I'd like to know more about the young man called Steven on the Dell computer commercials. He's informative and hilarious.
—Patricia P., New York
Chattanooga, Tenn., native Ben Curtis plays "Steven" in Dell's national advertising campaign. The 21-year-old lives in New York, where he's a third-year student at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. He recently portrayed the lead character, Vince, in an NYU production of Sam Shepherd's Buried Child and spent the summer in a theater program in Amsterdam. Curtis hopes to parlay his commercial success into bigger things. He screen-tested for a number of upcoming projects in Los Angeles this spring. The ads seem to be getting the attention of the public. Dell's shipments of computers to U.S. consumers in the first quarter of 2002 were 153 percent higher than in the first quarter of 2001, according to the company.