November 16, 2015 — Both Patrick Dempsey and Jennifer Connelly started making movies at very young ages.
Patrick Dempsey would, of course, become a household name with the starring role of Dr. Derek Shepherd on the long-running (and immensely popular) television series Grey’s Anatomy. But before he was cast as “Dr. McDreamy,” he had been acting in the movies for 18 years.
Dempsey had his first starring role at the age of 21. He portrayed “Sonny” Wisecarver, (a real person) who, during World War II, became famous for running away with married women — at the age of 14.
A seasoned veteran, therefore, when he was cast in Some Girls the year after, Dempsey played a college kid who travels to Canada over Christmas meet his girlfriend’s eccentric family — only to find out she is dumping him.
The girlfriend is played by Jennifer Connelly. Connelly began acting at an even earlier age than Dempsey. Her first movie role was at the age of 14, in the crime film Once Upon a Time in America. She was 18 when she starred in Some Girls with Dempsey — the only movie the two have made together.
Connelly would win a Best Supporting Oscar for her role as Alicia Nash, the wife of mathematician (and paranoid schizophrenic) John Nash (Russell Crowe) in A Beautiful Mind. By that time, at the age of 31, she had been working in films for 17 years.
Watch two big stars before they were famous in Some Girls.