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What The Cast Of CSI Is Doing Today

Even though Anthony E. Zuiker's "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" wasn't the first television show to focus on the forensic aspect of crime-solving — "Quincy, M.E." holds that place, dating back to 1976 — it was the first to make the nitty gritty of police investigations look flashy and cool. With an edgy score of electronic music to match the whirring of centrifuges and other lab equipment, paired with cinematic production value and design, "CSI" started a new iteration of crime procedural when it first aired in 2000. In the 15 years it was on television, CSI branched out into a number of spinoffs, including "CSI: Miami" and "CSI: New York." It also inspired a whole host of similar shows like "iZombie" and "Psych."

But what really brought "CSI" its long-term staying power was a compelling set of core recurring characters whose own stories drove the plot forward as much as each episode's set of crimes. "CSI" concluded in 2015 with the TV movie "Immortality," which gave us some closure on the future of the team. But what have the actors been doing since their roles on "CSI" wrapped up? A few have dropped off the map, but many others have continued with thriving careers. Let's put on our lab goggles and see what they've been up to in the meantime.

George Eads

As Nick Stokes, actor George Eads starred in all but three of the show's whopping 337 episodes, plus the movie finale "CSI: Immortality." Eads' brief absence from "CSI" was on account of a dispute with a writer; otherwise, he would have starred in every single episode of the show. 

With his developed musculature, Nick Stokes looked more like an enforcer than a so-called lab geek. He broke the mold further when he decided to become the department's "bug guy" after Gil Grissom's (William Petersen) departure. He further broke the lab tech stereotype by having a highly developed sense of empathy, not just for the victims whose crimes he investigated, but also with his peers in the Las Vegas Police Department. 

After the show's conclusion, George Eads spent three years on the "MacGyver" reboot as Jack Dalton, exiting that show in 2019 after troubles on set. Eads also co-starred with Megan Fox in "The Battle of Jangsari," a Korean War period piece.

Eric Szmanda

Playing quirky Greg Sanders, Eric Szmanda featured in 333 "CSI" episodes starting from its pilot, as well as in the wrap-up film "CSI: Immortality" in 2015. Greg started out as the youngest member of the team, and over the years worked his way up to a lead field investigator rather than being confined to just lab work. Szmanda's Greg often brought much-needed levity to each scene he was in, mostly without making his comedic relief efforts disrespectful toward the crime or situation at hand. 

With the conclusion of "CSI," Szmanda signed with Abrams Artists Agency, who will represent him for his future theater, television, and film ventures. But unfortunately Szmanda hasn't had many credits to his name since "CSI" shuttered. He starred in apocalyptic sci-fi thriller "Shangri-La: Near Extinction" in 2018, and also has a role in star-studded thriller "Adverse," which also features Sean Astin, Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Philips, and Penelope Ann Miller.

Robert David Hall

Night shift medical examiner Dr. Al Robbins, played by Robert David Hall, was rarely seen outside of the morgue or a crime scene due to his disability. Doc Robbins lost both of his legs in a car accident as a child, and while he has prosthetics and walks with a cane, his backdrop is almost always the basement surrounded by bodies. Like his character, actor Hall is also a double leg amputee and is one of the most well-known disabled actors working in America today. 

After starring in 328 episodes of "CSI," as well as the finale movie "Immortality," Robert David Hall appeared as Mr. Tuchilsky in the web comedy series "SusaneLand" and also starred in Jenni Gold's horror movie "Aaah! Roach!," as well as the short film "Major Arcana" directed by James Sharpe. Hall continues to be an advocate for the rights of disabled folks in the film and television industries. 

Paul Guilfoyle

In "CSI," Paul Guilfoyle's Captain Jim Brass was constantly up in everyone's business, providing the muscle whenever arrests needed to be made or warrants served for 317 episodes. While Guilfoyle left "CSI" in 2014 after his character retired from the Las Vegas PD, he reprised his role as Captain Brass in the finale movie in 2015. Guilfoyle has hardly taken a break since then. 

