Karim Dulé Hill (//; born May 3, 1975) 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 and currently has recurring roles in Ballers and Suits. Hill also serves as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Board of Directors.
Dulé Hill in July 2013.
|Born||Karim Dulé Hill
May 3, 1975
Orange, New Jersey, U.S.
|Alma mater||Seton Hall University attended|
|Occupation||Actor, tap dancer|
|Spouse(s)||Nicole Lyn (2004–12)
Jazmyn Simon (2016; engaged)
Hill was born in Orange, New Jersey to Jamaican parents and raised in Sayreville, New Jersey. He studied ballet from an early age, and performed in the musical The Tap Dance Kid as Savion Glover's understudy on Broadway. He subsequently played this 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 could not 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|
|2015–present||Ballers||Larry Seifert||15 episodes|
|Psych: The Movie||Burton "Gus" Guster||Also executive producer|
|2017–present||Suits||Alex Williams||Recurring role (Season 7), Main Role (Season 8)|
|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 honorsEdit
- 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.
- Dugas, Christine (2001-03-30). "On the Money with Dulé Hill". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-07-23.
Hill was born in Orange, N.J., and raised in Sayreville, N.J., by his Jamaican-born parents.
- Contemporary Black biography. profiles from the international Black community. Detroit, Mich: Gale. 2009. ISBN 978-1414434407.
A New Jersey native, Hill was born in Orange in 1975, and raised in Sayreville.
- "Doubt Cast Biography". CBS.
Born in Orange, N.J. and raised in Sayreville, Dulé Hill began attending dance school when he was three years old.
- 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."
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- "Dule Hill Files for Legal Separation". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
- "'West Wing' Alum Dule Hill Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Jazmyn Simon". Retrieved 20 April 2017.
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