Drake Hogestyn had every intention of becoming a doctor if his career as a professional baseball player didn't pan out. A gifted athlete, scholarships provided his college education. He graduated with a double major in microbiology and applied sciences from the University of South Florida. He was also drafted by two pro baseball organizations: the St. Louis Cardinals and the New York Yankees. Drake signed with the Yankees as a third baseman and was climbing the farm system ladder when he sustained a career ending injury. At the same time, Columbia Pictures was heading up a national talent search. The director in charge encouraged Drake to fly to Los Angeles to participate in an intensive four-month acting training workshop. Drake's wonderment as to why he was chosen was met with a "You act like a ball player, you don't play like one" response from the director. Drake surfs, snowboards, works on his old '61 Corvette and '57 T-Bird and generally spends all his free time with his wife, Victoria and their four children.