Between his exit from "CSI" and his brief return in the finale, Guilfoyle starred in the TV show "Liska 'The Bear'" and critically acclaimed film "Spotlight." Since "Immortality," though, Guilfoyle has certainly hit the ground running. He has had recurring roles as Quayle on "The Colony," as well as Henry Rindell on "The Good Fight." He has starred in the TV movie "Stanistan" as well as "Blindspot." His film credits include sci-fi horror "Pandemic," also starring Alfie Allen, and family comedy "Turnover," featuring Donna Mills and Jamie Brewer. He headlined Graham Patrick Martin's short film "Recondition,"  as well as "The Seville Communion/The Man from Rome" big-budget action film also starring Richard Armitage and John Leguizamo. Guilfoyle has had a thriving film and television career since the mid-1980s, so don't expect him to stop working any time soon. 

Jorja Fox

Sara Sidle, played by Jorja Fox, was another "CSI" character to break the mold. Sara has a cool exterior and science-minded personality that often makes her seem detached from the humanity behind each crime on the show. Her singular focus on facts and evidence often makes her seem cold and ultimately is what drives her on-again-off-again romance with Gil Grissom (William Petersen). 

Even though she filmed 296 episodes of "CSI," including "CSI: Immortality," making her the longest-running female actor on the show, Jorja Fox had a tumultuous relationship with the production. She was briefly fired in 2004, which didn't disrupt filming, but then exited for Season 8 in 2007, returning as a guest star for the ninth season. By Season 11, she was back to being a series regular until the show ended. 

Since 2015, Fox has starred in the TV crime drama "Chiefs" and the full-length sci-fi feature film "3022" with Kate Walsh. While she might not have many on screen credits listed, Fox is also the co-founder of an experimental Los Angeles theater company Honeypot Productions. In 2021, she returned to her "CSI" character in "CSI: Vegas," alongside other series alums like William Petersen and Wallace Langham. However, in January 2022, she announced that she would not be returning for the second season.

David Berman

Assistant medical examiner David "Super Dave" Phillips, played by David Berman, is medical examiner Doc Robbins' eyes and ears out in the field, since Doc's disability makes it difficult for him to do the physical grunt work. Super Dave got his nickname from discovering a body on his autopsy table was actually alive and saving her life. Like Greg Sanders, Super Dave often brings moments of levity and comedy to the dark goings-on of CSI and his rapport with Doc Robbins is often honest and touching. 

During his tenure on "CSI," Berman bought a million-dollar Hollywood Hills mansion in 2014, giving hope to character actors everywhere. After starring in 288 "CSI" episodes and "CSI: Immortality," David Berman has had small roles in the TV shows "Bones" and "Proven Innocent," as well as the recurring role of Dr. Ogden Maguire on "The Blacklist." Berman also had a role in Danny Strong's J.D. Salinger biopic "Rebel in the Rye," also starring Nicholas Hoult and Hope Davis.

Marg Helgenberger

Marg Helgenberger's Catherine Willows was the second longest-running female cast member in the show's 15-year run, starring in 265 episodes as well as the finale "CSI: Immortality." Catherine Willows had signature wit and empathy, as well as a practical no-nonsense style that made her character a fan favorite. Unlike her colleagues, who all had dedicated college and post-graduate education and training in forensics, Willows worked as a dancer to put herself through night school. She eventually became the team's night shift supervisor before her exit from "CSI" in 2013. 

Helgenberger has not stopped acting since. She's had several recurring roles on TV as Lillian Strand in "Intelligence" and Christine Price in "Under the Dome." Helgenberger has a role on the courtroom drama "All Rise" as Lisa Benner, and has starred in the TV war drama "Behind Enemy Lines," as well as parts in feature films "A Dog's Journey" and "Almost Friends."

Wallace Langham

One of the awards for hardest-working "CSI" cast member should go to Wallace Langham, who played snarky and darkly comedic lab tech David Hodges. Unlike his well-liked colleague Greg Sanders, Hodges is often at odds with his co-workers because of his arrogance and often inappropriate sense of humor. But like Hannibal Lecter, Hodges has a keen sense of smell that makes him indispensable in the lab for the 247 episodes he appears in. 

