Dule Hill Biography

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"Karim Dulé Hill" (born May 3, 1975) is an Emmy Award-nominated American actor, primarily in movies, soap operas and television. He's best known for his roles as Josiah Bartlet's presidential aide Charlie Young on the critically-acclaimed television series "The West Wing" and as Burton 'Gus' Guster in the television comedy-drama "Psych".


Hill, born in Orange, New Jersey to Jamaican parents, studied tap dance from an early age. He performed in the musical "The Tap Dance Kid". His first film role, in "Sugar Hill", came in 1993 during his senior year of high school. Hill graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High School, in Parlin, NJ, in 1993.

During his time at Seton Hall University, he was cast in a starring role in "Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk" on Broadway.

Hill married actress Nicole Lyn on July 10, 2004.


In 1999, Hill was cast on "The West Wing" as Charlie Young, body man to President Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). 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, (... more) which premiered July 7, 2006. However, when the announcement was made the "The West Wing" would be ending in May 2006, Hill returned for the show's last episodes.

Hill also had minor roles in "She's All That" in 1999 starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachel Leigh Cook, as a Los Angeles doctor named Owen in the movie 10.5, and the Disney movie "Holes" as Sam the Onion Man, and "The Guardian".

Miscellaneous facts

Hill participated in and won a game in Celebrity Poker Showdown during the show's second season. Hill returned to Celebrity Poker Showdown during the seventh season and won another game.

Attended Sarah Michelle Gellar's and Freddie Prinze Jr.'s wedding in 2002.

Is friends with She's All That co-star Freddie Prinze Jr.

His real first name is Karim, but he dropped it because other kids kept calling him Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He goes by his middle name, Dulé, which was chosen by an aunt. She created the name after a trip to France.

Proficient tap dancer, as seen performing with Savion Glover on the 32nd NAACP Image Awards show. He also showed his tap dancing skills on an episode of Smart Guy where he 'taught' Tahj Mowry how to tap dance.

Both he and his wife, Nicole Lyn, are of Jamaican ancestry.

Commonly thought that he played Kenny (Nicknamed 'Bud') on the Cosby show, but that role was played by Deon Richmond.

Awards and nominations

Dulé Hill was nominated for an Emmy in 2002 for his performances as Charlie Young in "The West Wing" in the episodes Hartsfield's Landing and Enemies Foreign and Domestic.

External links

(Dule Hill: The Enduring Rage of Dutchman) at (Broadway.com)

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