List of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation characters

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CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is an American crime drama television series created by Anthony E. Zuiker and executive produced by Jerry Bruckheimer, Carol Mendelsohn, Ann Donahue, William Petersen, Cynthia Chavtel, Naren Shanker, and Don McGill, among others. It follows Las Vegas criminalists (identified as "Crime Scene Investigators") working for the Las Vegas Police Department as they use physical evidence to solve murders. Gil Grissom, a forensic entomologist, D.B. Russell, an esteemed botanist, and Julie Finlay and Catherine Willows, blood spatter experts with extensive knowledge of criminal psychology, head a team who are on the case 24/7, scouring the scene, collecting the evidence, and finding the missing pieces that will solve the mystery. Grissom and Willows were based upon real LVMPD Crime Scene Analysts David Holstein and Yolanda McClary.[1]

Main cast[edit]

CSI originally starred William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger alongside an ensemble including George Eads, Gary Dourdan, and Paul Guilfoyle. Jorja Fox joined the cast in episode two of the first season, whilst Eric Szmanda and Robert David Hall recurred throughout the first two seasons of the show before being promoted to regular status starting with the third. Louise Lombard, who first appeared in season five, joined the cast starting with season seven. The first major cast overhaul came with the shows eighth and ninth seasons. Lombard departed the cast in the first episode of season eight, whilst Fox departed in episode seven of the same season. Wallace Langham joined the main cast in lieu of Lombard's departure, having recurred since the third season. Fox would return for guest appearances during the ninth season in order to facilitate the departures of both Gary Dourdan and William Petersen, who were replaced by Lauren Lee Smith and Laurence Fishburne, respectively. Smith departed the cast at the end of her first year, and was replaced by a returning Jorja Fox, who featured in a recurring capacity. Liz Vassey and David Berman, who had recurred from season six, and season one, respectively, also joined the cast starting with season ten. Like Smith, Vassey departed the cast after a single season, and was replaced by Fox, who rejoined the main cast. William Petersen would appear in voice clips sporadically over the next three seasons. Fishburne departed the main cast at the end of season eleven, a season that featured guest appearances by Elisabeth Harnois and Louise Lombard, and was replaced by Ted Danson. Danson made his main cast debut alongside Elisabeth Harnois at the start of the twelfth season. Series lead Marg Helgenberger departed the main cast in the twelfth episode of season twelve and was replaced by Elisabeth Shue. Season thirteen saw Jon Wellner join the main cast after eight years a guest star. Helgenberger returned for a single episode in season fourteen, whilst Paul Guilfoyle departed at the end of the same year, followed by Elisabeth Shue and George Eads at the end of the fifteenth season. The shows sixteenth season, a two-episode event, facilitated the returns of Helgenberger, Petersen, and Guilfoyle. These episodes marked their final appearances, as well as the final appearances of Fox, Szmanda, Hall, Langham, Berman, Harnois, and Wellner. Ted Danson went on to reprise his role of Russell during season two of Cyber.

Character
(actor)
First episode
(credited)
Final episode
(credited)
Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
Gil Grissom
(William Petersen)
01.01
"Pilot"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Main Cameo Voice
Catherine Willows
(Marg Helgenberger)
Main
Warrick Brown
(Gary Dourdan)
09.01
"For Warrick"
Main
Nick Stokes
(George Eads)
15.18
"The End Game"
Main
Jim Brass
(Paul Guilfoyle)
16.01
"Immortality Part II"
Main
Sara Sidle
(Jorja Fox)
1.02
"Cool Change"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Main Main
Greg Sanders
(Eric Szmanda)
01.01
"Pilot"
Main
Al Robbins
(Robert David Hall)
01.06
"Who Are You?"
Main
Sofia Curtis
(Louise Lombard)
05.07
"Formalities"
11.20
"Father of the Bride"
Main
David Hodges
(Wallace Langham)
03.11
"Recipe for Murder"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Main
Riley Adams
(Lauren Lee Smith)
09.03
"Art Imitates Life"
09.24
"All In"
Main
Raymond Langston
(Laurence Fishburne)
09.09
"19 Down"
11.22
"In a Dark, Dark House"
Main
Wendy Simms
(Liz Vassey)
06.06
"Secrets and Flies"
11.02
"Pool Shark"
Main
David Phillips
(David Berman)
01.05
"Friends and Lovers"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Main
D.B. Russell
(Ted Danson)
12.01
"73 Seconds"
Main
Morgan Brody
(Elisabeth Harnois)
11.21
"Cello and Goodbye"
Main
Julie Finlay
(Elisabeth Shue)
12.14
"Seeing Red"
15.18
"The End Game"
Main
Henry Andrews
(Jon Wellner)
05.23
"Iced"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Main

Crossover Characters[edit]

Several main characters from other series have appeared over the course of CSI's sixteen-season run.