The better question to ask is what hasn't Langham done since "CSI." He's made appearances on popular shows like "Castle," "Scream Queens," "iZombie," "Grey's Anatomy," "Mike and Molly," "SVU," "Criminal Minds," "Good Behavior," "The Boys," and so many more. Langham had a recurring role as Mr. Sawyer on "Heathers," as well as parts in "My Dinner with Hervé" and "Battle of the Sexes," the TV show "For All Mankind," and the Christian Bale and Matt Damon-led "Ford v Ferrari."

William Petersen

William Petersen's role as Gil Grissom began with the pilot episode of "CSI" and set the standard for all the future night shift team leaders with his 199 episodes before departing at the end of Season 7. Grissom was a forensic scientist with a specialization in entomology, whose personality was as fact-based as his work ethic. His emotional foil in the empathetic Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) brought balance and a healthy push-pull energy to the original seasons of "CSI."

While Petersen's name remained in the "CSI" credits as a producer even when he wasn't starring in episodes anymore, he only returned for brief cameos for the rest of the show's run, up until the finale "CSI: Immortality." In an interview at Chicago's legendary Steppenwolf Theater, where he was rehearsing the social satire "The Minutes," Petersen said that he no longer had the drive or ego to continue pursuing film and television roles. Instead, he focuses on his family and has returned to his stage performing roots — although he returned temporarily to the "CSI" franchise in 2021 when he appeared in the first season of the spinoff "CSI: Vegas."

Gary Dourdan

A staple character of the early "CSI" episodes, Gary Dourdan's Warrick Brown brought a brooding, tortured-soul energy into the ensemble cast. Where Warrick was a stellar forensic investigator at work, his past struggles with gambling addiction often complicated both his job and his relationships over Dourdan's 185 episodes onscreen. After being framed for murder, Warrick was shot multiple times at the end of Season 8; he survived only into the premiere episode of Season 9. 

Gary Dourdan left "CSI" in 2008 and has been working steadily since then. He has had recurring roles like Anthony Newsome on "Mistresses," Sheldon on "Being Mary Jane," and Charles Hamilton on "Power," as well as a number of TV movie and film credits such as the drama "Influence," also starring Jon Lovitz and Sean Patrick Thomas, and action film "Redemption Day," also featuring Andy Garcia and Ernie Hudson. More recent roles include appearances in "The Third Degree," "The Sand Sea," "The Bank," and "Memoria."

Archie Kao

Like his colleague Greg Sanders, Archie Kao's Archie Johnson also brought a sense of humor and comedic timing to the 100 episodes of "CSI" where his lab tech character was featured. Archie was the AV guy whose expertise in decoding video and audio evidence eventually grew to include handwriting analysis. 

Since Kao left "CSI" in 2012, he's roles in many productions, both in American and Chinese film and TV. In the USA, he's had a regular recurring role as Sheldon Jin on "Chicago P.D.," as well leading roles in the Mandarin-language television shows "Nothing Gold Can Stay" and "My Dear Boy." As for films, Kao has starred in Quentin Lee's romantic comedy "The People I've Slept With" and Michael Mann's "Blackhat," also starring Chris Hemsworth, as well as "The Gift" with Adrian Pasdar and Joely Fisher. 

Elisabeth Harnois

Morgan Brody, played by Elisabeth Harnois, was the estranged daughter of the bane of CSI's administrative existence, Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann). Morgan was mostly raised by her stepfather, so she took his name, something that allowed her a little bit of room to step out of her father's shadow in spite of the fact that Catherine Willows (Marg Helgenberger) had known her since she was a baby. Over the course of her 85 episodes, Morgan proved to be a hard worker and competent forensic analyst, but she also ended up being a go-to romantic interest to spice up storylines, in particular with her colleagues Greg Sanders (Eric Szmanda), Nick Stokes (George Eads), and David Hodges (Wallace Langham). 

