Welcome to Gary Dourdan Official Website

Since stepping onto the small screen in the early 90s, Gary Dourdan has breathed life into an array of characters, from the jive-talking Shazza Zulu in a spinoff of “The Cosby Show” to Warrick Brown, the street-smart forensic investigator who helped make “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” one of the most watched television series in the world.

Fans were disappointed when Warrick Brown died at the beginning of the show’s ninth season, but Gary said it was time for a change and announced plans to focus his creative energy on music, a love that dates to his early years.

Gary was a struggling New York musician before he found a steady-paying TV gig. He still talks about his days in The Bell Café Band. True to his first passion, Gary never strayed far from music. He always retreated to it when away from the camera, sometimes recording with other artists and often creating original sounds in the studio at his Venice, Calif., home. Using Kolade, his African name, Gary quietly released albums in 2003 and 2004. “Verses” and “6/17/04” are available on iTunes.

A true musician, Gary plays multiple instruments: bass, drums, flute, guitar, piano and saxophone.

“I play guitar mostly, but a little piano,” Gary said on a March 2009 episode of the Italian show, “Chiambretti Nights.” He then stroked a piano’s keys with ease, a treat the audience greeted with warm applause.

In October 2008, he strummed a guitar while performing an upbeat version of “A Change Is Gonna Come” with European singer Ayo. The two smiled playfully while singing the duet on a January 2009 episode of the French television show “My Taratata.”

Gary’s love of music isn’t restricted to performing. In the spring of 2009, he hit Europe’s club scene, disc jockeying in clubs in Italy and Spain.

But the man largely known for his CSI character didn’t fully part ways with acting when his tenure with the show ended. Perhaps a tribute to his love of music, Gary played a music teacher in “Fire,” a movie shot in Berlin shortly after his CSI departure. Fans are also awaiting the release of “The Magnificent Cooly-T,” a comedy featuring Gary as a nightclub doorman intent keeping the unhip outside the velvet rope.

Leaving CSI allowed Gary time to take on another project. He became a spokesman for Tierra de Sabor, which translates to Taste of the Earth. The advertising campaign promotes the agricultural products of the Castile and Leon region of Spain and featured both print and television commercials. In a 30-second commercial, a Spanish-speaking Gary stood on a red carpet reciting a seemingly unending list of foods to a television reporter whose polite expression eventually reveals she’s tired of listening to the excited actor.

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.