Dulé Hill

Karim Dulé Hill (/ˈdl/; born May 3, 1975[2]) is an American actor and tap dancer. He played personal presidential aide and Deputy Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, for which he received an Emmy nomination Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, and pharmaceutical salesman-private detective Burton "Gus" Guster on the USA Network television comedy-drama Psych. He has also had minor roles in the movies The Guardian, Holes and She's All That and a recurring role on Ballers. In 2018, it was announced that Hill would join the regular cast of Suits for season 8, after a recurring role in season 7. Hill also serves as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Board of Directors.[3]

Dulé Hill
Dulé Hill in July 2013.
Born
Karim Dulé Hill

(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975
Alma materSeton Hall University (did not graduate)[1]
OccupationActor, tap dancer
Years active1985-present
Spouse(s)
Nicole Lyn
(m. 2004; div. 2012)
Jazmyn Simon (m. 2018)

Early life

Hill was born in Orange, New Jersey to Jamaican parents and raised in Sayreville, New Jersey.[4][5][6] He studied ballet at a young age, and appeared in the musical The Tap Dance Kid as Savion Glover's understudy on Broadway, a part he subsequently played on the show's national tour.[7] Hill graduated in 1993 from Sayreville War Memorial High School,[8] and studied business finance at Seton Hall University and acting at William Esper Studio.[9] While at Seton Hall,[8] he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids.

Career

In 1985, 10-year-old Dulé performed a tap dance number on the MDA telethon. When the music could not be found for his routine, telethon host Jerry Lewis helped by having the orchestra play another song while Dulé performed. His first film role was in Sugar Hill in 1993 during his senior year of high school. While in college at Seton Hall, he was cast in a starring role in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk on Broadway.

In 1999, Hill was cast on The West Wing as Charlie Young, the personal aide to President Josiah Bartlet, who was played by Martin Sheen. During the sixth season of the series, Charlie became a Special Assistant to the Chief of Staff. Hill starred as Charlie for six seasons before he chose to leave the show at the beginning of the seventh season (September 2005) to star in the pilot for the new television show Psych for the USA Network,[10] which premiered July 7, 2006. However, when the announcement was made that The West Wing would be ending in May 2006, Hill returned for the show's last episodes.

Hill also had roles in the 1999 film She's All That starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, with whom he later reunited on Psych; as a Los Angeles doctor named Owen in the movie and series 10.5; the Disney movie Holes as Sam the Onion Man, in which the movie itself was referenced in the Psych episode 65 Million Years Off; and in The Guardian.

Hill also appeared on Broadway in Stick Fly from December 2011 to February 2012 and After Midnight in November 2013.[11]

Personal life

Hill married actress Nicole Lyn in 2004. Hill filed for legal separation from her in 2012 citing irreconcilable differences.[12] On April 14, 2017, Hill became engaged to girlfriend and Ballers co-star Jazmyn Simon.[13] In early 2018, Hill married Simon. On May 31, 2019, Hill and his wife announced the birth of their son Levi Dulé Hill, who was born on May 10, 2019.[14]

Filmography

YearTitleRoleOther Notes
1988Good Old Boy: A Delta BoyhoodRobert E. Lee
1992GhostwriterBasketball Boy1 episode
1993CityKidsJohn
American PlayhouseUnknown1 episode
1994New York UndercoverGeorgie1 episode
Sugar HillRoemello Skuggs
1995All My ChildrenSimon1 episode
New York NewsRaymond GatesTV film
1997The Ditchdigger's DaughtersYoung DonaldTV film
Color of JusticeKameelTV film
CosbyMarcus1 episode
1998Smart GuyCalvin Tierney1 episode
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowTap Dancer1 episode
She's All ThatPreston
Love SongsLeroyTV film
Chicken Soup for the SoulUnknown1 episode
1999–2006The West WingCharlie YoungTV series
2000Men of HonorRed Tail
2003HolesSam
200410.5Dr. Owen HunterTV miniseries
2005Sexual LifeJerry
EdmondSharper
2006The NumbersBrady
The GuardianKen Weatherly
2006–2014PsychBurton "Gus" GusterProducer 2009-2014
2007WhisperDetective Miles
2010Remarkable PowerReggie
2012Miss DialPopcorn Caller
GaybyAdam
2015Gravy Delroy
2015–presentBallersLarry Seifert15 episodes
2017SleightAngelo
DoubtAlbert CobbMain
Psych: The MovieBurton "Gus" GusterAlso executive producer
2017–2019SuitsAlex WilliamsRecurring (Season 7), Main (Seasons 8–9), 35 episodes
2019Muppet BabiesMr. MannyEpisode: “Mister Manny”[15]
2020Psych 2: Lassie Come HomeBurton "Gus" GusterAlso executive producer

