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Encyclopedia > William Petersen
William Petersen
Birth name William Louis Petersen
Born February 21, 1953 (1953-02-21) (age 54)
Evanston, Illinois
Years active 1981-Present
Spouse(s) Joanne Brady
(1974-1981)
Gina Cirone
(2003-)

William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor, best known for playing Gil Grissom on CSI. is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... Incorporated City in 1872. ... Official language(s) English[1] Capital Springfield Largest city Chicago Largest metro area Chicago Metropolitan Area Area  Ranked 25th  - Total 57,918 sq mi (140,998 km²)  - Width 210 miles (340 km)  - Length 390 miles (629 km)  - % water 4. ... is the 52nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... January 7 - President Harry S. Truman announces the United States has developed a hydrogen bomb. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Gilbert Gil Grissom, Ph. ...

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Biography

Early life

Petersen was born in Evanston, Illinois to parents who worked in the furniture business.[1] He graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho, in 1972. He was accepted to Idaho State University on a football scholarship. While at Idaho State, Petersen took an acting course which changed the direction of his life. He left school along with his wife, Joanne, in 1974 and followed a drama professor to Basque country where he studied as a Shakespeareian actor, Petersen was interested in Basque culture and he studied the Basque language, Euskera, and gave his daughter the Basque name Maite, meaning love. Petersen returned to Idaho intent on being an actor. Not wanting to work a non-acting job in Idaho, he returned to the Chicago area, living with relatives. He became active in the theater and earned his Actors' Equity card. He performed with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and was a co-founder of the Remains Theater Ensemble which also included other prominent Chicago actors Gary Cole and Ted Levine. Incorporated City in 1872. ... Bishop Kelly High School is a private catholichigh school in Boise, Idaho, USA operated by the Roman Catholic Diocese of Boise. ... Boise redirects here. ... Official language(s) English [1] Capital Boise Largest city Boise Largest metro area Boise metropolitan area Area  Ranked 14th  - Total 83,642 sq mi (216,632 km²)  - Width 305 miles (491 km)  - Length 479 miles (771 km)  - % water 0. ... Idaho State University (ISU) is a public university operated by the U.S. state of Idaho. ... United States simply as football, is a competitive team sport that is both fast-paced and strategic. ... Pays Basque) see Northern Basque Country. ... Shakespeare redirects here. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ... The Actors Equity Association, commonly referred to as Actors Equity, is an American labor union. ... Steppenwolf Theatre Company is a Tony Award-winning Chicago theatre company founded in 1974 by Gary Sinise, Terry Kinney and Jeff Perry in the basement of a church in Highland Park, Illinois. ... Gary Cole (born September 20, 1956) is an American actor, known for numerous roles, including the television series Fatal Vision, The West Wing, Midnight Caller, American Gothic, Wanted and Crusade, and the films Office Space, In the Line of Fire, Kiss the Sky, Dodgeball, The Brady Bunch Movie, A Very... Ted Levine (born May 29, 1957 in Parma, Ohio) is an American actor best known for playing the serial killer Buffalo Bill in the 1991 blockbuster thriller The Silence of the Lambs. ...


Career

He is usually credited without his middle initial (i.e. credited as "William Petersen" and not "William L. Petersen"). Because his role in Manhunter was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of Will Graham after finishing principal photography. He shaved off his beard, cut his hair and dyed it blonde. He also claims to have done this because, while rehearsing for a play in Chicago, his dialogue was always coming out Will Graham; he dyed his hair so he could look in the mirror and see a different person.[2] In a move perhaps indicative of his career choices, Petersen declined a part in Oliver Stone's Platoon, as it would have kept him in the Philippines, away from his family. Instead, he worked on the 1987 made-for-TV movie Long Gone. Manhunter is a 1986 thriller film based on Thomas Harriss novel Red Dragon. ... This article is about the character from Red Dragon. ... Principal Photography refers to the phase of film production during which the movie is actually shot, as distinct from pre-production and post-production. ... A razor shaving some stubble off the underside of a chin. ... For the slang term, see Beard (female companion). ... Flag Seal Nickname: The Windy City Motto: Urbs In Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location Location in Chicagoland and northern Illinois Coordinates , Government Country State Counties United States Illinois Cook, DuPage Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 606. ... William Oliver Stone (born September 15, 1946), known simply as Oliver Stone, is a three-time Academy Award-winning American film director and screenwriter. ... Platoon is a 1986 Vietnam war film, written and directed by Oliver Stone and starring Tom Berenger, Willem Dafoe, Charlie Sheen and Forest Whitaker. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ...


