Credit: Pascal Le Segretain/ Getty Images Photo: Eric Dane Seen at the Cannes Film Festival on May 19, 2013

Eric Dane's (Mark Sloan) life seems awesome at the moment — with a wife of nearly 10 years, two daughters, and a lead role on a new TNT show  — but the actor hasn't lost sight of his past troubles, many of which he details to the Gulf Times.

One such rough patch occurred when the Grey's Anatomy alum was seven years old — when his father tragically died

"He was a Navy man and ended up becoming an architect and interior designer. He was a troubled soul," Eric explains. "He died of a gunshot wound. My grandmother thinks it was an accident. Everybody's got a different opinion on it. My mother raised two kids."

Becoming a father himself brought Eric, now 41, a new insight into the ordeal: "I never realized how cognizant and aware I was at the time until I had my own kids … I see how cogent Billie is at the age of four and think, 'My God, this must have been devastating at the age of seven.' The awareness that I would've had at that age must've been devastating."

We're sure his father would be proud of him nowadays. Eric's new show, TNT's The Last Ship, premieres on TNT at 9 p.m. ET on Sunday, June 22.

Source: Gulf Times

Dan Clarendon is an assistant editor at Wetpaint Entertainment. Follow him on Twitter and Google+!