Gary was in six episodes of 'Soul Food'. He appeared as Jack Van Adams from 2000 to 2001.
Appeared as himself in 'A Royal Birthday.'
Appeared at 'An Evening of Stars: Tribute to Aretha Franklin' in January 2007.
Gary joined DMC on stage at Live 8 at Park Place in Barrie, Ontario.
Gary Dourdan received the NAACP's Image Award of Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his performance of Warrick Brown in 2006. He has been nominated 4 years in a row and won twice.
Gary once worked as a bartender in New York.
His daughter Nyla appeared with him at the People's Choice Awards.
Has a music studio in Venice Beach.
Appeared on a televised special honoring singer Stevie Wonder.
Gary graduated from a local performing arts high school the renowned Freedom Theatre in Philadelphia, Pa.
Sang Movin' On Up the theme from The Jeffersons with artist Macy Gray at the Emmy's for Emmy Idol. He didn't win.
He has a daughter Nyla and a son Lyric.
Gary has a hip-hop music group called Smoky Mirrors.
Gary Dourdan admits he "raised an eyebrow" after hearing that his character Warrick Brown in CSI would come back married for the shows 6 season.
After high school, he spent his time wandering from city to city playing music in clubs and developing a quite nasty addiction to both alcohol and drugs. When he was held up by a drug fiend and realized he'd be ashamed to die at that moment, having done nothing with his life, he finally decided it was time to snap out of it. He got out of music, quit drinking and drugs, and started pursuing a career in acting and modeling instead.
He has a production company called Temple of Thoughts.
Gary has been a big fan of acting since his younger days.
Gary's last name was originally Durdin, but he changed it to Dourdan.
Gary moved to New York City and worked as a doorman at a rehearsal studio where he met some of Manhattan's promising young artists.
Gary was in the 1999 movie Scar City.
Gary' s fathers name is Robert, and his mother's name is Sandy.
Gary got 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.
His eye color is green.
Gary was married to Roshumba Williams, (1992 - 1994) they are now divorced.
When he was 6, his older brother (26) was murdered by being pushed off a balcony when he was on a vacation in Haiti. The case is still unsolved.
Gary won Outstanding Perfomance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series at the 11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards (2005)
Five years before the premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000), he and Marg Helgenberger starred together in a TV-movie called Keys To Her Past.
Gary Dourdan won a 2002 NAACP Image Award as Best Supporting Actor for his role as Warrick Brown in CSI and was nominated again in 2003 in the Best Actor category.
Gary is an accomplished musician. He plays the guitar, piano, flute, bass, drum and sax.
Gary was discovered by actress/singer/dancer Debbie Allen.
Gary's uncle plays saxophone for 'Sister Sledge' and gave Gary a saxophone when he was around 13.
Gary's height is 6'2" (1.88m).
Gary Dourdan: My favorite episode of season 3 was perhaps Random Acts of Violence.
Gary Dourdan: That was my whole high-school upbringing right there. I had two or three groups of friends who were not really friends, they were all acquaintances, that I was trying to fit into to make myself feel partially normal. I always switched around, because I never quite got it right, until I started to get older, started to realize that I needed to completely be an individual.
Gary Dourdan: I want to mix mediums so that it's not about making a choice between music, film or TV. I don't want to have to make an either/or decision.
Gary Dourdan: I have to protect myself because people think that because you come into 25 million homes every week, they know you. I walk the line between being gracious and being rude.
Gary Dourdan: I was really connected to my brother. So everything I do now, be it my acting or my music, is always in honour of him.
Gary Dourdan: One thing I'm trying to do with my career and with my craft is to blur the lines between what people think African-Americans should play, and what I am doing.
Gary Dourdan: Looks are good, but the only thing constant in life is change and I just had to renew.
Gary Dourdan: I'm really into electronics anyway, so I like that they throw that element into my character every now and then. Actually, they spread out the techniques among all of our characters so we each have skill in many different areas. So, there might be one show when I'm in the A/V lab and then there's another show when I'm at the coroner's office.
Gary Dourdan: I've never liked categories; I've never liked boxes; I've always tried to be unconventional as much as I possibly could.
Gary Dourdan: I love my daughter more than air. You really start to understand what unconditional love means. You want to give your whole soul to that person's development.
Talking about his and Marg Helgenberger's character on CSI.
Gary Dourdan: There's a lot of tension between us now.
Gary Dourdan: ...Man, you need to see how many beautiful women there are in the world. It's not about age or the country they come from. It's about how confident they are. That's all...
Gary Dourdan I'm the practical joker on the set. I crack jokes all the time. If someone has a close-up I make sure I'm the one to crack them up. The directors get mad as hell but I always try to have fun. You can't go to work for five or six years in the same job and not have fun, life is too short.
Gary Dourdan: We seem to have made nerds cool again.
Gary Dourdan: Being married was something of an art to play. I had never done a romantic scene on the show before because our personal on-screen lives are normally kept in the background. The crew was all stuffed into the room watching the filming to see what I was going to do, because I'm usually seen as the tough guy in the show and they've never seen me being romantic. I had to step to it and play it.
Gary Dourdan: I learn everything I learn now on the [set of CSI]. It's on-the-job training. They teach me and I go, 'Really? Is that what that's for?' But it's fantastic because I get to learn every day at work. They teach me 5-syllable Latin words and I'm able to retain 'em. My short-term memory is great!
Gary Dourdan: I have teachers come up to me and say, 'We showed your show in our schools because it helps us teach.' And I like that because a lot of teachers are not getting paid a lot of money, and they come to school disgruntled, and they want to put a little bit of life into their work, so they use our show as an example. So on a couple of levels, I'm really proud about being on this particular show (CSI)."
Gary Dourdan: I do get weird fan mail generally. Weird people like me, but that's okay, cause I like weird people.
Gary Dourdan: I do have lots of kids come up to me, going "I want to be a forensic scientist." Are you sure, kid? It's carving off the top of heads and sh*t. It's rough, there are these guys who've been in law enforcement 27 years, I don't know how they do it, they see a lot of hard stuff.
Gary Dourdan: In the early days George (Eads) and I used to hang out a bunch, but then he got a girlfriend. You know what happens. We were really lucky because there are usually one or two divas on the set and we didn't really have them, or at least it was kept to a minimum, so it's not really abrasive. Everyone gets on really well and we have good chemistry.
Gary Dourdan: I'm learning something new everyday; I don't know half this shit! I read the script and I'm like, 'what is that?' But you need to learn.
Gary Dourdan: (About co-star Jorja Fox) She's got this Lauren Bacall thing going on with that raspy voice.
Gary Dourdan: Well, I look to the boundless energy of those people who brought me up. I want to continue to work in every aspect to elevate the craft to the highest level and leave a legacy for the younger cats that is not held by boundaries.
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