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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 CSI'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 CSI's conclusion, George Eads spent three years on the MacGuyver reboot as Jack Dalton, exiting that show in 2019 after troubles on set. Eads is set to co-star with Megan Fox in The Battle of Jangsari, a Korean War period piece currently in post-production.

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. Szmanda also has a role in star-studded upcoming thriller Adverse, which also features Sean Astin, Mickey Rourke, Lou Diamond Philips, and Penelope Ann Miller. A release date for Adverse has not yet been set. 

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, as well as CSI's finale movie Immortality, Robert David Hall appeared as Mr. Tuchilsky in the web comedy series SusaneLand. Hall will also star in Jenni Gold's upcoming horror movie Aaah! Roach!, which is currently in post-production, 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 CSI finale movie in 2015. Guilfoyle has hardly taken a break since then. 

Between his exit from CSI and his brief return in the finale Immortality, 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 is headlining Graham Patrick Martin's short film Recondition, coming out in 2020, 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 woman 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 in 2018 and has a full-length sci-fi feature film 3022 in post-production that also stars 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.

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 TV bit players and 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 a 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 woman cast member in CSI'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 upcoming courtroom drama All Rise as Lisa Benner. She has also starred in the TV war drama Behind Enemy Lines, as well as bit 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. His upcoming TV show For All Mankind is in post-production, and he'll be starring alongside Christian Bale and Matt Damon in 2019's 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. He also works as an executive producer, with one upcoming TV movie in post-production called Hurt People

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. Dourdan has a number of projects in post-production, including the drama Influence, also starring Jon Lovitz and Sean Patrick Thomas; and action film Redemption Day, also featuring Andy Garcia and Ernie Hudson. In pre-production he is working on The Third Degree, The Sand Sea, The Bank, and Memoria, all of which still have details forthcoming.

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. Kao has one project in post-production, The Gift, that also stars Adrian Pasdar and Joely Fisher. 

Elisabeth Harnois

Morgan Brody, played by Elisabeth Harnois, was the estranged daughter of the bane of CSI's administrative existance, Conrad Ecklie (Marc Vann). Morgan was mostly raised by her stepfather, so she took his name, something that allows her a little bit of room to step out of her father's shadow. This is 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

CSI'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 went 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 recurring 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. Danson currently has an untitled Tina Fey and Robert Carlock co-production with him at the helm. 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 in spite of not returning to CSI: Immortality for the finale TV movie. She has had 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, as well as Bruce Willis' badass wife Lucy in the Death Wish remake. 

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 beats Haskell before pushing him over a railing, killing him. The crew, including Captain Brass (Paul Guilfoyle), help 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 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 and Batman v. Superman: Dawn of Justice, and Passengers

He will star alongside Nicolas Cage and Cole Hauser in 2019's Running with the Devil; his football film Brother's Keeper is in post-production; and his British TV movie Rendlesham is in pre-production. News of a fourth Matrix movie in the works has us wondering whether Fishburne will return as Morpheus. Fingers crossed he does.