Paul Guilfoyle who has starred in all 14 seasons of CSI as Captain Jim Brass is to bow out at the end of the current series in May.

Guilfoyle is one of only two actors who has been with the show from the beginning alongside George Eads, says The Hollywood Reporter. 

The decision was made by the show’s producers with the actor only finding out about the move recently.

CSI executive producers Carol Mendelsohn and Don McGill said “Paul made Capt Brass a standout character.

"He is not just an original cast member, he is an original. In a show about forensics, fans always looked forward to the handcuffs coming out and Capt Brass putting his spin on the crime of the week, just as Paul Guilfoyle put his indelible stamp on the character and the show. He will be missed.”