An actor who has been a part of CBS’s long-running procedural "CSI" since its first season is leaving the show. The Hollywood Reporter’s Live Feed reports that Paul Guilfoyle will exit the show at the end of the current season.
The actor has played Captain Jim Brass since the show’s first season in 2000, and is one of only two original stars, along with George Eads, who remain with the production.
"Paul made Capt. Brass a standout character," ‘CSI’ exec producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said in a statement to the publication. "He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out, and Capt. Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed."
Guilfoyle and Eads, who plays Nick Stokes, have each appeared in 312 episodes of “CSI” so far — more than any other cast members — missing only a handful of episodes in the course of 14 seasons, the report notes. The show has had a fair number of cast changes, including the high-profile departures of William Petersen and Marg Helgenberger at the end of seasons nine and twelve, respectively.
The drama, which was just renewed for its 15th season, currently stars Ted Danson and Elisabeth Shue. Guilfoyle’s final episode will be the season 14 finale, set to air May 7.