Patrick Dempsey Net Worth and How He Became Famous

Patrick Dempsey is best known for playing Dr. Derek Shepherd on Grey’s Anatomy. Here’s a look at Patrick Dempsey’s net worth, career, and how he became famous.

Patrick Dempsey’s movies and TV shows

Patrick Dempsey | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images
Patrick Dempsey | Rodin Eckenroth/Getty Images

Patrick Dempsey made his film acting debut in the 1985 movie Heaven Help Us, in which he played the role of Corbet. That same year, he appeared in a movie titled The Stuff. The following year, Dempsey made his television acting debut in an episode of The Magical World of Disney titled “A Fighting Choice.” He then landed a recurring role in the television series Fast Times, in which he played the character Mike Damone for seven episodes.

Dempsey began his rise to fame after starring in the 1987 film In the Mood. After that, he played the character Ronald Miller in Can’t Buy Me Love. Dempsey’s other roles include appearances in Some Girl, With Honors, Outbreak, Enchanted, and Bridget Jones’s Baby. Dempsey joined the cast of Grey’s Anatomy in 2005. He played the role of Dr. Derek Shepherd until he left the show in 2015.

Patrick Dempsey’s highest-grossing films

Patrick Dempsey in 2019 | Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images
Patrick Dempsey in 2019 | Arnold Jerocki/Getty Images

As of this writing, Dempsey’s highest-grossing film is the 2011 movie Transformers: Dark of the Moon, with $1.124 billion in worldwide box office earnings. His other highest-earning films include Enchanted (2007), with worldwide box office earnings of more than $340 million; Valentine’s Day (2010), with worldwide box office earnings of more than $217 million; and Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016), with worldwide box office earnings of more than $205 million.

Patrick Dempsey’s work outside of acting

Although Dempsey is known for his acting skills, he also has credits as a director and producer. The actor made his directorial debut with the 1994 movie Ava’s Magical Adventure. Dempsey made his debut as a producer with the 2011 movie Flypaper.

In 2014, he was a producer on a documentary titled The Peloton Project. His other production credits include The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair (2018), Hurley (2019), The Art of Racing in the Rain (2019), and Micronesian Blues (2019).

Patrick Dempsey’s net worth

As of this writing, Patrick Dempsey has a net worth of $60 million according to Celebrity Net Worth estimates.

What’s next for Patrick Dempsey

Dempsey is slated to star in the CBS series Ways and Means, alongside Pretty Little Liars star Troian Bellisario. Dempsey and former CBS Entertainment chief Nina Tassler will be among the executive producers, reports Deadline.

In an interview with Nightline, Dempsey says he wonders if he will ever be known as anything other than “McDreamy,” which was his character’s nickname on Grey’s Anatomy. He told host Neal Karlinsky he would like to take on different acting roles so that he can distance himself from the character a bit. “I’m just trying to be careful in what I do next,” Dempsey told Karlinsky. “I don’t think I can ever be tired of [being called McDreamy]. It’s going to be there for the rest of my life, so I have to accept that as a fact. The question will be, will I be known for anything other than that later in life? And that’s the question.”

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