Is Eric Dane's character on Grey's Anatomy, Dr. Mark Sloan, a tribute to another famous TV doctor from not so long ago?
No, it's not, according to ABC. Just a funny coincidence. But Dr. Mark Sloan was also the name of Dick Van Dyke's character on Diagnosis: Murder, the popular CBS series that ran from 1993-2001. Just for fun, here's a Mark Sloan/Mark Sloan comparison:
Funny. No offense to Dick, a fine actor and all-around good guy (one who looks pretty good for 80, no less), but we'll take the younger, McSteamy Mark Sloan, thank you very much!