In a surprising turn of events, the charismatic American actor and motorsports racing driver, Patrick Dempsey, has been crowned People’s Sexiest Man Alive for the year 2023. At 57 years of age, Dempsey’s win defies age stereotypes and showcases that sexiness knows no bounds.
With a mix of humility and excitement, Dempsey expressed his feelings about the recognition, stating, “I’m glad it’s happening at this point in my life. It’s nice to have the recognition, and certainly, my ego takes a little bump, but it gives me the platform to use it for something positive”.
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The exciting announcement came during an episode of “Jimmy Kimmel Live!” where the host, Jimmy Kimmel, playfully introduced Dempsey with cutting-edge hologram technology that obscured his identity. Kimmel, known for his sense of humor, quipped, “If you know anything about me, you know I’m a huge fan of sexy men who are alive”.
He proceeded to engage in a humorous interview with the concealed Sexiest Man Alive, leading to some comical guesses from the audience, including Timothée Chalamet, Harry Styles, and Travis Kelce. However, it was an observant audience member named Keith who correctly identified Dempsey as “Dr. McDreamy” from the iconic medical drama series, Grey’s Anatomy.
Patrick Dempsey: Surprise Win
Dempsey’s surprise win brought him to the forefront of the media, and he later joined Jimmy Kimmel for an interview. During their conversation, Dempsey revealed his genuine shock at being named People’s Sexiest Man Alive, saying, “I was completely shocked, and then I started laughing, like, this is a joke, right? I’ve always been the bridesmaid!” His humility and down-to-earth nature endeared him even further to his fans.
Many know Patrick Dempsey for his unforgettable role as Dr. Derek Shepherd in the long-running TV series “Grey’s Anatomy”. After 11 seasons as Meredith Grey’s love interest and neurosurgeon, Dempsey is set to make a return to the screen.
On December 25, he will grace the big screen as Italian racing driver Piero Taruffi in Michael Mann’s “Ferrari”, alongside notable actors like Adam Driver and Penélope Cruz. “Ferrari” gained significant attention, thanks to an interim SAG-AFTRA agreement that allowed the stars to attend the Venice Film Festival, where Dempsey’s red-carpet appearances likely played a role in securing the title of Sexiest Man.
Dempsey’s passion for racing extends beyond the silver screen, as he is also an avid race car driver. In discussing his involvement in “Ferrari”, Dempsey shared, “I’d been following the movie for years”, and he reached out to Michael Mann to express his desire to be part of the project. “That taught me if you really want something, you have to do it yourself”, he reflected, underlining his determination and drive to pursue his passions.
People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2023
Patrick Dempsey’s win as People’s Sexiest Man Alive 2023 puts him in the company of other esteemed recipients, including George Clooney, Michael B. Jordan, Ben Affleck, Idris Elba, Paul Rudd, and Brad Pitt, among others. Remarkably, at 57 years old, Dempsey is the second oldest man to hold this title, following the legendary Sean Connery, who was named the Sexiest Man Alive in 1989 at the age of 59. In his signature light-hearted style, Dempsey quipped, “I peaked many years ago, but I’m still here”.
As Patrick Dempsey takes on this new title and continues to pursue his passion for acting and motorsports, he serves as an inspiring figure, demonstrating that age is no barrier to being named the Sexiest Man Alive and that dreams can be realized at any stage of life.