List of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation characters

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The following is a list of characters for the CBS television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Regular cast[edit]

In the original cast, William Petersen plays the Las Vegas Police Department (LVPD) crime lab's night-shift supervisor Dr. Gil Grissom, a socially awkward entomologist. Marg Helgenberger plays Catherine Willows, a single parent, and former stripper, who worked her way through the ranks from a Lab Technician to CSI and upon Grissom's departure, to supervisor. George Eads plays Nick Stokes, a CSI Level 2 from Texas, who was eager to show his worth to Grissom. Stokes became a CSI Level 3 at the end of the pilot episode. Gary Dourdan was cast as Warrick Brown, a CSI Level 2 who initially has a gambling addiction that indirectly leads to the death of rookie Holly Gribbs. Brown was promoted to CSI Level 3 mid-way through the first season. Jorja Fox joined the cast in the second episode as San Francisco CSI Sara Sidle, brought in to investigate the death of Gribbs at Grissom's invitation. Sara was promoted to CSI Level 3 in between the first and second seasons. Paul Guilfoyle, was cast as Detective Captain Jim Brass, a LVPD Detective who originally ran the crime lab but was transferred back to Homicide following Gribbs' death.

Early recurring cast members included Eric Szmanda as DNA Tech Greg Sanders, who aspires to be a CSI, and Robert David Hall, introduced early in the first season as Chief Medical Examiner Dr. Albert Robbins, a double-amputee. Both became regular cast members in the first episode of season 3. Later in the series, Sanders transfers to the field as a rookie Crime Scene Investigator and begins progressing through the ranks. Louise Lombard joined the cast in season 5 as the Day Shift Supervisor, but was subsequently transferred to Grissom's team. Sofia Curtis became a Detective in season 6. After a single appearance in season 8, Lombard left the cast with no explanation.

When William Petersen who took a hiatus to do a play in season 7, Liev Schreiber joined the cast for a four-episode arc as Mike Keppler, a criminalist assigned to the grave shift. Keppler was eventually revealed to be a dirty cop who killed a man he believed had raped his girlfriend. Keppler was shot and killed after confronting his girlfriend's father, who he had discovered was the real rapist, saving Catherine's life.

In season 8, Wallace Langham as David Hodges became a series regular after appearing on a recurring basis since the third season. Hodges is a know-it-all trace tech who rubs people the wrong way, but always gets results. Later in the season Jorja Fox would be the first original cast member to leave the show, when Sara suffers severe burn-out and leaves Vegas. Fox returned for several guest appearances in the ninth season, she eventually departs again, this time for Costa Rica. Also in season 9, Gary Dourdan and William Petersen departed the cast. Dourdan's Warrick Brown was murdered by a corrupt undersheriff, while Petersen's Grissom retired and left for Costa Rica, to find Sara. The two would later marry.

Grissom's supervisory position was filled by a newly promoted Catherine Willows (Helgenberger), and Laurence Fishburne joined the cast as CSI Dr. Ray Langston. Lauren Lee Smith briefly played CSI Riley Adams, but left shortly after in the season 9 finale. Adams' exit interview would cause tension throughout the team, and eventually lead to Willows to promoting Stokes to Assistant Supervisor.

Liz Vassey, who first appeared in season 6 as DNA Tech Wendy Simms and David Berman who first appeared in season 1 as Assistant Medical Examiner David Phillips, became regular cast during the tenth season. Jorja Fox returned on a part-time basis before rejoining the main cast in the eleventh season. Vassey left the cast in the second episode, and Laurence Fishburne departed in the season finale. William Petersen and Louise Lombard made brief appearances; Sofia had risen through the ranks of the LVPD and was now the Deputy Chief, while Petersen's Grissom was only seen via webcam talking to his mother Betty, and Sara.

Following Fishburne's departure, Ted Danson was cast as the new CSI Supervisor DB Russell, replacing Helgenberger's Willows, who had been demoted following the events of Season 11. Elisabeth Harnois, who had guest starred one episode in season 11, joined the regular cast, playing former LAPD SID officer Morgan Brody, the daughter of Conrad Ecklie. Marg Helgenberger departed from the cast in episode 12, and was replaced by Elisabeth Shue in episode 14.

Following Jon Wellner's addition to the main cast as DNA Technician Henry Andrews in Season 13, following 8 years as a recurring guest star, the next major cast change came with the departure of Paul Guilfoyle at the end of Season 14. He was not replaced as the lead Detective.


