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1966 to Present. Patrick Dempsey was born in Lewiston, Maine, to Irish-American parents. He grew up in nearby Buckfield, Maine, graduating from Buckfield High School. While in high school, he placed third in a National Juggling Competition.
He made his acting debut in 1985 with a part in the movie Heaven Help Us. In 1987, he played a janitor, Rudy, in Meatballs 3.
He achieved major movie star status in 1987 with Can't Buy Me Love. The "geek-to-popular" type comedy launched him and co-star Amanda Peterson to teen idol status, and in 1989, he turned in another strong performance in Loverboy, playing a pizza delivery guy. He appeared in the successful Mobsters (1991), JFK: Reckless Youth (1993) -- in which he played John F. Kennedy -- as well as With Honors (1994) and Outbreak (1995).
He married Jillian Fink in 1999 and in 2002, their daughter Tallulah was born. That same year, Dempsey played the fiancee of Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama .
He auditioned for the starring role in the popular series House, M.D. (which later went to Hugh Laurie) before landing the role of Dr. Shepherd on Grey's Anatomy. He's come full circle with show's popularity, and has gained new respect for fame.
In 2007, Patrick and Jillian Dempsey welcomed twin sons Darby and Sullivan. Patrick Dempsey has appeared in more than 40 films to date, most recently Enchanted and Made of Honor .
In his free time, he enjoys collecting antiques, remodeling homes and skiing. He is co-owner of the Indycar Series team Vision Racing.
For more information, please visit: http://www.dempseycenter.org/
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