Eric Dane is an American actor known as "Dr. Mark Sloan" on "Grey's Anatomy" (2005) and as a co-star in Marley & Me (2008) and Valentine's Day (2010/I).
He was born Eric William Dane on November 9, 1972, in San Francisco, California. He is the older of two brothers. His father is an architect and interior designer based in San Francisco. His mother, Leah, was a homemaker. Young Eric Dane was a good athlete in high school. There, he started amateur stage work by playing "Joe Keller" in Arthur Miller's "All My Sons", and realized that this was all he wanted to do.
He moved to Los Angeles and made his television debut in 1993 on "The Wonder Years" (1988). In his early career, he also played bit parts on the TV series "Married with Children" (1987) (1995), "Silk Stalkings" (1991) (1996) and "Roseanne" (1988) (1996). Dane played medical doctors more than once, first appearing as a "Dr. Cooper" in "Gideon's Crossing" (2000). From 2003-2004, he has been a recurrent guest star as "Jason Dean" in the hit show "Charmed" (1998). In 2006, he appeared as handsome "Dr. Mark Sloan", the plastic surgeon on the show "Grey's Anatomy" (2005). Dane landed his first leading role on the big screen in the German-made feature, Open Water 2: Adrift (2006).
On October 29, 2004, in Las Vegas, Eric Dane married actress Rebecca Gayheart, who was previously engaged to producer/director Brett Ratner, the director of X-Men: The Last Stand (2006). In it, Dane plays the character of "Jamie Madrox", the Multiple Man. Dane and Gayheart became the parents of a girl on March 3, 2010 in Los Angeles.