Buffed and handsome, Jarrod Emick's performance as Joe Hardy, the old man who almost sells his soul to the devil for eternal youth and baseball stardom, in the 1994 Broadway revival of "Damn Yankees" was possibly the most famous thing to happen to male underwear since those Marky Mark billboards. In 1994, Emick paraded around stage in locker room drawers to packed houses, but it was his voice that won him the Tony Award and stardom. Born in Virginia and raised in South Dakota (where his rather owned a sheep ranch), Emick found work in New York soon after hitting town, first in the ensemble of "Les Miserables" on Broadway, then as the male lead in the road company of "Miss Saigon", later taking the role on Broadway as well. Six feet tall, with strapping muscles on a lean 175 lb. frame, Emick found himself a cover boy on magazines and earned attention as a sex symbol. Yet, it was not until 1995 that he was seen on screen, first in a small role in the feature film "Jeffrey". In 1996, he made his TV debut as Josiah Day, the Union prisoner of war taken to "Andersonville", the horrid Confederate prison in the TNT Civil War drama. Later that same year, he made his series debut as the dedicated captain of a firehouse in the short-lived Fox drama series "L.A. Firefighters". Within a year, he had returned to series TV in the short-lived Fox primetime soap "Pacific Palisades".