Gary Dourdan

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Gary Dourdan
Born
Gary Robert Durdin

(1966-12-11) December 11, 1966 (age 54)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
OccupationActor
Years active1991–present
Known for Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Spouse(s)
(m. 1992;div. 1994)
Partner(s)Cynthia Hadden
Jennifer Sutton (1995–2000)
Children2 including Lyric, Nyla
Parent(s)Robert Durdin (father)
Sandy Durdin (mother)

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, Shazza Zulu on the television series A Different World and Mickey Monroe in crime thriller Righteous Villains. [1]

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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. [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.

Career

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]

Dourdan 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] Despite rumors, the drug charges had nothing to do with his departure from CSI, as the contract negotiations had already concluded and he had finished filming the last of his scenes before the incident. 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] 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 weeks of domestic violence counseling and to stay away from the victim for five years. [12] Dourdan filed for bankruptcy in August 2012, owing roughly $1.7 million to creditors. [13]

Filmography

Film

YearTitleRoleNotes
1992The Good FightElijah Television Movie
1993 Weekend at Bernie's II Cartel Man #2
1994 The Paper Copy Guy
1994KeysLootTelevision Movie
1996 Sunset Park Dreadlock Guy
1997 Playing God Yates
1997 Alien: Resurrection Christie
1997Get That NumberJames Short film
1997Fool's ParadiseDerek
1998 Scar City Sergeant Dan Creedy
1998 Thursday Ballpean
1999The WeekendTheirry
1999RendezvousJeff NelsonTelevision Movie
1999New Jersey Turnpikesunknown role
2000 King of the World Malcolm XTelevision Movie
2000 Trois Jermaine Davis
2001 Impostor Captain Burke
200660 Seconds of DistanceDylanShort film
2007 Perfect Stranger Cameron
2007 Black August George L. Jackson
2008 Batman: Gotham Knight Crispus Allen (voice role) Direct-to-Video
2009Fire!Phil May
2009The Magnificent Cooly-TDominick
2011 Jumping the Broom Chef
2012The WoodsDylan Banks
2013Five ThirteenClyde
2013The Last LetterGeorge
2014Cobayas: Human TestEricShort film
2014With YouRuben HazeShort film
2015Mysterious WaysMozart
2015For the Love of RuthBraxton
2015 Reversion Ayden
2016 Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story Augie
2017MediaJabbar RandolphTelevision Movie
2017Guns Guitars and a Badge..Romeo
2018All She WroteAaron
2018MemoriaAdam TurnerShort film
2018The Third Degreeunknown role
2020Righteous VillainsMickey MonroeFeature Film
2021 Redemption Day Brad PaxtonFeature Film

Television

YearTitleRoleNotes
1991–1992 A Different World Shazza Zuluseries regular; 15 episodes
1993 Laurel Avenue AnthonyTelevision Miniseries; 2 episodes
1994 New York Undercover Trey KingEpisode: "To Protect and Serve"
1995 The Office Bobby Haroldrecurring role; 6 episodes
1996 Lois & Clark: New Adventures of Superman ZiggyEpisode: "Never on Sunday"
1996 Swift Justice Randall Pattersonunknown episode
1998 Sins of the City unknown roleEpisode: "Sins of the City"
1999 Seven Days Sergeant MohmandEpisode: "Daddy's Girl"
1999 Cold Feet Kris BumsteadEpisode: "The Strange Loves of Shelley Bumstead"
1999–2000 Beggars and Choosers Julius Henry2 episodes
2000–2001 Soul Food Jack Van Adamsrecurring role; 6 episodes
2000–2008 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warrick Brown series regular (seasons 1–8); 183 episodes
2002 Fillmore! Ken FillmoreEpisode: "Cry, the Beloved Mascot"
2002Lyric CafeHostunknown episode
2005 Kim Possible Dash DaMont (voice role)Episode: "Team Impossible"
2012ChristineStephanrecurring role; 3 episodes
2013 Belle's unknown roleEpisode: "Runaway Bride"
2013 Mistresses Anthony Newsomerecurring role; 4 episodes
2014 Glee D'ShawnEpisode: "The Back-Up Plan"
2015 Being Mary Jane Sheldonrecurring role; 9 episodes
2018PowerCharles HamiltonEpisode: "When This Is Over"
2018 Hawaii Five-0 Unknown roleEpisode: "Mai Ka Po Mai Ka 'Oia'i'o"

Music videos

YearTitleRoleArtist
1987Move the Crowdunknown roleEric B. & Rakim
1993 Again Jackson's lost love Janet Jackson
2002Soulful Energy XchangeGaryWanted
2004 What's Your Number? unknown role Cypress Hill featuring Tim Armstrong

Video games

YearTitleRoleNotes
2000 Alien: Resurrection Christie (voice role)
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Warrick Brown (voice role)
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Dark Motives CSI Level 3 Warrick Brown (voice role)
2006 CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder Warrick Brown (voice role)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation – Hard Evidence Warrick Brown (voice role)

Awards and nominations

The following is a list of accolades received by Dourdan:

AssociationYearCategoryTitleResult
NAACP Image Awards 2003 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Won
2004 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2005 Outstanding Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2006 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Won
2007 Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
Screen Actors Guild Awards 2002 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2003 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2004 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Nominated
2005 Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Won
Seattle International Film Festival 2000 Citation of Excellence for Ensemble Cast Performance The WeekendWon
South East European Film Festival 2018 Best Actor All She WroteWon

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