control 47 Tully's locations in the Seattle area, but not the online business which had been purchased by Green Mountain Coffee Roasters in 2009.
    More Details Hide Details Following a legal dispute with investor group Global Baristas owner Michael Avenatti, Dempsey left the group, in effect officially leaving his managerial positions with Tully's. Dempsey filed a lawsuit on behalf of Global Baristas, claiming Avenatti borrowed $2 million against Tully's assets without informing Dempsey, rather than fully financing the coffee chain as was promised, calling the 15 percent interest rate on the loan "exorbitant" and sued for Avenatti to fund Tully's operations and meet its working capital needs, as well as for any damages owed the company. Soon after, Avenatti's office issued a second statement saying the partnership was dissolved and that Dempsey wished the lawyer and the company "all the best". Avenatti has stated the dispute was a "misunderstanding" and will continue operating with other investors and new management. Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12. As a result, it is necessary for him to memorize all his lines in order to perform, even for auditions where he was unlikely to get the part.
    After debuting at the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans, Dempsey returned to France four years later and competed in a Porsche 997 GT3 RSR at the 2013 24 Hours of Le Mans endurance race.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey and his co-drivers finished 29th overall and fourth in-class. Telling Porsche Newsroom: "Not much changes in my TV work, but everything changes constantly in motor racing – every lap, every bend and every moment."
    In 2009, he raced a Team Seattle Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT in the 2009 24 Hours of Le Mans's GT2 class, and finished ninth in class.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey announced he would race the 2011 Rolex 24 at Daytona along with other races throughout the season in a Mazda RX-8. Dempsey finished in third place in the GT Class of the Rolex 24 at Daytona. In 2012, Dempsey competed in the Grand-Am Continental Tire Sports Car Challenge behind the wheel of an Aston Martin Racing-Multimatic Motorsports Aston Martin Vantage GT4, which, after five successful racing seasons in Europe, was to make its debut on American tracks. He formed the Dempsey Racing team to compete in the American Le Mans Series. The team fielded a full-time Oreca FLM09 in the Prototype Challenge class as well as a Lola B12/80 coupe in the Prototype 2 class from Laguna Seca onward.
  • 2008
    Age 42
    He has been the face of L'Oreal and Versace and was featured in ads for Serengeti sunglasses. In November 2008 he launched an Avon fragrance named Unscripted, and due to its success, a second fragrance named Patrick Dempsey 2 was launched in October 2009.
    More Details Hide Details On September 29, 2012, Mexican cable company Cablemás, Megacable and Mexico city's Cablevisión launched an advertising campaign featuring Patrick Dempsey as the love interest of a domestic worker who comes across his profile on an online dating site.
    Dempsey's most recent roles include the 2008 film Made of Honor as Tom and the 2010s romantic comedy Valentine's Day; the latter film follows five interconnecting stories about Los Angelinos anticipating (or in some cases dreading) the holiday of love.
    More Details Hide Details Universal Pictures acquired the rights to the prize-winning novel The Art of Racing in the Rain in July 2009, for Dempsey to star in. The project has not been able to find a director. He starred as Dylan Gould in Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
    Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age twelve. He told Barbara Walters on her 2008 Oscar special that he thinks dyslexia made him what he is today. "It's given me a perspective of—you have to keep working," Dempsey told Walters. "I have never given up."
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  • 2007
    Age 41
    In 2007, Dempsey starred in the Disney film Enchanted, and the Paramount Pictures film Freedom Writers where he reunited with his Iron Jawed Angels co-star Hilary Swank.
    More Details Hide Details He also voiced the character Kenai in Brother Bear 2.
  • THIRTIES
  • 2004
    Age 38
    In 2004, he co-starred in the highly acclaimed HBO production Iron Jawed Angels, opposite Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston.
    More Details Hide Details He also appeared as special guest star in The Practice for its three-episode finale season (8x13-8x15).
  • 2000
    Age 34
    In 2000, he played Detective Kincaid in Scream 3.
    More Details Hide Details Dempsey had a high-profile role as the fiancé of Reese Witherspoon's character in Sweet Home Alabama (2002).
  • 1999
    Age 33
    On July 31, 1999, Dempsey married hairstylist and makeup artist Jillian Fink. The couple have three children, daughter Talula Fyfe (born February 20, 2002), and twin sons Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen (born February 1, 2007). In January 2015, Fink filed for divorce, but reconciled later in the year.
    More Details Hide Details In 1997, Dempsey's mother, Amanda, was diagnosed with ovarian cancer, which subsequently relapsed five times. On March 24, 2014, she died in Lewiston, Maine, aged 79. In response to his mother's bouts with cancer, Dempsey helped start the Patrick Dempsey Center at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1994
    Age 28
    The couple divorced in 1994.
    More Details Hide Details She died in 2014.
  • 1993
    Age 27
    In 1993, he played a young John F. Kennedy in the two-part TV mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth.
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  • 1991
    Age 25
    However he received good reviews as he portrayed real-life mob boss, Meyer Lansky in 1991, when Mobsters was put on the screen.
    More Details Hide Details His first major television role was a three-episode stint as Will Truman's closeted sportscaster boyfriend on Will & Grace. He went on to play the role of Aaron Brooks on Once & Again. Dempsey received an Emmy nomination in 2001 as Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for the role of Aaron.
  • 1989
    Age 23
    In 1989, Dempsey had the lead role in the films Loverboy with actress Kirstie Alley and Happy Together with actress Helen Slater.
    More Details Hide Details 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.
  • 1987
    Age 21
    Dempsey has been married twice. In 1987, he married his manager, actress and acting coach, Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, when he was 21 and she 48.
    More Details Hide Details She appeared with Dempsey in the film In the Mood. While it has been reported that Dempsey married his best friend's mother, he has been quoted saying that he became best friends with Parker's son only after he became romantically involved with Parker.
    He then co-starred in the third instalment of the comedy classic Meatballs III: Summer Job, alongside Sally Kellerman in 1987.
    More Details Hide Details This was followed by the teen comedy Can't Buy Me Love in 1987 with actress Amanda Peterson and Some Girls with Jennifer Connelly in 1988.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1981
    Age 15
    In his youth, Patrick Dempsey participated in juggling competitions. In 1981 he achieved the second place at the International Jugglers' Association Championship in the Juniors category, just behind Anthony Gatto, who is considered to be the best technical juggler of all time.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1966
    Age 0
    Born on January 13, 1966.
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