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Who is Gary Robert Durdin?

Who is Gary Robert Durdin? The entertainment and acting world knows Gary Dourdan as an American actor. He is widely known for portraying Warrick Brown on the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Early years

Dourdan was December 11, 1966 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 second youngest of five children. When he was 6 years old, his older brother Darryl was murdered while on vacation in Haiti; the case is still unsolved.[2] 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

Shazza Zulu
Dourdan played in several bands in New York City in the early 1990s and acting 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 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 (played by Halle Berry), 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.[3] 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.[4]

Music and music videos

Other appearances

Personal life

Roshumba Williams
Lisa Snowden
Dourdan married model Roshumba Williams in 1992; the couple divorced two years later.[6] 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.[7] He is supposedly dating model Lisa Snowden.

Arrest

Dourdan was arrested on April 28, 2008 in Palm Springs after a Palm Springs Police Department officer located "suspected cocaine, heroin, Ecstacy, miscellaneous prescription drugs and paraphernalia" in his possession. He was subsequently "booked at the Palm Springs jail on possession of narcotics and possession of dangerous drugs."[8]
















 

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