Gary Dourdan

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Dourdan in 2005, photo by PR Photos

Birth Name: Gary Robert Durdin

Place of Birth: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.

Date of Birth: December 11, 1966

Ethnicity: African-American

Gary Dourdan is an American actor. He is known for playing Warrick Brown in the series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also appeared in Janet Jackson’s video for her song Again in 1993.

Gary is the son of Selma and Robert Booth Durden. Both of his parents, and all of his grandparents, are/were African-American.

Gary has evidently said that he also has French, Irish, Scottish, Native American, and Jewish ancestry. It is not clear if this is accurate.

Gary has two children.

Gary’s paternal grandfather was Robert Booth Durden (the son of Robert Booth Durden and Julia Bell). Gary’s grandfather Robert was born in Georgia. Gary’s great-grandfather Robert was the son of Thomas L. Durdin and Margeret Wyatt.

Gary’s paternal grandmother was named Anna B. Harris. Anna was born in North Carolina.

Gary’s maternal grandfather was Marion Gordon Corley (the son of Edward Corley and Lula/Lulu Saunders). Marion was born in South Carolina.

Gary’s maternal grandmother was Ruth Crawford Scott (the daughter of Alexander E. Scott II and Mary V. Crawford). Ruth was born in Virginia.

Sources: Gary’s father on the 1940 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Gary’s paternal grandfather, Robert Booth Durden, on the 1900 U.S. Census – https://www.familysearch.org

Gary’s paternal great-grandparents, Robert Booth Durden and Julia Bell Durden, on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Gary’s maternal grandfather, Marion Gordon Corley, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Gary’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Crawford Scott, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org

Obituary of Gary’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Crawford (Scott) Corley – http://www.findagrave.com

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50 Responses

  1. RadDaddy says:

    Not sure why even minuscule amounts of ancestry admixture are included in many profiles on here, but an obviously EXTREMELY admixed man with blue eyes/Caucasian bone structure, is pawned off as “African American”?
    No.

    Even if white ancestry can’t be documented, it’s only sane and logical to classify a man like this as biracial.
    This man has many, many, white ancestors and more than likely is predominantly Caucasian in ancestry at a level of at least 62.5%.

    It seems a pattern on this site to suck out even vapors of one’s ancestry if they’re not black, and to put anyone with some black ancestry into the “African American” category.
    Almost like many on here are antebellum southern slave owners subscribing to one drop rule.

    And don’t troll me on a RARE genetic disease that causes blue eyes and OTHER genetic issues.
    That surely would in 99.999% of cases not explain BOTH blue eyes and light skin/Caucasian bone structure….
    Even albinism in Negroids will still result in a person with Negroid bone structure with a light complexion…

    • madman says:

      Find his white ancestor, and I can garantee you it will be added to his ethnicity. But just deciding that he “has” to have significant white ancestry because of his looks is silly (don’t get me wrong, he likely does because of the reasons you listed). African-American refers to a largely mixed group anyway, like many Latin American ethnicities.

      • RadDaddy says:

        “But just deciding that he “has” to have significant white ancestry because of his looks is silly (don’t get me wrong, he likely does because of the reasons you listed). ”
        Likely does?

        I’m silly?
        He likely does?
        Oh, you’re not trolling wildly and being a clown…
        LOL, NEVER have I seen YOU engage in any of that kind of skeptical talk about the endless racist, antisemitic and just plain ——– comments on here.

        The man has blue eyes, light skin and nearly completely Caucasian bone structure.
        He practically looks like a typical white guy with curly hair.
        How come on this site trolls slither out of their caves when someone reasonably points out obvious features and asks sane questions, but a comment about someone being “exotic” for Europe for having dark eyes stays up for 4 years unchallenged?
        In fact some of the most absurd and racist comments I have ever read go wholly unchallenged by the likes of YOU.

        But yet I’m led to believe that this site has no racialist bent…
        Reality dictates otherwise.
        Your are revealing much about yourself and this site.

        • madman says:

          Well, excuse me for being humble in my judgement. It’s a little strange that you choose to react so strongly to my use of the word “likely”, when it was in a context where I agreed with you.