In 1985's To Live and Die in L.A. Petersen appears, briefly, frontally nude. Petersen was offered the role of Henry Hill in the movie Goodfellas, but turned it down. In 1993, Petersen appeared in the mini series "Return to Lonesome Dove," and in 1996, appeared in Fear. Both projects featured him as a character with the surname "Walker." This article is about the year. ... This article is about the 1985 film. ... Goodfellas (also spelled GoodFellas) is a 1990 film directed by Martin Scorsese, based on the book Wiseguy by Nicholas Pileggi, the true story of mob informer Henry Hill. ... Fear is a 1996 thriller film directed by James Foley, starring Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon. ...


In the 2000 release The Contender, Petersen played the role of Governor Jack Hathway, an unscrupulous candidate for Vice President following the death of the incumbent. He also appeared uncredited in the noir thriller Mulholland Falls as a character who finds himself on the violent receiving end of Los Angeles police. For other uses of this term, see Contender. ... Mulholland Falls is a neo-noir 1996 film directed by Lee Tamahori. ... Flag Seal Nickname: City of Angels Location Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates , Government State County California Los Angeles County Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa (D) Geographical characteristics Area     City 1,290. ...

Jorja Fox and William Petersen on a 2003 episode of CSI.
Jorja Fox and William Petersen on a 2003 episode of CSI.

Since 2000, Petersen has gained his greatest fame starring as Dr. Gil Grissom in the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Petersen recently took a break from CSI to appear in a five week run of the Trinity Repertory Company[3] production of Dublin Carol in Providence, Rhode Island. On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Petersen was at Wrigley Field to join WGN radio sportscasters covering a Cubs-Marlins game and he mentioned he had seen CSI: The Experience at the Museum of Science and Industry on the South Side of Chicago. He was on a nine-week break from the show at the time, and he expressed how he and his cast-mates were “blessed” to have such a successful series when he had seen shows starring friends cancelled after only a few episodes. Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Image File history File links Metadata No higher resolution available. ... Jorja Fox (born Jorja-An Fox July 7, 1968 in New York, New York) is an American actress. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... Gilbert Gil Grissom, Ph. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... Dublin Carol is a three-handed play by Conor McPherson John, a middle-aged employee of a funeral home in Dublin, returns from a funeral on Christmas Eve with Mark, a 20-year-old who has helped out that day and to whom John tells his sad history about how... “Providence” redirects here. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... WGN is the callsign of two broadcast stations in Chicago, Illinois, both owned by the Tribune company. ... Cubs may refer to The Chicago Cubs baseball team The Wolf Cubs; the junior age group of the Scouting movement This is a disambiguation page — a navigational aid which lists other pages that might otherwise share the same title. ... A marlin is a large game fish, also called a spearfish - family: Istiophoridae; order: Perciformes. ... A view from the lagoon behind the Museum of Science and Industry, the only in-place surviving building from the 1893 World Columbian Exposition and a National Historic Landmark. ... South Side is a village in County Durham, in England. ... Nickname: Motto: Urbs in Horto (Latin: City in a Garden), I Will Location in the Chicago metro area and Illinois Coordinates: , Country State Counties Cook, DuPage Settled 1770s Incorporated March 4, 1837 Government  - Mayor Richard M. Daley (D) Area  - City  234. ...


Personal life

Petersen married longtime girlfriend Gina Cirone in June 2003. He has a daughter named Maite, from his previous marriage, who gave birth to a child, named Mazrik William, born October 2003. Petersen is an avid Chicago Cubs fan, and will drop by Wrigley Field at least once a year to sing the seventh inning stretch. In 2004, Peterson described to Playboy Magazine a near-death experience he had in the 1980s. He said it made him assured that there is an afterlife[4]. Major league affiliations National League (1876–present) Central Division (1994–present) Current uniform Retired Numbers 10, 14, 23, 26, 42 Name Chicago Cubs (1902–present) Chicago Orphans (1898-1901) Chicago Colts (1890-1897) Chicago White Stockings (1870-1871, 1874-1889) (a. ... For the former ballpark in Los Angeles, see Wrigley Field (Los Angeles). ... Fans stand and sing Take Me Out To The Ballgame during the seventh-inning stretch In baseball, the seventh-inning stretch takes place in the middle of the seventh inning. ... Playboy is an adult entertainment magazine, or pornography magazine, founded in 1953 by Hugh Hefner, which has grown into Playboy Enterprises, Inc. ... “NDE” redirects here. ... For other uses, see Afterlife (disambiguation). ...


