Dulé Hill (whose first name is pronounced due-LAY) was born in East Brunswick, New Jersey; raised in Sayreville; and is the younger of two sons born to his Jamaican parents. His father is an entrepreneur and his mother is an educator. He began attending Marie Wildey School of Dance in East Orange, NJ at the age of 3 and got his first break years later when producers of Broadway's "The Tap Dance Kid" called the school in search of child dancers who could sing and act for the production. As the understudy to Savion Glover in "The Tap Dance Kid," he went on to perform the lead role in the musical's national tour working with Harold Nicholas of the famed Nicholas Brothers for the next 16 months. He also later appeared with Gregory Hines and Jimmy Slyde.
More roles followed in the musicals "Shenandoah," "Little Rascals," and "Black & Blue," and during Hill's senior year of high school, he appeared in his first feature film, Sugar Hill (1993), as the young character later played by Wesley Snipes. Hill also was seen in national commercials such as one for Kellogg's Corn Pops cereal and was cast as one of the "CityKids" (1993), a Saturday-morning series produced by the Jim Henson company, while he was studying business finance at Seton Hall.
Hill's next career boost came with his starring role in the original cast of "Bring in Da' Noise, Bring In Da' Funk" on Broadway, as he re-teamed with Glover but, as a result, had to abandon his college studies during his junior year. He spent two-and-one-half years on the show and earned favorable notices from casting directors and later starred with Freddie Prinze Jr. in the hit feature film She's All That (1999). His other television credits include guest-starring shots on "Cosby" (1996), "Smart Guy" (1997), and "New York Undercover" (1994); and appearances in the TV movies The Ditchdigger's Daughters (1997) (TV), Color of Justice (1997) (TV), and Love Songs (1999) (TV) opposite Louis Gossett Jr.. Away from the set, Hill still enjoys tap-dancing immensely, as well as dominoes, taboo, and marathon Monopoly sessions. He often travels to Jamaica to see family members.
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Proficient tap dancer, as seen performing with Savion Glover on the 32nd NAACP Image Awards show.
Studied business finance at Seton Hall University in South Orange, New Jersey but left in his junior year to pursue acting.
Acting mentor was Martin Sheen.
On working with James Roday in the series, "Psych" (2006): We have the chemistry off-camera. I think eventually, I personally think it wouldn't work. We both like to have a lot of fun, and I think that translates to the screen. We're all thankful to have a job.
On his role of "Gus" in the television series, "Psych" (2006): It's nice to have a character who has all this knowledge, especially an African American character--he's a very smart guy, but at the same time he's kind of cool...So it's cool to be smart and vice versa. So if we can have the character live in the balance of these two places, then I think it would be a fun journey.
On acting: I learned that the majority of the time, simplicity is the best way to go about things as you peel away the layers...that's when you start finding the gold...I can't say that was from my own acting. That was from observing actors like John Spencer and Martin Sheen...I had a chance just to observe.
On playing "Gus" in the series, "Psych" (2006): The biggest challenge for me is not making Gus too nerdy or too cool. Because Gus is a nerd..the only place that's interesting to me. I think most people have a little bit of both in them anyway. I think that's where the most interesting place is. I think it's fun trying to play cool but not really being cool at all.
I love soccer, I haven't played since my freshman year of high school, but it's the family sport, so I just wanted to get out here and live my pro dream for one day.
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