“Gabe has a lovely, ingenous quality - always likeable whilst playing a character far too smart for his own good.” Alan Parker, director of The Life of David Gale, on Gabriel Mann
Tall, lissome, and attractive, American actor and former male fashion model Gabriel Mann, sometimes credited as Gabriel Mick, has lent his blonde choirboy good looks to characters more suited to a confessional than a choir. He worked steadily with supporting roles in independent movies in the 1990s, step forwarding to more starring parts and bigger productions as his experience advanced and his profile increased.
First attracting attention with his role as Radha Mitchell’s inadequate, easily dismissed lover in High Art (1998), the affable blonde actor acquired a wider audience thanks to his performances as prep school ne’er-do-well in Outside Providence (1999) and Rachael Leigh Cook’s boyfriend in Josie and the Pussycats (2001). He gained even more recognition as Agent Danny Zorn in the enormously successful 2002 hit The Bourne Supremacy, and its 2004 sequel The Bourne Supremacy. Other films credits include Summer Catch (2001), Buffalo Soldiers (2001), Stephen Gaghan’s Abandon (2002), Alan Parker’s The Life of David Gale (2003), A Lot Like Love (2005), Don’t Come Knocking (2005), The Big Empty (2005) and Valley of the Heart’s Delight (2006).
Moviegoers should not miss Mann’s impressive performance in 2007 films such as Love and Mary, Dark Streets, Psych 9, and The Ramen Girl
Childhood and Family:
In New Haven, Connecticut, Gabriel Mann was born on May 14, 1972. He studied acting with Sanford Meisner at the Neighborhood Playhouse School of Theatre in New York, New York. Gabriel’s sister, Alexandra Mann, is also an actress. He was once a fashion model.
Josie and the Pussycats
Having studied at NYC’s Neighborhood Playhouse and performed in productions such as “Potato Creek Chair of Death” at the Ensemble Studio Theater and “Return of Ulysses” at BAM, Connecticut native Gabriel Mann started his career in independent films. Occasionally billed as Gabriel Mick, he made his screen debut in the starring role of a white youth engrossed with black culture in the 1994 drama Parallel Sons, which was released in America in 1996. He continued with performances in the historical films Stonewall (1995, as a rioter), Nick Gomez’s illtown (1996) and Mary Harron’s I Shot Andy Warhol (1996). Proving a versatile performer, he segued into television films with the traditional fares Harvest of Fire (1996, CBS) and Heart Full of Rain (1997).
Mann returned to films with a feature role in the coming of age indie How to Make the Cruelest Month in 1998, but it was his role as James, the bashful boyfriend of Syd (Radha Mitchell), in the Lisa Cholodenko acclaimed drama/romance film High Art that first put the actor in the limelight. Shortly thereafter, he could be seen appearing in the high profile film Great Expectations (1998), starring Ethan Hawke and Gwyneth Paltrow, and had a feature role in the independent Claudine’s Return, that same year. 1999 saw him guest star in unmemorable TV series like the remade “Fantasy Island” and the short-lived drama “Wasteland” as well as have a supporting role as a star high school diver whose girlfriend brings him cautions from beyond the grave in the UPN supernatural thriller Dying to Live. He also was featured as a ne’er-do-well prep school student in the 1970s-set comedy Outside Providence (1999).
A supporting turn in the black comedy Sleep Easy, Hutch Rimes (2000), which premiered at the Fort Lauderdale International Film Festival, was Mann’s opening film in the new millennium before he was cast as the long-suffering boyfriends of both Mena Suvari’s Live Virgin (2000) and the innocent Jody (played by Brittany Murphy) in the thriller Cherry Falls (2000), which both were direct-to-video-release. He was introduced to a wider audience the following year as Alan M, the love interest of the titular rock frontwoman (played by Rachael Leigh Cook), in Josie and the Pussycats. The same year, he also starred as a young rock journalist, Owen, in Alison Anders’ Things Behind the Sun, which premiered at the 2001 Sundance Film Festival but finally aired on Showtime, offered a memorable supporting portrayal as the hometown best friend of a pitcher headed for bigger things in the baseball romantic comedy Summer Catch, had a feature role in the high school rebellion feature New Port South as well as acted in the Toronto International Film Festival-screened Buffalo Soldiers.
Mann’s rising profile was further confirmed the next year when he was cast opposite Matt Damon in the hugely successful hit The Bourne Supremacy, as Agent Danny Zorn, and teamed up with Oscar winner filmmaker Stephen Gaghan for the college-set thriller Abandon, a mystery/thriller starring Katie Holmes and Benjamin Bratt. He went on to work with Kate Winslet and Kevin Spacey in the Alan Parker-directed The Life of David Gale (2003), reunite with Matt Damon for the installment The Bourne Supremacy (2004), and costar with Taye Diggs in the thriller feature Drum (2004). 2005-2006 found various roles in the movies Ashton Kutcher-Amanda Peet’s A Lot Like Love, the Sam Shepard starring vehicle Don’t Come Knocking, The Big Empty, with Selma Blair, and Tim Boxell’s Valley of the Heart’s Delight.
Mann has recently completed a 2007 comedy/romance film Love and Mary, costarring opposite Lauren German. Currently, he has three projects in post-production, the drama/thriller Dark Streets (2007), starring with Bijou Phillips and Izabella Miko, the horror Psych 9 (2007), along side Cary Elwes and Sara Foster, and The Ramen Girl (2007), a comedy/drama starring Brittany Murphy.