Eric Dane

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Eric Dane
Born(1972-11-09) November 9, 1972 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, United States
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Gayheart (m. 2004)
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Eric Dane
Born(1972-11-09) November 9, 1972 (age 42)
San Francisco, California, United States
Years active1991–present
Spouse(s)Rebecca Gayheart (m. 2004)

Eric Dane (born November 9, 1972) is an American actor. After appearing in television roles throughout the 2000s, he became known for playing Dr. Mark "McSteamy" Sloan on the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, as well as films, co-starring in Marley & Me, Valentine's Day, and Burlesque. He currently stars as Commander Tom Chandler in the apocalyptic drama The Last Ship.

Early life[edit]

Dane was born in San Francisco, California to a homemaker mother, Leah, and an interior designer/architect father.[1][2] He has a younger brother.[3] Dane was raised in his mother's Jewish religion (he had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony).[4][5][6] He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, from 1987 to 1990, and San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California, from 1990 to 1991, where he graduated. Dane was an athlete in high school, playing on the Boys' Varsity water polo team,[7] but decided to pursue a career in acting after appearing in a school production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.[8][9]


In 1993, Dane moved to Los Angeles,[7] where he played small roles in the television series Saved by the Bell, The Wonder Years, Roseanne, and Married With Children, among others. But in 2000, he was signed for a recurring role in Gideon's Crossing, and followed this with a two-season run in Charmed. His made-for-television film credits included two biopics, Serving in Silence (about Margarethe Cammermeyer's experiences in the military), and Helter Skelter, in which he portrayed Charles "Tex" Watson, a member of the Manson family.

Dane's first major feature film appearance was in The Basket. He also appeared in Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Sol Goode, Feast, X-Men: The Last Stand, and starred in Open Water 2. In 2005, Dane guested as Dr. Mark Sloan (nicknamed "McSteamy" by Meredith Grey) in "Yesterday," the eighteenth episode of the second season of the ABC medical drama Grey's Anatomy. Positive audience reaction to the character led to Dane's becoming a regular in the show's third season. His first appearance in the season, in which he walked out of the bathroom soaking wet and wearing only a strategically placed towel, was labeled a "watercooler moment."[10] Dane resigned from the show after the end of season 8 but appeared on the first two episodes of season 9.

In December 2006, he starred in the A&E television film Wedding Wars as the brother of a gay man (played by John Stamos) who goes on strike in support of marriage equality. Dane, alongside Patrick Dempsey, appeared in the same big-screen project, the 2010 romantic comedy Valentine's Day. The Garry Marshall-directed film followed five interconnecting stories about Los Angelenos anticipating (or in some cases dreading) the holiday.[11]

In October 2012, Dane joined the main cast of the Michael Bay produced, TNT drama series The Last Ship.[12]

Personal life[edit]

Dane married actress Rebecca Gayheart on October 29, 2004. They have two daughters together: Billie Beatrice (born 3 March 2010) and Georgia Geraldine (born 28 December 2011).[13][14][15]

Dane made headlines when he participated in a nude tape with his wife and Kari Ann Peniche.[16] Dane checked himself into rehab in June 2011; he entered a California treatment center to rectify his problem with dependency on prescription drugs after suffering a sports injury.[17]



1995Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer StoryMattTelevision movie
1996Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt StoryNickTelevision movie
1999The BasketTom Emery
2001Ball & ChainJackTelevision movie
2001Sol GoodeOverly dramatic actor
2004Helter SkelterCharles "Tex" WatsonTelevision movie
2005Painkiller JaneNick PierceTelevision movie
2006X-Men: The Last StandJamie Madrox/Multiple Man
2006Open Water 2: AdriftDan
2006Wedding WarsBen GrandyTelevision movie
2008Marley & MeSebastian Tunney
2010Valentine's DaySean Jackson
2010BurlesqueMarcus Gerber


1991Saved by the BellTad PogueEpisode: "The Game"
1993Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder YearsBrettEpisode: "Nose"
1995Married... with ChildrenOliver ColeEpisode: "Radio Free Trumaine"
1996Silk StalkingsJustin WhalenEpisode: "Private Dancer"
1996RoseanneBellhopEpisode: "Disney World War II"
2000Zoe, Duncan, Jack & JaneAlecEpisode: "Kiss of Death"
2001Gideon's CrossingDr. Wyatt Cooper4 episodes
2002American Embassy, TheThe American EmbassyRob Goodwin3 episodes
2003–2004CharmedJason Dean9 episodes
2004Las VegasLeo Broder2 episodes
2006–2012Grey's AnatomyDr. Mark Sloan138 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009–2010Private PracticeDr. Mark Sloan2 episodes
2014The Last ShipTom ChandlerLead Role


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  2. ^ Eric Dane Biography (1972?-)
  3. ^ "Eric Dane: Acting for real". CNN. April 6, 2001. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ Gladstone, E.C. (2006). "All Grown Up". Atlanta Peach Magazine: 84. Retrieved February 12, 2010. : "Gayheart, who was raised Southern Baptist, is considering converting to Dane's Judaism. "He's not pushing me, I just love all the traditions," she says."
  5. ^ "Jews in the News: Celebrity Scoop: James L Brooks, Eric Dane and Gwyneth Paltrow". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  6. ^ "Hollywood Now: Eric Dane on Last Ship and Kunis & Franco". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b "Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) Bio - Grey's Anatomy". American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  8. ^ Soll, Lindsay (February 9, 2007). "8 things you don't know about Eric Dane". Entertainment Weekly. 
  9. ^ "The towel scene still wears well with Eric Dane". ScrippsNews. May 15, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  10. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (October 4, 2006). "Dr. McSteamy scrubs in as cast regular". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  11. ^ Matt Mitovich (July 8, 2009). "Grey's Stars Dempsey and Dane Celebrate Valentine's Day". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  12. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (October 10, 2012). "Eric Dane's 'Grey's Anatomy' rebound: Starring in Michael Bay's TNT pilot 'The Last Ship'". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  13. ^ "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart Debut Baby Daughter!". Us Weekly. 
  14. ^ "Who's Due Next? - REBECCA GAYHEART - Babies, Pregnancy, Rebecca Gayheart". People. November 30, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  15. ^ Hammel, Sara (December 30, 2011). "It's a Girl for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane! - Babies, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart". People. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ Valentine, Nicky (August 18, 2009). "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, and Kari Ann Peniche’s uncensored sex tape is here". Buzz Patrol. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. 
  17. ^ "Ministry of Gossip". Los Angeles Times. 

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