Actor Eric Dane

Eric Dane (born Eric T. Melvin, November 9, 1972) is an American actor. After multiple television roles throughout the 2000s and his recurring role as Jason Dean in Charmed, he became famous for playing Dr. Mark Sloan on the medical drama television series Grey’s Anatomy, as well as making appearances in films such as Marley & Me (2008), Valentine’s Day (2010), and Burlesque (2010). Dane has since played Captain Tom Chandler in the post-apocalyptic drama The Last Ship and currently stars as Cal Jacobs in the HBO series, Euphoria.

Early life

Dane was born in San Francisco, California, to a homemaker mother and an interior designer/architect father, William Melvin. He is of English, German, Finnish, Russian Jewish and Austrian Jewish ancestry. When Dane was 7 years old, his father died of a gunshot wound. Dane has a younger brother, and they were raised in their mother’s Jewish faith, and Dane had a Bar Mitzvah ceremony. 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, but pursued 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 as Jason Dean 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 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 after the end of season 8 but appeared in the first two episodes of season 9. In 2021, Dane reappeared on the show for the first time in nine years since his character was killed off.

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 same-sex marriage. 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.

In October 2012, Dane joined the main cast of the Michael Bay-produced TNT drama series The Last Ship. 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). In February 2018, Gayheart filed for divorce from Dane after 14 years of marriage, citing “irreconcilable differences”.

Dane made headlines when he was in a video that featured Dane, his wife and Kari Ann Peniche, nude and using drugs.

In June 2011, Dane entered a California treatment center to rectify a dependency on prescription drugs he had developed after suffering a sports injury.

In April 2017, The Last Ship halted production through Memorial Day to allow Dane to deal with the depression he was battling.



Year Title Role Director
1999 The Basket Tom Emery Rich Cowan
2003 Sol Goode Overly Dramatic Actor Danny Comden
2005 Greys Anatomy Mark Sloan unknown
2005 Feast Hero John Gulager
2006 X-Men: The Last Stand Jamie Madrox / Multiple Man Brett Ratner
Open Water 2: Adrift Dan Hans Horn
2008 Marley & Me Sebastian Tunney David Frankel
2010 Valentine’s Day Sean Jackson Garry Marshall
Burlesque Marcus Gerber Steve Antin
2017 Grey Lady Doyle John Shea
2021 The Ravine Mitch Bianci Keoni Waxman
Redeeming Love Duke D.J. Caruso
TBA Into the Beautiful Tom Adam Rodgers


Year Title Role Notes
1991 Saved by the Bell Tad Pogue Episode: “The Game”
1992 Renegade Jimmy Episode: Mother Courage
1993 The 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 The American Embassy Rob Goodwin 3 episodes
2003–04 Charmed Jason Dean 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, 2021 Grey’s Anatomy Dr. Mark Sloan Main role (seasons 3–9); Special guest star (season 2); Guest star (season 17); 140 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 Special Guest Star; 2 episodes
2014–18 The Last Ship Capt. Tom Chandler 56 episodes
Main role (Seasons 1-5)
2015 The Fixer Carter Miniseries
2018 Family Guy Himself
Episode: “Veteran Guy”
2019–present Euphoria Cal Jacobs Main role
2020 Wireless Officer T.C. Kirschner Episode: “100%”

External Links

Actor Eric Dane – Wikipedia

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