Police officers[edit]

Due to the content of the series, a number of police officers are required to support the principal cast. Detectives, such as Frankie Reed and Sam Vega, are often seen arresting and interviewing suspects alongside the criminalists. Sheriffs and Undersheriffs act as an administrative and supervisory arm of the LVPD and often appear adversarial to the CSIs. Officers are most often seen entering and searching properties, although sometimes they are also seen involved in car chases or other forms of high speed pursuit.

Character
(Actor)
First Episode
(credited)
Final Episode
(credited)
Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Sheriffs and Under-Sheriffs
Conrad Ecklie
(Marc Vann)
01.07
"Blood Drops"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Brian Mobley
(Glenn Morshower)
02.03
"Overload"
Rory Atwater
(Xander Berkeley)
04.07
"Invisible Evidence"
05.07
"Formalities"
Jeffrey McKeen
(Conor O'Farrell)
06.06
"Secrets & Files"
13.01
"Karma to Burn"
Sherry Liston
(Barbara Eve Harris)
12.04
"Maid Man"
12.22
"Homecoming"
Sergeants
Ray O'Riley
(Skip O'Brien)
01.01
"Pilot"
04.03
"Homebodies"
Barclay
(Lex Medlin)
10.18
"Field Mice"
10.23
"Meat Jekyll"
Detectives
Sam Vega
(Geoffrey Rivas)
01.16
"Too Tough to Die"
12.20
"Altered Stakes"
Cyrus Lockwood
(Jeffrey D. Sams)
02.16
"Primum Non Nocere"
03.22
"Inside the Box"
Lou Vartann
(Alex Carter)
04.09
"Grissom v. The Volcano"
13.11
"Dead Air"
Chris Caviliere
(José Zúñiga)
04.16
"Getting Off"
10.11
"Sin City Blue"
Carlos Moreno
(Enrique Murciano)
10.04
"Coup de Grace"
13.03
"Wildflowers"
Frankie Reed
(Katee Sackhoff)
11.06
"Cold Blooded"
11.14
"All That Cremains"
Kevin Crawford
(Alimi Ballard)
13.09
"Strip Maul"
15.16
"The Last Ride"
Daniel Shaw
(Mark Valley)
15.01
"The CSI Effect"
15.18
"The End Game"
Police Officers
Joe Metcalf
(Joseph Patrick Kelly)
01.20
"Sounds of Silence"
15.15
"Hero to Zero"
David Fromansky
(David Andrews)
04.02
"All For Our Country"
04.14
"Paper or Plastic"
Andy Akers
(Larry Sullivan)
04.07
"Invisible Evidence"
15.12
"Dead Woods"
Larry Mitchell
(Larry Mitchell)
06.02
"Room Service"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Daniel Pritchard
(David Gianopoulos)
08.17
"For Gedda"
09.01
"For Warrick"
Officer Shelly
(Shelli Bergh)
11.20
"Father of the Bride"
12.05
"CSI Down"
Lewis Norman
(Lewis T. Powell)
12.06
"Freaks & Geeks"
14.20
"Consumed"
Paul Kimball
(Peter Onorati)
12.22
"Homecoming"
13.01
"Karma to Burn"

Relatives and friends[edit]

CSI focuses on the characters personal lives as well as their professional, therefore friends and relatives are seen often. Characters such as D.B. Russell, who have a stable home life, require large supporting families, whilst social introvert Gil Grissom's sole recurring social partner is Lady Heather, a dominatrix. This list is not definitive, and characters who have appeared only once are not listed.

Character
(actor)
First episode
(credited)
Final episode
(credited)
Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Lindsey Willows
(Katie Stevens, Kay Panabaker & Madison McReynolds)
01.01
"Pilot"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Kristy Hopkins
(Krista Allen)
01.13
"Boom"
Eddie Willows
(Timothy Carhart)
01.06
"Who Are You?"
03.15
"Lady Heathers Box"
Sam Braun
(Scott Wilson & Dwier Brown)
02.01
"Burked"
11.02
"Pool Shark"
Hank Peddigrew
(Christopher Wiehl)
02.04
"Bully for You"
03.17
"Crash and Burn"
Heather Kessler
(Melinda Clarke)
02.08
"Slaves of Las Vegas"
16.02
"Immortality Part II"
Ellie Rebecca Brass
(Nicki Aycox & Teal Redmann)
02.10
"Ellie"
14.22
"Dead In His Tracks"
Lily Flynn
(Anita Gillette)
05.22
"Weeping Willows"
12.11
"Ms. Willows' Regrets"
Bill Stokes
(Andrew Prine)
05.24
"Grave Danger Vol. I"
05.25
"Grave Danger Vol. II"
Jillian Stokes
(Lois Chiles)
Tina Brewster
(Meta Golding)
06.04
"Shooting Stars"
13.07
"Fallen Angels"
Eli Brown
(Terrell Ransom, Jr)
09.01
"For Warrick"
Gloria Parkes
(Tracee Ellis Ross)
11.14
"All That Cremains"
11.22
"In a Dark, Dark House"
Charlie Russell
(Brandon Jones)
12.07
"Brain Doe"
13.06
"Pick and Roll"
Olivia Hodges
(Jaclyn Smith)
12.18
"Malice in Wonderland"
12.22
"Homecoming"
Barbara Russell
(Peri Gilpin)
12.22
"Homecoming"
14.06
"Passed Pawns"
Kaitlyn Russell
(Mia Hays)
13.01
"Karma to Burn"
Maya Russell
(Brooke Nevin)
15.13
"The Greater Good"
Elisabetta Hodges
(Catrinel Marlon)
13.12
"Double Fault"
14.04
"Last Supper"
Nancy Brass
(Annabella Sciorra)
13.22
"Skin in the Game"
14.01
"The Devil and D.B. Russell"

