Darby Galen Dempsey: Everything About Patrick Dempsey’s Son

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Darby Galen Dempsey: Everything About Patrick Dempsey’s Son
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Darby Galen Dempsey is the son of the Grey’s Anatomy actor Patrick Demsey and his wife of over twenty years, Jillian Fink. Galen is one of the twin sons of Demsey and Fink who have three children in total.

Darby’s father, Patrick Dempsey is best known for his role as neurosurgeon Derek “McDreamy” Shepherd in Grey’s Anatomy. His other film credits include Heaven Help Us (1985), Loverboy (1989), and Sweet Home Alabama (2002). Additionally, his dad has also appeared in Iron Jawed Angels (2004), Valentine’s Day (2010), and Bridget Jones’s Baby (2016).

While Dempsey’s marriage with Jillian wasn’t easy, they, nonetheless, managed to emerge out stronger with every hurdle. And their union including their sons and daughter is arguably one of the most strong families in Hollywood.  The piece down below talks about the one man from the next generation of the Demsey clan, Darby who although quite young might be of some interest.

Profile Summary

Full NameDarby Galen Demsey
Date of BirthFeb 1, 2007
Age16 (2023)
Birth PlaceLos Angeles
ParentsPatrick Demsey (father) and Jillian Fink (mother)
SiblingsSullivan (brother) and Talula (sister)
Zodiac SignAquarius

Key Takeaways

Darby Dempsey and Sullivan were born two weeks early via c-section. The twins have an older sister Talula.
Darby, 16 is now at his high school in Malibu, California, where the star kid now also lives in.  
His father Patrick is one of the most celebrated actors in Hollywood while his mother Jillian is a notable makeup artist. 
Darby’s parents are married since 1999 but once were on the verge of divorce. 

Patrick Dempsey’s Son Darby Galen Dempsey Was On The Cover Of A People Magazine After His Birth

Darby was born on Feb 1, 2007. The delivery happened on Thursday in Los Angeles along with his twin brother Sullivan Patrick Dempsey. Shortly after the birth, Darby along with his father Dempsey and his twin brother graced the cover of the People magazine.

As a matter of fact, Patrick and his spouse had to deliver Darby and Sullivan two weeks early by cesarean section.

Patrick Demsey admits when he heard that he was going to have twins, Darby Galen Dempsey and Sullivan Patrick Dempsey, he was little overwhelmed.
from left, Darby Dempsey, Sullivan Dempsey, and Patrick Dempsey attend the Scuderia AlphaTauri launch event at Hangar 7 on February 14, 2020, in Salzburg, Austria. Source: Getty

Talking about the journey of becoming the father for the second time, the Valentine’s Day star said he was watching everything that was going on with the doctors. He admitted that when he and Jillian first learned they were expecting not one, but two new additions to the family, he found it a little overwhelming.

He though said his worries quickly subsided when he met the boys.

Darby’s Grandparents

Galen’s paternal grandmother, Amanda (née Casson), was a school secretary, and his grandfather, William, was an insurance salesman. His maternal granddad was an education administrator from Denton, Texas.

What is Darby’s ethnic background?

From his father’s side, Darby’s ethnicity includes German, English, Scottish, distant Irish, remote Swedish, and possibly 5/2048 Native American.

Darby’s Sister Helped to Decide Their Names     

In addition to his twin brother, Sullivan, Darby has an elder sister, Talula Fyfe Dempsey, born on February 20, 2002. She was 5 when her two younger brothers were born.

Darby Galen Dempsey with his family member
Darby and his twin brother with his mom and dad.

It was Talula who had helped decide on Darby and Sullivan’s names after Patrick and his wife already selected both of their monikers. In fact, Darby has his famous dad’s middle name.

Difference Between Darby and His Twin Brother Sullivan

With People in 2007, the People’s Sexiest Man Alive said Sullivan is sort of the grumpy old man while Darby is very much peaceful, like a “quiet little Buddha.”

Furthermore, as an infant, the twins also shared distinctly different looks while Darby was born with a head full of blond hair, his twin brother had “Sid Vicious black, punk-rock hair.”

One of The Twins Even Broke His Arms

A couple of years after the twins’ birth, the proud dad Patrick said during an appearance on Jimmy Kimmel Live! that one of his sons broke his arms. The incident occurred when twins Darby and Sullivan started dancing on the dining room table and “jumping on each other.”

So, Dempsey in the same show shared his parenting experience, saying,

“Boys are completely different than girls for obvious reasons, but physically they’re so much more active!”

