Source: Fishburne Leaving CSI
'Matrix' actor leaving role as Dr. Raymond Langston
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 8, 2011 8:55 AM CDT
Actor Laurence Fishburne arrives for the premiere of the movie "Bobby" during the opening night of AFI Fest 2006, in this Nov. 1, 2006 file photo taken in Los Angeles.   (DANNY MOLOSHOK)
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(Newser) – Laurence Fishburne is closing the file on his CSI: Crime Scene Investigation career. The actor won't be back on the CBS crime drama this fall, according to a person with knowledge of the situation. Fishburne joined the CSI cast as Dr. Raymond Langston midway through the 2008-09 season. He stepped in to replace departing star William Petersen.

CBS and the show's producers are taking Fishburne's departure in stride, aware that his movie career made a long TV tenure unlikely. CSI returns for its 12th season this fall and continues to rank among the 20 top-rated shows. Fishburne's credits include The Matrix films, and he's in the upcoming Contagion with Matt Damon.