Dulé Hill in July 2013.
|Born||Karim Dulé Hill
East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
|Occupation||Actor, tap dancer,|
|Spouse(s)||Nicole Lyn (2004–12)|
Karim Dulé Hill (//) is an American actor and tap dancer. He has played personal presidential aide and Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing for which he received an Emmy nomination for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and pharmaceutical salesman-private detective Burton "Gus" Guster on the USA Network television comedy-drama Psych. He has also had minor roles in the movies Holes and She's All That. Hill also serves as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Board of Directors.
Hill was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents Jennifer and Bertholemu Hillshire (both are from Jamaica). He studied ballet from an early age, and performed in the musical The Tap Dance Kid as Savion Glover's understudy on Broadway, then played the part on the show's national tour. Hill graduated in 1993 from Sayreville War Memorial High School, in Sayreville, New Jersey, and studied business finance at Seton Hall University and acting at William Esper Studio. While at Seton Hall, he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids.
In 1985, 10-year-old Dulé performed a tap dance number on the MDA telethon. When his music couldn't be found for his routine, telethon host Jerry Lewis helped by having the orchestra play another song while Dulé performed.
His first film role, in Sugar Hill, came in 1993 during his second senior year of high school. During his time at Seton Hall, he was cast in a starring role in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk on Broadway.
In 1999 Hill was cast on The West Wing as Charlie Young, personal aide to President Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). During the sixth season of the series, Charlie became a Special Aide to the Chief of Staff. Hill starred as Charlie for six seasons before he chose to leave the show at the beginning of the seventh season (September 2005) to star in the pilot for the new television show Psych for the USA Network, which premiered July 7, 2006. However, when the announcement was made that The West Wing would be ending in May 2006, Hill returned for the show's last episodes.
Hill also had roles in She's All That in 1999 starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook (he later reunited with Cook & Prinze in Psych), as a Los Angeles doctor named Owen in the movie and series 10.5, and the Disney movie Holes as Sam the Onion Man (the movie itself was referenced in the Psych episode "65 Million Years Off"), and in The Guardian.
|1988||Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood||Robert E. Lee|
|1992||Ghostwriter||Basketball Boy||1 episode|
|American Playhouse||Unknown||1 episode|
|1994||New York Undercover||Georgie||1 episode|
|Sugar Hill||Roemello Skuggs|
|1995||All My Children||Simon||1 episode|
|New York News||Raymond Gates||TV film|
|1997||The Ditchdigger's Daughters||Young Donald||TV film|
|Color of Justice||Kameel||TV film|
|1998||Smart Guy||Calvin Tierney||1 episode|
|1999||The Jamie Foxx Show||Tap Dancer||1 episode|
|She's All That||Preston|
|Love Songs||Leroy||TV film|
|Chicken Soup for the Soul||Unknown||1 episode|
|1999–2006||The West Wing||Charlie Young||TV series|
|2000||Men of Honor||Red Tail|
|2004||10.5||Dr. Owen Hunter||TV miniseries|
|The Guardian||Ken Weatherly|
|2006–2014||Psych||Burton "Gus" Guster||Producer 2009-2014|
|2012||Miss Dial||Popcorn Caller|
|Ballers||Larry Seifert||4 episodes|
|1989||The More You Know||Himself||TV series|
|2001–2002||Hollywood Squares||Guest Appearance||2 episodes|
|2002||3rd NAACP Image Awards||Himself||TV special|
|2002||The West Wing Documentary Special||Charlie Young||TV documentary|
|2002||The Rosie O'Donnell Show||Himself|
|2004||New Year's Eve with Carson Daly||Himself||TV special|
|2004–2005||Celebrity Poker Showdown||Himself||4 episodes|
|2005||Last Call with Carson Daly||Himself|
|2006||The Ellen DeGeneres Show||Himself|
|2007||The Making of Whisper||Himself||video short|
|2009||11-04-08: The Day of Change||Himself||TV movie|
|2009||The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson||Himself|
|2010||WWE Raw||Himself||Guest host|
|2010||For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots||(voice)||TV documentary|
|2010||IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day||Himself||TV series documentary|
|2010||The Daily Habit||Himself||TV series|
|1996||Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk||The Kid|
|2011||Stick Fly||Spoon (Kent) LeVay|
Awards and honors
- Emmy Awards
- 2002, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
- Image Awards
- 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Psych (Nominated)
- 2008, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Psych (Nominated)
- 2005, Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - 10.5 (Nominated)
- Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated) 2001, 2002, 2004 & 2005
- Screen Actors Guild Awards
- 2006, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
- 2005, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
- 2004, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
- 2003, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
- 2002, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Won)
- 2001, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Won)
- Screen Actors Guild. Archived April 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
- "Dule Hill Biography (1975-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- Susan King, "'West Wing' actor takes 'Psych' sidekick role", The Day, August 28, 2006.
- Granieri, Laurie. "Sayreville native Dule Hill gears up for show's new season", Home News Tribune, August 7, 2009. Accessed February 15, 2011. "The biggest challenge for me is not making Gus too nerdy or too cool. Because Gus is a nerd, says Hill, 34, who grew up in Sayreville and is a 1993 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School."
- "Dule Hill: The Enduring Rage of Dutchman". Broadway.com. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
- DULE HILL - DULE HILL LEAVING THE WEST WING from Contact Music
- "Dulé Hill | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". The Broadway League. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
- "Dule Hill Files for Legal Separation". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "Raw: WWE tries to get viewers 'psyched' about Royal Rumble". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
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