Happy Birthday, Patrick Dempsey!

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The undisputed leading man of Grey's Anatomy, Patrick Dempsey, turns 43 today. Happy birthday, Patrick! The Maine native first rose to fame so long ago, many Grey's Anatomy fans probably aren't even familiar with what the star used to look like:

Young Patrick Dempsey

Hey, it was the late 1980s. We forgive McDreamy for the hair. While he was always a successful working actor, his second turn at stardom came early in 2005 when Derek Shepherd woke up in Meredith Grey's bed in the Grey's Anatomy pilot.

What a great ride it's been since.

Here's a little photo gallery of Patrick in honor of his big day. Click to enlarge!

Hunkiest TV Star Ever!
Patrick Dempsey Rides
What a McDreamy Individual
Too Sexy
A Pair of Stars
Young Pat
Senor Suave
Cover of E-Dubs
A Patrick Portrait
Race Car Drivin'
A Young Stud
Patrick & Jillian Dempsey at the Emmys
Sad Shepherd
Patrick & Jillian Dempsey
Patrick: Life Cover
It's Twins!
Patrick Dempsey Versace Ad
Jillian and Patrick Dempsey
Man of the Hour
Old Friends Again?
Hotness
Best Looks Ever
And Some MerDer Love Too
So, Come Here Often?

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Grey's Anatomy Quotes

[narrating] "At the end of the day, when it comes down to it, all we really want is to be close to somebody. So this thing where we all keep our distance and pretend not to care about each other, it's usually a load of bull. So we pick and choose who we want to remain close to, and once we've chosen those people, we tend to stick close by. No matter how much we hurt them. The people that are still with you at the end of the day, those are the ones worth keeping. And sure, sometimes close can be too close. But sometimes, that invasion of personal space, it can be exactly what you need."

MEREDITH

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)