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Patrick Dempsey
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Dempsey presenting Made of Honor in Madrid, 2008.
Born
Patrick Galen Dempsey

January 13, 1966 (1966-01-13) (age 53)
Residence Malibu, California, USA
Occupation Actor, Race car driver
Years active 1985–present
Spouse(s) Rocky Parker (1987–1994)
Jillian Fink (1999–present)
Children Tallulah Fyfe, Sullivan Patrick & Darby Galen

Patrick Galen Dempsey (b. January 13, 1966) is an American actor. He is best known for his work on the television series Grey's Anatomy as Doctor Derek Shepherd. He has won a Screen Actors Guild Award as a cast member of Grey's Anatomy. He has also been nominated for the Emmy and Golden Globe Awards. He has been in the many movies. These include Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Valentine's Day, Sweet Home Alabama, Brother Bear 2 and Enchanted.

Dempsey, who maintains a sports car and vintage car collection, also enjoys auto racing in his spare time. He has competed in pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race and Ensenada SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race. 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.

Personal life

Dempsey was diagnosed with dyslexia at age 12. As a result, it is necessary for him to memorize all his lines to perform, even for auditions where he was unlikely to get the part.

Entertainment Weekly put Dempsey's hair on its end-of-the-decade "best-of" list, saying, "What made Grey's Anatomy a mega-medi-hit? It could have something to do with creator Shonda Rhimes' scalpel-sharp writing…or McDreamy's impossibly luxurious man hair. Just saying." In 2005, People magazine ranked him second in its annual list of "Sexiest Men Alive" and again in 2006.

Dempsey has been married twice. On August 24, 1987, he married his manager, actress and acting coach, Rochelle "Rocky" Parker, when he was 21 and she 48. 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. The couple divorced on 26 April 1994. She died in 2014.

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 the couple reconciled later in the year. They called off their divorce on November 12, 2016.

Dempsey is a supporter of Scottish football club Rangers F.C. because of the Scottish ancestry he has through his step-grandfather.

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