          So it’s my duty to answer every stupid comment that is left here? For your information, I don’t much care about many discussions that goes on here, like those about who looks like what ethnicity and so on. I care mostly about genealogy. That doesn’t mean I endorse or don’t care about neiltennant’s antisemitism, I just don’t have the time nor interest to comment on everything, I’m a busy person. I respond to your comments here because they have to do with the site, about changes you want to make.

          And lastly, don’t call me a troll. It seems like you’ve read enough comments on here to know that I’ve provided countless of comments with input about the ancestry of many celebrities. So your accusations about me being a troll and a clown are pretty harsh coming from someone who just started commenting here and only cares to discuss pointless topics, like looks.

          • RadDaddy says:

            Don’t troll and you wont get called a troll.
            Pretty simple, no need to be over getting called out on being a concern troll.

            Guys like you are a major problem, this site is literally awash and overflowing with obscenely racist and bigoted comments just begging for a poster to call them out.
            I don’t see the likes of you EVER spend ANY time, even ONE sentence to call them out.
            For me though you have plenty of time to fart out sentence after sentence of pearl clutching concern trolling.
            Clearly you have some major issues and your moral compass is broken.
            What you choose to engage and address on this site speaks volumes to your lack of moral clarity and character.

          • RadDaddy says:

            “So your accusations about me being a troll and a clown are pretty harsh coming from someone who just started commenting here and only cares to discuss pointless topics, like looks..”

            Perfect example of why you’re a TROLL.
            A really despicable bottom-feeder troll at that.
            You just made up blatant lies about me and that is what trolls do.
            Are you a full-time troll?
            No.
            Are you trolling ME?
            Yes.
            Do you add to this site and do good work?
            YES.
            ARE YOU TROLLING ME?
            Again. clearly so.

            I have spent many posts engaging some of the most virulent bigotry I have EVER seen on ANY site.

            The whole reason I got this account was because I would come to this site to see celeb profiles and was sickened by the unchallenged racist bile that is all over your comments section.
            I have done plenty to give this site a much needed rehab and smack some sanity into this comments section and this is the thanks I get from you?

            A liar that pounces on me on and tires to spin me into the race obsessed poster…
            Shame on you, pal, I have more respect for neiltennant, at least we know where he stands and he is not a poser.

          • andrew says:

            @RadDaddy

            You missed the target this time.

            Madman is one of the most honest users here, really a nice guy.

            He is usually more busy with genealogical researches rather than being involved in racial-related discussions

            About Gary Dourdan, unfortunately nobody has been able to trace his white ancestry so far, so he is simply labelled as African-American.

          • madman says:

            Since when did I get responsible for what other people write here? Let’s get one thing straight: I have zero responsibility for anyone other than myself here on this site, I’m not a moral agent here, nor am I a moderator. I can choose to engage in what interests me and ignore what doesn’t.

            Your empty trolling accusations just became repetitive and boring. What part of what I wrote was trolling? Was it me using the word “silly”? Maybe you’d prefer if I called you stupid instead, would that make me less of a troll?

            I miss neiltennant. He was funny. This new guy is just rude and rambling.

          • andrew says:

            No idea why he blamed you of trolling. Leave him alone.

          • follers says:

            You’re right, Madman. I’m going to abandon my Red Daddy alias and start using Neiltennant again. I’m also thinking of dropping the Andrew account I use, too.

          • jackson9 says:

            lol Follers your sarcastic sense of humor really is underrated! I always get a good chuckle :-)

          • follers says:

            There I go again, laughing at my own jokes. For the record, I actually think my sense of humour is overrated (like the predominance of English ancestry among many-generation white Americans!)

          • jackson9 says:

            “There I go again, laughing at my own jokes.” Although I don’t consider myself a particularly hostile person, I don’t think you want to take credit for an account of someone who is anywhere as lets say “weird” as I am. Neil Tennant’s account, maybe.

          • follers says:

            They’re not buying our act anymore. I’m sorry.

