Paul Guilfoyle, a CSI: Crime Scene Investigation original cast member, will be leaving the show at the end of this season. You know Guilfoyle as Las Vegas police captain Jim Brass, a role he has filled since the original airing of the pilot on CBS back in 2000, as reported in Zap2It.com. It has been a good, long run for him.
Paul is actually only one of two remaining original cast members on the show. The only other original is George Eads who portrays the character Nick Stokes. Both Paul and George hold the record for appearing in the most episodes, which currently holds at 312.
The 64-year old Guilfoyle has established quite the acting career since graduating from Yale in 1977. Although his degree was in economics, his love for acting lead him to pursue that as his career. Prior to establishing his career in film and television, Guilfoyle worked on and off Broadway for twelve years. By doing so, he made a name for himself during that time frame. He has been in many popular movies such as Wall Street, Air Force One, Mrs. Doubtfire, Beverly Hills Cop II, The Negotiator, L.A. Confidential and many more.
When producers were asked about Guilfoyle leaving CSI, Contactmusic.com reports Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGilll's response as, "Paul made Captain Brass a standout character. He is not just an original cast member, he is an original."
They continued commenting about Guilfoyle stating, "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, " as reported by Contactmusic.com.
It is always despairing to lose a fan favorite, as well as an original cast member after so many years. Guilfoyle has become part of the show. Fans expect to see him when they watch. It is understandable when actors want to re-sign and move on to other things, however, this was not Guilfoyle's choice. The producers actually wrote him out of the storyline. Paul was sad about the news, and after his final episode was filmed, he gave a heart-warming speech.
Be sure to watch Guilfoyle's final episode on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation which will air on CBS on May 7th. We wish Paul Guilfoyle much success in his future endeavors, and he will be missed.