Patrick Dempsey's Keys to Relationship Success

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The man known as Dr. McDreamy may not know how to make a marriage last on Grey's Anatomy â€" but the man known as Patrick Dempsey sure does!

"Love, humor, communication. To me those are the bedrocks of a good relationship," the Versace-clad Dempsey, 42, said Monday at the New York City premiere of his wedding-themed romantic comedy, Made of Honor.

Dempsey at the Premiere

The Grey's Anatomy star plays a compulsive womanizer in the comedy, but says the Made of Honor character's "nothing like me at all â€" I'm married and have kids!"

Of his wife, Jillian Dempsey, the appreciative father-of-three said:

"She's immensely supportive. Without her, I wouldn't be here."

They have a six-year-old daughter and one-year-old twin sons.

So does Patrick Dempsey â€" who was recently featured in USA Today among other publications â€" have any funny memories from their 1999 nuptials?

"The photographers were drunk and never got a good picture!" he joked.

Steve Marsi is the Managing Editor of TV Fanatic. Follow him on Google+ or email him here.


Grey's Anatomy Quotes

Did you say it? 'I love you. I don't ever want to live without you. You changed my life.' Did you say it? Make a plan. Set a goal. Work toward it, but every now and then, look around; Drink it in 'cause this is it. It might all be gone tomorrow."

Meredith (closing voiceover)

There's a reason I said I'd be happy alone. It wasn't 'cause I thought I'd be happy alone. It was because I thought if I loved someone and then it fell apart, I might not make it. It's easier to be alone, because what if you learn that you need love and you don't have it? What if you like it and lean on it? What if you shape your life around it and then it falls apart? Can you even survive that kind of pain? Losing love is like organ damage. It's like dying. The only difference is death ends. This? It could go on forever.