Paul Guilfoyle

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For the older actor of the same name, see Paul Guilfoyle (actor born in 1902).
Paul Guilfoyle
Paul Guilfoyle at the Screen Actors Guild Awards
Born (1949-04-28) April 28, 1949 (age 65)
Canton, Massachusetts, U.S.
Residence New York City, New York, U.S.
Occupation Actor
Years active 1975–present
Spouse(s) Lisa Giobbi (m. 1989)
Children 1

Paul Guilfoyle (/ˈpɔːl ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/; born April 28, 1949) is an American television and film actor. He was a regular cast member of the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation where he played Captain Jim Brass from 2000 to 2014.

Early life[edit]

Guilfoyle was born in Canton, Massachusetts. He has mistakenly been referred to as the son of the character actor Paul Guilfoyle, but they are not related. He attended Boston College High School and spoke at the 2005 commencement of the school's seniors. Guilfoyle enrolled at Lehigh University in 1968. He eventually graduated from Yale in 1977 with a major in economics.

He studied at the Actor's Studio before building up a substantial theatrical reputation on and off Broadway, including 12 years with the Theatre Company of Boston, appearances in David Rabe's The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel with Al Pacino and in David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross.[1]


Guilfoyle appeared in Howard the Duck, and in an early episode of Crime Story, where he played a criminal who takes a hostage, getting into a shootout with the Major Crimes Unit. He has since become one of the industry's leading character actors, specializing in roles on both the good and bad side of law enforcement.

His television appearances most notably include guest roles on Miami Vice, Law & Order, New York Undercover, Ally McBeal and Justice League Unlimited as Travis Morgan, the Warlord. His film credits are numerous, spanning nearly three decades. His appearances in notable films include Three Men and a Baby, Wall Street, Celtic Pride, Beverly Hills Cop II, Quiz Show, Hoffa, Mrs. Doubtfire, Air Force One, Striptease, Amistad, The Negotiator, Extreme Measures, Session 9, Primary Colors and L.A. Confidential.

Guilfoyle also appears in Alter Bridge's video for their single "Broken Wings", and the HBO original movie Live from Baghdad.

Guilfoyle is best known for his role as L.V.P.D. Captain James "Jim" Brass in the CBS police drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which he had since the show's inception in 2000.

In 2014, it was announced that Guilfoyle would be leaving CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after 14 years.[2]

Personal life[edit]

In 1989, Guilfoyle married Lisa Giobbi. They have one child and live in New York City. He is fluent in French.[3][not in citation given]



  1. ^ "Paul Guilfoyle". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved February 2, 2015. 
  2. ^ Bricker, Tierney (March 24, 2014). "CSI Shocker: Find Out Which Original Castmember Is Leaving the CBS Drama". E! Online (E! Entertainment Television, LLC). 
  3. ^ "Bios: Paul Guilfoyle as Capt. Jim Brass". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CBS. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010. 

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