Paul Guilfoyle

Paul Vincent Guilfoyle (/ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/; born April 28, 1949) is an American television and film actor. He was a regular cast member of the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, on which he played Captain Jim Brass from 2000 to 2014. He returned for the series finale, "Immortality", in 2015.[citation needed] He will also return for two episodes in the sequel CSI: Vegas.[1]

Paul Guilfoyle
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Guilfoyle in 2016
Paul Vincent Guilfoyle

(1949-04-28) April 28, 1949 (age 72)
Years active1975–present
(m. 1989)

Early lifeEdit

Guilfoyle was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He attended Boston College High School and spoke at the 2005 commencement of the school's seniors. He would later appear in Spotlight, which features the school. 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.[2]


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, but returned in 2015 for the two-hour series finale "Immortality".[3]

In 2020, he guest-starred on Star Trek: Discovery in the two-part story "Terra Firma", as Carl, the humanoid avatar of the Guardian of Forever.

Personal lifeEdit

In 1989, Guilfoyle married choreographer and aerial artist Lisa Giobbi. They have one child and live in New York City.[4]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Next Door Unknown Short film
1976 The Murderer Brock Short film
1981 The Dark End of the Street Unknown
1986 Howard the Duck Lieutenant Welker film debut
1986 Billy Galvin Nolan
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Nikos Thomopolis
1987 Three Men and a Baby Vince
1987 Wall Street Stone Livingston
1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow Andrew Cassedy
1989 Dealers Lee Peters
1990 The Local Stigmatic Ray
1990 Cadillac Man Jack 'Little Jack' Turgeon
1991 True Colors John Laury
1992 Final Analysis Mike O'Brien
1992 Hoffa Ted Harmon, Reporter
1993 The Night We Never Met Sparrow's Nest Salesman
1993 Naked in New York Roman, Jake's Father
1993 Mother's Boys Mark Kaplan, Robert's Attorney
1993 Mrs. Doubtfire Head Chef
1994 Little Odessa Boris Volkoff
1994 Quiz Show Lishman
1995 Gospa Miodrag Dobrovic
1995 Cafe Society Anthony Liebler
1996 Manny & Lo Country House Owner
1996 Looking for Richard 2nd Murderer Documentary
1996 A Couch in New York Dennis
1996 Celtic Pride Kevin O'Grady
1996 Heaven's Prisoners Detective Magelli
1996 Striptease Malcolm Moldovsky
1996 Extreme Measures Dr. Jeffrey Manko
1996 Ransom FBI Agent Wallace
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan McGovern
1997 L.A. Confidential Mickey Cohen
1997 Air Force One Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd
1997 Amistad Attorney
1998 Peppermills Owner of Restaurant Short film
1998 Primary Colors Howard Gerguson
1998 The Negotiator Detective Nathan Roenick (uncredited)
1998 One Tough Cop Frankie 'Hot' Salvino
1999 In Dreams Detective Jack Kay
1999 Entropy Andy
1999 Anywhere But Here George Franklin
1999 Random Hearts Dick Montoya
2000 A Question of Faith Francis
2000 Company Man Officer Hickle
2001 Hemingway, the Hunter of Death Alex Smith
2001 Session 9 Bill Griggs
2002 Pharoh's Heart Angelo Short film
2004 Tempesta Taddeo Rossi
2008 American Violet Judge Belmont
2012 That Guy... Who Was in That Thing Himself
2015 Spotlight Pete Conley
2016 Pandemic Dr. Greer
2021 Don't Look Up Post-production


