His Nickname is Dr. McDreamy and his trademark look is curly black hair and soft blue eyes. Meet Patrick Dempsey, a true charmer, American actor and race car driver. He is best known for his role in the popular Medical Drama Series on ABC, Grey’s Anatomy, as the Neurosurgeon, Dr. Derek Shepherd. Dempsey has had a multi-faceted personality, with an amalgamation of Television, film and motor sports. He started off as a charmer in college comedy movies in the late 1980s and early 90s, went on to evolve as this incredibly handsome, wavy-aired daily soap charmer and now with the successful completion of the 24 hours of Le Mans, we get to see Dempsey’s brand new avatar as a racer.
The youngest child in the family, Dempsey grew up in Buckfield, Maine. His father worked an as Insurance Salesman and mother was a school secretary. Patrick was diagnosed with dyslexia when he was 12 years; in fact even now he has to memorize his scripts. In an Oscar Special event, he said that this challenge has made him strive to achieve the position, he’s at today and that he never gave up. During school, he was a skilled juggler and also a proficient skier and even won the Maine state slalom championship, when he was in high school.
A natural actor, Dempsey enacted in numerous stage productions and Broadway shows, till the age of 21, as that is when his first feature film ‘In the Mood’ was released in 1986. This was followed by teen comedy and romantic movies in the early 90s. In the late 90s Dempsey was seen on popular TV shows like Will & Grace and Once & Again, he was even nominated for the Emmy Award for Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series for Once & Again.
In 2005, Patrick landed on the role of Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy and since then, there was no looking back for him. During this time, he maintained his Prince Charming avatar with movies like Enchanted, Made of Honor, Valentine’s Day, etc. Recently, he has completed a mini-series called Patrick Dempsey: Racing Le Mans with Velocity. The actor was a part of France’s eminent 24 hour race, LeMans and this miniseries features him gearing up for one of the world’s toughest car racing challenges.