Happy 44th Birthday, Patrick Dempsey!

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Grey's Anatomy leading man Patrick Dempsey turns 44 today.

It's appropriate that he turns another year handsomer the day before our favorite show returns from its long holiday hiatus. Okay, it's really just a coincidence. But a hunky one!

In honor of this special 13th day of January, here's a 44-photo tribute to the actor, family man, racing enthusiast and humanitarian. Click to enlarge the many images below ...

McHandsome
Baseball
Meredith-Derek Love
MerDer Engaged!
D-Shep
The Look
Best Looks Ever
Dempseys at the Oscars
Sudsy MerDer
L.L. Bean Model
Oh, Der
Man of the Hour

Follow the jump for even more Patrick Dempsey pictures ...

It's Twins!
Twin Sons in There!
Holy Hotness!
Patrick, Jillian Dempsey Photo
So Serious
Lunch Break
Patrick Dempsey Rides
Patrick and Jillian Dempsey Photo
Patrick Dempsey Versace Ad #2
Denied?
In a Towel
Mister Tuxedo
A Young Stud
Early Pat Portrait
Too Sexy
Cover of E-Dubs
King of Cool
Young Pat
Man of Style
A Racing Man
The Need For Speed
The Amazing Patrick Dempsey
So Good Looking
Derek Shepherd Photo
Old Friends Again?
What's That In the Background?
I Need Space. Space!
Derek Talks to Richard
MerDer Communication
And Some MerDer Love Too
So, Come Here Often?
Scandalous Again!
Going... Down?

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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)