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Eric Dane

Dane at the red carpet of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, April 2008
Born Eric William Dane
November 9, 1972 (1972-11-09) (age 37)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Spouse(s) Rebecca Gayheart (2004-present)

Eric William Dane (born November 9, 1972) is an American actor. After appearing in television roles throughout the 1990s and 2000s, he became known for playing Dr. Mark Sloan on the series Grey's Anatomy, and has recently branched into film, co-starring in Marley & Me and Valentine's Day.


Early life

Dane was born in San Francisco, California to a homemaker mother, Leah, and an interior designer/architect father.[1][2] Dane is Jewish.[3] He has a younger brother[4] and attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California from 1987 to 1990.[citation needed] Dane was an athlete in high school,[5] but decided to pursue a career in acting after appearing in a school production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.[6][7]


In 1993, Dane moved to Los Angeles,[5] 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 movie 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 (1999). He also appeared in Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Sol Goode, Feast, Open Water 2, and X-Men: The Last Stand.

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".[8]

In December 2006, he starred in the A&E TV movie 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 Angelinos anticipating (or in some cases dreading) the holiday.[9]

Dane is represented by Creative Artists Agency, and William Choi of Management 360.[10]

Personal life

In 2001, Dane briefly became involved with actress Lara Flynn Boyle[citation needed] when the two met while filming crossover episodes of their respective drama series Gideon's Crossing and The Practice, both produced by David E. Kelley. He married actress Rebecca Gayheart on October 29, 2004. Dane and Gayheart's first child, Billie Beatrice, was born March 3, 2010.[11]

Dane is a close friend of actor Balthazar Getty.[citation needed]

On February 6, 2008, celebrity news magazine OK! reported that Dane was diagnosed with skin cancer, and was recovering after having malignant tissue removed from his lip.[12] However, on February 13, Dane's representative told Us Weekly that Dane does not have cancer and was "mortified" by the erroneous information.[13][14] Dane was said to be considering legal action.[13]

On August 17, 2009, a home video was posted on the website that showed former Miss Teen USA contestant Kari Ann Peniche with Dane and wife Rebecca Gayheart. The three are nude and apparently under the influence of alcohol and drugs. They appear to be engaged in some sort of sexual situation, even though the 12 minute video was edited down to just 3 minutes. Midway through the clip, Gayheart says she has to lie down because she's "so high." Kari Ann Peniche also makes a reference to drugs being "fun," and there is a conversation referencing cocaine. The clip ends with both Gayheart and Peniche in a bathtub together, while Dane runs the camera and adds commentary.[15][16][17]


Year Film Role Notes
1991 Saved by the Bell Tad Pogue TV episode ("The Game") - uncredited
1993 The Wonder Years Brett TV episode ("Nose")
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Matt TV film
Married… with Children Oliver Cole TV episode ("Radio Free Trumaine")
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Nick TV film
Silk Stalkings Justin Whalen TV episode ("Private Dancer")
Roseanne Bellhop TV episode ("Disney World War II")
1999 The Basket Tom Emery Feature film
2000 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Alec TV episode ("Kiss of Death")
2001 Ball & Chain Jack TV film
Sol Goode Overly dramatic actor Feature film
Gideon's Crossing Dr. Wyatt Cooper TV series (Recurring)
- Season 1 Episodes 5, 10, 11 and 16
2002 The American Embassy Rob Goodwin TV series
2003-2004 Charmed Jason Dean TV episodes (Recurring)
- Season 5 Episodes 16, 17, 19 and 21
- Season 6 Episodes 2, 4, 6, 9 and 13
2004 Las Vegas Leo Broder TV episodes ("The Count of Montecito" and "Have You Ever Seen the Rain?")
Helter Skelter Charles "Tex" Watson TV film
2005 Feast Hero Feature film
Painkiller Jane Nick TV film
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Jamie Madrox/Multiple Man Feature film
X-Men: The Official Game Multiple Man Video game (Voice-over)
Open Water 2: Adrift Dan Feature film
Wedding Wars Ben Grandy TV film
2006-present Grey's Anatomy Dr. Mark Sloan TV series - Recurring in Season 2; Regular from Season 3
2008 Marley & Me Sebastian Tunney Feature Film
2009-2010 Private Practice Dr. Mark Sloan TV episodes ("Ex-Life", "Closer to the Edge")
2010 Valentine's Day Sean Jackson Feature film
Burlesque Marcus Feature film


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  2. ^ Eric Dane Biography (1972?-)
  3. ^ Gladstone, E.C. (2006). "All Grown Up". Atlanta Peach Magazine: 84. Retrieved 2010-02-12. : "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."
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  8. ^ Dr. McSteamy scrubs in as cast regular -
  9. ^ Matt Mitovich (08 Jul y2009). "Grey's Stars Dempsey and Dane Celebrate Valentine's Day". Retrieved 2009-07-08. 
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  12. ^ "Eric Dane's Fight Against Cancer". OK! Magazine. 2008-02-06. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  13. ^ a b "'Grey's' star upset over cancer report". United Press International. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-14. 
  14. ^ "'Eric Dane Denies Cancer Battle". San Francisco Chronicle. 2008-02-14. Retrieved 2008-03-10. 
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