There is an actor in the TV series CSI named Paul Guilfoyle. Is he related to an actor of the same name who used to appear in the movies in the late 1930s and early 1940s?
—Mary G., Pennsylvania
Paul Guilfoyle, who plays Lt. Brass on the hit show CSI, is the son of character actor Paul Guilfoyle. The senior Guilfoyle made more than 100 movies, usually playing gangsters, and passed away in 1961. Born in Boston, the younger Guilfoyle studied economics at Yale University before he followed his father’s lead by studying at the prestigious Actors’ Studio. He started out on Broadway, with roles in Glengarry Glen Ross, Richard III and The Basic Training of Pavlo Hummel, among others. His first film was the less-than-prestigious Howard The Duck, but he soon went on to establish himself as a fine character actor. He’s appeared in more than 70 films, including Wall Street, Ransom, Amistad and L.A. Confidential. Guilfoyle lives in New York City with his wife, choreographer Lisa Giobbi, and their daughter, Snowden.