Dulé Hill

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Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill at the set of Psych, season 6, on July 27, 2011.
BornKarim Dulé Hill
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 37)
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, tap dancer
Years active1988-present
SpouseNicole Lyn (2004-present)
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Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill at the set of Psych, season 6, on July 27, 2011.
BornKarim Dulé Hill
(1975-05-03) May 3, 1975 (age 37)
East Brunswick, New Jersey, U.S.
OccupationActor, tap dancer
Years active1988-present
SpouseNicole Lyn (2004-present)

Karim Dulé Hill (/ˈdl/; born May 3, 1975) is an American actor and tap dancer. He is best known for his roles as personal presidential aide (body man) Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, and as 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 Bertholomu Hillshire (who, when married, shortened his name to Hill).[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, and 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] Hill went on to attend Seton Hall University and also studied acting at William Esper Studio.[6] Hill was a business finance major at Seton Hall,[5] when he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids. In a commercial aired on USA Network, Hill stated he is a Christian.


His first film role, in Sugar Hill, came in 1993 during his 2nd 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 The Guardian.

Personal life

In 2004, Hill married actress Nicole Lyn.[8]


YearTitleRoleOther Notes
Miss DialPopcorn CallerNot yet released
2010Remarkable PowerReggie
2007WhisperDetective Miles
2006PsychBurton Guster2006–present (TV series) Producer 2009–Present
The GuardianKen Weatherly
The NumbersBrady
Sexual LifeJerry
200410.5Dr. Owen Hunter(TV movie)
2003HolesSam the Onion Man
2000Men of HonorRed Tail
1999The West WingCharlie Young(1999–2006) (TV series)
Chicken Soup for the SoulUnknown1 episode
Love Songs (TV movie)Leroy(A Love Song for a Dad)
She's All ThatPreston
The Jamie Foxx ShowTap Dancer(1 episode)
1998Smart GuyCalvin Tierney(1 episode)
1997CosbyMarcus(1 episode)
Color of JusticeKameel(TV movie)
The Ditchdigger's DaughtersYoung Donald(TV movie)
1995New York NewsRaymond Gates(TV movie)
All My ChildrenSimon(1 episode)
1994New York UndercoverGeorgie(1 episode)
1993American PlayhouseUnknown(1 episode)
Sugar HillRoemello Skuggs(age 17)
City KidsJohn
1992GhostwriterBasketball Boy(1 episode)
1988Good Old Boy: A Delta BoyhoodRobert E. Lee


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[9]
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)

Awards and honors


  1. ^ Screen Actors Guild | http://www.sag.org/division-board-directors
  2. ^ "Dule Hill Biography (1975-)". Filmreference.com. http://www.filmreference.com/film/87/Dule-Hill.html. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  3. ^ As revealed in the audio commentary for the Psych Season 1 episode "From the Earth to Starbucks."
  4. ^ http://news.google.com/newspapers?id=RO4gAAAAIBAJ&sjid=N3IFAAAAIBAJ&dq=dule%20hill%20ballet%20national%20tour&pg=1157%2C6180231
  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. http://www.broadway.com/buzz/6218/dule-hill-the-enduring-rage-of-dutchman/. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  8. ^ Biermann, Rachel (2004-07-14). "West Wing's Dule Hill Marries Sweetheart - Marriage, Dule Hill". People.com. http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,663817,00.html. Retrieved 2011-05-28. 
  9. ^ "Raw: WWE tries to get viewers ‘psyched’ about Royal Rumble". 2010-01-26. http://weblogs.baltimoresun.com/sports/wrestling/blog/2010/01/raw_wwe_tries_to_get_viewers_psyched_about_royal_rumble.html. Retrieved 2010-01-28. 

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