Warrick Brown

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Warrick Brown
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation character
Warrick Brown.jpg
First appearance "Pilot"
Last appearance "For Warrick"
Portrayed by Gary Dourdan
City Las Vegas
Occupation Crime Scene Investigator
Rank CSI Level II
Audio Visual Specialist
Duration 2000-2008
Seasons 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9

Warrick Brown is a fictional character in the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, portrayed by Gary Dourdan. Warrick appeared in every episode until his death in the first show of season nine, with the exceptions of "Caged" from season two, "After the Show" from season four, "Crow's Feet" and "Committed" from season five, and "The Chick Chop Flick Shop" from season eight.

Early life and childhood[edit]

Warrick Brown, born in 1971,[1] was a Las Vegas native, whose father abandoned him soon after his birth, and whose mother died when he was seven years old. Raised by his grandmother and Aunt Bertha, Warrick found it very difficult to socialize, and could often be found with his head in a book. His love of mathematics and science took him to Western Las Vegas University, where he earned a Bachelor of Science in Chemistry.

Background and personality[edit]

Warrick grew up in a strict household, and kept his position as a casino runner a secret from his grandmother. He once told Catherine that while he was unpopular in high school and still had dimples, he "got a little action". He was strongly influenced by a community organizer who ran a center that he spent time at after school.

Early in the series it was discovered that Warrick had a gambling addiction. He even admitted to Sara Sidle that he counted cards. After an incident in the pilot episode that resulted in a rookie's death, Warrick's gambling addiction caused friction with a number of other team members. Sara did not get along with Warrick early in the series because she knew of his addiction; however, they ended up becoming good friends and colleagues.

Warrick was also sensitive to the difficulties of minorities. When Jason, an African-American teenager he was mentoring, was arrested, Warrick paid this bail.[2] Also, Warrick showed understanding and sympathy for the young African American James Moore, who committed a hit and run that resulted in the death of a young girl. He offered advice before James was taken into custody and gave him his cell phone number. He told James to contact him just in case trouble arises in prison.[3]


After dating a woman named Tina for a short time, Warrick proposed and married her in Season 6. Nearing the Season 6 finale, Warrick's marriage seemed to have become rocky, especially when he discovered that she was cheating on him.[4] Through the midpoint of Season 7, Warrick still wore his wedding band, which would suggest that he and Tina have worked through their differences. In season 8, however, Warrick told Catherine that he was getting divorced. [5]

Later on in the season, Warrick found out that Tina was pregnant with his child. He asked her to let him raise the child with her, only to be met by resistance from Tina. At Warrick's funeral, Sara and Greg discovered that Warrick had a son named Eli with Tina, and had been fighting for custody over him. Tina also brought their son to the funeral.[6]


Catherine Willows[edit]

Warrick appeared to have a close working and personal relationship with Catherine Willows, although it became clear throughout the show that their relationship did not develop into a romantic one. In the season 5 episode "Down the Drain", he and Catherine shared a "romantic" moment which was interrupted. Catherine and Warrick continued to flirt with each other until Season 6, when Warrick proposed to his girlfriend, Tina. Catherine told Warrick that she was disappointed that he hadn't told her, and was visibly upset and jealous of his new relationship.

Nick Stokes[edit]

Warrick and co-worker Nick Stokes were close friends and surrogate brothers. Warrick was frightened when Nick was kidnapped and buried alive, and leaded the team in rescuing him.[7] Nick was very upset when Warrick was murdered, and was tempted to kill his murderer in cold blood; he relented and let the killer live, however, reasoning that Warrick would not have wanted him to throw his life away.[6]

Gil Grissom[edit]

Warrick had a deep, abiding respect for Gil Grissom. Grissom genuinely cared for Warrick as well; he regarded Warrick as like a son, often trying to help the younger man when he struggled with his gambling addiction. He later said that he thought Warrick could potentially have been his successor as lab supervisor. Grissom was the first person to find Warrick after he was shot, and held him in his arms as he died. Later in the episode, "For Warrick", the team found a video in Warrick's home in which he stated that he never knew his biological father, but if he had to choose someone to be his father, it would have been Grissom.[6]


In the Season 8 finale, "For Gedda", Warrick was held for questioning after the murder of mafia boss Lou Gedda. Earlier in the season, Warrick had become involved with a woman connected with Gedda. After she was killed, Warrick became a prime suspect in her murder. During the investigation, rumors spread that Gedda had been a mole in the LVPD. Gedda called Warrick to inform him that he was "ready to talk". When Gedda was murdered, Warrick was framed for his death. Grissom's team discovered that another LVPD officer was involved in Gedda's murder and the LVPD did not press charges against Warrick. After Warrick's release, he and the rest of Grissom's team ate at a local diner to celebrate his acquittal. As Warrick left the restaurant and headed to his car, Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen - the mole in the LVPD - shot him twice, mortally wounding him.[8]

In the Season 9 premiere, "For Warrick", Grissom found Warrick bleeding to death in his car; Warrick tried to Grissom that McKeen shot him, but deterred by McKeen's branching of his sidearm, and died in Grissom's arms. McKeen was eventually found out and arrested for his murder. Warrick's funeral was held a few days later and Grissom delivered an emotional eulogy, saying that he would miss him "so much".[6] To honor Warrick's memory, the CSI team started a college fund for his son Eli.[9]

In the CSI: Miami season eight episode "Bone Voyage", when Lt. Horatio Caine meets Raymond Langston for the first time, he asked Langston if he could tell Catherine that, "I'm very sorry about Warrick Brown".


  1. ^ A framed portrait of Warrick Brown in front of his coffin in "For Warrick" (season 9, episode 1) indicates the years of his birth and death as "1971–2008".
  2. ^ "I-15 Murders". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 1. Episode 11. January 12, 2001. CBS. 
  3. ^ "Crate 'n' Burial". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 1. Episode 3. October 2000. CBS. 
  4. ^ "Bang-Bang". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 6. Episode 23. May 11, 2006. CBS. 
  5. ^ "A La Cart". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 2. Episode 14. February 16, 2001. NBC. 
  6. ^ a b c d "For Warrick". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 9. Episode 1. October 9, 2008. CBS. 
  7. ^ "Grave Danger". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 5. Episode 1. May 19, 2005. CBS. 
  8. ^ "For Gedda". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 8. Episode 17. May 15, 2008. CBS. 
  9. ^ "Turn, Turn, Turn". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Season 9. Episode 16. March 5, 2009. CBS.