A stalwart leading man best known in the USA and internationally as Benton Fraser, the Canadian Mountie who moves to Chicago to solve crimes in the CBS series "Due South," Paul Gross was also a successful TV writer in his native Canada. "Due South" first aired as a TV-movie in April 1994, with Gross' character heading to Chicago and teaming with a detective there (David Marciano) in order to catch a thug. CBS put the show on its fall 1994 schedule, where it attracted a following. Gross had previously appeared on American TV in PBS' "Armistead Maupin's Tales of the City," in which he was Brian Hawkins, the "straight" suitor of Laura Linney, and in an episode of "The Ray Bradbury Theatre." On Canadian TV, he had extensive acting and writing credits. Gross was one of the writers on "For the Record," a successful series there. He began acting in feature films in Canada as well. Gross appeared in "Cold Comfort" and was the ranch hand in "Getting Married in Buffalo Jump" (both 1989). He was the lead in "Buried on Sunday" (1992), and played a ski instructor in "Aspen Extreme" (1993), among other credits. Stage roles, all in Canada, include Brick in a production of "Cat on a Hot Tin Roof."