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Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan (born Gary Robert Durdin: December 11, 1966) is an American actor. He is known for portraying Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and for portraying Shazza Zulu on the television series A Different World.

Gary Dourdan
Gary Robert Durdin

(1966-12-11)December 11, 1966
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Years active1991–present
Known forWarrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Spouse(s)Roshumba Williams (1992–1994; divorced)
Partner(s)Cynthia Hadden
Jennifer Sutton (1995-2000)
Children2 including Lyric, Nyla
Parent(s)Robert Durdin (father)
Sandy Durdin (mother)

Early life

Dourdan was born Gary Robert Durdin in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Sandy, a teacher and fashion designer, and Robert Durdin, an entrepreneur and agent for jazz musicians.[1][2] Dourdan is the fourth of five children. When he was six, his 21-year-old brother Darryl died after falling from a balcony in Haiti while "doing research on the family lineage." The case remains unsolved.[2][3] In his youth he moved with his family to Willingboro, New Jersey. During that time, his interests included acting, music, and martial arts. Later, Dourdan moved to New York City and worked as a doorman at a rehearsal studio, where he met some of Manhattan's promising young artists.


Dourdan played in several bands in New York City in the early 1990s and acted in regional theatre around the tristate area. He began acting in music videos, including playing Janet Jackson's love interest in the video for her 1993 hit "Again," and had a cameo appearance in the music video "Move the Crowd" by Eric B. & Rakim. He received his first break when Debbie Allen cast him as Shazza Zulu on A Different World, based on a tape of him in an avant-garde play. In 1996, Dourdan appeared in the Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman episode "Never On Sunday," wherein he played Ziggy, an assistant to Baron Sunday. In 1997, Dourdan played the character Christie, the first mate, crack shot, and second in command of the spaceship Betty, in the film Alien: Resurrection. He also appeared in the films Playing God and Thursday, and on television starred in the Dick Wolf production Swift Justice and played a recurring role on the Showtime series Soul Food. Dourdan joined hip-hop artist DMC (of Run–D.M.C.) onstage at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, Canada, and sang alongside Macy Gray at the 2005 Emmy Awards. He is an alternative musician and a record producer.[4]

In 2007, he played the character Cameron, the boyfriend of Rowena Price (Halle Berry), in the film Perfect Stranger.

Dourdan's most popular role was as a cast member of the original CSI series, which debuted on October 6, 2000. He played analyst Warrick Brown, who, viewers find out, has a checkered past fraught with gambling problems. By working in Las Vegas, the character is able to use his personal experiences from the street to help him throughout his career. Ultimately, he ends up battling his demons throughout the show instead of overcoming them.

In 2008, there was media speculation surrounding Dourdan's CSI contract negotiations with CBS. The parties could not reach a resolution, and as a result his contract was not renewed. It was reported on April 14, 2008, that Dourdan was leaving the show.[5] In the Season 8 finale, Dourdan's character was shot and left for dead at the episode's end. The Season 9 premiere revealed Dourdan's character dying in the arms of his colleague and friend Gil Grissom.[6]

After leaving CSI, he took recurring roles as Stephan in the series Christine and Sheldon DeWitt in the series Being Mary Jane.[7]

Personal life

Dourdan has African-American, Native American, Franco-Haitian (Haiti), Jewish, Irish, and Scottish ancestry.[2] He married model Roshumba Williams in 1992; they divorced two years later.[8] He has two children: a son, Lyric, with Cynthia Hadden, and a daughter, Nyla, with Jennifer Sutton, whom Dourdan dated from 1995 to 2000.[9] He also collects classic cars and was featured on Season 1, Episode 3, of Street Customs.

In 2008, Dourdan was arrested for possession of cocaine and ecstasy. A third charge, possession of heroin, was dropped.[10] In July 2011 after crashing his car, Dourdan was arrested but charges were dropped for drug possession (oxycontin). He was, however, charged with possession of drug paraphernalia.[11] Despite rumors, the drug charges had nothing to do with his departure from CSI, as the contract negotiations had already concluded and he had wrapped filming the last of his scenes before the incident. In November 2011, he was arrested for felony battery, after allegedly breaking his girlfriend's nose, and placed on five years' probation. He was also ordered to attend 52 weeks of domestic violence counselling and to stay away from the victim for five years. Owing to his history of drug problems, he was also ordered to undergo drug counseling.[12] Dourdan filed for bankruptcy in August 2012, owing roughly $1.7 million to creditors.[13]



