Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill in July 2013.
Born Karim Dulé Hill
East Brunswick, New Jersey, United States
Occupation Actor, tap dancer,
Years active 1988–present
Spouse(s) Nicole Lyn (2004–12)

Karim Dulé Hill (/ˈdl/) is an American actor and tap dancer. He has 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 for 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 Holes and She's All That. Hill also serves as a member of the Screen Actors Guild Hollywood Board of Directors.[1]

Early life

Hill was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents Jennifer and Bertholemu Hillshire[2][3][4][5] (both are from Jamaica).[6][7] He studied ballet from an early age, and performed in the musical The Tap Dance Kid as Savion Glover's understudy on Broadway, then played the part on the show's national tour.[8] Hill graduated in 1993 from Sayreville War Memorial High School, in Sayreville, New Jersey,[9] and studied business finance at Seton Hall University and acting at William Esper Studio.[10] While at Seton Hall,[9] he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids.


In 1985, 10-year-old Dulé performed a tap dance number on the MDA telethon. When his music couldn't be found for his routine, telethon host Jerry Lewis helped by having the orchestra play another song while Dulé performed.

His first film role, in Sugar Hill, came in 1993 during his second senior year of high school. During his time 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, personal aide to President Josiah Bartlet (played by Martin Sheen). During the sixth season of the series, Charlie became a Special Aide 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,[11] 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 She's All That in 1999 starring Freddie Prinze, Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook (he later reunited with Cook & Prinze in Psych), as a Los Angeles doctor named Owen in the movie and series 10.5, and the Disney movie Holes as Sam the Onion Man (the movie itself was referenced in the Psych episode "65 Million Years Off"), and in The Guardian.

Hill also has appeared on Broadway in Stick Fly (December 2011 to February 2012) and After Midnight (November 2013).[12]

Personal life

Hill married actress Nicole Lyn in 2004. Hill filed for legal separation from her in 2012 citing irreconcilable differences.[13]


Year Title Role Other Notes
1988 Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood Robert E. Lee
1992 Ghostwriter Basketball Boy 1 episode
1993 CityKids John
American Playhouse Unknown 1 episode
1994 New York Undercover Georgie 1 episode
Sugar Hill Roemello Skuggs
1995 All My Children Simon 1 episode
New York News Raymond Gates TV film
1997 The Ditchdigger's Daughters Young Donald TV film
Color of Justice Kameel TV film
Cosby Marcus 1 episode
1998 Smart Guy Calvin Tierney 1 episode
1999 The Jamie Foxx Show Tap Dancer 1 episode
She's All That Preston
Love Songs Leroy TV film
Chicken Soup for the Soul Unknown 1 episode
1999–2006 The West Wing Charlie Young TV series
2000 Men of Honor Red Tail
2003 Holes Sam
2004 10.5 Dr. Owen Hunter TV miniseries
2005 Sexual Life Jerry
Edmond Sharper
2006 The Numbers Brady
The Guardian Ken Weatherly
2006–2014 Psych Burton "Gus" Guster Producer 2009-2014
2007 Whisper Detective Miles
2010 Remarkable Power Reggie
2012 Miss Dial Popcorn Caller
Gayby Adam
2015 Gravy Delroy
Ballers Larry Seifert 4 episodes
2016 Sleight Angelo

| 2017 || "Doubt" || Albert Cobb || tv series |-


Year Title Role Other Note
1989 The More You Know Himself TV series
2001–2002 MADtv Himself 2 episodes
2001–2002 Hollywood Squares Guest Appearance 2 episodes
2002 3rd NAACP Image Awards Himself TV special
2002 The West Wing Documentary Special Charlie Young TV documentary
2002 The Rosie O'Donnell Show Himself
2003 Punk'd Himself
2004 New Year's Eve with Carson Daly Himself TV special
2004–2005 Celebrity Poker Showdown Himself 4 episodes
2005 Last Call with Carson Daly Himself
2006 The Ellen DeGeneres Show Himself
2007 The Making of Whisper Himself video short
2009 11-04-08: The Day of Change Himself TV movie
2009 The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson Himself
2010 WWE Raw Himself Guest host[14]
2010 For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots (voice) TV documentary
2010 IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the Day Himself TV series documentary
2010 The Daily Habit Himself TV series
2010 Backwash Host


Year Title Role Other Notes
1996 Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da Funk The Kid
2011 Stick Fly Spoon (Kent) LeVay
2013 After Midnight

Awards and honors


  1. Screen Actors Guild. Archived April 15, 2013, at the Wayback Machine.
  2. http://www.godhatesthemedia.com/tvradio/dulehill.html
  3. Williams, Kam (22 December 2010). "Dule Hill 'Psych' Interview with Kam Williams". Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  4. "Dule Hill". Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  5. "Dule Hill Biography (1975-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28.
  6. "USATODAY.com". Retrieved 19 November 2016.
  7. Susan King, "'West Wing' actor takes 'Psych' sidekick role", The Day, August 28, 2006.
  8. 1 2 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. "Raw: WWE tries to get viewers 'psyched' about Royal Rumble". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28.

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