Original Cast Member Paul Guilfoyle to Exit ‘CSI’

Original Cast Member Paul Guilfoyle Exit
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Paul Guilfoyle, one of only two actors who has been with CBS’ “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” as a regular since its start, will depart the drama this season.

Guilfoyle has played series regular Captain Jim Brass in all 14 seasons of the crime series and will make his final appearance during the season finale on May 7. He reportedly found out last week that he would not be returning to the series.

“Paul made Captain Brass a standout character,” said “CSI” exec producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill. “He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Captain Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed.”

The actor joins other stars who have previously left the show, including William Petersen and Gary Dourdan, who departed after season nine, and Marg Helgenberger, who exited after season 12. In 2004, both Jorja Fox and George Eads (who’s also been with the show since the beginning) were briefly fired after a salary dispute with the network and CBS TV studios.

‘CSI’ was renewed earlier this month for a 15th season.

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  1. Nancy Gibbs says:

    I have watched all 14 yrs. Very disappointed that Paul is leaving. CSI has changed its format from CSI to CSI/LVPD. CSI’s in the real world don’t interview suspects, they don’t carry guns and they don’t arrest suspects. I missed the graphics of the M.E. office which they don’t use much anymore and there is very little police presence in the story lines. Also, I doubt CSI’s can take off to Washington to solve crimes without the bosses ok. The young actress CSI is probably one of the worst actresses to grace the movie set. Too bad, it use to be a great show. You producers have dropped the ball.

  2. Lynn Pulliam says:

    I can’t believe that they are letting him go, he is a big part of the show. I can tell you, the show won’t be the same without Captain Brass.

  3. Lorrie says:

    This is really messed up! He plays a good part on the show and I watch it whenever it comes on! He will be missed, he is a very good actor! :(

  4. Dekerfman says:

    Read on another site that he was being written out of the show by the producers and he wasn’t leaving on his own.

    • Ray says:

      Yeah, I read that too. The producers say that he will be missed, but they’re the ones that are to blame because it was their idea.

  5. bsbarnes says:

    Paul Guilfoyle has been rock solid on CSI since the beginning; his commonsense and his wry humor will be sorely missed!

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