1992The Good FightElijahTelevision Movie
1993Weekend at Bernie's IICartel Man #2
1994The PaperCopy Guy
1994KeysLootTelevision Movie
1996Sunset ParkDreadlock Guy
1997Playing GodYates
1997Alien: ResurrectionChristie
1997Get That NumberJamesShort film
1997Fool's ParadiseDerek
1998Scar CitySergeant Dan Creedy
1999The WeekendTheirry
1999RendezvousJeff NelsonTelevision Movie
1999New Jersey Turnpikesunknown role
2000King of the WorldMalcolm XTelevision Movie
2000TroisJermaine Davis
2001ImpostorCaptain Burke
200660 Seconds of DistanceDylanShort film
2007Perfect StrangerCameron
2007Black AugustGeorge L. Jackson
2008Batman: Gotham KnightCrispus Allen (voice role)Direct-to-Video
2009Fire!Phil May
2009The Magnificent Cooly-TDominick
2011Jumping the BroomChef
2012The WoodsDylan Banks
2013Five ThirteenClyde
2013The Last LetterGeorge
2014Cobayas: Human TestEricShort film
2014With YouRuben HazeShort film
2015Mysterious WaysMozart
2015For the Love of RuthBraxton
2016Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard StoryAugie
2017MediaJabbar RandolphTelevision Movie
2017Guns Guitars and a Badge..Romeo
2018All She WroteAaron
2018MemoriaAdam TurnerShort film
2018The Third Degreeunknown role


1991–1992A Different WorldShazza Zuluseries regular; 15 episodes
1993Laurel AvenueAnthonyTelevision Miniseries; 2 episodes
1994New York UndercoverTrey KingEpisode: "To Protect and Serve"
1995The OfficeBobby Haroldrecurring role; 6 episodes
1996Lois & Clark: New Adventures of SupermanZiggyEpisode: "Never on Sunday"
1996Swift JusticeRandall Pattersonunknown episode
1998Sins of the Cityunknown roleEpisode: "Sins of the City"
1999Seven DaysSergeant MohmandEpisode: "Daddy's Girl"
1999Cold FeetKris BumsteadEpisode: "The Strange Loves of Shelley Bumstead"
1999–2000Beggars and ChoosersJulius Henry2 episodes
2000–2001Soul FoodJack Van Adamsrecurring role; 6 episodes
2000–2008CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWarrick Brownseries regular (seasons 1–8); 183 episodes
2002Fillmore!Ken FillmoreEpisode: "Cry, the Beloved Mascot"
2002Lyric CafeHostunknown episode
2005Kim PossibleDash DaMont (voice role)Episode: "Team Impossible"
2012ChristineStephanrecurring role; 3 episodes
2013Belle'sunknown roleEpisode: "Runaway Bride"
2013MistressesAnthony Newsomerecurring role; 4 episodes
2014GleeD'ShawnEpisode: "The Back-Up Plan"
2015Being Mary JaneSheldonrecurring role; 9 episodes
2018PowerCharles HamiltonEpisode: "When This Is Over"
2018Hawaii Five-0Unknown roleEpisode: Mai Ka Po Mai Ka 'Oia'i'o

Music Videos

1987Move The Crowdunknown roleErik B & Rakim
1993AgainJackson's lost loveJanet Jackson
2002Soulful Energy XchangeGaryWanted
2004What's Your Number?unknown roleCypress Hill featuring Tim Armstrong

Video Games

2000Alien: ResurrectionChristie (voice role)
2003CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWarrick Brown (voice role)
2004CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Dark MotivesCSI Level 3 Warrick Brown (voice role)
2006CSI: 3 Dimensions of MurderWarrick Brown (voice role)
2007CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Hard EvidenceWarrick Brown (voice role)

Awards and nominations

The following is a list of accolades received by Dourdan:

NAACP Image Awards2003Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWon
2004Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
2005Outstanding Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
2006Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWon
2007Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards2002Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
2003Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
2004Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationNominated
2005Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene InvestigationWon
Seattle International Film Festival2000Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast PerformanceThe WeekendWon
South East European Film Festival2018Best ActorAll She WroteWon


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