He added,

“You cannot turn your back [because] there’s always an injury, there’s always something going on.”

He Isn’t Getting Younger Siblings

The possibility of Darby and his brother, Sullivan seeing any younger sibling has been ruled out for a long time. In fact, the decision took place right after their birth or even before that.

Darby Galen Dempsey's father says he's done having more children.
From right, Jillian Fink, Darby, Patrick Dempsey, Sullivan Dempsey, and Tallula Fyfe Dempsey.

Dempsey once stated that he and his wife were done when asked if he was adding any more offspring.

Darby Galen Dempsey’s Mother Is A Famous Hollywood Artist

Darby’s mother, Jillian Fink is a celebrity hairstylist and makeup artist. Jillian is one of the most notable makeup artists in the show biz. She has styled for stars including Julia Roberts, Bradley Cooper, and even her husband.

Darby Galen Dempsey's mother has hair styled for several Hollywood stars including Julia Roberts and Bradley Cooper.
His mother, Jillian Fink is a renowned Hollywood hairstylist.

She also has her own luxury line of lip and cheek tints in addition to lid tints, kohl eyeliner, and a gold sculpting bar in her collection.

Darby Galen Dempsey’s Parents, Patrick And Jillian’s Relationship

Darby’s parents married on July 31, 1999. People report the wedding took place at a farmhouse in Maine that belonged to the actor’s family. Galen’s father and mother met each other at a hair salon after Patrick came for a haircut at Jill’s salon.

Remembering the first encounter, Jill said

“I was shocked [when he came in for an appointment] but at the same time, I was happy because he was so cute,”

Then after three years of haircuts, Galen’s dad came to know that she was single and finally asked her out. They then dated for three months before moving in together.

Dempsey’s Mom and Dad Almost Ended Their Marriage

The couple hit a rough patch in January 2015 when Darby’s mother, Fink filed for divorce from the father of her three children. The mother of three initially cited irreconcilable differences as the reason.

She also sought joint custody of her kids with spousal and child support.

Patrick Demsey says his kids were one of the reasons why he reconsidered his marriage with his wife Jillian Fink.
Dempsey’s parents, Patrick Dempsey and Jillian Fink decided to end their marriage in 2015 but reconciled by the end of 2016. Source: Getty

Dempsey and Fink, however, decided to reconcile within a year. And at the start of 2016, the media spotted them hanging out with each other on multiple occasions looking pretty amicable.

After some months in May of the same year, Dempsey confirmed they were back together. In an interview with Evening Standard, when asked if he and Fink reconciled, the Lewiston native told,

“Yeah, I think so.”

Allegedly, Darby’s father and mother, Dempsey and Fink decided to work on their marriage with the help of counseling. The Maine-born actor said one of the reasons he and his wife got back together was because they wanted to be role models for their kids.

On November 4, 2016, Darby’s mother, Jillian filed to dismiss the couple’s divorce papers.

He Goes To Racing With His Father

In addition to acting, Patrick also enjoys auto racing in his spare time. Since 2013, his dad has been involved with such professional competitions to whatever extent.

The father of Fink’s children has been a participant in prestigious pro-am events such as the 24 Hours of Le Mans, Rolex 24 at Daytona sports car race, and Tecate SCORE Baja 1000 off-road race.

Darby's father is also a racer in addition to acting.
Patrick Demsey often takes his twin sons, Darby (right) and Sullivan to his auto racing events. Source: Instagram

Even when Darby and his twin brother were just a few days old, father, Patrick mentioned how he couldn’t wait to give the boys a spin on the race track. And when they were both 12 years old, they joined their dad as often as they could. Dempsey said, “Racing is a family sport.”

Darby Galen Dempsey’s Father Was Married To Another Woman in the Past

Before Fink, Darby’s father was in a marital relationship with Rocky Parker. The two were married from 1987 to 1994. The former flames first met in 1984, during one of Dempsey’s first acting jobs. Rocky then was a widowed mother of three.

In fact, they had an age difference of 26 years with Patrick being the junior. However, they divorced with Rocky citing “irreconcilable differences” and Patrick also admitted to cheating on her.

Demsey’s former wife also said the Scream 3 star would beat her.

Where Does Darby Galen Dempsey Live Now?

At present, Patrick Dempsey’s son Darby resides in his dad’s Frank Gehry-designed home, located in Malibu, California. He there lives with his parents and siblings. It is also where Darby and his twin brother are now schooling.


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