Patrick Dempsey
General Information
Birth Name: Patrick Galen Dempsey
Birthday: January 13, 1966
Birth Place: Lewiston, Maine
Age: 50
Spouses: Rochelle Parker (1987-1994)
Jillian Fink (m. 1999)
Children: 3
Talula Fyfe (b. 2002)
Sullivan Patrick (b. 2007)
Darby Galen (b. 2007)
Character Information
Role: Derek Shepherd
Seasons: 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11
Patrick Dempsey is an American actor, best known for his role as Derek Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy.

Early Life Edit

Patrick Galen Dempsey was born on January 13, 1966, in Lewiston, Maine, to Amanda Casson, a school secretary, and William Dempsey, an insurance salesman. He has two sisters, Alicia Hatten and Mary Dempsey. He grew up in nearby towns, Turner and Buckfield, where he attended Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School.

When he was 12, he was diagnosed with dyslexia.

Career Edit

In 1982, he was discovered by an invitation to audition for a role in the stage production of Torch Song Triology. In 1983, he landed the lead role in Brighton Beach Memoirs. He appeared in other stage productions such as On Golden Pond and The Subject Was Roses.

In 1987, he made his major film debuts when he was 21 in the movie In The Mood, Meatballs III: Summer Job and Can't Buy Love. In 1988, he appeared in Some Girls. In 1989, he landed the lead role in Loverly and Happy Together. In the 1990s, he landed lead roles in TV versions of the films The Player and About a Boy.

In 1991, he portrayed a real-life mob boss in Mobsters. In 2000, he landed his first major television role on Will & Grace. That same year, he played Detective Kincaid in Scream 3. In 2001, he appeared in Once & Again. In 2002, he appeared in Sweet Home Alabama. In 2004, he starred in the HBO production Iron Jawed Angels and guest starred in The Practice. In 2006, he voiced Kenai in Brother Bear 2. In 2007, he starred in the Disney film Enchanted and the Paramount Pictures film Freedom Writers. In 2010, he appeared in Valentine's Day. In 2011, he starred in Transformers: Dark of the Moon. He auditioned for the role of Dr. Chase on the medical show, House.

In 2005, he landed the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd in the drama Grey's Anatomy. He appeared in two episodes of the spin-off, Private Practice. After he left the show in season 11, he starred in The Limit and Fodors.

Personal Life Edit

In 1987, he married his manager and mother of his best friend, Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, when he was 21 and she 48. They appeared in film In The Mood. They divorced in 1994. She was an actress and acting coach. She died in 2014.

On July 31, 1999, he married Jillian Fink, a hairstylist and makeup artist. They have three children, Talula Fyfe, born February 20, 2002, and twins Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen, born February 1, 2007. In January 2015, Fink filed for divorced but reconciled later in 2015.

Filmography Edit

Film Edit

Year Title Role
1985 The Stuff Underground Stuff Buyer #2
1985 Heaven Help Us Corbet
1986 A Fighting Choice Kellin Taylor
1986 Meatballs III: Summer Job Rudy Gerner
1987 Can't Buy Me Love Ronald Miller
1987 In the Mood Ellsworth "Sonny


1988 Some Girls Michael
1988 In a Shallow Grave Potter Daventry
1989 Loverboy Randy Bodek
1989 Happy Together Christopher Wooden
1990 Coupe de Ville Robert "Bobby" Libner
1991 Mobsters Meyer Lansky
1991 Run Charlie Farrow
1993 Bank Robber Billy
1993 Face the Music Charlie Hunter
1994 With Honors Everett Calloway
1995 Outbreak Jimbo Scott
1997 Hugo Pool Floyd Gaylen
1998 Denial Sam
1998 Jeremiah Jeremiah
1998 The Escape Clayton
2000 Scream 3 Det. Mark Kincaid
2002 Sweet Home Alabama Andrew Hennings
2002 The Emperor's Club Older Louis Masoudi
2003 Lucky 7 Peter Connor
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Ben Weissman
2006 Brother Bear 2 Kenai
2007 Freedom Writers Scott Casey
2007 Enchanted Robert Philip
2008 Made of Honor Tom Bailey
2010 Valentine's Day Harrison Copeland
2011 Transformers: Dark of the Moon Dylan Gould
2011 Flypaper Tripp
2016 Bridget Jones's Baby Jack Qwant

Television Edit

Year Title Role Episode
1986 Fast Times Mike Damone 7 episodes
1986 Disneyland Kellin Taylor "A Fighting Choice"
1989 The Super Mario Bros. Super Show! The Plant "Super Plant/The Pied Koopa"
1993 JFK: Reckless Youth John F. Kennedy
1996 A Season in Purgatory Harrison Burns
1997 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea Pierre Arronax
1998 Jeremiah Jeremiah
1998 Crime and Punishment Raskolniknov
2000 Will & Grace Matthew 3 episodes
2000 Once and Again Aaron Brooks 4 episodes
2001 Will & Grace Matthew
2001 Blonde Cass
2002 Once and Again Aaron Brooks
2003 Lucky 7 Peter Connor
2003 Karen Sissco Carl Wilkens "Blown Away"
2004 Iron Jawed Angels Ben Weissman
2004 The Practice Dr. Paul Stewart 3 episodes
2005-15 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Derek Shepherd 236 episodes
2009 Private Practice Dr. Derek Shepherd 1 episode
2012 Private Practice Dr. Derek Shepherd 1 episode

Trivia Edit