Persistence

Patrick Dempsey has it made. Right? Big name, big show on ABC, perfect hair. 

I still remember the skinny star of Can't Buy Me Love. Don't remember that movie? Actually, that was one of his hits. Here's a list on good ole Wikipedia that shows his movie credits. 

Talent is one thing. But in the arts (including movies, music, and publishing), persistence is the key. 

Here's the list, with the year, the name of the movie, and the character he played. This includes movies done for television and television shows. 

Note all the unknown movies!

1985
The Stuff
Underground Stuff buyer #2

Heaven Help Us
Corbet

1986
Meatballs III: Summer Job
Rudy

A Fighting Choice
Kellin Taylor

1987
Can't Buy Me Love
Ronald Miller

In the Mood
Ellsworth 'Sonny' Wisecarver

1988
Some Girls
Michael

In a Shallow Grave
Daventry

1989
Loverboy
Randy Bodek

Happy Together
Christopher Wooden

1990
Coupe de Ville
Robert 'Bobby' Libner

1991
Mobsters
Meyer Lansky

Run
Charlie Farrow

1992
Say I Do


1993
JFK: Reckless Youth
John F. Kennedy

1994
With Honors
Everett Calloway

Ava's Magical Adventure
Jeffrey

1995
Outbreak
Jimbo Scott

Bloodknot
Tom

1996
A Season in Purgatory
Harrison Burns

1997
20,000 Leagues Under the Sea
Pierre Arronax

1998
The Bible: Jeremiah
Jeremiah

Denial
Sam

Crime and Punishment
Rodya Raskolnikov

1999
Mickey Mouse Works
Narrator

2000
Scream 3
Det. Mark Kincaid

2001
Blonde
Cass Chaplin

2002
Sweet Home Alabama
Andrew Hennings (Melanie's fiance)

2003
Lucky 7
Peter Connor

2004
Iron Jawed Angels
Ben Weissman

2005-present
Grey's Anatomy
Derek Shepherd

2006
Brother Bear 2
Kenai
voice only

2007
Freedom Writers
Scott Casey

Enchanted
Robert Philip

2008
Made of Honor
Tom Bailey 

Yeah, he's an overnight sensation, huh???