Patrick Dempsey may be known as Dr. Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd to fans on Grey’s Anatomy, but he plays a much bigger role off-screen: He’s a loving father to three wonderful kids. After tying the knot with wife Jillian Fink in 1999, the iconic actor went on to become the proud dad of his brood.
Patrick and the Crew actress started their family when they welcomed their eldest child, daughter Talula, in February 2002. The Made of Honor star and Jillian seemingly relished in their new lives as a dad and mom as they waited nearly four years before expanding their family. In February 2007, the couple completed their clan when their twin sons, Darby and Sullivan, arrived.
While being a child of one of Hollywood’s hunkiest stars sounds like a dream to fans, Patrick once dished Talula, Darby and Sullivan aren’t impressed with his superstar status — especially when it comes to his label as a heartthrob on the hit drama series.
“Oh yeah, they make fun of me,” the doting dad previously shared with ET. “They don’t let me take myself too seriously.” Patrick added his kids are more likely to appreciate his epic Hollywood career as they continue to grow up. “I mean, I’m just ‘Dad,’ so… either you’re ‘Cool Dad’ or not. It depends on where they’re at in their development and age.”
Now that they’re a little older, the SAG Award winner — who was married to first wife Rocky Parker from 1987 to1994 — said he’s impressed with their “insight and their observations” as kids. “I’m constantly amazed,” he once gushed to People. “It’s fascinating and fun to come up with answers to their questions. And the questions are getting harder!”
Aside from his life as a dad of three, Patrick feels blessed to be the husband of Jillian. Although the longtime pair briefly split in 2015, the Bridget Jones’ Baby actor explained why they didn’t give up on their relationship when they reconciled a couple of months later.
“Our marriage was not something I was prepared to let go of,” Patrick shared with People at the time. “Jill and I decided it was time to work on our issues and improve. We wanted to be role models for our kids like, OK if you have differences, you can work them out.”
Scroll through the gallery below to meet Patrick and Jillian’s three kids!
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