Gary Dourdan

Gary Dourdan
Born Gary Robert Durdin
(1966-12-11) December 11, 1966
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Nationality American
Occupation Actor
Years active 1991–present
Known for Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Spouse(s) Roshumba Williams (1992–1994; divorced)
Partner(s) Cynthia Hadden
Jennifer Sutton (1995-2000)
Children 2 including Lyric, Nyla
Parent(s) Robert Durdin (father)
Sand Durdin (mother)

Gary Dourdan (born Gary Robert Durdin: December 11, 1966) is an American actor. He is best 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.

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]

Other appearances

  • He played political prisoner/Black Revolutionary George Jackson in the movie Black August.
  • He acted in A Different World as Shazza Zulu (1991–92).
  • He portrayed Malcolm X in the TV movie King of the World.
  • TV Guide voted him the Sexiest CSI actor on TV in its 2008 "Sexiest" issue.[8]
  • He was the host of a BET spoken word show entitled Lyric Cafe.
  • He played a leading role in 2007's Perfect Stranger.
  • In 2008 he voiced the character Crispus Allen in three of the six short films for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated short films were released straight to DVD and chronicled the time in between the films Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).
  • He portrayed Ray Carter in the video games FlatOut 2 and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.
  • He portrayed Chef McKenna in the 2011 film Jumping the Broom.
  • He was also featured in the film, Weekend at Bernie's 2, where he played a member of a money laundering cartel. He had no character name in the movie, but in the credits, he is known as Cartel Man #2.
  • Also he showed up in few episodes of serial Glee as a composer (season 5)
  • He appeared as ex-police officer Anthony Newsome in five episodes of Mistresses
  • Also Recurring Role Of Being Mary Jane (Season 2)
  • His latest role is the leading role in the Bulgarian hit movie "All She Wrote" (2018).

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.[9] He has two children: a son, Lyric, with Cynthia Hadden, and a daughter, Nyla, with Jennifer Sutton, whom Dourdan dated from 1995 to 2000.[10] 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.[11] 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.[12] 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.[13] Dourdan filed for bankruptcy in August 2012, owing roughly $1.7 million to creditors.[14]


  1. "Gary Dourdan Biography (1966-)". Retrieved August 10, 2011.
  2. 1 2 3 Faillaci, Sara (August 4, 2005). "Gary Dourdan Experiences". Vanity Fair. Archived from the original on January 8, 2007. Retrieved October 10, 2008.
  3. "About Gary Dourdan". Archived from the original on August 12, 2014. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  4. "Gary Dourdan - About This Person", Movies & TV.
  5. "Exclusive: Gary Dourdan Leaving CSI". TV Guide. Archived from the original on May 7, 2008.
  6. Episode Recap: "For Warrick", CBS.
  7. "Gary Dourdan: The Man Behind Being Mary Jane's Sexy Sheldon". April 7, 2015. Retrieved November 12, 2017.
  8. Sexiest stars winners & nominees Archived September 29, 2008, at the Wayback Machine., TV Guide. May 5, 2008.
  9. "Gary Dourdan", Retrieved April 28, 2008.
  10. "Gary Dourdan biography", Television Retrieved May 5, 2008.
  11. "Gary Dourdan: Guilty, But No Jail". May 28, 2008. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  12. "'CSI' STAR 'Hillbilly Heroin' Charge DROPPED". August 20, 2011. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  13. "Ex-CSI Star Gary Dourdan Punished in Domestic Violence Case". November 29, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
  14. "Files For Bankruptcy These Bills Are Killing Me!". November 12, 2012. Retrieved January 26, 2015.
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