A boyishly handsome Stanford graduate who spent a year at Oxford studying English literature, dark-haired and dashing Texas native Nicholas Gonzalez put aside his business world plans to pursue an acting career. Cast in the one-man monologue "Gas," chronicling a blue-collar Latino's experience in the Gulf War, Gonzalez impressed the San Francisco audience and decided to stick with his new calling. Making his TV debut on an episode of the ABC sitcom "Dharma and Greg" in 1998, the actor followed up with a guest stint on the UPN series "The Parkers" in 1999. Returning to the stage, he starred in the Los Angeles production "Tango Palace," a quirky and unsettling two-man play. That same year he was cast on the steamy MTV nighttime serial "Undressed" as openly gay Andy, a twentysomething who must come to grips with the seemingly heterosexual secret desires of his partner (Eyal Podell). Bringing some emotional truth to his role in a series that wasn't known for great acting, Gonzalez emerged as a breakout star on the show, winning many fans with his magnetic portrayal.