Dane at the red carpet of the White House Correspondents' Association dinner, April 2008
November 9, 1972 |
San Francisco, California, United States
|Years active||1991 – present|
|Spouse(s)||Rebecca Gayheart (2004–present)|
Eric 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 "McSteamy" Sloan on the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, and has recently branched into film, co-starring in Marley & Me, Valentine's Day, and Burlesque.
Early life 
Dane was born in San Francisco, California to a homemaker mother, Leah, and an interior designer/architect father. He has a younger brother. Dane was raised in his mother's Jewish religion. He attended Sequoia High School in Redwood City, California, from 1987 to 1990, and San Mateo High School in San Mateo, California, from 1990 to 1991, where he graduated. Aragon High School Dane was an athlete in high school, playing on the Boys' Varsity water polo team, but decided to pursue a career in acting after appearing in a school production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.
In 1993, Dane moved to Los Angeles, 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 film 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, X-Men: The Last Stand, and starred in Open Water 2. 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." Dane resigned from the show and appeared on the first two episodes of season 9.
In December 2006, he starred in the A&E television film 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 Angelenos anticipating (or in some cases dreading) the holiday.
Personal life 
Dane married actress Rebecca Gayheart on October 29, 2004. Dane and Gayheart's first child, a daughter, Billie Beatrice, was born March 3, 2010. On December 28, 2011, the couple's second daughter, Georgia Geraldine, was born.
Eric Dane checked himself into rehab in June 2011; he entered a California treatment center to rectify his problem with dependency on prescription drugs after suffering a sports injury.
|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||television film|
|Married... with Children||Oliver Cole||TV episode("Radio Free Trumaine")|
|1996||Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story||Nick||television 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||television 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||television film|
|Painkiller Jane||Nick Pierce||television 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||television film|
|2006–2012||Grey's Anatomy||Dr. Mark Sloan||TV series- Recurring in Season 2; became a main character from season 3 through season 8.|
|2008||Marley & Me||Sebastian Tunney||Feature film|
|2009–2010||Private Practice||Dr. Mark Sloan||TV episodes("Ex-Life", "Another Second Chance")|
|2010||Valentine's Day||Sean Jackson||Feature film|
|Burlesque||Marcus Gerber||Feature film|
- Keck, William (May 15, 2007). "Star couple give a hand on Skid Row". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- Eric Dane Biography (1972?-)
- "Eric Dane: Acting for real". CNN. April 6, 2001. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- 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."
- "Jews in the News: Celebrity Scoop: James L Brooks, Eric Dane and Gwyneth Paltrow". Letmypeoplegrow.org. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
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- "The towel scene still wears well with Eric Dane". ScrippsNews. May 15, 2007. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- Oldenburg, Ann (October 4, 2006). "Dr. McSteamy scrubs in as cast regular". USA Today. Retrieved 2010-05-02.
- Matt Mitovich (July 8, 2009). "Grey's Stars Dempsey and Dane Celebrate Valentine's Day". TV Guide. Retrieved 2009-07-08.
- "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart Debut Baby Daughter!". Us Weekly.
- "Who's Due Next? - REBECCA GAYHEART - Babies, Pregnancy, Rebecca Gayheart". People. November 30, 2011. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- Hammel, Sara (December 30, 2011). "It's a Girl for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane! - Babies, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart". People. Retrieved 2012-01-26.
- "Ministry of Gossip". Los Angeles Times.