Patrick O'Brien Demsey
Birth Date:
December 14, 1978
Birth Place:
Danvers, Massachusetts, USA
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Patrick O'Brien Demsey


Patrick O'Brien Demsey is an American actor. He made his feature film acting debut in “Miracle” (2004), where he played Mike Eruzione, the captain of the US hockey team that defeated the Soviet Union's team in the 1980 Winter Olympics. He went on to portray Greg in the 2007 comedy film “Women on Top” and Agent Cale in the successful superhero film “Thor” (2011), starring Chris Hemsworth as the title character. Prior to entering acting, Demsey was a hockey player at Fitchburg State College but a series of injuries forced him to leave the sport.   


Childhood and Family:

Patrick O'Brien Demsey was born on December 14, 1978, in Danvers, Massachusetts, to parents  Gene and Gail Demsey. He has an older brother named Christopher and a younger brother named Michael. After graduating from Danvers High School in 1997, he took General Psychology at Fitchburg State College. Patrick, whose nickname is Paddy, played hockey in high school and college but was forced to quit the sport because of injuries. During his hockey days, he wore a number 14 jersey because it was his birthdate.



While searching acting courses online, Patrick O'Brien Demsey saw the audition call for “Miracle.” He ended up winning the role of Mike Eruzione in the biographical sport movie about the United States men's hockey team, led by head coach Herb Brooks, that won the gold medal in the 1980 Winter Olympics. Released on February 6, 2004, the film directed by Gavin O'Connor and written by Eric Guggenheim. It received mostly favorable reviews, and won the 2004 ESPY Award for Best Sports Movie. It grossed a total of $64,445,708 worldwide. Co-stars in the film included Kurt Russell, Patricia Clarkson, Noah Emmerich, Sean McCann, Kenneth Welsh, Eddie Cahill and Michael Mantenuto. “Miracle” marked Demsey's first acting job.  

After “Miracle,” Demsey relocated to Sherman Oaks, California to continue his acting career. However, he got only one major role chance, for the horror film “Big Bad Wolf” (2006), an offer he refused.  In April 2006, he had construction job in Massachusetts.

In 2007, Demsey returned to Los Angeles to give acting another try. His bet paid off when he scored a co-starring role as Greg in “Women on Top,” a 2007 comedy/drama film directed and co-written by John P. Aguirre. The film starred Amanda Schull, Christie Lynn Smith and Colleen McGrann.  

In 2011, Demsey portrayed Massimo in a 20 minute short called “ AppleBox,” which was directed by Rick Page and written by James Madio, Rick Page. The  short won Best Acting Performance for Indie Soul Best Actor and Best Director at the 2011 Boston International Film Festival. The same year, he was cast as Agent Cale in “Thor,” a live-action superhero film based on the Marvel Comics character. The film was directed by Kenneth Branagh, written by Ashley Edward Miller, Zack Stentz and Don Payne, and starred Chris Hemsworth, Natalie Portman, Tom Hiddleston, Anthony Hopkins and Stellan Skarsgård. It earned positive reviews from critics, and grossed a total of over 449 million worldwide, against a budget of $150 million.


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