William Petersen

Actor, Producer
A powerful, brooding figure in features and on television since the early 1980s, William Petersen explored the darker corners of the lawman's psyche in "To Live and Die in L. A." (1985) and "Manhunter" (1986) before ... Read more »
Born: 02/20/1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA

Filmography

Actor (42)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation 2000 - 2015 (Tv Show)

Actor

Detachment 2012 (Movie)

Mr. Sarge Kepler (Actor)

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World 2012 (Movie)

Trucker (Actor)

The 60th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2008 - 2009 (TV Show)

Actor

On the Record With Bob Costas 2000 - 2008 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 14th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards 2007 - 2008 (TV Show)

Actor

Without A Trace 2007 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards 2005 - 2006 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004 2004 - 2005 (TV Show)

Actor

TV Land Moguls 2004 (Tv Show)

Actor

The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2003 - 2004 (TV Show)

Actor

The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards 2001 - 2002 (TV Show)

Actor

The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards 2000 - 2001 (TV Show)

Actor

Kiss the Sky 1999 - 2000 (TV Show)

Actor

The Contender 2000 (Movie)

Jack Hathaway (Actor)

The Skulls 2000 (Movie)

Ames Levritt (Actor)

The Rat Pack 1998 (Movie)

John F Kennedy (Actor)

The Staircase 1997 - 1998 (TV Show)

Actor

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 - 1997 (TV Show)

Actor

Fear 1996 (Movie)

Steve Walker (Actor)

Peter Benchley's The Beast 1995 - 1996 (TV Show)

Actor

Present Tense, Past Perfect 1996 (Movie)

The Architect (Actor)

Curacao 1992 - 1993 (TV Show)

Actor

In the Kingdom of the Blind 1993 (Movie)

(Actor)

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

Joey Coalter (Actor)

Passed Away 1992 (Movie)

Frank Scanlan (Actor)

Young Guns II 1990 (Movie)

Sheriff Pat Garrett (Actor)

Cousins 1989 (Movie)

Tom Hardy (Actor)

Amazing Grace and Chuck 1987 (Movie)

Russell (Actor)

Long Gone 1986 - 1987 (TV Show)

Actor

Manhunter 1986 (Movie)

Will Graham (Actor)

To Live and Die in L.A. 1985 (Movie)

Richard Chance (Actor)

Thief 1981 (Movie)

Katz & Jammer Bartender (Actor)

12 Angry Men (TV Show)

Actor

Gunshy (TV Show)

Actor

Haven (TV Show)

Actor

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Actor

Return to Lonesome Dove (TV Show)

Actor
Producer (2)

Hard Promises 1992 (Movie)

(Producer)

Keep the Change (TV Show)

Producer

Biography

A powerful, brooding figure in features and on television since the early 1980s, William Petersen explored the darker corners of the lawman's psyche in "To Live and Die in L. A." (1985) and "Manhunter" (1986) before becoming a household name on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000- ). A veteran of the Chicago theater community, he burst onto the Hollywood scene with forceful turns in the aforementioned crime dramas, but neither had the box office clout to turn him into a major movie star. Instead, he concentrated on the stage while delivering consistently believable turns in films like "Young Guns II" (1990) and "Fear" (1991), as well as numerous television efforts. His cool, withdrawn investigator Gil Grissom on "CSI" thrust him into the limelight, making him a major TV star, but he walked away from the hit series in 2008 to return to his roots. One of the most eclectic figures in entertainment, his professional choices and performances earned the enduring respect of his peers and admirers.

Relationships

Joanne Brady

Wife
Married in 1974 Divorced in 1981

Gina Cirone

Wife
Together since c. 1993 Married June 14, 2003 in Italy

June Petersen

Mother

Maite Petersen

Daughter
Born in 1975; mother, Joanne Brady

Arthur Petersen

Father

EDUCATION

Studied as a Shakespearean actor in the Basque Country region of Spain

Idaho State University

Pocatello , Idaho
Accepted on a football scholarship; left school in 1974 to pursue acting

Bishop Kelly High School

Boise , Idaho 1972

Milestones

2011

Reprised his role of Gil Grissom on an episode of "CSI" titled, "The Two Mrs. Grissoms"

2009

Received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame

2000

Played the role of Gov. Jack Hathaway, an unscrupulous candidate for vice president in Rod Lurie's "The Contender"

2000

Played Dr. Gil Grissom on the CBS crime drama, "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation"; also produced

1998

Cast in a supporting role as as President Jack Kennedy in the HBO movie, "The Rat Pack"

1997

Re-teamed with director William Friedkin for Showtime remake of "12 Angry Men"

1996

Made Broadway debut in revival of Tennessee Williams' "Night of the Iguana"

1996

Cast as Reese Witherspoon's overprotective father in the thriller, "Fear"

1992

Television producing debut, the TNT movie, "Keep the Change" (also starred)

1992

Producing debut, "Hard Promises" (also starred)

1990

Portrayed Joseph P. Kennedy in the ABC miniseries, "The Kennedys of Massachusetts"

1989

Played Isabella Rossellini's unfaithful husband in "Cousins," Joel Schumacher's American remake of the 1977 French comedy

1987

Television debut, playing Cecil 'Stud' Cantrell in the HBO movie, "Long Gone"

1986

Formed film production company called High Horse Productions with producer Cynthia Chvatal

1986

Cast as a former FBI agent who captured the infamous Dr. Hannibal Lecktor in Michael Mann's "Manhunter"

1985

First starring role in a feature, Friedkin's "To Live and Die in L.A."

1981

Made feature debut in Michael Mann's "Thief" (billed as William L. Petersen)

1974

Followed a drama professor to Basque country where he studied as a Shakespearean actor

Chicago theatre debut, "Canticle of the Sun"

Returned to the Chicago area, and became active in the theater

Discovered by William Friedkin playing Stanley Kowalski in a Canadian production of "A Steetcar Named Desire"

Co-founded the Remains Theater Ensemble which also included other prominent Chicago actors

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