Since the movie finale "CSI: Immortality," Harnois has gone on to star in several Lifetime TV movies like "My Baby is Gone!," "Twisted," "The Christmas Contract," "Christmas Cupid's Arrow," and "The Killer Work Wife." Harnois also had third billing on Adisa's indie film about human trafficking, "Skin in the Game."

Ted Danson

The show's final night shift supervisor, D.B. Russell, might not be Ted Danson's most well known role, but he gave it his signature chops for 84 episodes, along with the finale "CSI: Immortality." D.B. was a cyber specialist with a personality that often echoed Gil Grissom's, except with a slightly better developed sense of humor. 

Since Danson helped close out "CSI" in 2015, he's gone on to reprise his role as D.B. Russell in a short-lived "CSI" spinoff, "CSI: Cyber," which investigated cyber crimes and lasted only one season. Danson has had television roles as Hank Larson on "Fargo," Admiral Perry on "The Orville," Dr. Ray Petit on "American Dad!," Michael on the critically lauded "The Good Place," and himself on "Curb Your Enthusiasm," as well as the lead in the series "Mr. Mayor." His film credits since "CSI" include "Hearts Beat Loud," also starring Nick Offerman.

Liz Vassey

Wendy Simms, played by Liz Vassey, capitalized on her sexy nerd persona and also served as David Hodges' (Wallace Langham) love interest during the course of her 77-episode run. Simms was a lab tech who specialized in DNA evidence. She left Las Vegas when she moved to Portland to be closer to family, and as a result, Vassey exited "CSI" in 2010.  

Since then, Vassey has been a television regular, working steadily. Although she didn't appear in the finale movie "CSI: Immortality," she can be seen in recurring roles as Andrea Valenti on "9ine," Michelle/Kate on "Two and a Half Men," Gabrielle Pittman in "Necessary Roughness," Nikki Beaumant in "Nikki and Nora: The N&N Files," Dr. Gillian Hunt on "Riley Parra," and Lobstercules on "The Tick."

Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue joined the "CSI" family as Julie Finlay, a new hire transferred on night shift supervisor D.B. Russell's (Ted Danson) recommendation because of her exceptional blood spatter analysis. Finn and D.B. had worked together before, but their previous work relationship ended with Russell firing her, so tensions were high at first. Being extroverted and personable, Finn was able to mesh quickly with her new colleagues in Vegas. Finn's involvement with the Gig Harbor Killer ultimately resulted in her death, revealed in the closing of the "CSI" finale movie "Immortality."

While Shue is best known for her extensive and often legendary film catalog that includes the classics "Adventures in Babysitting," "Cocktail," and "Back to the Future," since "CSI" she has another regular gig on TV: the recurring role of Madelyn Stillwell on the revisionist superhero show "The Boys." Her recent screen credits include playing Priscilla Riggs in "The Battle of the Sexes," Bruce Willis' wife Lucy in the "Death Wish" remake, and reprising her "Karate Kid" role as Ali in the spinoff series "Cobra Kai."

Laurence Fishburne

Laurence Fishburne is a man who needs no introduction, bringing his quiet intensity into the role of night shift supervisor Raymond Langston for 61 episodes of "CSI." Langston was a former doctor turned forensic analyst whose specialty was studying the genetic code of serial killers. Because of a book he wrote about discovering a gene that leads to violent behavior later in life, Langston became the target of killer Nate Haskell (Bill Irwin), who kidnapped and brutalized Langston's ex-wife Gloria (Tracee Ellis Ross). In retaliation, Langston beat Haskell before pushing him over a railing, killing him. The crew, including Captain Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), helped Langston cover up the murder; Langston was summarily fired and staff were demoted due to the incident.  

