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Patrick Dempsey

patrick For someone whose acting career was at a virtual standstill for about a decade, Patrick Dempsey may hold the bragging rights to having arguably one of the greatest career comeback stories of his time. Famous for starring in the ’80s romantic-comedy hits Can’t Buy Me Love, Some Girls, Loverboy, and Happy Together, Dempsey found it difficult to move forward from his pigeonholed teenage characters to more mature roles during the ’90s. It was only after his appearance opposite Reese Witherspoon in Sweet Home Alabama (2002) that his fading career was jolted back into life. In 2005, Patrick once again achieved Hollywood heartthrob status as he portrayed the role of Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in the popular medical drama, Grey’s Anatomy.

Patrick, who as a child had his difficulties in school, made up for his academic deficiency by focusing his efforts and energy towards other endeavors. As a teen, he engaged and excelled in skiing, unicycle riding, and juggling, the activity which he considers gave him purpose and led him towards the performing arts. During the early 1980s, Dempsey went to New York to enter a talent competition and eventually found himself an agent. His first professional acting job was playing David in the San Francisco production of Torch Song Trilogy. Skipping acting school altogether, he continued with stage acting and toured playing Eugene Jerome in Neil Simon’s Brighton Beach Memoirs. In 1985, Patrick first appeared on the big screen with Heaven Help Us followed by a slew of “rom-com” flicks in the late 80s and a starring role as Mike Damone on Cameron Crowe’s high school comedy Fast Times.

In the 1990s, apart from the film With Honors (1994), where he starred alongside Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, and Moira Kelly as the eccentric yet charming playboy Everett Calloway, Patrick never made a significant stride in his movie career. After a long list of unremarkable made-for-TV movie credits, Dempsey decided to return to Maine, where he bought and restored a farm. In 2000, the resurrection of his career began to take form as he was cast as Sela Ward’s schizophrenic brother in the ABC family drama Once and Again, which earned him an Emmy nomination in 2001.

He also made multiple appearances on Will & Grace (2001) as a gay customer in the clothing outlet where Jack McFarland worked, and on The Practice (2004) as “wolf-in-sheep’s-clothing” doctor on trial for malpractice. The medical coat seemed to suit Dempsey well as his acting career was fully resuscitated on the Fall of 2005 when he landed the role of a lifetime as the brilliant and charismatic Seattle Grace neurosurgeon, Derek Shepherd, on the award-winning series, Grey’s Anatomy, where his romantic onscreen relationship with Meredith Grey (played by Ellen Pompeo) has drawn phenomenal fan support and fame.

Sarah Ramirez

sara Sara Ramirez, born August 31 1976, was born in Mazatlan, Sinaloa, a popular beach resort in Mexico. After Sara turned 8, she moved away from Mexico to San Diego because her parents divorced.

Her education into acting was good. She attended Juilliard School in which she was taught to be an actress and an alto singer. This came at a good time when she realized how gifted she was as an actress, particularly on Broadway.

Sara has been blessed with many roles on Broadway. She has starred in The Capeman, Fascinating Rhythm, A Act, The Vagina Monologues but it was Monty Python’s Spamalot that made her a recognized Broadway actress. Originating The Lady Of The Lake, Sara won many awards for her role in Spamalot and it even won her a part in Grey’s Anatomy.

In 2006, Sara graced our TV screens as Dr. Calliope “Callie” Torres, a tough orthopedic surgeon on ABC’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy. As revealed in a special Grey’s Anatomy-themed episode of The Oprah Winfery Show, ABC were so happy with her work in Spamalot, they offered her the chance to choose any of their shows to star in. Subsequently, she chose Grey’s and was the second actor (behind Kate Walsh) to be offered a permanent role after only initially signing on for a recurring role. She has also had many guest spots on TV shows like Law & Order: SVU, As The World Turns, Spin City and many other shows including two pilots that didn’t get the ‘greenlight’ to continue.

She has also starred in many movies but never had a main role. She has starred in You’ve Got Mail, Spiderman, Washington Heights and many others.

Sandra Oh

sandra Born and raised in Ottawa, Canada, Sandra Oh started ballet lessons at the age of four and performed in her first play at the age of ten. She started working professionally at age sixteen in television, theatre and commercials.

After three years at the prestigious National Theatre School of Canada, she beat out more than 1000 other hopefuls and landed the coveted title role in the CBC telefilm The Diary of Evelyn Lau, based on the true story of a tortured poet who ran away from home and ended up a drug addict and prostitute in Vancouver. Her performance brought her a Gemini (Canada’s Emmy) nomination for Best Actress and the 1994 Cannes FIPA d’Or for Best Actress.

