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Who is Sullivan Patrick Dempsey

Christell Fatima M. Tudtud
Jun 27, 2022
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Sullivan Patrick Dempsey and his twin brother Darby Galen Dempsey are proud sons of renowned actor Patrick Dempsey and his wife, Jillian Fink. Get to know Sullivan Patrick and his family.

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Patrick Dempsey has had a successful career in both film and television. Before evolving into a television hunk, he portrayed an awkward image in college comedy films in the late 1980s and early 1990s.

His new image has earned him romantic lead roles in films. On television, he is best known for his role as Dr. Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd on "Grey's Anatomy." His family life is just as interesting as his entertainment career.

Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian Fink attend the Launch of the Official Competition and "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" screening on April 7, 2018, in Cannes, France. | Source: Getty Images

Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian Fink attend the Launch of the Official Competition and "The Truth About The Harry Quebert Affair" screening on April 7, 2018, in Cannes, France. | Source: Getty Images

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WHO IS SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY?

Patrick Dempsey and his wife Jillian Fink welcomed their twins Sullivan Patrick and Darby Galen on February 1, 2007, at a hospital in Los Angeles. The twins have an older sister, Talula, who was born on February 20, 2002.

After they were born, the actor quickly noticed the differences in Sullivan and Darby's personalities. Patrick compared Sullivan's temperament to that of a grumpy old man, in contrast to Darby's peaceful and quiet disposition.

Sullivan and Darby have German, English, and Scottish ancestors on their father's side. Both their grandparents were born in Pennsylvania. Their paternal grandfather worked as an insurance salesman, and their paternal grandmother was a school secretary.

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SULLIVAN AND HIS TWIN BROTHER WERE BORN VIA C-SECTION

Darby and Sullivan were born two weeks early via cesarean section, with Patrick cutting the fraternal twins' umbilical cords. Patrick was a hands-on father, according to Jillian.

But with three children to look after, Patrick and his wife found relief in having a nanny assist them on occasion. According to his wife, the actor preferred the interactive stage of childhood to the newborn stage.

Jillian explained that fathers generally struggle during the newborn stage because they don't feel as connected with their babies doing nothing but breastfeeding.

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Meanwhile, Talula was an excited and caring big sister to her younger brothers. Although Patrick and Jillian chose the boys' names, Talula assisted in determining who was who.

Patrick saw to it that he and Talula would still have father-daughter bonding while they were busy taking care of the newborns. While the boys were sleeping or nursing, Patrick and Talula would go on bike rides and watch movies.

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SULLIVAN AND HIS TWIN BROTHER HAVE THEIR FATHER'S NAMES

Patrick named his sons the Irish way. Darby has Galen, the same middle name as his father, while Sullivan has Patrick as his middle name. Talula, the actor's older daughter, has her name spelled in Irish.

Aside from their names, they inherited something else from their father. Initially overwhelmed when they found out they were expecting twins, Patrick was pleased that the boys had his hair. Darby had shorter blond hair, while Sullivan had black hair.

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WHO IS SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY'S FATHER?

Patrick, the youngest of three children, was born in Lewiston, Maine, on January 13, 1966. The actor, who had dyslexia as a kid, attended St. Dominic Regional High School but dropped out before finishing.

Since he enjoys entertainment, he studied juggling and competed in numerous events. Acting came naturally to him. At 15 years old, he was cast as the errant son in a Maine production of "On Golden Pond."

Two years later, he starred as David in Harvey Fierstein's play "Torch Song Trilogy" and "Brighton Beach Memoirs" production. Dempsey began considering a film career after appearing in stage productions.

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He made his film debut in the 1985 comedy "Heaven Help Us," co-starring with "Brat Pack" actor Andrew McCarthy. Afterward, Patrick appeared in more films.

Patrick's acting credits include the movies "Meatballs III: Summer Job" and "The Magical World of Disney: A Fighting Choice," "Sweet Home Alabama," and "Enchanted." He also appeared in various TV series, including "Will & Grace" and the "Devils."