Main Guest Recurring No appearances
Actor Character First Episode
Final Episode
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15
William Petersen CSI Supervisor
Gil Grissom
"Dead Air"
Marg Helgenberger CSI Asst. Supervisor
Catherine Willows
"Frame by Frame"
Gary Dourdan Senior CSI
Warrick Brown
"For Warrick"
George Eads Senior CSI
Nick Stokes
Paul Guilfoyle LVPD Captain
Jim Brass
"Dead in His Tracks"
Eric Szmanda Senior CSI
Greg Sanders
Jorja Fox Senior CSI
Sara Sidle
"Cool Change"
David Berman Asst. Medical Examiner
David Phillips
"Friends and Lovers"
Robert David Hall Chief Medical Examiner
Al Robbins
"Who Are You?"
Wallace Langham Trace Technician
David Hodges
"Recipe for Murder"
Louise Lombard LVPD Deputy Chief
Sofia Curtis
"Father of the Bride"
Jon Wellner DNA Technician
Henry Andrews
Liz Vassey DNA Technician
Wendy Simms
"Secrets and Flies"
"Pool Shark"
Lauren Lee Smith Junior CSI
Riley Adams
"Art Imitates Life"
"All In"
Laurence Fishburne Junior CSI
Raymond Langston
"19 Down"
"In a Dark, Dark House"
Elisabeth Harnois Senior CSI
Morgan Brody
"Cello and Goodbye"
Ted Danson CSI Supervisor
D.B. Russell
"73 Seconds"
Elisabeth Shue CSI Asst. Supervisor
Julie Finlay
"Seeing Red"

Recurring characters[edit]

Current recurring/notable cast members are listed in order of first appearance, while former cast members are ordered by their final episode count.

Law enforcement[edit]

Character Position Actor First Episode Final Episode Duration Episodes
Joe Metcalf LVPD Officer Joseph Patrick Kelly Pilot 1x01–
Conrad Ecklie Day Shift Supervisor
CSI Assistant Director
Clark County Undersheriff
Clark County Sheriff
Marc Vann Blood Drops 1x07–2x17; 5x07–
Mandy Webster Fingerprint Tech Sheeri Rappaport Anonymous 1x08–2x01; 6x04-
Archie Johnson A/V Tech Archie Kao Caged 2x07–
Luis "Lou" Vartann LVPD Detective Alex Carter Grissom Versus the Volcano 4x09–6x23; 9x03–
Andy Akers LVPD Officer Larry Sullivan Compulsion 5x17–
Jeffrey McKeen Clark County Undersheriff Conor O'Farrell Grave Danger Vol. 1 Karma to Burn 5x24–09x01, 12x22–13x01
Larry "Mitch" Mitchell LVPD Officer Larry Mitchell Room Service 6x02–
Xiomara Garcia Ballistics Tech Monique Gabriela Curnen Tell-Tale Hearts 12x02–
Sherry Liston Clark County Sheriff Barbara Eve Harris Maid Man 12x04–
Carlos Moreno LVPD Detective Enrique Murciano Coup de Grace 10x04–
Bobby Dawson Ballistics Tech Gerald McCullough Cool Change Take My Life, Please! 1x02–10x20 36
Ray O'Riley LVPD Detective Sgt. Skip O'Brien Pilot Homebodies 1x01–4x03 24
Sam Vega LVPD Detective Geoffrey Rivas Too Tough to Die Altered Stakes 1x16–9x23; 12x08; 12x20 21
Jacqui Franco Fingerprint Tech Romy Rosemont The Execution of Catherine Willows 4x4 3x06–5x19 14
Ronnie Litre QD Tech Eric Stonestreet $35K O.B.O. Unbearable 1x18–5x14 13
Judy Tremont Secretary Victoria Prescott Blood Lust Goodbye and Good Luck 3x09–8x07 12
Chris Caviliere LVPD Detective José Zúñiga Getting Off Sin City Blue 4x16–10x11 12
Mia Dickerson DNA Tech Aisha Tyler Harvest Grave Danger Vol. 2 5x03–05x25 12
Cyrus Lockwood LVPD Detective Jeffrey D. Sams Primum Non Nocere Inside the Box 2x16–3x22 9
Brian Mobley Clark County Sheriff Glenn Morshower Blood Drops Overload 1x07–2x03 7
Jenna Williams Medical Examiner Judith Scott Cool Change I-15 Murders 1x02–1x11 6
Rory Atwater Clark County Sheriff Xander Berkeley Invisible Evidence Formalities 4x07–5x07 5
Teri Miller Forensic Anthropologist Pamela Gidley Who Are You? Snuff 1x06–1x22; 3x08 5
Ronnie Lake CSI Level 1 Jessica Lucas Go to Hell Goodbye and Good Luck 8x03–8x07 4
CSI Michael Keppler CSI Level 3 Liev Schreiber Sweet Jane Law of Gravity 7x12–7x15 4
Neil Jansen Lab Tech Jason Segel Mea Culpa Iced 5x09–5x23 3
Frankie Reed LVPD Detective Katee Sackhoff Cold Blooded All That Cremains 11x06–11x14 3
Holly Gribbs CSI Level 1 Chandra West Pilot Cool Change 1x01 & 1x02 2

