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. (Read more CBS stories.)