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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 21 February 1953Evanston, Illinois, USA
Birth NameWilliam Louis Petersen
Nickname Billy
Height 5' 10" (1.78 m)

Mini Bio (1)

William Petersen was born on February 21, 1953 in Evanston, Illinois, USA as William Louis Petersen. He is a producer and actor, known for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000), Manhunter (1986) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). He has been married to Gina Cirone since June 14, 2003. They have two children. He was previously married to Joanne Brady.

Spouse (2)

Gina Cirone (14 June 2003 - present) (2 children)
Joanne Brady (1974 - 1981) (divorced) (1 child)

Trivia (36)

Attended Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He wears his old football jersey from that school in most of his movies.
Daughter named Maite Nerea, born in 1975, in Mondragon (País Vasco, Spain).
Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on increased funding for crime labs.
Attended the renowned Steppenwolf Company.
In March 2002, he became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Gina Cirone, a biology teacher. The two married in Petrignano, Italy, in 2003.
Started at Idaho State University on a football scholarship, where he found acting.
He has a production company called, High Horse (with friend & fellow CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) producer, Cynthia Chvatal).
He has one grandchild named Mazrik William (born October 2003).
One CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) plot line had him pursuing an insane killer played by Tom Noonan, who also played the titular insane killer in Manhunter (1986).
Was offered a role in Platoon (1986), but turned it down because it was a low paying job. The prospect of going to the Philippines for weeks of training before filming did not appeal to him either.
Calls Long Gone (1987) the most fun he ever had making a movie. He made it instead of appearing in Platoon (1986).
Was cast in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) after Gary Sinise declined the part. Sinise became the star of CSI: NY (2004), which is the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
Co-presented an award at the 2004 Emmys with Dennis Franz, whose former NYPD Blue (1993) co-star, David Caruso stars in CSI: Miami (2002) the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
Has played two characters with the surname "Walker." He played Gideon Walker in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) and Steve Walker in Fear (1996).
Declined the offer to produce CSI: Miami (2002), the spin-off of his series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
Because his role in Manhunter (1986) was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of the Will Graham character after filming had been completed. This included cutting his hair and dyeing it blonde, and shaving off his beard.
Played Missy Crider's father in the mini series The Beast (1996). Crider later appeared in the second season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
Was 33 years old when Manhunter (1986) was released. When the film's remake, Red Dragon (2002) was released, his Will Graham successor, Edward Norton, was also 33 years old.
An avid Chicago Cubs fan, he sings the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field every year and also narrated the documentary Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy (2001) about Wrigley Field.
Owns the rights of James Ellroy's crime novel "Clandestine".
Turned down a major part in Michael Mann's Heat (1995).
Has performed at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
Appears in The Skulls (2000) with Hill Harper. Harper currently co- stars in CSI: NY (2004), the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
Winner of the Joseph Jefferson Award for Best Actor for his portrayal of "Jack Abbott" in "The Belly Of The Beast".
Has been portrayed in several CSI games.
He has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois since 2008.
Shares his birthday with Larry Drake, who appeared with him in The Beast (1996).
He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Tooth of Crime" at the Remains Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded the 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "In the Belly of the Beast" at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was nominated for a 1994 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Night of the Iguana" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
He was awarded the 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Blackbird" at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
Has a second grandson named Indigo August, born in August of 2009.
Longtime friend of Gary Cole.
Had lived for a time with Amy Morton.
Has played the roles of both father and son, Joseph P. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. Played Joseph P. Kennedy in The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Played John F. Kennedy in Rat Pack.
His Czech dubbing voice Vladislav Benes is also the Czech dubbing voice of Pierce Brosnan and Richard Gere.

Personal Quotes (11)

(On seeing the Marlon Brando movie, Last Tango in Paris (1972) (aka "Last Tango in Paris") "It was the first time that I understood that acting was an art form. It was not Clint Eastwood on a horse, Bob Hope in a road movie. It was not Don Knotts in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). These are favorite movies of mine, too. But when I sat in "Last Tango in Paris", the lightbulb went on. To this day, Brando is the one I want to meet, and the one I'm terrified to meet".
"Their argument was, Everybody else is going to start copying the show, so why not us? My attitude was, Well, then let everybody else do it. Don't rip yourself off." (On the network and producers' decision to create the CSI spin-off series, CSI: Miami (2002)).
"It took me two months to get that part. I mean, who the hell was I? I wasn't going to sell that picture" - on his role as "Will Graham" in Manhunter (1986).
"Theater in Chicago will always be my first love. It started careers for me and about 50 of my friends. We all love coming back. As soon as the TV show is over, I'll be back in Chicago, doing live theater." (on what he plans to do after "CSI")
The greatest thing that ever happened to me in terms of my acting was the audition for To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). After I read, William Friedkin put down the script and said, "You got the part". I really thought it was a joke. I went back to my hotel room and took a bath and they called and wanted to make a deal. I still didn't believe it.
I was only 21, and there were many things I didn't know. I was trying to be a man and I wasn't ready for it. - on being married at a young age
After Manhunter (1986), I had to actually kill off the character. I cut off most of my hair and dyed it blonde. I changed my whole look just to get rid of him.
(On Las Vegas) The only good thing about Vegas is watching horse races and football games and being able to throw some money down on them. I don't play the tables, because they're just a sucker's game. Actually, the whole thing is a sucker's game. I'm not a huge Vegas fan, but it's the perfect milieu for the show. Everyone who goes there, even if they're old ladies from a Bible group in Mississippi, they go there to stick nickels into slots and feel a little dirty and dark. Shit happens when you get into that world. Guys lose their wives and money, women end up deciding to stay and become strippers. It's the dirty playground for the Darth Vader in all of us.
(On his life before his 2nd marriage) When I was younger, women wanted to sleep with me because of whatever movie or play they saw me in, and for about 15 years I certainly took advantage of that more often than not. I got married to my wife, Gina, last summer. I'd been working on the marriage thing with her, trying to get to a place where that was a good thing as opposed to a bad thing. Fidelity was hard when I was younger, but with maturity I got to a mindset of, What's with all this running around to get girls? Now for me it's the old case of, Why go out for hamburger when I've got steak at home?
After Manhunter (1986) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), there were all these cop movies that came my way, but they weren't any good, so I didn't do them. Then, there was talk about my doing Platoon (1986), but I didn't want to sit in a ditch in the Philippines for eight weeks for no money. Instead, I did an HBO baseball movie for more money and more fun, and I got to play ball. I enjoy watching great movies like Platoon (1986), but I don't have to be in them. I never fell in love with movies. I didn't want to spend all that time an effort. I've had it pretty good. I've had it my own way.
I'm a huge "Membership First" guy. It seems to me that all of the artists in all of the unions and guilds are getting screwed. What we're losing in the SAG contract is the middle class -- those who want to be actors and won't make much money but want to stick with it anyway. The studios and companies, meanwhile, get to have it both ways. They've got their $100 million movies where they pay Brad and Tom $20 million and everyone else works for scale. Then those who make the indie movies don't pay anybody anything. You're supposed to make 28 cents for the honor of working with Gus Van Sant. But the company behind, say, "Milk," winds up making a ton. The whole thing is a shell game, a con, and the actors are the ones who wind up getting jobbed.

Salary (1)

CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) $500,000/episode (2007- 08)

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