Criminalists[edit]

In addition to the CSIs and technicians of the main cast, several recurring actors appear in these roles. Characters such as Michael Keppler and Ronnie Lake appear for only a short period of time, for specific storylines, whilst other characters like Mandy Webster appear consistently in order to provide a specialty that is absent from the lead characters resumes. As the series progresses, the number of supporting characters drops dramatically.

Character
(actor)
First episode
(credited)
Final episode
(credited)
Seasons
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Crime Scene Investigators
Holly Gribbs
(Chandra West)
01.01
"Pilot"
01.02
"Cool Change"
Michael Keppler
(Liev Schreiber)
07.12
"Sweet Jane"
07.15
"Law of Gravity"
Ronnie Lake
(Jessica Lucas)
08.03
"Go To Hell"
08.07
"Goodbye and Good Luck"
Sean Yeager
(Matthew Davis)
14.06
"Passed Pawns"
14.13
"Boston Brakes"
Consultant Specialists
Teri Miller
(Pamela Gidley)
01.06
"Who Are You?"
03.08
"Snuff"
Technicians
Bobby Dawson
(Gerald McCullough)
01.02
"Cool Change"
10.20
"Take My Life, Please!"
Mandy Webster
(Sheeri Rappaport)
01.08
"Anonymous"
12.19
"Split Decisions"
Ronnie Litre
(Eric Stonestreet)
01.18
"$35K O.B.O."
05.14
"Unbearable"
Archie Johnson
(Archie Kao)
02.07
"Caged"
12.19
"Split Decisions"
Jacqui Franco
(Romy Rosemont)
03.06
"The Execution of Catherine Willows"
05.19
"4x4"
Mia Dickerson
(Aisha Tyler)
05.03
"Harvest"
05.25
"Grave Danger Vol. II"
Neil Jansen
(Jason Segel)
05.09
"Mea Culpa"
05.23
"Iced"
Xiomara Garcia
(Monique Curnen)
12.02
"Tell-Tale Hearts"
12.09
"Zippered"
Medical Examiners
Jenna Williams
(Judith Scott)
01.02
"Cool Change"
01.11
"I-15 Murders"

Adversaries[edit]

Throughout the series, the CSIs have been forced to confront several recurring adversaries. These characters are usually serial killers, and their motives and M.O. vary greatly.

Character
(actor)
First episode
(credited)
Final episode
(credited)
Seasons Alias
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 Finale
Paul Millander
(Matt O'Toole)
01.01
"Pilot"
02.13
"Identity Crisis"
The Bathtub Killer
Tony Thorpe
(Aldis Hodge)
01.16
"Too Tough to Die"
09.02
"The Happy Place"
The Parking Garage Rapist
Tammy Felton
(Brigid Brannagh)
01.17
"Face Lift"
02.09
"And Then There Were None"
Bonnie
Darin Hanson
(Larry Holden)
Clyde
Kevin Greer
(Taylor Nichols)
03.06
"The Execution of Catherine Willows"
05.06
"What's Eating Gilbert Grissom?"
The Blue Paint Killer
John Mathers
(Victor Bevine)
Marlon West
(Doug Smith)
06.18
"The Unusual Suspect"
08.07
"Goodbye & Good Luck"
The West Siblings
Hannah West
(Juliette Goglia)
Natalie Davis
(Jessie Collins)
07.24
"Living Doll"
09.07
"Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda"
The Miniature Killer
Lou Gedda
(John Capodice)
08.09
"Cockroaches"
08.17
"For Gedda"
N/A
Nate Haskell
(Bill Irwin)
09.09
"19 Down"
11.22
"In a Dark, Dark House"
The Dick & Jane Killer
Charles DiMasa
(Matt Ross)
10.17
"Irradiator"
10.23
"Meat Jekyll"
Doctor Jekyll
Jason McCann
(Justin Bieber)
11.01
"Shock Waves"
11.15
"Targets of Obsession"
N/A
Matthew Tarland
(Lucas Kerr)
13.22
"Skin in the Game"
14.01
"The Devil and D.B. Russell"
The Inferno Killer
Jared Briscoe
(Mark-Paul Gosselaar)
15.01
"The CSI Effect"
15.13
"The Greater Good"
The Gig Harbor Killer
Paul Winthrop
(Mark-Paul Gosselaar)
15.18
"The End Game"

See also[edit]

Footnotes[edit]

  1. ^ Staff (December 5, 2000). "Meet the Real C.S.I.". KLAS-TV. Retrieved March 16. 2015.