        • jackson9 says:

          I hope so too. what this website needs is for Neil Tennant and myself to be administrators.

          • madman says:

            Then maybe Summer Glau will FINALLY be listed as part Chinese. It’s a shame Follers tries to cover up the truth, but the lies can’t be kept forever.

          • jackson9 says:

            Madman, of course if Neil Tennant’s instinct tells him that we will add that. Don’t forget it was the two of us who knew all along Abigail Kathleen Breslin is Jewish :-)

          • jackson9 says:

            Speaking of that. Follers are you half Ashkenazi half Norwegian ancestry? Basing this question on previous conversations. and I promise I will try to restrain myself from making you a celebrity profile if you answer

    • andrew says:

      because as I learnt here “African-American” or “Black” are just “umbrella terms” of a wider culture so no matter what your skintone is and so on…it does not matter. End of story.

      • andrew says:

        However there you go. Scepticism persists when it comes to “African-Americans”. Take this guy for instance. He is still labelled as such even though there would be more material about him to prove otherwise.

        http://ethnicelebs.com/roger-guenveur-smith

        The point is that average American still struggles to understand that the likes of Alicia Keys or Lenny Kravitz or Halle Berry have a mulatto phenotype.

        Roger Guenveur Smith does not even looks like a mulatto but like a quadroon despite “his parents are both black”. Would you believe it??

        • bablah says:

          I mean, we could start adding ”possibly African” to every person with curly hair, but that’s not how it goes. You can’t eyeball someone’s ancestry. Roger could just as well have more Native American ancestry than European. You can’t just look at him and be like, yep that’s a 60% white person. I mean, when I submitted his profile I made sure to comment immediately that there is a white Guenveur family in Charleston, and that they’re likely related, I just couldn’t find the link, which doesn’t mean I won’t find it one day.

      • fuzzybear44 says:

        What you said brought a tears of joy to my eye,weep weep. You’ve grown, I feel just like a proud parent

        • fuzzybear44 says:

          I’m sorry, I was to misty(weep weep). I meant to address that to Andrew

        • andrew says:

          I am fine with that (the “umbrella term”).

          But I still thinks some AAs are evidently more mixed than average and certain traits don’t come out of nothing but they’re due to a more recent admixture.

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            @ Andrew

            Quote(But I still thinks some AAs are evidently more mixed than average )

            Well sure there are some that are more mixed than other, I don’t think I ever deny that.

            Quote( certain traits don’t come out of nothing but they’re due to a more recent admixture)

            IDK about that. See in our families, we can go generations without seeing a single non black relative, but we still have the traits. Why do you think we’re so surprised when we take these dna test. I don’t have time to explain what I’m saying, got to stop for now, maybe pick it up later

          • andrew says:

            Btw even Kevin Durant questioned Stephen Curry’s blackness. Read here: https://www.interbasket.net/news/18864/2015/11/stephen-curry-race-mixed/

          • fuzzybear44 says:

            @andrew

            Quote(Btw even Kevin Durant questioned Stephen Curry’s blackness.)

            I been through stuff like that before. People get comfortable with certain things, and that includes looks(skin color, hair etc). So when someone they don’t normally see, comes along, it’s an eye opener, Plus the man said when he was ten yrs old, I don’t expect someone to have much worldly experience at ten. My sister was done like that, by a little white girl while she playing at park. The little girl thought my sister was white. They thought my father was white, which I told you before. My niece as I told you before, was accused of being half white, by little black kids and some Mexicans. I had to be samoan because of my hair, and because I was being protective of my little brother(apparently we black men are not supposed to do that). Plus even SINBAD the comedian said he went through the same crap. He stated it in one of his specials . Even I was shocked, when I saw a neighborhood where all the black people looked alike(same color, and hair etc) . It was on t.v., but it still shocked me

          • andrew says:

            thanks for sharing your personal experiences

            Are you so big to be mistaken for Samoan? I’m not sure what do you mean for “Samoan hair”, because I’ve seen Samoan rugby players with any kind of hair, from Chinese-like ones to Afros.

      • RadDaddy says:

        “You missed the target this time.

