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Westchester Native Joins CBS' 'Criminal Minds' Cast As Show's Star Is Fired

Yonkers native and Clarkstown North High School graduate Adam Rodriguez on the set of the CBS-TV show "Criminal Minds." Photo Credit: Facebook
Longtime "Criminal Minds" star Thomas Gibson was fired after being suspended for kicking a writer in the shins. Photo Credit: Wikipedia
Adam Rodriguez joined the cast of "Criminal Minds" following the departure of another acting star, Shemar Moore, who had previously announced he had decided to leave the show. Photo Credit: Twitter @shemarmoore

The Hudson Valley will be well-represented on one of the most popular shows on television.

Yonkers native and Clarkstown North High School graduate Adam Rodriguez will make his debut as a series regular on the CBS-TV show, "Criminal Minds," playing the role of special agent.

Rodriguez, who had played a similar role on another CBS show, "CSI: Miami," joins the "Criminal Minds" cast as the firing of longtime star Thomas Gibson is making headlines.

The 54-year-old Gibson's firing comes after he was suspended for kicking a writer on the set of the show during a dispute, according to Entertainment Weekly.

"Creative details for how the character’s exit will be addressed in the show will be announced at a later date," CBS Studios said in a statement.

Rodriguez joins "Criminal Minds" for its 12th season.

The 41-year-old Rodriguez, who graduated from Clarkstown North in 1993, began acting after an injury shortened his baseball career in high school.

Rodriguez will play FBI Fugitive Task Force agent Luke Alvez on "Criminal Minds," who joins the Behavioral Analysis Unit following the departure of another acting star, Shemar Moore, who had previously announced he had decided to leave the show.

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