Fishburne left "CSI" in 2011 and has barely taken a break since then. His recurring roles on television have included Jack Crawford on "Hannibal," Alex Haley in "Roots," Pops on "Black-ish," and Nelson Mandela in "Madiba." Fishburne has also been in many blockbuster and critically acclaimed movies, including "John Wick: Chapter 2" and "Chapter 3," "Ant-Man and the Wasp," "Where'd You Go, Bernadette," "Man of Steel," "Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice," and "Passengers." 

Jon Wellner

Procedural shows need a bit of comic relief to lighten the proceedings every now and then, and on "CSI," that little bit of much-needed humor and whimsy was provided by Jon Wellner as Las Vegas CSI lab technician Henry Andrews. An affable, nerdy, constant joke-cracker, it's Henry who identifies all of the normal, weird, and surprising substances that turn up on crime scenes and in victims' bodies, helping the detectives locate their culprit.

Wellner pretty much quit acting after "CSI," with a guest spot on "Shameless" his only post-Henry Andrews credit. He embarked on a new career, albeit one inspired by and adjacent to TV shows like "CSI." After simultaneously acting on "CSI" while also working as a researcher on the series, Wellner co-founded Entertainment Research Consultants, a resource for TV and movie productions seeking realism and technical accuracy in what they put up onscreen. The company places experts with TV crews to make TV shows as real-looking as possible. Technical advisors associated with Wellner's company (of which he is the president) have assisted and consulted on shows including "The Blacklist," "Bones," "Blindspot," "Rizzoli & Isles," and even "CSI" and "CSI: Miami."

Louise Lombard

In 2004, Louise Lombard began a prominent stint on "CSI" portraying Sofia Curtis, a law enforcement veteran who worked for the Las Vegas sheriff's office in a variety of crime-fighting capacities. The daughter of a police captain, Sofia trained to be a detective, but worked as a CSI daytime supervisor before being demoted to the night shift as a CSI tech with a fondness for Gil Grissom and animosity toward Sara Sidle.

As Sofia Curtis, Louise Lombard appeared on virtually every heavily-viewed "CSI" episode in the show's 2004 to 2007 heyday, leaving the show at that point but returning for a single installment in 2011. After leaving the CBS mega-franchise, Lombard continued to work regularly in network TV, particularly on crime and procedural shows like "The Mentalist," "Perception," "How to Get Away with Murder," "Lethal Weapon," and "Grimm," where she enjoyed a six-episode run as witch-zombie Elizabeth Lascelles. In the late 2010s and early 2020s, Lombard moved into film, with a supporting role in the action thriller "Shadow Wolves" and a major part as Trish in three of Netflix's adaptations of Anna Todd's bestselling romantic drama books: "After We Collided," "After We Fell," and "After Ever Happy." She also appears in "Oppenheimer," Christopher Nolan's 2023 star-studded biopic about atomic bomb developer J. Robert Oppenheimer.

Alex Carter

Alex Carter joined the cast of "CSI" in 2003 as grizzled, world-weary Las Vegas Police Department homicide detective Lou Vartann, a man with a personal life almost as dramatic as his work. An acrimoniously divorced recovering alcoholic with a troubled teenage son, lovelorn Lou gets romantically involved with Catherine Willows, until she pulls back because he's catching feelings, leaving him more time to focus on investigating the most heinous and grisly Sin City murders.

Carter's role as Detective Vartann was a recurring one, comprising 41 episodes over a 10-year span, the last coming in 2013, not long before "CSI" wrapped up its initial 15-season run. That gig, and a long stint on "Burn Notice," helped establish Carter as the kind of actor who could come into an already established network drama series for a couple of episodes and turn out a compelling plot arc before moving on to the next thing. Since his tenure on "CSI" concluded, Carter has appeared almost exclusively on procedural television shows, and about two dozen of them at that. He popped up on one or two installments of shows like "Nikita," "Perception," "NCIS: Los Angeles," "Major Crimes," "Backstrom," "Blue Bloods," "Stalker," "Ransom," "S.W.A.T.," "Bull," "NCIS," and "Magnum, P.I." With nine episodes, Carter was virtually a regular cast member on the short-lived legal drama "Burden of Truth."