Oh won her first Genie (Canada’s Oscar) for her leading role in Double Happiness, a bittersweet coming-of-age story about a young Chinese-Canadian woman. She moved to Los Angeles in 1996 to begin the first of six seasons as Rita Wu, the smart and sassy assistant on the HBO comedy series, Arli$$, for which she won a Cable Ace Award for Best Actress in a Comedy. Her additional television credits include HBO’s Six Feet Under, Showtime’s Further Tales of the City and a recurring role on Judging Amy.

Her films include Under the Tuscan Sun, with Diane Lane, and Rick, with Bill Pullman and Agnes Buckner. Other film credits include Bean, Guinevere, The Red Violin, Waking the Dead, The Princess Diaries and Pay or Play. She also starred in Michael Radford’s improvised Dancing at the Blue Iguana, a bleak and raw view of life in a strip club in L.A, and in the independent Long Life, Happiness and Prosperity. Her performance in Last Night, a Canadian film about the end of the world, led to her winning a second Genie Award for Best Actress in 1999.

Most recently Oh starred in Sideways for director Alexander Payne, and in the independent films Cake, Wilby Wonderful and 3 Needles.

Never straying far from her theatre roots, Oh has also starred in the world premieres of Jessica Hagedorn’s Dogeaters at the La Jolla Playhouse and Diana Son’s Stop Kiss at Joseph Papp’s Public Theatre in New York, a role for which she received a Theatre World Award. She was also recently seen in the Vagina Monologues in New York.

She resides in Los Angeles.

Eric Dane

ericEric William Dane was born in 1972, in San Francisco, California. He is the oldest of two brothers. His father is an architect and interior designer based in San Francisco. Dane was married to actress Rebecca Gayheart on October 29, 2004.

Dane has acted as a recurring guest-star on the television series Charmed. He appeared in seasons five and six as Phoebe Halliwell’s year-long boyfriend Jason Dean. He also appeared in movies such as The Basket (2000), Feast (2005), Open Water 2: Adrift (2006), X-Men 3: The Last Stand (2006), and many other great roles.

Though Dane is also set to star in the movie Marley and Me (2008), we will also still see him returning as Dr. Mark Sloan aka “McSteamy”, a plastic surgeon on the ABC series Grey’s Anatomy.

Katherine Heigl

katherine Katherine got her start modeling for Sears catalogs. She then did commercials, moving onto That Night and King of the Hill. In 1994, Katherine had a main role in My Father, the Hero playing Gerald Depardieu’s daughter, she followed that with a role in Under Seige 2: Dark Territory playing Steven Segal’s niece. She then starred in the Disney movie Wish Apon a Star. After that Katherine’s career took off with appearences on David Letterman and Jay Leno, and the cover of “Seventeen Magazine”. Katherine moved to California with her mother after highschool to concentrate on acting full time. She starred in the independant features Prince Valiant and Stand-In’s. In 1998, she joined the cast of The Bride of Chucky, starring along side Jennifer Tilly. She then went on to co-star with Peter Fonda in the TV-movie, The Tempest. She played Isabel Evans on the hit UPN show Roswell. Katherine is no longer starring in the hit drama Grey’s Anatomy as Isobel “Izzie” Stevens.

Chyler Leigh

chylerChyler Leigh is an American film and television actress known for her roles in the ABC dramas The Practice (Claire Wyatt) and Grey’s Anatomy (Lexie Grey). Born on April 10, 1982 in Charlotte, North Carolina, she grew up in Virginia Beach, Virginia before moving with her mother to Miami, Florida when she was 12 years old.

As a teen, Chyler began modeling due to the encouragement of her friends. She then appeared in local television commercials before getting her first real gig with co-hosting the show Hall Pass. She landed roles in unaired pilots such as the WB comedy Saving Graces. Her first TV breakout role was in Safe Harbor as Jamie Martin but the show only lasted one season.

She also had roles in the short-lived series girls club and That ’80s Show before getting regular stints in The Practice (2003) and Grey’s Anatomy (2007).

T.R. Knight

tr American actor T.R. Knight, known to television fans as Dr. George O’Malley of Grey’s Anatomy, grew up in Minneapolis, Minnesota and started out as a theater actor in his hometown. He was part of the acting company at the Guthrie Theater since he was a child. After graduating from the Academy of Holy Angels in Richfield, T.R. briefly attended the University of Minnesota before dropping out and continuing with acting on stage.

