Dulé Hill

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Dulé Hill
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Dulé Hill in July 2013.
BornKarim Dulé Hill
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 39)[citation needed]
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, tap dancer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Nicole Lyn (2004–12)
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Dulé Hill
Dule Hill by Gage Skidmore.jpg
Dulé Hill in July 2013.
BornKarim Dulé Hill
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 39)[citation needed]
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, tap dancer
Years active1988–present
Spouse(s)Nicole Lyn (2004–12)

Dulé Hill (/ˈdl/; born May 3, 1975[citation needed]) is an American actor and tap dancer. He has played personal presidential aide Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, 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][dead link]

Early life[edit]

Hill was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey, to parents Jennifer and Bertram Hill (both are from Jamaica).[2][3] 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.[4] Hill graduated in 1993 from Sayreville War Memorial High School, in Sayreville, New Jersey,[5] and studied business finance at Seton Hall University and acting at William Esper Studio.[6] While at Seton Hall,[5] he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids.


In 1985, 10-year-old Dulé performed a tap dance number on the MDA telethon. While 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,[7] 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).[8]

Personal life[edit]

Hill married actress Nicole Lyn in 2004. Hill filed for legal separation from her in 2012 citing irreconcilable differences.[9]


YearTitleRoleOther Notes
1988Good Old Boy: A Delta BoyhoodRobert E. Lee
1992GhostwriterBasketball Boy(1 episode)
American PlayhouseUnknown(1 episode)
1994New York UndercoverGeorgie(1 episode)
Sugar HillRoemello Skuggs (age 17)
1995All My ChildrenSimon(1 episode)
New York NewsRaymond GatesTV film
1997The Ditchdigger's DaughtersYoung DonaldTV film
Color of JusticeKameelTV film
CosbyMarcus(1 episode)
1998Smart GuyCalvin Tierney(1 episode)
1999The Jamie Foxx ShowTap Dancer(1 episode)
She's All ThatPreston
Love SongsLeroyTV film
Chicken Soup for the SoulUnknown1 episode
1999-2006The West WingCharlie Young(TV series)
2000Men of HonorRed Tail
200410.5Dr. Owen HunterTV miniseries
2005Sexual LifeJerry
2006The NumbersBrady
The GuardianKen Weatherly
2006-2014PsychBurton "Gus" GusterProducer 2009-2014
2007WhisperDetective Miles
2010Remarkable PowerReggie
2012Miss DialPopcorn Caller


YearTitleRoleOther Notes
1989The More You KnowHimself(TV series)
20023rd NAACP Image AwardsHimself(TV special)
The West Wing Documentary SpecialCharlie Young(TV documentary)
The Rosie O'Donnell ShowHimself
2001-2002MADtvHimself2 episodes
Hollywood SquaresGuest Appearance2 episodes
2004New Year's Eve with Carson DalyHimself(TV special)
2004-2005Celebrity Poker ShowdownHimself4 episodes
2005Last Call with Carson DalyHimself
2006The Ellen DeGeneres ShowHimself
2007The Making of WhisperHimself(video short)
200911-04-08: The Day of ChangeHimself(TV movie)
The Late Late Show with Craig FergusonHimself
2010WWE RawHimselfGuest host[10]
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots(voice)(TV documentary)
IMDb's 20th Anniversary Star of the DayHimself(TV series documentary)
The Daily HabitHimself(TV series)


YearTitleRoleOther Notes
1996Bring in 'Da Noise, Bring in 'Da FunkThe Kid
2011Stick FlySpoon (Kent) LeVay
2013After Midnight

Awards and honors[edit]

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  1. ^ Screen Actors Guild.[dead link]
  2. ^ "Dule Hill Biography (1975-)". Filmreference.com. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  3. ^ As revealed in the audio commentary for the Psych Season 1 episode "From the Earth to Starbucks."
  4. ^ Susan King, "'West Wing' actor takes 'Psych' sidekick role", The Day, August 28, 2006.
  5. ^ a b 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."
  6. ^ "Dule Hill: The Enduring Rage of Dutchman". Broadway.com. 2007-02-13. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  8. ^ "Dulé Hill | IBDB: The official source for Broadway Information". The Broadway League. Retrieved 24 January 2014. 
  9. ^ "Dule Hill Files for Legal Separation". Retrieved 28 November 2012. 
  10. ^ "Raw: WWE tries to get viewers ‘psyched’ about Royal Rumble". 2010-01-26. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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