Patrick Dempsey

Patrick Dempsey

Dempsey in 2011, image via Joe Seer/

Birth Name: Patrick Galen Dempsey

Place of Birth: Lewiston, Maine, U.S.

Date of Birth: January 13, 1966

Ethnicity: German, English, Scottish, distant Irish, remote Swedish, possibly 5/2048 Native American

Patrick Dempsey is an American actor and auto racer. His roles include the films Heaven Help Us, Meatballs III: Summer Job, Can’t Buy Me Love, In the Mood, Some Girls, Loverboy (1989), Coupe de Ville, Mobsters, Run (1991), Bank Robber, With Honors, Outbreak, Hugo Pool, Scream 3, Sweet Home Alabama, The Emperor’s Club, Brother Bear 2, in voice performance; Freedom Writers, Enchanted, Made of Honor, Valentine’s Day (2010), Transformers: Dark of the Moon, Flypaper, Bridget Jones’s Baby, the sequel Disenchanted, Ferrari, and Thanksgiving (2023); the series Grey’s Anatomy and Devils; the mini-series JFK: Reckless Youth, A Season in Purgatory, 20,000 Leagues Under the Sea (1997), and The Truth About the Harry Quebert Affair; and the made-for-tv movies A Fighting Choice, Jeremiah, Crime and Punishment (1998), and Lucky 7. He collects sports and vintage cars, and has competed at 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona, and the Ensenada SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.

Patrick is the son of Amanda, a school secretary, and William Dempsey, an insurance salesman. His father was born William Allen Schlossnagle, and took the surname of his own stepfather John W. Dempsey. He was raised in the tiny towns of Turner and Buckfield, near Lewiston. Patrick is married to hairstylist and makeup artist Jillian Fink, with whom he has three children.

He was selected People Magazine’s Sexiest Man Alive in 2023.

Patrick’s paternal grandfather was Asa B. Schlossnagle (the son of Adam William Schlossnagle and Edith V. Friend). Asa was born in Maryland. Adam was born in Maryland, the son of German parents, Christoph Schlossnagle and Cooney Cunnigunda. Edith was the daughter of Isaiah Friend and Julia A. Casteel.

Patrick’s paternal grandmother was Jane Devonshire (the daughter of Benjamin Franklin Devonshire and Lydia Jennette “Nettie” Mattson). Jane was born in Maryland. Benjamin was the son of Benjamin Devonshire and Ellen Montgomery. Lydia was the daughter of James Mattson and Elizabeth Mary Carroll.

Patrick’s maternal grandfather was John Leroy Casson (the son of George Anthony Casson and Ida Butler). John was born in New York. George was born in Kendal, Westmorland, England. Ida was born in Massachusetts, the daughter of James B. Butler, who was born in London, England, and of Isabelle/Isabella Ross Ogilvie, whose parents were Canadian.

Patrick’s maternal grandmother was Margaret E. Grubb (the daughter of J. Wesley Grubb and Sarah/Sallie Jane Cass). Margaret was born in Pennsylvania. J. Wesley was the son of Amos Grubb and Charlotte Hook. Sarah was the daughter of George W. Cass and Amanda C. McVaugh.

Patrick’s matrilineal line can be traced to Silindra Clinda Hansell, who was born c. 1818, and to her mother, Mary Sehman.

Sources: Notations on Patrick’s father’s ancestry –

Genealogy of Patrick Dempsey (focusing on his father’s side) –

Patrick’s paternal great-grandparents, Adam William Schlossnagle and Edith V. Friend, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Patrick’s paternal great-grandfather, Adam William Schlossnagle, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Patrick’s maternal grandfather, John Leroy Casson, on the 1910 U.S. Census –

Patrick’s maternal great-grandmother, Ida Butler, on the 1880 U.S. Census –

Marriage record of Patrick’s maternal great-great-grandparents, James B. Butler and Isabelle/Isabella Ross Ogilvie –

Patrick’s maternal grandmother, Margaret E. Grubb, on the 1920 U.S. Census –


Curious about ethnicity

32 Responses

  1. indo says:

    I really thought he was Jewish

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