Filmography

Thief is a 1981 noir crime drama written and directed by Michael Mann, based on the novel The Home Invaders by Frank Hohimer (the pen name of real-life jewel thief John Seybold). ... // January 19 - Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer acquires beleaguered concurrent United Artists. ... To Live and Die in L.A. is a neo-noir American film released in 1985 and directed by William Friedkin. ... // Back to the Future, starring Michael J. Fox, Christopher Lloyd and Lea Thompson Rambo: First Blood Part II, starring Sylvester Stallone Rocky IV, starring Sylvester Stallone The Color Purple, starring Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover, Oprah Winfrey, Margaret Avery, Rae Dawn Chong, Adolph Caesar Out of Africa, starring Meryl Streep and... Manhunter is a 1986 thriller film based on Thomas Harriss novel Red Dragon. ... // April 12 - Actor Morgan Mason marries The Go-Gos Belinda Carlisle Actor Arnold Schwarzenegger marries television journalist Maria Shriver. ... This article is about the character from Red Dragon. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... // May 9 - Actor Tom Cruise marries actress Mimi Rogers. ... Young Guns II is a 1990 film, and is the sequel to Young Guns. ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... Patrick Pat Floyd Garrett (June 5, 1850 – February 28, 1908) was an American Old West lawman, bartender, and customs agent who was best known for killing Billy the Kid. ... A miniseries, in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... The year 1993 in film involved many significant films. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... Fear is a 1996 thriller film directed by James Foley, starring Mark Wahlberg and Reese Witherspoon. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... The Beast is a 1996 made for TV movie starring William Petersen, Charles Martin Smith and Larry Drake. ... The year 1996 in television involved some significant events. ... A miniseries (sometimes mini-series), in a serial storytelling medium, is a production which tells a story in a limited number of episodes. ... 12 Angry Men is a 1997 television film directed by William Friedkin, based on the play 12 Angry Men and previous films. ... This is a list of television-related events in 1997. ... A television program is the content of television broadcasting. ... The Rat Pack was a 1998 HBO TV movie about the Rat Pack. ... A television movie (also TV movie, TV-movie, made-for-TV movie, etc. ... The year 1998 in film involved some significant events. ... John Kennedy and JFK redirect here. ... Kiss the Sky is a 1999 film directed by Roger Young. ... The Skulls was a 2000 film starring Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker, and Leslie Bibb; and directed by Rob Cohen. ... The year 2000 in film involved some significant events. ... For other uses of this term, see Contender. ... CSI: Crime Scene Investigation is a popular Alliance Atlantis/CBS police procedural television series, running since October 2000, about a team of forensic scientists. ... Gilbert Gil Grissom, Ph. ...

References

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/78/William-Petersen.html
  2. ^ Inside Manhunter: Interviews with stars William Petersen, Joan Allen, Brian Cox and Tom Noonan
  3. ^ http://www.trinityrep.com
  4. ^ [1]

External links

  • Screen grabs, press stills and information about Petersen's famous role in Michael Mann's "Manhunter" (1986)
  • William Petersen Bio at CBS - CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • billypetersenrocks.com - Fan Site
  • William Petersen at the Internet Movie Database

  Results from FactBites:
 
William Petersen - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (624 words)
William Louis Petersen is an American actor born on February 21, 1953, in Evanston, Illinois.
In a move perhaps indicative of his career choices, Petersen is alleged to have passed on a part in Oliver Stone's Platoon, as it would have kept him away from his family and in the Philippines.
Petersen, who has one child from a previous marriage, married longtime girlfriend Gina Cirone in June of 2003.
Encyclopedia: William Petersen (2452 words)
Petersen, however, represents another new breed of actor - the community-based, ensemble-oriented performer who is as committed to theater as to film and is more dedicated to the long haul of a career than to the quick hit of stardom.
William L. Petersen is an FBI agent gone near-bonkers immersing himself in the mind of a lunatic he eventually captured; his recuperation is interrupted when an even bigger nut commences a city-to-city rampage.
Petersen, leery of being cast in a role too similar to the crazed cops in LIve and Die and Manhunter, took a pass on the script and headed to Soviet Russia to shoot an international epic that wilted into an epic disaster.
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