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WHO IS SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY'S MOTHER?

Sullivan's mother, Jillian, is a celebrity makeup artist and hair stylist, having worked with celebrities such as Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper, as well as her famous husband.

In addition to being a makeup artist, Jillian is also a businesswoman. She has her own beauty line named after her. She sells luxurious cosmetic products like eyeliner, eyelid tints, and hair pomade.

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HOW DID SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY'S PARENTS MEET?

Patrick's relationship with Jillian dates back to the mid-1990s, after his divorce from his first wife, Rocky Parker, in 1994. He met Jillian while visiting the salon where she worked.

Things between Patrick and Jillian happened fast. Three months after their first date, they moved in together, and in 1999, they tied the knot at Patrick's family's farmhouse in Maine.

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Many of Jillian and the "Bridget Jones's Diary" actor's friends, including Alabama director Andy Tennant, admired the power couple's relationship. Tennant said:

"They're both just very grounded. They've forged this alliance that can take on all."

Patrick and Jillian have spent the last two decades focusing on their career, marriage, and family. They've had a few setbacks, but the couple has persevered in their relationship.

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SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY'S PARENTS WERE ABOUT TO GET A DIVORCE

Patrick and Jillian's marriage was not without difficulties. Jillian filed for divorce from her husband in January 2015 and cited "irreconcilable differences." They were estranged for nearly a year.

Before Jillian, Patrick married Rochelle "Rocky" Parker in 1987 when he was only 21.

Many fans were surprised by the divorce announcement, although celebrity insiders had predicted the couple's breakup and even noted that Patrick struggled to balance his career and family life.

Jillian Fink, Patrick Dempsey, twin sons Darby and Sullivan, and daughter Talula, attend the "Bridget Jones's Baby" world premiere on September 5, 2016, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

Jillian Fink, Patrick Dempsey, twin sons Darby and Sullivan, and daughter Talula, attend the "Bridget Jones's Baby" world premiere on September 5, 2016, in London, England. | Source: Getty Images

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The pair was able to rekindle their romance, though. Patrick and Jillian were spotted holding hands while traveling around Paris, France, in November 2015. The following year, they called off their divorce.

Patrick shared about making sacrifices and that he does not want to lose out on valuable time with his children. He opted to quit filming "Grey's Anatomy" and spend less time on the racetrack.

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PATRICK DEMPSEY WAS MARRIED BEFORE

Before Jillian, Patrick married Rochelle "Rocky" Parker in 1987 when he was only 21. Rochelle, who was 47 at the time, was his manager. She was also a model, actor, and acting coach.

Patrick and Rochelle met three years earlier while working together on the play "Brighton Beach Memoirs," where Patrick portrayed Rochelle's nephew. The actors became close, and Rochelle eventually became Patrick's manager.

They kept their relationship private for fear of being judged because of their age difference. However, their marriage didn't work out. It ended in a messy divorce.

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Rochelle filed for divorce in 1991, accusing Patrick of physical abuse. He allegedly broke her finger by slamming a car door into her hand. She claimed that the abuse began early in their relationship, with him beating her up on the set of his 1987 film "Can't Buy Me Love."

Their divorce was finalized in 1994. Rochelle later recanted some of her accusations, claiming that she had been directed to make them, presumably by her lawyers, during their contentious divorce. Rochelle died in April 2014 after battling lung and throat cancer.

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SULLIVAN PATRICK DEMPSEY MAKES FUN OF HIS DAD FOR BEING A 'HEARTTHROB'

Patrick revealed that Sullivan and his other children teased him about his heartthrob status. According to the actor, his children do not allow him to take himself too seriously.

But Patrick explained that the way kids perceive their parents has more to do with their age, adding whether he is a cool dad or not depends on where they are in their development and age.

But the actor is determined to always set a good example for his children, he stated when accepting the American Cancer Society 2019 Impact Award for his work with the Dempsey Center. It is a nonprofit cancer support foundation he helped establish in honor of his mother, who died of cancer in 2014.

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