Grey’s Anatomy star, Patrick Dempsey is an accomplished actor who saw early success in his acting career in the 1980s. He put his acting career to a start in 1985 by appearing in numerous stage productions such as On Golden Pond. The American actor stepped into a much bigger centre stage by featuring in the famous television series, Grey’s Anatomy where he played the character of a neurosurgeon, Derek Shepherd. Following his sensational display on the medical show, Dempsey has claimed several awards and nominations including People’s Choice Awards, Screen Actors Guild Award and Golden Globe Award. The multiple award-winning actors has starred in numerous movies and TV shows such as Transformers: Dark of the Moon, With Honor, Bridget Jone’s Baby and Valentine’s Day.
Aside from being an actor, Patrick Dempsey is an eminent racecar driver who has participated in several racing competitions including Rolex Sports Car Series and American Le Mans Series. He has also established his own racing team known as Dempsey Racing. In addition to his body of works, the handsome actor who was once rated as the number two Sexiest Men Alive by People Magazine, has carried out multiple benevolent acts through his charitable Medical Centre known as Patrick Dempsey Centre situated at Central Maine Medical Centre in Lewiston.
Patrick Dempsey Biography (Age)
The highly skilled racecar driver was born into the family of William Dempsey and Amanda Casson in Lewiston, Maine, the United States on the 13th of January 1966. His father worked as an insurance sales representatives while his mother worked in a school administration section. He has two siblings, two older sisters, and a half-brother. In a quest to complete his elementary education, Spencer went to diverse schools which includes Willowridge High School, St. Dominic Regional high school and Bickfield highschool. During that time, he was a great juggler as he fully participated in many juggling contests for which he finished second during the 1985 Juggling Championship that was organised by the International Jugglers’ Association.
Patrick Dempsey began suffering from dyslexia at a very young age precisely when he was 12 years old. He has gone ahead to credit the medical condition as a source of motivation for his great success in life. The award-winning actor started achieving great success in his acting career as early as in the 1980s. He began his career as a stage actor after participating in multiple stage productions’ auditions which later landed him a couple of roles in theatre plays such as Brighton Beach Memoirs and On Golden Pond.
He then proceeded to make his movie debut at the age of 21 in the movie, In The Mood. He followed it up by starring in Can’t Buy me Love alongside Amanda Peterson. Then in the 1990s, Dempsey began appearing in television series which includes Will & Grace and Once & Again. The multi-talented actor has also lent his voice in Brother Bear and its sequel. He eventually climbed to the apex of his career when he was cast as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the medical series, Grey’s Anatomy. The series earned him multiple awards and his sensational performance attracted to him much publicity as he became one of the prominent actors in the movie industry.
In addition to that, he went on to replicate the same role in Private Practice which is the spin-off of Grey’s Anatomy. Patrick Dempsey’s movie credits include Iron Jawed Angels, Enchanted, The Emperor’s Club and other TV shows he has starred in are The Practice, Crime and Punishment, among others.
Furthermore, Dempsey is also best known as a racecar driver, having stated that racing is not just his hobby but a significant part of his life. He has contested in many racing competitions and has gone ahead to establish his racing team known as Dempsey Racing. Patrick Dempsey has additionally done some marketing works by appearing in many advertising campaigns and also aided in the promotion of several brands including L’Oreal and Versace.
The veteran actor has obviously made the bank from his plethora of careers. Having done some works as an actor along with his advertising campaigns and racing career, Patrick Dempsey’s net worth is pegged at $60 million.
Family – Wife, Divorce and Kids
The handsome racecar driver has been in two marriages. At the age of 21, Dempsey had his first marriage with Rochelle Parker, an actress who was 27 years older than him. They exchanged vows in 1987 and later in 1994, the couple headed for a divorce. Unfortunately, Parker passed away in 2014.
Patrick Dempsey later tied the knot with his second wife, Jillink Fink who works as a hair stylist in 1999. They have gone ahead to welcome three children namely Taluka Fyfe and his twin sons, Darby Galen, and Sullivan Patrick. The pair, however, experienced a hard time in their marriage when Dempsey’s wife processed for the annulment of their union in 2015 but they later settled their differences and remained married.
The multi-award winning actor is obviously endowed with a well-toned physique and impressive height of about 5 feet 10 inches (1.79 m).