Eric William Dane, born November 9, 1972 in San Francisco, California, is an American actor.
After appearing in a high school production of Arthur Miller's "All My Sons", Dane decided to pursue a career in acting. He relocated 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.
In 2000, Dane was signed for a recurring role in Gideon's Crossing, and followed this with a two-season run in "Charmed". His made-for-television movie credits included two biopics, "Serving in Silence" (about Margarethe Cammermeyer's experiences in the military), and "Helter Skelter", in which he portrayed a member of the Charles Manson clan.
Dane's first major feature film appearance was in "The Basket" (1999). He also appeared in the Australian production Zoe, Duncan, Jack & Jane, Sol Goode, Feast, Open Water 2, and X-Men: The Last Stand.
In 2005, Dane became known all over the world when he 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".
In December 2006, he starred in the A&E TV movie "Wedding Wars" as the brother of a gay man (played by John Stamos) who goes on strike in support of marriage equality.
Dane is 6' 0¾" tall. During his spare time, he loves to go sailing and also likes to cook.
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