In the Guthrie, Knight played Richard Miller in Eugene O’Neill’s Ah, Wilderness! and the title character in Amadeus by Peter Shaffer. On Broadway, he portrayed Damis in Tartuffe alongside Brian Bedford and acted as Tim Allgood in Michael Frayn’s Noises Off opposite Patti LuPone, Peter Gallagher, and Richard Easton. Other theatrical credits include Joe in Conor McPherson’s This Lime Tree Bower and Brendan Hilliard in Anto Howard’s Scattergood, for which he earned a Drama Desk nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.

Before winning the role of the endearing intern George on the hit ABC medical drama Grey’s Anatomy in 2005, Emmy-nominated Knight was a series regular opposite Nathan Lane and Laurie Metcalf on Charlie Lawrence. He has also made guest appearances in TV shows such as Frasier, Law & Order: Criminal Intent, and CSI.

Isaiah Washington

isaiahA native of Houston, Texas, Isaiah Washington spent four years in the Air Force before studying drama at Washington, DC’s Howard University. While at Howard, he won a role in the play Spell #7 and then moved to New York to further pursue his career. There he appeared in a number of stage productions, including August Wilson’s Fences and Thornton Wilder’s Skin of Our Teeth. With a passion for theater, Washington became one of the founding members of City Kids Repertory, a theater group that visits high schools and community centers throughout New York.
Washington first made his mark in cinema in gritty crime dramas and romantic ensemble comedies. He has been featured in four acclaimed Spike Lee films: Crooklyn, Clockers, Girl 6, and Girl on the Bus. Other feature credits include Exit Wounds, Romeo Must Die, True Crime, Bulworth, Out of Sight, Love Jones, Dead Presidents, Stonewall, Strictly Business and the acclaimed Dancing in September – a performance which earned him a nomination for an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Actor.

Kim Raver

kim Kimberly Jayne Raver was born on March 15, 1969 and grew up in New York City.

She started her television career as a regular on the children’s show Sesame Street from the age of 6 for three years.
After Sesame Street, Kim joined off-Broadway’s first all-children’s theater. She graduated from Boston University, and continued to study theater in New York.

Kim went on to get a role on Third Watch for several years, and has also had guest roles in shows such as The Practice, Spin City, and Law & Order.

Her most recent role is that of Audrey Raines on the hit show 24. She starred in season 4 and 5.
She is set to appear in the sixth season, but also has a part on the new series The Nine.

Kate Walsh

kate American film and television actress Katherine Erin Walsh, Kate Walsh as she is known in show business, is widely known by television fans worldwide as Dr. Addison Montgomery on the ABC medical dramas Grey’s Anatomy and Private Practice. While she was born in San Jose, California, Kate was raised in Tucson, Arizona, where she finished high school at Catalina Magnet. She then enrolled at the University of Arizona to study acting. While there, Walsh got involved in regional theater productions before moving to Chicago to work at the renowned Piven Theatre Workshop and eventually perform for the Chicago Shakespeare Repertory in plays such as Trolius and Cressida, Flesh and Blood, Happy Birthday, Wanda June, and A Pinter Landscape.

After a year, she transferred to New York City and joined the comedy troupe Burn Manhattan, with whom she got to perform in Off-Broadway productions of Flight Courier and The Four Twins. While in New York, Kate did several movie and television projects including her small-screen debut on NBC’s crime drama Homicide: Life on the Street. Her first big break came when she was flew out from New York to Los Angeles to portray the obese real estate agent Nicki Fifer who dated and became engaged to Drew Carey in The Drew Carey Show. Working in L.A., she also had the chance to work with Nicolas Cage in The Family Man (2000), Diane Lane and Grey’s Anatomy co-star Sandra Oh in Under the Tuscan Sun (2003), and Will Ferrell in Kicking & Screaming (2005).

Apart from a slew of not-so-memorable film appearances from the late-’90s to the mid-2000s, Walsh had notable roles on television as Jenny, Norm MacDonald’s love interest on Norm, as Carol Nelson on the HBO comedy The Mind of a Married Man, and the transsexual Mimosa in an episode of CSI. In 2005, Kate was introduced as the ex-wife of Dr. Derek Shepherd (played by Patrick Dempsey) and ex-lover of Dr. Mark Sloane (played by Eric Dane) at the end of Grey’s Anatomy’s pilot season. For the next three seasons, her role as Seattle Grace’ premier neonatal surgeon and her character’s romantic entanglement with the hospital’s top neurosurgeon and plastic surgeon would draw the attention of the series’ countless fans and catapult Walsh into instant Hollywood stardom. In 2007, show creator Shonda Rhimes decided to come up with the series spin-off Private Practice and cast Walsh as the female lead.