William Petersen Biography (1953-)

Full name, William Louis Peterson; born February 21, 1953, in Evanston, IL; parents in the furniture business; married Joanne Brady, 1974 (divorced, 1981); married Gina Cirone (a biology teacher), June 14, 2003; children: (first marriage) Maite (some sources spell name Mae-Tae). Addresses: Office: High Horse Films, 25135 Anza Dr., Santa Clarita, CA 91355.; Agent: Tracey Jacobs, United Talent Agency, 9560 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 500, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.; Publicist: Jennifer Allen, PMK/HBH Public Relations, 700 San Vicente Blvd., Suite G910, West Hollywood, CA 90069 (some sources cite 8500 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 700, Beverly Hills, CA 90211).

Actor, producer
Birth Details
February 21, 1953
Evanston, Illinois, United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Gil Grissom, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2000-
  • Miniseries
  • Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr., The Kennedys of Massachusetts, ABC, 1990
  • Gideon Walker, Return to Lonesome Dove, CBS, 1993
  • Whip Dalton, The Beast (also known as Peter Benchley's "The Beast"), NBC, 1996
  • Jackson Connolly, Haven, CBS, 2001
  • Movies
  • Cecil "Stud" Cantrell, Long Gone (also known as Stogies), HBO, 1987
  • Joe Starling, Keep the Change, TNT, 1992
  • Stephen Guerin, Curacao (also known as Deadly Currents), Showtime, 1993
  • Juror number twelve, 12 Angry Men, Showtime, 1997
  • Jake Bridges, Gunshy, Cinemax, 1998
  • Joad, The Staircase, CBS, 1998
  • John F. Kennedy, The Rat Pack, HBO, 1998
  • Jeff, Kiss the Sky, The Movie Channel, 1999
  • Specials
  • The Taming of the Shrew, 1987
  • Jack Tremaine, Present Tense, Past Perfect, Showtime, 1996
  • Himself, CBS at 75, CBS, 2003
  • TV Guide's Greatest Moments 2004, ABC, 2004
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Presenter, The 27th Annual People's Choice Awards, CBS, 2001
  • The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, NBC, 2002
  • Presenter, The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, Fox, 2003
  • The GQ Men of the Year Awards (also known as Spike TV PresentsGQ Men of the Year Awards 2003), Spike TV, 2003
  • Presenter, The 57th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2005
  • Presenter, The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards, NBC, 2005
  • Some sources cite an appearance as a presenter at The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, ABC, 2004.
  • Episodic
  • Edward Sayers, "Need to Know," The Twilight Zone, CBS, 1986
  • George, "Good Housekeeping," Fallen Angels (also known as Perfect Crimes), Showtime, 1995
  • Guest, The Rosie O'Donnell Show, syndicated, 2000
  • Guest, Larry King Live, Cable News Network, 2002
  • Himself, Charlie Rose (also known as The Charlie Rose Show), PBS, 2003
  • Himself, On the Record with Bob Costas, HBO, c. 2003
  • Himself, TV Land Moguls, TV Land, 2004
  • Appeared in "The Films of Michael Mann," The Directors, Encore.
  • Pilots
  • Gil Grissom, "Cross-Jurisdictions," CSI: Miami, CBS, 2002, originally broadcast as an episode of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2002
  • Television Work
  • Series
  • Producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS,2000-2002
  • Supervising producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known as CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2001-2002
  • Co-executive producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also knownas CSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2003
  • Executive producer, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (also known asCSI, CSI: Las Vegas, CSI: Weekends, and Les experts), CBS, 2004-2005
  • Movies
  • Producer, Keep the Change, TNT, 1992
  • Film Appearances
  • Katz & Jammer bartender, Thief (also known as Violent Streets), United Artists, 1981
  • Richard Chance, To Live and Die in L.A., Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer/United Artists, 1985
  • FBI agent Will Graham, Manhunter (also known as Red Dragonand Red Dragon: The Pursuit of Hannibal Lecter), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1986
  • Russell, Amazing Grace and Chuck (also known as Silent Voice), TriStar, 1987
  • Tom Hardy, Cousins (also known as A Touch of Infidelity), Paramount, 1989
