Patrick Dempsey: From Grey's Anatomy to People's Sexiest Man Alive, Now Starring In the Dexter Prequel

A brief look at Patrick Dempsey's life and career.

A few days ago, another cast member for Dexter: Original Sin was announced for a new role in the Miami Metro. Patrick Dempsey, a major star, has joined the prequel series as a regular, playing the department's Captain, Aaron Spencer.

Following Showtime's announcement, Paramount Global Co-CEO and President/CEO of Showtime Chris McCarthy, said in a statement:

"Patrick Dempsey is a beloved actor who is internationally known for the iconic characters he has played and his performances. We are thrilled to have him join our all-star cast of Dexter: Original Sin, the highly anticipated origin story of the franchise."

Patrick Galen Dempsey, born on January 13, 1966, is an American actor and racecar driver. He is best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on the ABC medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" from 2005 to 2015, and again in 2021.

People's Sexiest Man Alive for 2023

In November of last year, the 58-year-old actor was named as PEOPLE's 2023 Sexiest Man Alive:

"I'm glad it's happening at this point in my life. It’s nice to have the recognition, but gives me the platform to use it for something positive."

Acting career

Dempsey has 78 IMDb credits, including roles in "Thanksgiving," "Disenchanted," "Ferrari," "Devils," "Bridget Jones's Baby," "Transformers: Dark of the Moon," "Enchanted," "Scream 3," and more.

In 2014, Dempsey decided to leave Grey's Anatomy after a decade due to the demanding work schedule, which limited his time with his family. His character's death was partly attributed to claims of disruptions on set and his feeling of being done with the series.

Recently, it was announced that Dempsey will return for the seventh installment of "Scream," which begins filming this fall. The filming schedule coincides with that of Dexter: Original Sin, making it a challenging period for him.

Auto racing

Years ago, Dempsey told Reuters that motor racing had become as integral to his identity as acting: "It's all-consuming in many ways. I couldn't imagine not racing right now. It really keeps me motivated. It's all I think about on a daily basis."

His role in Dexter: Original Sin

In the Dexter prequel spinoff, Aaron Spencer is the Captain of Miami Metro Homicide. In his 50s, he has a decades-long relationship with Harry Morgan, played by Christian Slater. Spencer's role in the series is considered significant.

[Actor information via Wikipedia and IMDb]

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