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Ephriam McDowell's Kentucky Ride Unknown Television Movie
1986 American Playhouse Unknown Episode: "Roanoak: Part 1"
1986 Crime Story Deranged Gunman Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Ross Bates Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"
1987 Miami Vice Milton Glantz Episode: "Death and the Lady"
1988 Kate & Allie Benny Rinaldi Episode: "My Day with Paul Newman"
1988 Internal Affairs The Watcher Television Movie
1988 Wiseguy Calvin Hollis 3 episodes; recurring role
1989 Unsub Joe Episode: "White Bone Demon"
1989 Miami Vice John Baker Episode: "Victims of Circumstance"
1989 The Equalizer Max Gorman Episode: "Heart of Justice"
1989 A Man Called Hawk Stan Episode: "Life After Death"
1989 Big Time Ted Television Movie
1989 Kojak: Fatal Flaw Hood Television Movie
1990 Curiosity Kills Ortley Television Movie
1990 Against the Law Shraker Episode: "Pilot"
1990 Law & Order Anthony Scalisi Episode: "Everybody's Favorite Bagman"
1991 The Great Pretender Martin Brinkman Television Movie
1991 Darrow Bert Franklin Television Movie
1991 Civil Wars Jerry Bennett Episode: "Pilot"
1992 Notorious Norman Prescott Television Movie
1992 Those Secrets Leonard Television Movie
1992 Unnatural Pursuits Larry Leitz Episode: "I'm the Author"
1992 Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Commander Steve Mccall, US Coast Guard Television Movie
1993 Anna Lee: Headcase Dr. Frank Television Movie
1993 Class of '61 Unknown Television Movie
1993 Fallen Angels Steve Prokowski Episode: "Dead-End for Delia"
1994 Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Paul Mantz Television Movie
1994 M.A.N.T.I.S. Michael Rompath Episode: "Soldier of Misfortune"
1994 New York Undercover Remmy Powers Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"
1996 September Conrad Television Movie
1996 C.P.W. Detective 2 episodes
1996 The Burning Zone Dr. Arthur Glyndon Episode: "Pilot"
1997 New York Undercover Alex Pratt Episode: "Hubris"
1997 Path to Paradise Lou Napoli Television Movie
1998 Ally McBeal Harold Lee Episode: "Theme of Life"
1998 Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Detective Sammy Kurtz Television Movie
2000 Now and Again Ed Bernstadt Episode: "The Eggman Cometh"
2000 Secret Agent Man Brubeck 20 episodes; recurring role
2000-2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Captain Jim Brass series regular; 317 episodes
2001 Night Visions John (segment "The Passenger List") Episode: "The Passenger List/The Bokor"
2002 Live from Bagdad Ed Turner Television Movie
2003 Coyote Waits FBI Agent Jay Kennedy Television Movie
2005 Justice League Unlimited The Warlord / Travis Morgan (voice role) Episode: "Chaos at the Earth's Core"
2015 The Fourth Man Liska 'The Bear' Television Miniseries; Episode: "#1.2"
2015 CSI: Immortality Jim Brass Television Movie
2015 Stanistan Ambassador Matthews Television Movie
2016 Colony Quayle 8 episodes; recurring role
2017 Blindspot Rosmond Ott Episode: "Gunplay Ricochet"
2017-2018 The Good Fight Henry Rindell 11 episodes; recurring role
2019 The Morning Show Reid Episode: "Lonely at the Top"
2019 A Million Little Things Lenny Episode: "Daisy"
2020 Star Trek: Discovery Carl, The Guardian of Forever 2 episodes
2021 CSI: Vegas Jim Brass 2 episodes

Video gamesEdit

Year Title Role Notes
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Las Vegas Police Department Captain James "Jim" Brass (voice role)
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives LVPD Capt. Jim Brass (voice role)
2006 CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder LVPD Cap. Jim Brass (voice role)
2007 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence Capt. Jim Brass (voice role)
2009 Prototype Dr. Raymond McMullen (voice role)
2009 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Deadly Intent Captain Jim Brass (voice role)
2010 CSI: Fatal Conspiracy Captain Jim Brass (voice role)

Awards and nominationsEdit

Year Title Accolade Category Results
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2003 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2004 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Nominated
2005 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Screen Actors Guild Award Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series Won
2016 Spotlight Independent Spirit Award Best Ensemble Won


  1. ^ "'CSI: Vegas' Jamie McShane To Recur In CBS Sequel, Paul Guilfoyle To Reprise Jim Brass Role". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  2. ^ "Paul Guilfoyle". CBS Interactive Inc. Retrieved February 2, 2015.
  3. ^ Bricker, Tierney (March 24, 2014). "CSI Shocker: Find Out Which Original Castmember Is Leaving the CBS Drama". E! Online. E! Entertainment Television, LLC.
  4. ^ "Bios: Paul Guilfoyle as Capt. Jim Brass". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CBS. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010.

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