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|CSI: Crime Scene Investigation character|
Gary Dourdan as Warrick Brown
|First appearance||The Pilot|
|Last appearance||For Warrick|
|Portrayed by||Gary Dourdan|
|Date of birth||October 10, 1971|
|Date of death||May 17, 2008(aged 36)|
|City||Las Vegas, Nevada|
|Rank||CSI Level 3|
|Position||Night shift CSI|
|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 "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
Warrick Brown, born in 1971, 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
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 a dork 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 is discovered that Warrick was a gambling addict. 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 conflicted 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 also tended to not get along with Jim Brass early in the first season, but over several episodes, they appeared to patch things up.
Warrick is also sensitive to the difficulties of minorities. In I-15 Murders, he pays the bail for his protégé, Jason, whom he meets every week. Also, in Crate 'n Burial, Warrick shows 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 offers advice before James is taken into custody and gives him his cell phone number. He tells James to contact him just in case trouble arises in prison.
Warrick maintained a strong friendship with fellow CSI Nick Stokes.
After dating a woman named Tina for a short time, he proposed and quickly married her in Season 6. Nearing the Season 6 finale ("Bang-Bang"), Warrick's marriage seemed to have become rocky, but after a scene when Tina's supposed infidelity was shown, she was actually planning a party for Warrick. Through the midpoint of Season 7, Warrick still wore his wedding band, which would suggest that he and Tina had worked through their differences. In the Season 7 episode "Leapin' Lizards" he commented that his marriage to Tina might have worked out better if Tina was also a crime scene investigator and better understood the demands of his job. In Season 8 Episode 2 ("A La Cart)" Warrick tells Catherine that he is getting divorced. In season 8 episode 9 Warrick is on the phone with Tina. Warrick had asked to help father the unborn child, only to be met by resistance from Tina. We then see Tina again at Warrick's funeral in Season 9 Episode 1 ("For Warrick (Part 2)"), when Sara and Greg discover that Warrick had a son named Eli with Tina, and had been fighting for custody over him. Tina also brings their son to the funeral.
Warrick appeared to have a close working and personal relationship with Catherine Willows, although it becomes clear throughout the show that their relationship did not develop into a romantic one. In the season 5 episode "Down the Drain", Catherine fell into Warrick's arms and they shared a 'romantic' moment together, which was interrupted. Catherine and Warrick continued to flirt with each other until Season 6, when it is revealed that Warrick had proposed and married his girlfriend, Tina. Catherine appeared to be very dismayed and unhappy. She told Warrick that she was disappointed that he hadn't told her and is visibly upset and jealous of his new relationship.
Warrick and co-worker Nick Stokes have remained brotherly since the first season. Warrick and Nick often bet on cases, as was shown in the Season 1 episode "Anonymous". Warrick was extremely upset when Nick is kidnapped and buried alive in the Season 5 finale ("Grave Danger"). Nick was very upset after he found out that Warrick was murdered in the Season 9 opener ("For Warrick"). The evidence pointed to McKeen. When Nick found McKeen, he held him at gunpoint and the Undersheriff revealed his guilt. McKeen demanded that Nick shoot him. When Brass arrived after hearing a gunshot and asked Nick what happened, Nick told him that he missed.
Warrick had nothing but respect for Grissom and idolized him from the first season. 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, and thought that Warrick could potentially be his successor as lab supervisor. In the season 9 episode "For Warrick", Grissom was the first person to find Warrick after he had been shot, and held him in his arms when Warrick subsequently died. Upon hearing of this, Sara commented that "there is nowhere in the world he would have rather been at the end." Later in the episode, the team finds a video in Warrick's home in which he states that he never knew his biological father, but if he could choose someone to be his father, it would be Grissom.
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 Warrick's investigation, rumors began that Gedda had a mole in the LVPD. Gedda phoned Warrick to inform him that he was "ready to talk". During the discussion, Warrick was framed for Gedda's murder. The night shift crew was kept from the case, which is processed by Conrad Ecklie and the day shift crew. Grissom requested that Ecklie allow them to process the raw evidence after the day shift crew has had their turn, in order to draw their own conclusions. In doing so, 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, Grissom's team ate at a local diner to celebrate his acquittal. Nick asked Warrick if he wanted to go for a beer, but Warrick passes. As he headed to the back alley and got into his parked car, Undersheriff Jeffrey McKeen approached and asked him about the case. Warrick reminded him that Gedda's mole is still out there and that he will keep searching for him. The Undersheriff says to Warrick, "That's what makes you a great CSI", then shot him twice, cleaned the gun of his prints, dropped it in the car, walked away as Warrick slumped onto the steering wheel, and called in the shooting.
In the Season 9 premiere, Grissom discovered Warrick's body in his parked car. Grissom removed him from the car and discovered that Warrick was still alive. Warrick attempts to tell Grissom of his attacker, but is deterred by McKeen's brandishing of a gun out of view of the unsuspecting Grissom. McKeen is later apprehended and arrested. During the investigation of his death, papers were found in Warrick's apartment by Greg Sanders, disclosing that he had a son. In a video that was made, Warrick reveals that his dedication to parenting a child and how he learned to care for people came from Grissom. Warrick's funeral is held a few days later and Grissom delivers an emotional eulogy, saying that he will miss him "so much". In the episode "Turn, Turn, Turn", it is revealed that Nick and some of the others have started a college fund for Warrick's son Eli.
In the 7th episode of season 13, Warrick's death is brought up when the CSIs discover a body at his burial site, hitting home for Nick, Sara, Greg, and Jim.
- 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".