Early yearsDourdan was December 11, 1966 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, the son of Sandy, a teacher and fashion designer, and Robert Durdin, an entrepreneur and agent for jazz musicians. Dourdan is the second youngest of five children. When he was 6 years old, his older brother Darryl was murdered while on vacation in Haiti; the case is still unsolved. He moved with his family to Willingboro, New Jersey when he was in his youth. At this time his interests included acting, music, and martial arts. Later Dourdan moved to New York City and worked as a doorman at a rehearsal studio where he met some of Manhattan's promising young artists.
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCSI series which aired on October 6, 2000. He played analyst Warrick Brown who, viewers find out, has a checkered past fraught with gambling problems. By working in Las Vegas, the character is able to use his personal experiences from the street to help him throughout his career. Ultimately, he ends up battling his demons throughout the show instead of overcoming them.
In 2008 there was media speculation surrounding Dourdan's CSI contract negotiations with CBS. The parties could not reach a resolution, and as a result his contract was not renewed. It was reported on April 14, 2008, that Dourdan was leaving the show. In the Season 8 finale, Dourdan's character was shot and left for dead at the episode's end. The Season 9 premiere revealed Dourdan's character dying in the arms of his colleague and friend Grissom.
Music and music videos
- Dourdan played Janet Jackson's love interest in the video for her 1993 hit "Again". He had a cameo appearance in the music video "Move the Crowd" by Eric B. and Rakim.
- Dourdan joined hip hop artist DMC (of Run-DMC) onstage at the Live 8 concert in Barrie, Ontario, Canada. He sang alongside Macy Gray at the 2005 Emmy Awards.
- Dourdan is an alternative musician and a record producer.
- TV Guide voted him the Sexiest CSI actor on TV in its 2008 "Sexiest" issue.
- He was the host of a BET spoken word show entitled Lyric Cafe.
- In 2008 he voiced the character Crispus Allen in three of the six short films for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated short films were released straight to DVD and chronicled the time in between the films Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).
- He portrayed Ray Carter in the video games FlatOut 2 and FlatOut: Ultimate Carnage.
- He portrayed Chef McKenna in the 2011 film Jumping the Broom.