Longtime CSI star Paul Guilfoyle, better known as Captain Jim Brass, announced that he is exiting the show, having featured in all 14 seasons since its creation.
Paul Guilfoyle is not the only actor who has been with the show from the start. George Eads was also in the first episode. Guilfoyle’s final appearance is due to be on May 7 for the season’s finale.
As it happens, producers have said that the decision to end Captain Brass’ character was theirs, and they informed Guilfoyle of that decision late last week. He apparently made an emotional farewell speech on Friday’s final day of production on the set.
Producers of CSI, Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said in a statement regarding the exit of CSI star Captain Brass:
Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character. 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 Capt. 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.
Both Guilfoyle and George Eads hold the record for appearing in the most CSI episodes, a massive 312 as of the writing of this article. The show has also had a fair amount of cast changes over the years.
Marg Heigenberger left the show after season 12, and Jorja Fox was briefly fired during the 2004 series following a salary dispute, but was reinstated a short time afterwards.
Back in season 12, Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue joined the show; the series is currently considered to be one of the biggest shows globally, being viewed in many countries around the world.
There is little doubt that CSI star Paul Guilfoyle is upset at the news that he is to exit the show, having been a staple in it since the beginning.
His future career moves will be viewed with interest by his many fans.