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is an American actor and race car driver, best known for his role as neurosurgeon Dr. He saw early success as an actor, starring in a number of films in his early 20s, including Can't Buy Me Love (1987) and Loverboy (1989).
In the 1990s, he mostly appeared in smaller roles in film, such as Outbreak (1995), and television, before landing a lead role in Sweet Home Alabama (2002), a surprise box office hit.
He has since then starred in a number of other films, including Enchanted (2007), Made of Honor (2008), Valentine's Day (2010), Flypaper (2011), Freedom Writers (2007) and Transformers: Dark of the Moon (2011).
Dempsey, who maintains a sports car and vintage car collection, also enjoys auto racing in his spare time.
He has competed in prestigious 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.In his youth, Patrick Dempsey participated in juggling competitions.In 1981 he achieved the second place at the International Jugglers' Association Championship in the Juniors category, just behind Anthony Gatto, who is considered to be the best technical juggler of all time. He told Barbara Walters on her 2008 Oscar special that he thinks dyslexia made him what he is today."It's given me a perspective of—you have to keep working," Dempsey told Walters."I have never given up." Dempsey was discovered by an invitation to audition for a role in the stage production of Torch Song Trilogy.His audition was successful, and he spent the following four months touring with the company in Philadelphia.