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Also Known As: Gary Robert Durdin Died:
Born: December 11, 1966 Cause of Death:
Birth Place: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA Profession: actor, musician

Biography CLOSE THE FULL BIOGRAPHY

From the time he was a young lad, Gary Dourdan knew that he wanted to be an actor. Despite a myriad of interests, which included music, athletics and even breakdancing, Dourdan focused much of his passion centered on acting. His determination, of course, eventually paid off - after an increasing series of television guest spots that led to regular series roles, he came to prominence in the "Alien" film franchise in 1997, officially starting him on the path towards stardom. While the one-time New Jersey native worked steadily, it was his role as forensic investigator Warrick Brown on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) that put him on the map, introducing Dourdan to a large audience week after week and establishing him as a top-notch television star.

From the time he was a young lad, Gary Dourdan knew that he wanted to be an actor. Despite a myriad of interests, which included music, athletics and even breakdancing, Dourdan focused much of his passion centered on acting. His determination, of course, eventually paid off - after an increasing series of television guest spots that led to regular series roles, he came to prominence in the "Alien" film franchise in 1997, officially starting him on the path towards stardom. While the one-time New Jersey native worked steadily, it was his role as forensic investigator Warrick Brown on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ) that put him on the map, introducing Dourdan to a large audience week after week and establishing him as a top-notch television star.

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CAST: (feature film)

1.
2.
 Fire (2009)
3.
4.
 Perfect Stranger (2007)
5.
 Impostor (2002) Captain Burke
6.
 Muhammad Ali: King of the World (2000) Malcolm X
7.
 Trois (2000) Jermaine
8.
 Weekend, The (2000) Thierry
9.
 Keys to Her Past (1999) Loot
10.
 Thursday (1998) Ballpean
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Milestones close milestones

1991:
Discovered by Debbie Allen while in Paris and cast in a recurring role on the sitcom "A Different World" (NBC)
1992:
Made TV-movie debut in the Lifetime original "The Good Fight"
1993:
Featured in a two-part HBO special "Laurel Avenue," about a working-class African-American family
1993:
Feature acting debut with a small role in "Weekend at Bernie's II"
1994:
Made a cameo in Ron Howard's look at the inside of a news daily, "The Paper"
1995:
Was a regular on the short-lived CBS sitcom "The Office"
1996:
Featured in the basketball-themed feature "Sunset Park"
1996:
Was a regular on the UPN crime drama series "Swift Justice"
1997:
Acted in the organized crime comedy "Playing God"
1997:
Featured in the sequel "Alien Resurrection"
1997:
Appeared in the features "A Woman Like That" and "Fool's Paradise"
1998:
Acted in the independent comedy "Thursday"
1998:
Featured in the HBO police thriller "Scarred City"
1999:
Acted in the basketball comedy "The New Jersey Turnpikes"
2000:
Played Malcolm X in the ABC TV-movie "Muhammad Ali: King of the World"
2000:
Cast as Warrick Brown on the hit series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS)
2000:
Had a recurring role on the Showtime drama "Soul Food"
2002:
Hosted the BET spoken word show "Lyric Cafe"
2007:
Co-starred with Halle Berry in the thriller "Perfect Stranger"
2011:
Featured in the comedy "Jumping the Broom"
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Notes

Dourdan on his physical appeal: "They're talking sex symbol and shit, but I'm not as unique-looking as they think I am. Just go to Brooklyn -- I look like a lot of other cats there. Anyway, some of those ugly dudes, they come off, y'know? I'm always trying to make myself ugly on the set. They come over and say, 'Let's fix this up,' and I'm like, 'You don't understand, this is a real story we're doing, this ain't no fashion shoot, Jack.'" --to Movieline, December 1996.

On the success of "CSI": "We didn't have any money behind us and ended up becoming more of a hit than anyone anticipated. I'm enjoying every minute." --Dourdan to Us Weekly, April 30, 2001.

Companions close complete companion listing

wife:
Roshumba. Model. Married c. 1992; divorced in 1994.
companion:
Jennifer Sutter. Publicist. Together from 1995 to 2000; mother of Nyla.

Family close complete family listing

father:
Robert Durdin. Agent, entrepreneur.
mother:
Sandy Durdin. Fashion designer.
brother:
Darryl Durdin. Disk jockey. Born c. 1950; murdered in Haiti c. 1973.
daughter:
Nyla Dourdan. Born c. 1997.
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