An affable blond actor with choirboy good looks and an unmistakably mischievous air, Gabriel Mann worked steadily with supporting roles in independent films in the 1990s, breaking through to more starring parts and bigger productions as his experience advanced and his profile rose. Having trained with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse and appeared in such productions as "Return of Ulysses" at BAM and "Potato Creek Chair of Death" at the Ensemble Studio Theater, Mann (who is occasionally billed as Gabriel Mick) began working in independent features. 1994's "Parallel Sons" would mark his starring debut, playing a white youth entranced with black culture. In 1995's "Stonewall," he played one of the famed rioters and went on to be featured in the similarly historical "I Shot Andy Warhol" as well as the New York City-set "illtown" (both 1996). Segueing easily from these gritty films to traditional TV-movie fare like the CBS productions "Harvest of Fire" (1996) and "Heart Full of Rain" (1997), Mann proved a versatile performer. Back on the big screen, he was featured in the coming of age indie "How to Make the Cruelest Month" in 1997 and had featured roles in the higher profile films "Great Expectations" and "High Art" the following year, the latter earning the actor his best notices up to that point for his role as the straight-laced boyfriend of Syd (Radha Mitchell) unimpressed with her hip artist pals.