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Gary Dourdan

Getting Killed Off 'CSI'

Left My Finances DOA

1/12/2013 5:50 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
EXCLUSIVE

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Former "CSI" star Gary Dourdan has a really great excuse for filing for bankruptcy -- his residual checks from the show just ain't what they used to be ... this according to legal docs.

Gary filed new docs this week in his ongoing Chapter 11 case. It's all part of the bankruptcy process, where he explains how he got into this dire financial situation -- i.e. being in the hole to creditors a cool $1.73 million.

Here are a few highlights: 

-- Gary says he went broke all thanks to "diminished payment of residuals" from "CSI." 

-- The "CSI" checks drying up also caused him to default on his two mortgages.

-- His current goal is to rebuild his his career (and his bank account) with "pending involvement as an actor in two movie productions." That's it.

Lesson Learned: Don't get killed off of a top rated TV show.

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31.

Cujeaux    

Are there any pictures of this guy not wearing a Hanes white t-shirt with a suit vest and rapper chain?

560 days ago
32.

Gargamel    

Why do celebrities have mortgages when they clearly have the money to purchase a house outright?

560 days ago
33.

Max Smart    

That guy earned more for one episode than most of us earn in a year. No sympathy from me. It's staggering that people can lose that much money from just spending it on themselves. What a jerk.

560 days ago
34.

MrsB    

Residual checks...lol I think you mean to say meth

560 days ago
35.

Dan Frederiksen    

So amazingly stupid to make millions and throw it all away.

560 days ago
36.

Scary    

Just maybe it was the drugs??? ha

560 days ago
37.

SoWhat    

Don't blame residuals and stupid crap like that on your own dumb mistakes. Maybe you shouldn't have been stupid with your money and spent it like there was no end to it.

560 days ago
38.

Ivan in Phoenix    

He always looks like he's high on something.

560 days ago
39.

PokerStar    

Those 7 gram rocks didn't pay for themselves.

560 days ago
40.

my2cents    

That's a damned shame. He looked so strong yet turned out to be a weakling. Shameful bastard he is.

560 days ago
41.

Zveltahna    

He is the one that wanted to leave the show. He thought it was holding him down from other gigs is my guess. That was a good gig for him and he did a good job. Isn't retrospect hell??

560 days ago
42.

Zveltahna    

I remember he was whining about being on CSI keeping him down and he was written out of the show because that is what he wanted. Guess he found out that jobs are hard to find. Isn't retrospect hell??

560 days ago
43.

SusanInFlorida    

No, Gary, getting killed on CSI was NOT the reason your salary dried up. Your excessive drug use caused the producers to can you, then the rest of the movie community learned of your drug habit and stopped hiring you. THAT did it. You were riding the financial gravy train, but forgot that acting isn't forever. Look at you now ~ dissheveled and whining. Instead of cutting coke with $100 bills, you should have save that $$$ and bought a house FOR CASH. You had the cash. Now you have nothing, thanks to being a druggie.

560 days ago
44.

Rae    

Dude, your drug addiction is what got you fired from CSI, and drugs is where your money went.

560 days ago
45.

There's a problem here    

I must have missed the memo. Last time I checked the story was you fvcked up so many times after them giving you so many chances that they had to let you go. That's too bad because you were lucky enough to play a popular character on a popular show. You could still be riding that gravy train but you flushed it down whatever toilet you were living in at the time. Too bad Dourdan, too damn bad.

559 days ago
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