Relatives and friends of law enforcement[edit]

Character Related to Relation Actor First Episode Final Episode Duration Episodes
Heather Kessler Gil Grissom Close Friend Melinda Clarke Slaves of Las Vegas 2x08–
Barbara Russell D.B. Russell Wife Peri Gilpin Homecoming 12x22–
Charlie Russell D.B. Russell Son Brandon Jones Brain Doe 12x07–
Maya Russell D.B. Russell Daughter Brooke Nevin Homecoming 12x22–13x02 3
Kaitlyn Russell D.B. Russell Granddaughter Mia Hays Homecoming 12x22–13x02 3
Lindsey Willows Catherine Willows Daughter Madison McReynolds, Kay Panabaker Pilot Zippered 1x01–12x09 15
Sam Braun Catherine Willows Father Scott Wilson Burked Built to Kill, Part 2 2x01–7x02 9
Eddie Willows Catherine Willows ex-Husband Timothy Carhart Who are You? Lady Heather's Box 1x06–3x15 4
Lily Flynn Catherine Willows Mother Anita Gillette Weeping Willows Ms. Willows' Regrets 5x22–12x11 4
Laura Sidle Sara Sidle Mother Kay Lenz Forget Me Not 13x15 1
Hank Peddigrew Sara Sidle ex-Boyfriend Christopher Wiehl Bully for You Crash and Burn 2x04-3x17 7
Doug Wilson Sara Sidle ex-Boyfriend Josh Randall Risky Business Class 13x10 1
Gloria Parkes Ray Langston ex-Wife Tracee Ellis Ross All That Cremains In a Dark, Dark House 11x14–11x22 4
Dr. Tina Brown Warrick Brown ex-Wife Meta Golding Shooting Stars Fallen Angels 6x04–13x07 4
Eli Brown Warrick Brown Son Terrell Ransom, Jr For Warrick Fallen Angels 9x01 & 13x07 2
Ellie Rebecca Brass Jim Brass Adoptive Daughter Nicki Aycox, Teal Redmann Ellie The Devil and D.B. Russell 2x10–14x01 5
Nancy Brass Jim Brass ex-Wife Annabella Sciorra Skin in the Game The Devil and D.B. Russell 13x22-14x01 2
Judge Bill Stokes Nick Stokes Father Andrew Prine Grave Danger Vol. 1 Grave Danger Vol. 2 5x24 & 05x25 2
Jillian Stokes Nick Stokes Mother Lois Chiles Grave Danger Vol. 1 Grave Danger Vol. 2 5x24 & 5x25 2
Mike Robinson Julie Finlay ex-Husband Brian van Holt CSI on Fire 13x08 1
Judy Robbins Al Robbins Wife Wendy Crewson Genetic Disorder 12x10 5
Elisabetta David Hodges ex-Fiancée Catrinel Marlon Double Fault Last Supper 13x12-14x04 3
Olivia Hodges David Hodges Mother Jaclyn Smith Malice in Wonderland Homecoming 12x18-12x22 2
Amy Phillips David Phillips Wife Emme Rylan Dead of the Class 13x17 1
Joshua Adam Phillips David Phillips Son ? Dead of the Class 13x17 1

Recurring villains[edit]

Character Alias Crime Actor First Episode Final Episode Duration Episodes
Paul Millander The Bathtub Killer First-degree murder,
4 counts
Matt O'Toole Pilot Identity Crisis 1x01–2x13 3
Kevin Greer The Blue Paint Killer First-degree murder,
5 counts
Taylor Nichols The Execution of Catherine Willows What's Eating Gilbert Grissom? 3x06 & 5x06 2
John Mathers The Blue Paint Killer*
(*exonerated posthumously)
First-degree murder,
1 count
Victor Bevine The Execution of Catherine Willows What's Eating Gilbert Grissom? 3x06 & 5x06 2
Hannah West First-degree murder,
2 counts
Juliette Goglia The Unusual Suspect Goodbye and Good Luck 6x18 & 08x07 2
Marlon West First-degree murder,
2 counts
Doug Smith The Unusual Suspect Goodbye and Good Luck 6x18 & 8x07 2
Natalie Davis The Miniature Killer First-degree murder,
5 counts
Jessica Collins Living Doll Woulda, Coulda, Shoulda 7x24–9x07 3
Charlie DiMasa Dr. Jekyll First-degree murder,
5 counts
Matt Ross Irradiator Meat Jekyll 10x17–10x23 3
Warner Thorpe Nate Haskell/DJK First-degree murder,
23 counts
Bill Irwin 19 Down In a Dark, Dark House 9x09–11x22 9
Jason McCann First-degree murder,
2 counts
Justin Bieber Shock Waves Targets of Obsession 11x01 & 11x15 2

See also[edit]