Gary Dourdan is an example of how drugs can derail a flourishing acting career. This talented actor once played a prominent role on the hit television series CSI. However, after eight years on the show, from 2000 to 2008, he was killed off because he was constantly under the influence of drugs and alcohol when he came to work. Shortly afterward he was arrested for drug possession and his acting career has basically come to a halt. In addition he recently had to file for bankruptcy because he no longer has a consistent income.
He has been able to find some work over the past three years playing some small roles but it must be chastening for him to look on television and see some of his colleagues still working on the show while he is looking for work. His plight unfortunately is all of his own doing because no one has ever questioned his acting talent but the issue was his willingness to not take drugs and act as a professional on the set. Unfortunately, the drugs turned him into a person who was not someone you wanted to be around as his conduct was thoughtless and irresponsible. Arriving late to work and treating your peers poorly is not the way to endear yourself to your colleagues.
Gary Dourdan was once considered by some of the celebrity magazines as one of the hottest heart-throbs on television. However, his career downturn shows that the path from the top to the bottom can occur incredibly quickly if one becomes involved with drugs.
The thriving acting career of Gary Dourdan is basically on life support because the actor became involved with drugs and has been unable to kick his drug habit. His plight serves as a lesson to people young and old that no one is invincible and nothing good ever comes from the use of illegal drugs.