This Is What Happened To Your Old Favorite Grey's Anatomy Actors

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Starring on Grey's Anatomy is a stressful gig. You never know when your character will be impaled with an icicle, struck by a bullet in a hospital shooting, or left for dead in the woods following a plane crash. Who knew doctors had it so tough?

The often-deadly story lines on Grey's Anatomy mean that the cast rotates out on the regular. With season 13 returning for its winter premiere on January 26, it's time we remember all of the main characters we've bid farewell to on the series. While not everyone who has left the show has done so in a body bag, they've all done so after some serious drama. Whether it was a breakup or car accident that made them peace out of Grace-Sloan Memorial, we'll never forget the tears we cried at their expense.

Fortunately, the actors who portrayed these characters are alive and well, and most have done a slew of other projects since leaving the show. Want to see what the actors who portrayed some of our favorite docs are doing today? Click through to find out.
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Sandra Oh (Cristina Yang)
Cristina left at the end of season 10 in order to take a position in Zurich — one orchestrated by Preston Burke, her former mentor and ex-fiancé.

Since leaving Grey's Anatomy in 2014, Oh has done numerous voice-over roles. She also has appeared on the series Betas and in the Melissa McCarthy comedy Tammy. She will return to her ABC roots in 2017, when she recurs on the third season of American Crime.
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Isaiah Washington (Preston Burke)
In season 3, Preston left Cristina at the altar after realizing that she didn't really want to marry him. He later returned in season 10 to offer his former love her new opportunity in Zurich.

After his controversial exit from Grey's Anatomy in 2007, Washington went on to recur on the short-lived series Bionic Woman and appeared on a number of TV shows including Single Ladies and Law & Order: LA. In 2014, the actor began his current role of Chancellor Thelonious Jaha on The CW's action-adventure series The 100.
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Katherine Heigl (Izzie Stevens)
After battling cancer, Izzie is fired from Seattle Grace. Incorrectly assuming Alex is to blame, she leaves her husband. When she learns the truth, Izzie returns to Seattle Grace, and tells Alex she is finally cancer-free. Unfortunately, it's not enough for Alex to want to rekindle their romance, and Izzie leaves Seattle Grace forever midway through the sixth season.

Heigl appeared in a number of romantic comedies before returning to the small screen for NBC's State of Affairs in 2014. The series was canceled after one season. Heigl will next star on upcoming CBS series Doubt and will play a mom out for revenge in the new big-screen thriller Unforgettable.
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T.R. Knight (George O'Malley)
George had one of the more tragic deaths on Grey's Anatomy. When a John Doe is brought into the hospital following a bus crash, the team works to save him — not realizing that the disfigured person is actually George, their fellow surgeon and friend. While George is able to tell Meredith who he is by tracing his nickname "007," he ultimately dies in the season 6 finale.

After leaving Grey's Anatomy in 2010, Knight returned to TV with an arc on The Good Wife in 2012. Since then, the actor has had roles on Hulu's 11.22.63 and ABC's The Catch.
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Eric Dane (Mark Sloan)
Mark, who first appeared in season 2 of the series, was involved in the plane crash that also claimed the life of his on-again, off-again love Lexie (Chyler Leigh). He later succumbs to the injuries suffered by the crash in season 9, finally getting to be with Lexie, who had died in his arms.

Dane, who left Grey's Anatomy in 2012, went on to star in TNT's The Last Ship, where he plays Captain Tom Chandler.
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Sara Ramirez (Callie Torres)
Callie, who recurred on the second season before becoming a series regular beginning in season 3, left the series after her marriage to Arizona fell apart in season 12.

Today, Ramirez is continuing her time on Sofia the First voicing Queen Miranda, a job she began in 2014.
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Chyler Leigh (Lexie Grey)
One of the more dramatic accidents on Grey's Anatomy claimed Lexie's life. Lexie dies at the end of season 8, when the jet plane she and her colleagues were taking to another hospital to perform surgery crashes.

Leigh currently stars as Alex Danvers on The CW's Supergirl, the sister of the titular heroine.
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Brooke Smith (Erica Hahn)
Erica recurs in the second season before becoming a regular in the third. However, she leaves in the fifth season after her relationship with Callie sours due to Callie being conflicted about her sexuality.

Since leaving Grey's Anatomy in 2008, Smith has appeared on a number of TV shows, including American Horror Story: Asylum, Criminal Minds, and Graceland. She appeared as Frances on Showtime's Ray Donovan from 2013 to 2015, and will appear in the new Lily Collins film To the Bone in 2017.
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Kim Raver (Teddy Altman)
Teddy leaves the hospital after being offered a chief position with Army Medical Command, which she initially turns down in order to keep working for Owen. Owen fires her at the end of season 8 in order for Teddy to pursue bigger things.

After Grey's Anatomy, Raver moved on to a recurring role on Revolution, which she held from 2012 to 2014. She then reprised her role of Audrey on 24: Live Another Day, a revival of the original Fox series in 2014, and appeared in an episode of Bones in 2015.
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Patrick Dempsey (Derek "McDreamy" Shepherd)
Oh, man, this one hurt. In season 11, the romantic hero of Grey's Anatomy was involved in a car accident while in Washington, D.C. After the doctors in the hospital take too long to diagnose his head injury, Derek becomes brain dead. Meredith eventually consents to have him removed from life support, thus ending a love story that began in season 1.

After his character's death in 2015, Dempsey decided to take a step back from acting and focus on another love: motorsports. Since leaving the ABC drama, Dempsey has competed in different car racing events around the world. In 2016, he returned to acting with Bridget Jones' Baby, and is rumored to star in the sequel to his 2007 film Enchanted.
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