Paul Guilfoyle

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For the older actor of the same name, see Paul Guilfoyle (actor, born 1902).
Paul Guilfoyle
Born (1949-04-28) April 28, 1949 (age 66)
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, returning for the series finale, Immortality, in 2015.

Early life[edit]

Guilfoyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston College High School and spoke at the 2005 commencement of the school's seniors. Guilfoyle graduated from Lehigh University in 1972.

He is a member of The Actor's Studio and established a substantial theatrical reputation on and off Broadway, including 12 years with the Theatre Company of Boston, appearances on Broadway include in David Rabe's The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, Those The River Keeps, Richard III with Al Pacino, David Mamet's Glengarry Glen Ross, Death Defying Acts, and Search and Destroy.[1]


Guilfoyle appeared in Three Men and a Baby, 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, "Wiseguy, 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 Howard the Duck, Wall Street, Celtic Pride, Beverly Hills Cop II, Quiz Show, Final Analysis, 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 performed 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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