Dulé Hill

Dulé Hill

Active - 1988 - 2021  |   Born - May 3, 1975 in Orange, New Jersey, United States  |   Genres - Drama, Mystery, Comedy

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Although his screen appearances, particularly that of his role as aide to the president on the TV series The West Wing, have earned him career success, Dule Hill's real love of the spotlight relates more closely to his love of tap dancing than of performing in other genres. Born in Orange, NJ, on May 3, 1974, and raised in Sayreville, NJ, Hill began dancing at the age of three. His Jamaican parents enrolled him in dance school as a young child, and he branched out into film and theater by the time he finished high school. After gaining attention as an actor for appearing in a Corn Pops commercial, as a high school senior, he played the role of Harlem in his first feature film, Sugar Hill, in 1993. That same year, he also had a small part in the TV movie Hallelujah, and on the series City Kids. His childhood theater experience would prove beneficial, as he chose to leave college before the end of his third year to perform Bring in Da Noise, Bring in Da Funk on Broadway.

In 1997, he played the young Donald in the drama The Ditchdigger's Daughters, which explored the complex themes of race in America, as well as fatherhood. He appeared in the made-for-TV murder mystery Color of Justice, also relevant to racial issues, that year also. Switching to a more light-hearted genre, he played Preston in the teen romantic comedy She's All That, starring Freddie Prinze Jr. and Rachael Leigh Cook, in 1999.

His recurring role on The West Wing, the drama series about political life in the White House, rounded off his widespread attention, along with his role in 2000's Men of Honor, the war drama starring Robert De Niro and Cuba Gooding Jr. Having appeared with the ranks of several established Hollywood stars, Hill's dramatic talent grew increasingly apparent. In 2002, he appeared in a supporting role in Holes, a fantasy comedy-drama for tweens. The film aslo stars Sigourney Weaver, Jon Voight, and Patricia Arquette. Hill returned to television in 2006 for the USA Network's Psych a detective show in which he played Burton Guster, the straightman sidekick to James Roday's psychic detective, Shawn Spencer. The popular show ran for 6 seasons and continued to air new episodes in 2012.

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  • An aunt gave him the middle name he goes by. She liked the last name of actor Keir Dullea.
  • Began attending dance classes at 3 years old.
  • As a teen, appeared in several national TV commercials, including one for Corn Pops cereal.
  • Left college before graduating to appear in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk on Broadway.
  • When nominated for an Emmy in 2002, he was up against three West Wing castmates (John Spencer won).
  • Both he and wife Nicole Lyn are of Jamaican descent and were married at Montego Bay's Round Hill resort in July 2004.