Patrick O’Brien Demsey, ‘Rizzo’ from Miracle, Actor/ Entertainer
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Patrick grew up in Danvers, Massachusetts a suburb northeast of Boston and attended Danvers High School, then went on to do a post-graduate year at Brewster Academy in Wolfeboro, NH. He then attended Fitchburg State University in Massachusetts, played several years of hockey and graduated with a BS is Communications with a concentration in Graphic Design.
On October 16, 2002, while completing an internship in Graphic Design he decided he would like to study acting after he graduated. He searched the internet for acting schools and came across an online ad for hockey players that could act. Disney was making a movie about the 1980 Olympic Hockey teams Miracle on Ice and they were casting across the U.S. and Canada; the Boston auditions were going to end the following day. So, the next day, he auditioned and was incredibly nervous, truly having no idea what he as doing. Fortunately, the director saw something he liked, mainly that he looked like someone on the team and that he had a magnificent Boston accent. He was called back seven more times in Boston to audition and eventually was flown to Hollywood to screen test for the role of Mike Eruzione. He learned he had gotten the job the same week he graduated from College. The film went on to be known as MIRACLE. He is so proud to be a part of recreating what many consider to be the greatest moment in sports history.
While shooting the film over the course of five months in Vancouver, BC, he knew that this is exactly what he wanted to do for a career. When the film released to wonderful reviews, he had already moved to Hollywood. Though he was unable to immediately capitalize on the success of Miracle, due entirely to the fact that he truly had no idea how to audition well, he was determined to succeed. It would be seven more years of learning the craft of acting, auditioning and doing construction work to make ends meet before he would be paid again to act. He booked a supporting role in the film THOR and over the next few years, bit by bit, more jobs began to follow, he continues to build an acting career.
During the 2004 press junket for Miracle while doing interviews with Mike Eruzione, a reporter posed the question to both of them, “was it really a miracle”? Patrick’s answer was “Yes, it must’ve been”. Mike’s answer as he laughed was, “No, we put in an awful lot of hard work and we knew we could beat them”. Patrick learned from his success with Miracle that there are no overnight successes; it takes determination and an incredible amount of hard work and sacrifice to ‘make’ a miracle. He is currently making his own miracle.
Patrick currently lives in Los Angeles with his wife Kristen, who is an actress. He still enjoys playing hockey with his friends, in charity events, doing appearances and speaking engagements.
ESPY Award – Best Sports Movie of the Year
CAMIE Award – Character and Morality in Entertainment
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