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Eric Dane (born November 9, 1972) is an American actor. After appearing in television roles throughout the 2000s, he became known for playing Dr. Mark Sloan on the medical drama television series Grey's Anatomy, as well as films, co-starring in Marley & Me (2008), Valentine's Day (2010), and Burlesque (2010). He currently stars as Captain Tom Chandler in the apocalyptic drama The Last Ship.

Early life

Dane was born in San Francisco, California to a homemaker mother, Leah, and an interior designer/architect father. When Dane was seven years old, his father died of a gunshot wound.[1][2][3] Dane has a younger brother,[4] and they were raised in their mother's Jewish religion (Dane had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony).[5][6][7] 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. Dane was an athlete in high school, playing on the boys' varsity water polo team,[8] but decided to pursue a career in acting after appearing in a school production of Arthur Miller's All My Sons.[9][10]


In 1993, Dane moved to Los Angeles,[8] 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. 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".[11] Dane resigned from the show after the end of season 8, but appeared in 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.[12]

In October 2012, Dane joined the main cast of the Michael Bay produced, TNT drama series The Last Ship.[13] He is also credited as a producer on the show.

Personal life

Dane married actress Rebecca Gayheart on October 29, 2004. They have two daughters together: Billie Beatrice Dane (born March 3, 2010) and Georgia Geraldine Dane (born December 28, 2011).[14][15][16]

Dane made headlines when he participated in a nude tape with his wife and Kari Ann Peniche.[17] 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.[18]



Year Title Role Notes
1999 The Basket Tom Emery
2001 Sol Goode Overly dramatic actor
2005 Feast Hero
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man
2006 Open Water 2: Adrift Dan
2008 Marley & Me Sebastian Tunney
2010 Valentine's Day Sean Jackson
2010 Burlesque Marcus Gerber
2016 Grey Lady Doyle
2017 The Blue Mauritius Peter Underwood Filming


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saved by the Bell Tad Pogue Episode: "The Game"
1992 Renegade Jimmy Episode: Mother Courage
1993 Wonder Years, TheThe Wonder Years Brett Episode: "Nose"
1995 Married... with Children Oliver Cole Episode: "Radio Free Trumaine"
1995 Serving in Silence: The Margarethe Cammermeyer Story Matt Television movie
1996 Seduced by Madness: The Diane Borchardt Story Nick Television movie
1996 Silk Stalkings Justin Whalen Episode: "Private Dancer"
1996 Roseanne Bellhop Episode: "Disney World War II"
2000 Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane Alec Episode: "Kiss of Death"
2001 Gideon's Crossing Dr. Wyatt Cooper 4 episodes
2001 Ball & Chain Jack Television movie
2002 American Embassy, TheThe American Embassy Rob Goodwin 3 episodes
2003–04 Charmed Jason Dean Recurring role, 9 episodes
2004 Las Vegas Leo Broder 2 episodes
2004 Helter Skelter Charles "Tex" Watson Television movie
2005 Painkiller Jane Nick Pierce Television movie
2006 Wedding Wars Ben Grandy Television movie
2006–12 Grey's Anatomy Dr. Mark Sloan Main role, 138 episodes
Satellite Award for Best Cast – Television Series
Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
Nominated—Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series
2009–10 Private Practice Dr. Mark Sloan 2 episodes
2014–present The Last Ship Capt. Tom Chandler Lead role
2015 The Fixer Carter Upcoming; television miniseries[19]


  1. ^ Keck, William (May 15, 2007). "Star couple give a hand on Skid Row". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  2. ^ Eric Dane Biography (1972?-)
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  4. ^ "Eric Dane: Acting for real". CNN. April 6, 2001. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  5. ^ Gladstone, E.C. (2006). "All Grown Up". Atlanta Peach Magazine: 84. Retrieved February 12, 2010. 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. 
  6. ^ "Jews in the News: Celebrity Scoop: James L Brooks, Eric Dane and Gwyneth Paltrow". Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  7. ^ "Hollywood Now: Eric Dane on Last Ship and Kunis & Franco". InterfaithFamily. Retrieved September 8, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b "Mark Sloan (Eric Dane) Bio - Grey's Anatomy". American Broadcasting Company. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  9. ^ Soll, Lindsay (February 9, 2007). "8 things you don't know about Eric Dane". Entertainment Weekly. 
  10. ^ "The towel scene still wears well with Eric Dane". ScrippsNews. May 15, 2007. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  11. ^ Oldenburg, Ann (October 4, 2006). "Dr. McSteamy scrubs in as cast regular". USA Today. Retrieved May 2, 2010. 
  12. ^ Matt Mitovich (July 8, 2009). "Grey's Stars Dempsey and Dane Celebrate Valentine's Day". TV Guide. Retrieved July 8, 2009. 
  13. ^ Berkshire, Geoff (October 10, 2012). "Eric Dane's 'Grey's Anatomy' rebound: Starring in Michael Bay's TNT pilot 'The Last Ship'". Retrieved October 12, 2012. 
  14. ^ "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart Debut Baby Daughter!". Us Weekly. 
  15. ^ "Who's Due Next? - REBECCA GAYHEART - Babies, Pregnancy, Rebecca Gayheart". People. November 30, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  16. ^ Hammel, Sara (December 30, 2011). "It's a Girl for Rebecca Gayheart and Eric Dane! - Babies, Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart". People. Retrieved January 26, 2012. 
  17. ^ Valentine, Nicky (August 18, 2009). "Eric Dane, Rebecca Gayheart, and Kari Ann Peniche's uncensored sex tape is here". Buzz Patrol. Archived from the original on August 22, 2009. 
  18. ^ "Ministry of Gossip". Los Angeles Times. 
  19. ^ Vlessing, Etan (July 16, 2014). "Eric Dane, Kathleen Robertson Board Canadian Miniseries 'The Fixer'". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 24, 2015. 

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