Self

Shows
YearTitleRoleOther Note
1989The More You KnowHimselfTV series
2001–2002MADtvHimself2 episodes
2001–2002Hollywood SquaresGuest Appearance2 episodes
20023rd NAACP Image AwardsHimselfTV special
2002The West Wing Documentary SpecialCharlie YoungTV documentary
2002The Rosie O'Donnell ShowHimself
2003Punk'dHimself
2004New Year's Eve with Carson DalyHimselfTV special
2004–2005Celebrity Poker ShowdownHimself4 episodes
2005Last Call with Carson DalyHimself
2006The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHimself
2007The Making of WhisperHimselfvideo short
200911-04-08: The Day of ChangeHimselfTV movie
2009The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHimself
2010WWE RawHimselfGuest host[16]
2010For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots(voice)TV documentary
2010IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the DayHimselfTV series documentary
2010The Daily HabitHimselfTV series
2010BackwashHost

Theatre

YearTitleRoleOther Notes
1996Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da FunkThe Kid
2007Dutchman[17]Clay
2011Stick FlySpoon (Kent) LeVay
2013After Midnight
2017Lights Out: Nat "King" ColeNat "King" ColePeople's Light and Theatre
2019Lights Out: Nat "King" ColeNat "King" ColeGeffen Playhouse

Awards and honors

  • Emmy Awards
    • 2002, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
  • Image Awards
    • 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series - Psych (Nominated)
    • 2008, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series - Psych (Nominated)
    • 2005, Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special - 10.5 (Nominated)
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated) 2001, 2002, 2004 & 2005
  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • 2006, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
    • 2005, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
    • 2004, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
    • 2003, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Nominated)
    • 2002, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Won)
    • 2001, Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series - The West Wing (Won)

References

  1. "Congressional Record". Congress.gov. Retrieved 2 October 2018.
  2. "Dule Hill [biography]," Performing ARts Databases, Library of Congress.
  3. Screen Actors Guild. Archived April 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Dugas, Christine (2001-03-30). "On the Money with Dulé Hill". USA Today. Retrieved 2017-07-23. Hill was born in Orange, N.J., and raised in Sayreville, N.J., by his Jamaican-born parents.
  5. Contemporary Black biography. profiles from the international Black community. Detroit, Michigan: Gale. 2009. ISBN 978-1414434407. A New Jersey native, Hill was born in Orange in 1975, and raised in Sayreville.
  6. "Doubt Cast Biography". CBS. Born in Orange, N.J. and raised in Sayreville, Dulé Hill began attending dance school when he was three years old.
  7. King, Susan (August 28, 2006). "'West Wing' actor takes 'Psych' sidekick role". The Day via Google News.
  8. Granieri, Laurie. "Sayreville native Dule Hill gears up for show's new season", Home News Tribune, August 7, 2009. Accessed February 15, 2011. "The biggest challenge for me is not making Gus too nerdy or too cool. Because Gus is a nerd, says Hill, 34, who grew up in Sayreville and is a 1993 graduate of Sayreville War Memorial High School."
  9. "Dule Hill: The Enduring Rage of Dutchman". Broadway.com. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  10. "Dule Hill Leaving The West Wing". 16 September 2005. Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  11. "Dulé Hill | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". The Broadway League. Retrieved 24 January 2014.
  12. "Dule Hill Files for Legal Separation". Retrieved 28 November 2012.
  13. "'West Wing' Alum Dule Hill Gets Engaged to Girlfriend Jazmyn Simon". Usmagazine.com. Retrieved 20 April 2017.
  14. | url=https:people.com/parents/dule-hill-jazmyn-simon-welcome-son-levi-dule-first-photos-exclusive/amp/
  15. Butler, Karen (November 14, 2019). "Dule Hill lends voice to 'Muppet Babies' character Mr. Manny". UPI. Retrieved November 17, 2019.
  16. "Raw: WWE tries to get viewers 'psyched' about Royal Rumble". Weblogs.baltimoresun.com. 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28.
  17. http://www.cherrylanetheatre.org/, Cherry Lane Theatre,. "History | Cherry Lane Theatre". Cherrylanetheatre.org. Retrieved 2016-12-10.CS1 maint: extra punctuation (link)
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