Life after death speeds up for Patrick Dempsey

Fri Aug 21, 2015 3:43pm EDT
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By Alan Baldwin

SPA-FRANCORCHAMPS, Belgium (Reuters) - Life after death has only got faster for Patrick Dempsey.

The heart-throb of U.S. network series 'Grey's Anatomy' --until 'Dr McDreamy' was killed off in a car accident last season -- celebrated a podium finish in the Le Mans 24 Hours race in June and has immersed himself even more in the world of sportscar racing.

He is also working on a potential new series that could see him play the part of the late Phil Hill, the Ferrari driver who in 1961 became the first American to win the Formula One world championship.

In an interview with Reuters at the Belgian Grand Prix, where is competing in the Porsche Supercup support series, the 49-year-old actor spoke of his passion for racing, his plans and life after the demise of screen doctor Derek Shepherd.

"My fans are understandably (upset), it’s a character that’s been in their lives for over 10 years and the way it ended was very emotional. And wonderful. It’s good to have finished that strongly and move on to the next chapter in my life," he said.

"I probably should have ended it two years earlier but I stayed and we came to the mutual decision it was probably best for everybody (to end it) because there was just no way to schedule everything."

Dempsey said the Hill project, based on the Michael Cannell book 'The Limit: Life and Death on the 1961 Grand Prix Circuit' was coming along, with the first draft done.

"We have a polish and another rewrite to go and we’ll see where we’re at. But we are getting a lot of interest. I do feel that we have a show," he said.   Continued...

U.S. actor Patrick Dempsey reacts on the podium after taking second place with his Porsche 911 RSR in the LM GTE Am category during the Le Mans 24-hour sportscar race in Le Mans, central France June 14, 2015. REUTERS/Stephane Mahe