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Patrick Dempsey

Patrick DempseyPatrick Dempsey portrays neurosurgeon Dr. Derek Shepherd on the hit ABC series Grey's Anatomy, a role that earned him a Screen Actors Guild Award in 2007 and People's Choice Awards as Favorite Male TV Star in 2007 and 2008.

His work in the popular series has also earned a 2006 Screen Actors Guild nomination for Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Drama Series. In 2006 and 2007 he was nominated for a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama.

Dempsey's acting career spans more than two decades and includes work in both television and feature films. He recently completed filming the romantic comedy Made of Honor in London and Scotland. In the fall of 2007 he was seen in Disney's romantic comedy Enchanted opposite Amy Adams. He also starred in the critically acclaimed Freedom Writers with Hilary Swank.

Dempsey first gained widespread attention as the unlikely heartthrob of such classic '80s nostalgia films Can't Buy Me Love and Loverboy. In 1988 he was recognized with a Young Artist Award for Best Young Actor in a Motion Picture - Comedy.

His other theatrical films include Sweet Home Alabama, Scream 3, With Honors, Outbreak, Hugo Pool, The Treat, The Palace Thief, Heaven Help Us, Happy Together, Some Girls, Coupe De Ville, Run, Mobsters, and In the Mood.

In 2001 he was nominated for an Emmy for his depiction of Aaron Brooks, Sela Ward's psychologically unbalanced brother in the critically acclaimed television program Once & Again. He made a memorable guest appearance in a 2003 episode of NBC's hit show Will and Grace as Will's love interest. He co-starred with Hilary Swank and Anjelica Huston in the highly-acclaimed HBO production Iron Jawed Angels in 2004.

He starred in the NBC movie based on Fyodor Dostoyevsky's Crime and Punishment opposite Ben Kingsley. He also appeared in the television miniseries 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea with Michael Caine. He co-starred with Oliver Reed in the biblical epic, Jeremiah. Other television movies and miniseries include JFK: Reckless Youth, A Season in Purgatory, Blood Knot, The Right to Remain Silent, Shallow Grave, and Blonde.

Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, and raised in the nearby towns of Turner and Buckfield. He attended Buckfield High School and St. Dominic Regional High School. As a teenager he developed an interest in juggling, once tying for second-place in a national juggling competition.

He first appeared onstage as David in the San Francisco production of Torch Song Trilogy. Other early stage work included On Golden Pond for the Maine Acting Company, the international touring production of Bright Beach Memoirs, The Subject Was Roses at the Roundabout Theatre in New York City. He most recently took the stage as Algernon Moncrieff in The Importance of Being Earnest at The Pasadena Playhouse.

Patrick and his wife, Jillian Fink Dempsey, a daughter, Tallulah Fyfe, born on February 20, 2002, and twin boys Darby Galen and Sullivan Patrick (February 1, 2007) live in California and own a coastal farm in Maine.

He is a physical fitness enthusiast, enjoys remodeling houses, and is the co-owner of and a driver for Hyper Sport, a Grand Am Road Racing team.