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.
Guest roles on such forgettable series as "Wasteland" and the remade "Fantasy Island" (both ABC) and a starring turn as a high school diver whose girlfriend brings him warnings from beyond the grave in "Dying to Live" (UPN) paved the actor's way in 1999, a year he capped with a featured supporting role as a ne'er-do-well prep school student in the 1970s-set comedy "Outside Providence." Mann played the long-suffering boyfriend of both the virtuous Jody (Brittany Murphy) in "Cherry Falls" and Mena Suvari's "Live Virgin" in 2000 releases that fared well on video. He reached a wider audience as Alan M in "Josie and the Pussycats," his rumpled hipster take on the love interest of the lead singer (Rachael Leigh Cook) an update on the more athletic all-American Alan featured in the animated series source.
Mann had a challenging role as a rock journalist who must face the artist (Kim Dickens) whose personal torment he knows all too well in Alison Anders' "Things Behind the Sun," which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival but was aired on Showtime in lieu of a theatrical release. That same year, he supplied the only moments of emotional verity with a charming and memorable supporting turn as the hometown best friend of a pitcher (Freddie Prinze Jr.) headed for bigger things in the lackluster baseball feature "Summer Catch." Mann also was featured in "New Port South" (2001), a portrait of high school-set civil disobedience and continued to take role after varied role in such film festival-screened independents as "Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes" (2000) and "Buffalo Soldiers" (2001), proving a chameleonic performer with a bright future.
Cast (Feature Film)
Appeared as a rioter in "Stonewall"
Landed early feature starring role (billed as Gabriel Mick) in the drama "Parallel Sons"
Cast in a small role in "I Shot Andy Warhol"
Acted in Nick Gomez's "illtown" (billed as Gabriel Mick)
Early TV credit in the "Hallmark Hall of Fame" drama "Harvest of Fire" (CBS)
Featured in the independent "How to Make the Cruelest Month"
Had a supporting role in the CBS TV-movie "Heart Full of Rain"
Acted in the modern remake of "Great Expectations" (billed as Gabriel Mick)
Played James, the boyfriend of Radha Mitchell's Syd in the acclaimed feature "High Art"
Appeared in the independent "Claudine's Return"
Had a featured role as a prep school ne'er-do-well in "Outside Providence"
Played a star high school diver who loses his girlfriend in a tragic accident, only to find she was murdered by her best friend in the UPN supernatural thriller "Dying to Live"
Guest starred on the remake series "Fantasy Island" and the short-lived drama "Wasteland" (both ABC)
Played the erstwhile boyfriend of Mena Suvari's "Live Virgin"; as Kenny, dated Brittany Murphy's similarly innocent Jody in the thriller "Cherry Falls"
Had a supporting role in the black comedy "Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes"; premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival
Co-starred as the love interest of the titular rock frontwoman in "Josie and the Pussycats"
Featured in the high school rebellion feature "New Port South"
Had a memorable supporting role in the baseball romantic comedy "Summer Catch"
Acted in "Buffalo Soldiers," a dark comedy adaptation set in 1989 West Germany as the Berlin Wall is about to fall; premiered at Toronto International Film Festival
Starred as a young rock journalist harboring a terrible secret about an interview subject in the Allison Anders' film "Things Behind the Sun"; premiered at Sundance but eventually aired on Showtime
Featured in the college-set thriller "Abandon," written and directed by Oscar-winner Stephen Gaghan
Cast opposite Matt Damon in the thriller "The Bourne Identity"
Co-starred in the drama feature "The Life of David Gale"
Reprised role opposite Damon in the sequel "The Bourne Supremacy"
Cast in Wim Wenders' neo-Western "Don't Come Knocking" opposite Sam Shepard
Landed a multi-episode appearance on AMC's "Mad Men"
Co-starred on the ABC mystery drama "Revenge" opposite Emily VanCamp and Madeleine Stowe