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 –

Gary’s paternal grandfather, Robert Booth Durden, on the 1900 U.S. Census –

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

Gary’s maternal grandfather, Marion Gordon Corley, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Gary’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Crawford Scott, on the 1920 U.S. Census –

Obituary of Gary’s maternal grandmother, Ruth Crawford (Scott) Corley –


Curious about ethnicity

56 Responses

  1. andrew says:

    For what it’s worth, his maternal grand-uncle was listed as “colored” on his marriage record in 1946:

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