Patrick Dempsey Success Story
Patrick Galen Dempsey is an American actor, most famous for his role as Dr. Shepherd in the medical drama - Gray's Anatomy. Prior to the super hit drama, he made his appearances in several other television spectacles and was also nominated for Emmy Awards for his performance.
Patrick was born in Lewiston, Maine, US on January 13, 1966. He attended St. Dominic Regional High School, where he was a virtuoso in juggling and came second in the national juggling competition. During his school days, he won the Maine state slalom championship in skiing. At the age of 12, he was diagnosed with dyslexia; however, the sheer passion and attitude — to never quit, worked wonders for him.
With a keen inclination toward entertainment, acting to him was natural. Despite being dropped out of the High School even before completing graduation, Patrick earned his first role as therebellious son in "On Golden Pond"at the age of 15. Immediately after his first role, Dempsey earned his first lead role in a play "Torch Song Trilogy". His acting talent was working fine for him during his early acting career where he bagged different roles ranging from a protagonist ("Brighton Beach Memoirs”) to Gene Saks comedy, although on small-screen only.
From the persona of an awkward charmer in early 90's comedy films, Patrick had transformed into a more radical, keen observer and patient actor over time. His attire has been attributed as "marvelous" and "sinuous-haired hunk" in the television industry. An attractive attitude along with his acting skills has earned him various romantic lead roles, a la Prince Charming kinds, although slightly off-beat.
Dempsey grabbed his first major film at the age of 21 in "The Mood". He played the lead role of Ellsworth Wisecarver where his relationship with a married old woman, during the World War II, created turmoil. Immediately after this, he got many feature films like Loverboy, Some Girls, Happy Together and Can't Buy Me Love, all in early 90's.
Besides having a lucrative career in entertainment, Dempsey is also quite interested in motorsports, so much that he announced in one of the events that he would love to "walk away" from his acting career to dedicate his full attention to motorsports if he could. He has an exclusive collection of vintage and sports cars.
Dempsey has participated in various prestigious pro-am events in order to fulfil his motorsport passion. In most of them, he came out with flying colors and standings. He had his participation felt in races like 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona,Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race etc. under his belt. In the year 2009, he raced a Team Seattle Advanced Engineering Ferrari F430 GT at 24 Hours of Le Mans's GT2 class, where he came ninth.
Television had set the platform for his acting career which soared soon after the end of his 90's comedy era. With his broad acting knack from romantic loverboy to a comedian, he nailed some all-time hits television prime-time like The Practice (1997), Once and Again (1999), Sweet Home Alabama (2002) and his neurosurgeon role as Dr. Derek Shepherd (aka "Dr. McDreamy") really blew away the audience. With a sharp sense of comic role and his offbeat charisma, he was nominated twice for Golden Globe awards and once for Emmy Awards. His performance and the popularity made way for some of the high profile movies at his disposal. He appeared in Valentine's Day,Sweet Home Alabama, Enchanted,Made of Honor, and the very recent Transformers: Dark of the Moon.
Besides his glamourous routine of entertainment and sports racing, he started the Patrick Dempsey Center for Cancer Hope and Healing at his native town in support of ovarian cancer cure, soon after his mother was diagnosed with one. His personal life had its share of ups and downs, with him being married twice. He has 3 children from his second marriage. Also he has franchised a men's fragrance by Avon known as " Unscripted".
Peoples Choice for Favorite Dramatic TV Actor
Peoples Choice for Favorite Male TV Performer
Screen Actors Guild, Peoples Choice
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