  • Sheriff Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett, Young Guns II (also known asHell Bent for Leather and Young Guns II: Blaze of Glory), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1990
  • Joey Coalter, Hard Promises, Columbia, 1991
  • Frank Scanlan, Passed Away, Buena Vista, 1992
  • Tony C., In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King(also known as In the Kingdom of the Blind), Arrow Releasing, 1995
  • (Uncredited) Jack, Muholland Falls, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer, 1996
  • Steve Walker, Fear (also known as No Fear and Obsessionmortelle), Universal, 1996
  • Governor Jack Hathaway, The Contender, DreamWorks, 2000
  • Senator Ames Levritt, The Skulls (also known as Le clan des skulls), MCA/Universal, 2000
  • Himself, This Old Cub (documentary), Emerging Pictures, 2004
  • Film Producer
  • Hard Promises, Columbia, 1991
  • Stage Appearances
  • Darkness at Noon, Chicago area production, c. 1976
  • Dillinger, Victory Gardens Theater, Chicago, IL, 1978
  • Heat, Victory Gardens Theater, 1978
  • Towards the Morning, Victory Gardens Theater, 1978
  • Indulgences in a Louisville Harem, Remains Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1980
  • Stanley Kowalski, A Streetcar Named Desire, Stratford Festival ofCanada, Stratford, Ontario, Canada, 1981
  • Sixty-Six Scenes of Halloween, Remains Theatre, 1981
  • Canticle of the Sun, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, Chicago, IL, c. 1981
  • Joe Conroy, Balm in Gilead, Remains Theatre, Steppenwolf Theatre,Chicago, IL, c. 1981-82
  • Gardenia, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1982
  • Jack Henry Abbott, The Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, 1983, Ivanhoe Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1985, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1985
  • Captain Ahab, Moby Dick, Remains Theatre, 1984
  • Eddie, Fool for Love, Steppenwolf Theatre, 1984
  • James Lingk, Glengarry Glen Ross, Goodman Theatre, 1984
  • Hoss, The Tooth of Crime, Remains Theatre, c. 1984
  • Interrogator, Days and Nights Within, Organic Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1986
  • Matti, Puntila and His Hired Man, Remains Theatre, Organic Theatre, 1986
  • Paul, Big Time, Remains Theatre, 1987
  • The Taming of the Shrew, 1987
  • Bobby Gould, Speed-the-Plow, Remains Theatre, Wisdom Bridge Theatre, 1989
  • Teach, American Buffalo, Remains Theatre, 1991
  • Painter, Once in Doubt, Remains Theatre, 1992
  • The Chicago Conspiracy Trial, Remains Theatre, 1992
  • Reverend T. Lawrence Shannon, The Night of the Iguana, Goodman Theatre, c. 1994, Roundabout Theatre Company, Criterion Center Stage Right Theatre, New York City, 1996
  • Ted, Flyovers, Victory Gardens Theatre, Chicago, IL, 1998
  • Appeared in As You Like It and Twelfth Night (also known asTwelfth Night, or What You Will), both productions of the Illinois Shakespeare Festival; in A Class C Trial in Yokohama, Chicago Theatre Project and Remains Theatre; in Waiting for Godot, Remains Theatre; andas Joe in The Time of Your Life. Appeared in productions at Boise State University and Lewis and Clark College.
  • Major Tours
  • Jack Henry Abbott, The Belly of the Beast: Letters from Prison, productions in Glasgow, Scotland, and London, including the American Festival,London, 1985
  • Stage Director
  • Farmyard, Remains Theatre, Chicago, IL, c. 1980
  • Traps, Remains Theatre, 1983
  • Videos
  • Narrator, Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy, Midwest Artists Distribution, 2001
  • Himself, Inside "Manhunter," Anchor Bay Entertainment, 2001
  • Himself, Counterfeit World: Making "To Live and Die in L.A.," Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Home Entertainment, 2003
  • Narrator, Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles (also known as Blue Neon Night), Incline Entertainment, 2004
  • Video Games
  • (And co-executive producer) Voice of Gilbert "Gil" Grissom, CSI: CrimeScene Investigation, Ubi Soft Entertainment, 2003
  • Voice of Gilbert "Gil" Grissom, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation--Dark Motives, 2004

Further Reference


    • American Film, August, 1990, pp. 48-49
    • Good Housekeeping, June, 2003, p. 144
    • Parade, March 31, 2002, p. 14
    • People Weekly, March 11, 2002, p. 57
    • Sports Illustrated, September 13, 2004, p. 23
    • TV Guide, November 29, 2003, p. 8
    • Velocity, July, 1998

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