Oscar-nominated actor Laurence Fishburne is leaving “CSI” after two-and-a-half seasons, Deadline reports.
Fishburne opted not to renew his deal which expired this season. “The Matrix” star is said to be looking to return to film full-time.
Sources say CBS and the “CSI” team haven’t began discussions about the show’s future without the actor.
Fishburne, who plays Dr. Raymond Langston, was brought onto the successful CBS series after original star William Petersen left in Dec. 2008. After he joined the show, executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Naren Shankar said, “CBS asked us, ‘Who’s at the top of your dream list?’ Without hesitation, we said Laurence Fishburne. He is a powerful and intense actor, with an incredible range. For all of us at CSI, this is truly a dream.”
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