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Paul Guilfoyle
Guilfoyle in 2016
Paul Vincent Guilfoyle

(1949-04-28) April 28, 1949 (age 74)
Years active1975–present
(m. 1989)

Paul Vincent Guilfoyle (/ˈɡɪlfɔɪl/) (born April 28, 1949)[1] 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.[2] He also returned for two episodes in the sequel CSI: Vegas.[3]

Early life

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.[citation needed]

He is a member of The Actors 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.


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 film 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".[4]

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 life

In 1989, Guilfoyle married choreographer and aerial artist Lisa Giobbi. They have one child and live in New York City.[5]



Year Title Role Notes
1975 Next Door Unknown Short film
1976 The Murderer Brock
1981 The Dark End of the Street Unknown
1986 Howard the Duck Lieutenant Welker
Billy Galvin Nolan
1987 Beverly Hills Cop II Nikos Thomopolis
Three Men and a Baby Vince
Wall Street Stone Livingston
1988 The Serpent and the Rainbow Dr. Andrew Cassedy
1989 Dealers Lee Peters
1990 The Local Stigmatic Ray
Cadillac Man Jack 'Little Jack' Turgeon
1991 True Colors John Laury
1992 Final Analysis Mike O'Brien
Hoffa Ted Harmon, Reporter
1993 The Night We Never Met Sparrow's Nest Salesman
Naked in New York Roman, Jake's Father
Mother's Boys Mark Kaplan, Robert's Attorney
Mrs. Doubtfire Head Chef
1994 Little Odessa Boris Volkoff
Quiz Show Lishman
1995 Gospa Miodrag Dobrovic
Cafe Society Anthony Liebler
1996 Manny & Lo Country House Owner
Looking for Richard 2nd Murderer Documentary
A Couch in New York Dennis
Celtic Pride Kevin O'Grady
Heaven's Prisoners Detective Magelli
Striptease Malcolm Moldovsky
Extreme Measures Dr. Jeffrey Manko
Ransom FBI Agent Wallace
1997 Night Falls on Manhattan McGovern
L.A. Confidential Mickey Cohen
Air Force One Chief of Staff Lloyd Shepherd
Amistad Attorney
1998 Peppermills Owner of Restaurant Short film
Primary Colors Howard Gerguson
The Negotiator Detective Nathan Roenick (uncredited)
One Tough Cop Frankie 'Hot' Salvino
1999 In Dreams Detective Jack Kay
Entropy Andy
Anywhere but Here George Franklin
Random Hearts Dick Montoya
2000 A Question of Faith Francis
Company Man Officer Hickle
2001 Hemingway, the Hunter of Death Alex Smith
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
2019 Turnover Peter Parveau
2019 William Bob Claybourn
2020 Recondition Gerry Sanders Short film
2021 Don't Look Up General Themes
2022 The Good House Henry Barlow
2022 The Man from Rome Monsignor Paolo Spada


Year Title Role Notes
1981 Ephriam McDowell's Kentucky Ride Unknown Television film
1986 American Playhouse Unknown Episode: "Roanoak: Part 1"
Crime Story Deranged Gunman Episode: "Hide and Go Thief"
1987 Spenser: For Hire Ross Bates Episode: "The Man Who Wasn't There"
Miami Vice Milton Glantz Episode: "Death and the Lady"
1988 Kate & Allie Benny Rinaldi Episode: "My Day with Paul Newman"
Internal Affairs The Watcher Television film
Wiseguy Calvin Hollis 3 episodes
1989 Unsub Joe Episode: "White Bone Demon"
Miami Vice John Baker Episode: "Victims of Circumstance"
The Equalizer Max Gorman Episode: "Heart of Justice"
A Man Called Hawk Stan Episode: "Life After Death"
Big Time Ted Television film
Kojak: Fatal Flaw Hood
1990 Curiosity Kills Ortley
Against the Law Shraker Episode: "Pilot"
Law & Order Anthony Scalisi Episode: "Everybody's Favorite Bagman"
1991 The Great Pretender Martin Brinkman Television film
Darrow Bert Franklin
Civil Wars Jerry Bennett Episode: "Pilot"
1992 Notorious Norman Prescott Television film
Those Secrets Leonard
Unnatural Pursuits Larry Leitz Episode: "I'm the Author"
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster Commander Steve Mccall, US Coast Guard Television film
1993 Anna Lee: Headcase Dr. Frank
Class of '61 Unknown
Fallen Angels Steve Prokowski Episode: "Dead-End for Delia"
1994 Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight Paul Mantz Television film
M.A.N.T.I.S. Michael Rompath Episode: "Soldier of Misfortune"
New York Undercover Remmy Powers Episode: "Eyewitness Blues"
1996 September Conrad Television film
C.P.W. Detective 2 episodes
The Burning Zone Dr. Arthur Glyndon Episode: "Pilot"
1997 New York Undercover Alex Pratt Episode: "Hubris"
Path to Paradise Lou Napoli Television film
1998 Ally McBeal Harold Lee Episode: "Theme of Life"
Exiled: A Law & Order Movie Detective Sammy Kurtz Television film
2000 Now and Again Ed Bernstadt Episode: "The Eggman Cometh"
Secret Agent Man Brubeck Recurring
2000-2014 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Captain Jim Brass Main
2001 Night Visions John (segment "The Passenger List") Episode: "The Passenger List/The Bokor"
2002 Live from Bagdad Ed Turner Television film
2003 Coyote Waits FBI Agent Jay Kennedy
2005 Justice League Unlimited Travis Morgan / Warlord Voice, episode: "Chaos at the Earth's Core"
2015 The Fourth Man Liska 'The Bear' Television miniseries; episode: "#1.2"
CSI: Immortality Jim Brass Television film
Stanistan Ambassador Matthews
2016 Colony Quayle Recurring
2017 Blindspot Rosmond Ott Episode: "Gunplay Ricochet"
2017-2018 The Good Fight Henry Rindell Recurring
2019 The Morning Show Reid Episode: "Lonely at the Top"
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
2022 Can't Go Home Detective Peter Bartlett pre-production

Video games

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

Awards and nominations

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


  1. ^ "Rotten Tomatoes: Movies | TV Shows | Movie Trailers | Reviews - Rotten Tomatoes". Rotten Tomatoes.
  2. ^ Upadhyaya, Ruchinka (July 24, 2015). "CSI finale will feature a 'pivotal death'; find out which original character will return in two-hour episode". International Business Times. Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  3. ^ "'CSI: Vegas' Jamie McShane To Recur In CBS Sequel, Paul Guilfoyle To Reprise Jim Brass Role". Deadline Hollywood. May 3, 2021. Retrieved May 19, 2021.
  4. ^ Bricker, Tierney (March 24, 2014). "CSI Shocker: Find Out Which Original Castmember Is Leaving the CBS Drama". E! Online. E! Entertainment Television, LLC.
  5. ^ "Bios: Paul Guilfoyle as Capt. Jim Brass". CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CBS. Archived from the original on April 4, 2010.