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Karim Dulé Hill (born May 3, 1975) is an Americanmarker actor. He is best known for his roles as Josiah Bartlet's personal presidential aide (body man) Charlie Young on the NBC drama television series The West Wing, and as pharmaceutical salesman-turned-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. On September 24, 2009, he was elected to a three-year term on the National Board of the Screen Actors Guild.

Personal life

Hill was born in East Brunswick, New Jerseymarker, to Jamaicanmarker parents Jennifer, an education consultant, and Bert Hill, an investment banker. He was raised in Sayreville, New Jerseymarker. He studied tap dance from an early age, and performed in the musical The Tap Dance Kid as Savion Glover's understudy on Broadwaymarker, and then played the part on the show's national tour. Hill graduated from Sayreville War Memorial High Schoolmarker, in Sayreville, New Jerseymarker, in 1993. Hill went on to attend Seton Hall Universitymarker and also studied acting at William Esper Studio. Hill was a business finance major at Seton Hall, when he accepted a role on Jim Henson's CityKids.

Hill married actress Nicole Lyn on July 10, 2004.


His first film role, in Sugar Hill, came in 1993 during his senior year of high school. During his time at Seton Hallmarker, he was cast in a starring role in Bring in 'da Noise, Bring in 'da Funk on Broadwaymarker.

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, 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 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 65 Million Years Off), and The Guardian. Jason Sevoyal calls Dule's work "Outstanding, fresh, and truly worth looking at!"


Year Title Role Other Notes
2009 Psych Burton Guster
2008 Remarkable Power Reggie
2007 Whisper Detective Miles
2006 The Guardian Ken Weatherly
The Numbers Brady
2005 Edmond Sharper
Sexual Life Jerry
2004 10.5 Dr. Owen Hunter (TV movie)
2003 Holes Sam the Onion Man
2000 Men of Honor Red Tail
1999 The West Wing Charlie Young (1999-2006) (TV series)
Chicken Soup for the Soul Unknown 1 episode
Love Songs (TV movie) Leroy (A Love Song for a Dad)
She's All That Preston
The Jamie Foxx Show Tap Dancer (1 episode)
1998 Smart Guy Calvin Tierney (1 episode)
1997 Cosby Marcus (1 episode)
Color of Justice Kameel (TV movie)
The Ditchdigger's Daughters Young Donald (TV movie)
1995 New York News Raymond Gates (TV movie)
All My Children Simon (1 episode)
1994 New York Undercover Georgie (1 episode)
1993 American Playhouse Unknown (1 episode)
Sugar Hill Roemello Skuggs(age 17)
City Kids John
1992 Ghostwriter Basketball Boy (1 episode)
1988 Good Old Boy: A Delta Boyhood Robert E. Lee

Awards and honors

  • Emmy Awards
    • 2002, Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series- "The West Wing" (Nominated)

  • Image Awards
    • 2009, Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series-"Psych" (Nominated)
    • 2008, Outstanding Actor in a Comedy Series-"Psych" (Nominated)
    • 2005, Outstanding Actor in a Television Movie, Mini-Series or Dramatic Special- 10.5 (Nominated)
    • Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Nominated) 2001, 2002, 2004 & 2005

  • Screen Actors Guild Awards
    • 2006- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Nominated)
    • 2005- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Nominated)
    • 2004- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Nominated)
    • 2003- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Nominated)
    • 2002- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Won)
    • 2001- Outstanding Ensemble in a Drama Series-"The West Wing" (Won)


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