Patrick Dempsey, Olivia Wilde and Other TV Doctors Thank Healthcare Workers in New Video

April 9, 2020
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Hollywood stars who have played doctors on television and film have joined forces to praise the real life healthcare workers on the front lines of the coronavirus pandemic.

Olivia Wilde, who played a doctor on “House,” shared the video which featured fellow actors like “Grey’s Anatomy” alum Patrick Dempsey and “Doogie Howser M.D.” star Neil Patrick Harris sharing their gratitude for the medical heroes.

“The closest thing I’ve ever come to being a doctor is putting on a costume, and while it is close, it’s not quite the same,” Wilde said at the beginning of the clip. “But I just want to say thank you to the real healthcare heroes out there, and there are some other people who want to say thank you as well.”

Dempsey chimed in by saying: “I want to thank all the doctors and the nurses. The real ones, not the ones that are on television.”

Referencing his teenage phenom doctor character on “Doogie Howser,” Harris joked: “I wish I was there with you guys to assist in my medical capacity, but probably all I would be doing would be writing prescriptions for myself, which is kind of all I did when I was 16 and 17.”

Jennifer Garner, who portrayed a doctor in the film “Dallas Buyers Club,” added, "No matter how many times we wear scrubs or stethoscopes, none of us can do for society what you are doing for us now. Thank you."

Also appearing in the video are Zach Braff, Donald Faison, Sarah Chalke, Ellen Pompeo, Sandra Oh, Kal Penn, Peter Jacobson, Julianna Margulies, Omar Epps, Maura Tierney, Jennifer Morrison, Kate Walsh, Edie Falco, Freddie Highmore, and Lisa Edelstein.

In addition to expressing gratitude, the actors encouraged fans to contribute to Thrive Global's campaign First Responders First, which provides resources to medical workers and others battling the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Thank you, healthcare heroes,” Wilde captioned the post on Instagram. “On behalf of fake doctors everywhere, we want to thank the actual healthcare superheroes on the front lines of this crisis. On this #worldhealthday please consider donating to buy essential resources for these first responders who are risking their lives for us.”

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