        Madman is one of the most honest users here, really a nice guy.

        He is usually more busy with genealogical researches rather than being involved in racial-related discussions

        About Gary Dourdan, unfortunately nobody has been able to trace his white ancestry so far, so he is simply labelled as African-American.”

        What target did I miss, exactly?
        You missed the point of MY post, little Andy.
        Nice guy or not he took the time to troll me.
        Not your business, anyway.
        I gave my opinion on the subject of biracial celebs and he felt he had the time to interject and give his 2 cents.
        I pointed out that he NEVER seems to take any time to interject on the most vile and disturbing racialist posts on here and I stand by that charge.

        I never said he wasn’t busy contributing to this site.
        I said he was trolling me and I stick by that.
        He accomplished nothing by doing so
        I don’t need your support, Andrew, we aren’t friends and I don’t value your opinion or respect you as a poster.
        I despise this site and consider the posters on here either outright racists or numbskulls that completely turn a blind eye to the fact that this site has been hijacked by racists.
        I already said I have no intention of submitting any celeb profiles and I now fully understand this site and have no interest in further dialog with anyone on here, including you.
        I corrected some wrongs on here and gave my opinion on a few things.
        Made no difference at all, obviously.
        I sincerely don’t like this site or its posters and consider this the most racist and low IQ site I have ever contributed to.
        This site is far worse than ———- — that idiotic Apricity site.
        Follers is correct Andrew, to quote him, “fuck you.”
        Done.
        All of you are a shameful lot.
        Glad I used adblock when I was on here.
        Goodbye, racists and cowards!

        • andrew says:

          Just for the record, I am not sure if Gary Dourdan can be considered “biracial”, because his parents are technically both “African-Americans”. His mother surely has a lot of white admixture (and his dad to a lesser degree) but she still ain’t fully European.

    • fuzzybear44 says:

      @RadDaddy

      Quote(Even if white ancestry can’t be documented, it’s only sane and logical to classify a man like this as biracial.
      This man has many, many, white ancestors and more than likely is predominantly Caucasian in ancestry at a level of at least 62.5%.)

      African Americans outside appearance, doesn’t mean as much as you think it does. Most people know AA’s are multi generational mixed people. So that means we have inherited traits. Doesn’t mean the person we got a certain trait from was recent. You say he’s 62% white, well that’s possible. However I’ve seen dna results of people who are far more white looking than him, and they turn out majority black. As was stated, African American is just an umbrella term. It’s just like saying a white person, you guys can look all types of way, but you’re saying we can’t.

      Plus have you every stop to contemplate that he calls himself African American which he does

      • RadDaddy says:

        “You say he’s 62% white, well that’s possible.”
        Didn’t say that, actually.

        I said: “This man has many, many, white ancestors and more than likely is predominantly Caucasian in ancestry at a level of at least 62.5%.”
        So save your misquotes…

        “African Americans outside appearance, doesn’t mean as much as you think it.”

        I’m not discussing an African Americans, I’m discussing a biracial actor named Gary Dourdan.
        I’m not speaking for Gary and how he may or may not identify himself on any given day, I’m speaking for reality,
        I don’t subscribe to millennial politics and couldn’t care a wit as to what a person “identifies” as.
        You can’t make any case that is rational to show that this man is anything but biracial.

        ” You say he’s 62% white, well that’s possible. However I’ve seen dna results of people who are far more white looking than him, and they turn out majority black”

        Um…. Any whiter looking than Gary would literally be a white guy, Gary already practically looks like Brad Pitt with a tan and curly hair.

        Your anecdotal stories are likely B.S. stories, about DNA testing ..
        I have taken 5 autosomal DNA tests and ALL of them have wildly varied in their results, don’t throw junk science home DNA tests at me as proof of anything.

        If Gary Dourdan isn’t biracial then nobody on Earth is and the term is meaningless.
        But alas there is a term called biracial and Mr. Gary Dourdan is a textbook example of it.
        If you want to deny it and troll me, do so by all means, but your time would be better spent on this site engaging the real haters, antisemitic loons, racists, and not me.

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