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  • Real name : Gary Robert Durdin
  • Place of birth : Philadelphia
  • Date of birth : 11/12/1966

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Gary Dourdan (1966)

Gary Robert Durdin

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Gary Robert Dourdan is an American actor. He is best known for portraying Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

  Biography  

 early years
Dourdan was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Sandy, a teacher and fashion designer, and Robert Durdin, an entrepreneur and agent for jazz musicians. Dourdan is the second youngest of five children. When he was 6 years old, his older brother Darryl was murdered while on vacation in Haiti; the case remains unsolved. He moved with his family to Willingboro, New Jersey when he was in his youth. At this 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 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. Dourdan played the character Christie, the first mate, crack-shot, and second in command of the spaceship Betty, in the 1997 film, Alien Resurrection. He appears in the films Playing God and Thursday. He starred in the Dick Wolf production Swift Justice and had a recurring roles on the Showtime series Soul Food until he nabbed the part of Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. In 2007, he played the character Cameron, the boyfriend of Rowena Price , in the film Perfect Stranger, in 1996 Dourdan appeared in the episode "Never On Sunday" of Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, where he played an assistant.

 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Dourdan's most popular role began as a cast member of the original CSI series which aired 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. 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 Grissom.

 Music and music videos
  • Dourdan played Janet Jackson's love interest in the video for her 1993 hit "Again". He had a cameo appearance in the music video "Move the Crowd" by Eric B. and Rakim.
  • Dourdan joined hip hop artist DMC (of Run-DMC) onstage at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. He sang alongside Macy Gray at the 2005 Emmy Awards.
  • Dourdan is an alternative musician and a record producer.

 Other appearances
  • TV Guide voted him the Sexiest CSI actor on TV in its 2008 "Sexiest" issue.
  • He was the host of a BET spoken word show entitled Lyric Cafe.
  • 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 and The Dark Knight .
  • 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.

 personal life
Dourdan married model Roshumba Williams in 1992; the couple divorced two years later. He has two children: a son, Lyric, and a daughter, Nyla. Lyric's mother is Cynthia Hadden and Nyla's mother is Jennifer Sutton, whom Dourdan dated from 1995 to 2000.

Dourdan has African-American, American Indian, Jewish, French, Irish and Scottish ancestry.

He collects classic cars and was featured on Season 1, Episode 3 of Street Customs.

Dourdan was arrested on April 28, 2008 in Palm Springs after a Palm Springs Police Department officer located "suspected cocaine, heroin, ecstasy, miscellaneous prescription drugs and paraphernalia" in his possession. He was subsequently booked at the Palm Springs jail on charges of possession of narcotics and possession of dangerous drugs.

On June 13, 2011, Dourdan was arrested after he crashed his vehicle into two parked cars. He was charged with drug possession and possession of drug paraphernalia. The charge of drug possession was dropped two months later.

On November 6, 2011, Dourdan was arrested at his home in Venice, CA, following an alleged altercation with his former girlfriend, Nicole Vail Cannizzaro. Her nose was broken during the argument. He was charged with felony battery. He pleaded not guilty. On December 1, 2011, the judge issued a 3 year restraining order against Dourdan and threatened him with jail time if is violated.

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