Gary Dourdan è un attore e musicista statunitense nato a Filadelfia l’11 dicembre 1966.
È stato scoperto dall’attrice, cantante e ballerina Debbie Allen. Nel 1993 è apparso nel video Again di Janet Jackson.
Dal 2000 al 2008 è sul set di CSI: Scena del crimine, recita in circa 200 episodi come attore protagonista e in altre serie TV americane, ottenendo un successo che lo porterà ad essere eletto “l’uomo più sexy del piccolo schermo” statunitense.
Nel cinema recita in 28 pellicole, tra le quali Perfect Stranger al fianco di Bruce Willis e Halle Berry; Alien – La clonazione con Sigourney Weaver Winona Ryder; Weekend con il morto 2; Black August e insieme a Brooke Shields, Gena Rowlands e James Duval è protagonista in The Weekend. Risale al 2011 la sua partecipazione a Jumping the Broom – Amore e altri guai.
Durante la carriera di attore Dourdan non ha mai smesso di coltivare la sua passione per la musica. Ha continuato a suonare e a scrivere. Ha fatto diverse collaborazioni; ha duettato con Keziah Jonese con Ayo; con Macy Gray si è esibito agli Emmy Awards, con i DMC durante a Barrie in Canada. A Roma, sul palco del Concerto del Primo Maggio2016, ha duettato con Nina Zilli.
Recentemente Gary è stato la guest star di alcune puntate della 5ª stagione di Glee, dove interpretava D-Shon, il produttore artistico di Mercedes, una delle protagoniste della serie televisiva. Inoltre interpreta un affascinante avvocato nella serie statunitense, ancora inedita in Italia, Being Mary Jane.
Gary Dourdan (December 11, 1966) is an American actor.
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 tavant-garde he 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.
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.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.
After leaving CSI, he took recurring roles as Stephan in the series Christine and Sheldon DeWitt in the series Being Mary Jane.