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    William Petersen

    February 21, 1953 • 71 y.o.

    Full Name William Louis Petersen
    Place of Birth Chicago, Illinois, USA
    Citizenship United States
    Career 1981 — ...
    Genres Drama, Crime, Mystery
    Height 1.78 m

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    Petersen was born in Evanston, Illinois, the youngest of six children of June (née Hoene; 1909–2006) and Arthur Edward Petersen (1907–2004), who worked in the furniture business. Of Danish and German descent, he was raised in the Roman Catholic faith of his mother. He has two brothers, Arthur Jr. and Robert, and three sisters, Anne, Mary Kay, and Elizabeth.

    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 the Basque country, where he studied as a Shakespearean actor. Petersen was interested in Basque culture: He studied the Basque language and gave his daughter the Basque name "Maite Nerea" ("My Beloved"); she was born in Arrasate/Mondragón in 1975. Petersen returned to Idaho with the intention of being an actor. Not wanting to work a nonacting 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, of which he has been an ensemble member since 2008, and was a co-founder of the Remains Theater Ensemble, which also included other prominent Chicago actors Gary Cole and Ted Levine.

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                                  Actor — 37

                                  2021
                                  1
                                  2021 — ... — Gil Grissom

                                  Crime, Drama, Mystery, 1 hour
                                  United States • Kenneth Fink...

                                    2
                                    2021 — Ted

                                    Short, Comedy
                                    United States • Patrick Zakem

                                      2014
                                      3
                                      2014 — 2015 — Col. Emmett Darrow

                                      Drama, History, War, 43 min
                                      United States • Thomas Schlamme...

                                        2012
                                        4
                                        2012 — 2014 — Mitch

                                        Drama, 30 min
                                        United States • Rodrigo García

                                          2011
                                          5
                                          2011 — Trucker

                                          Romance, Drama, Comedy, 1 hr 41 min
                                          United States • Lorene Scafaria

                                            6
                                            2011 — Mr. Sarge Kepler

                                            Drama, 1 hr 38 min
                                            United States • Tony Kaye

                                              2004
                                              7
                                              2004 — narrator

                                              Documentary, 57 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                              United States • T.L. Lankford

                                                2002
                                                8
                                                2002 — 2009 — CSI Dr. Gil Grissom

                                                Crime, Drama, Mystery, 43 min
                                                United States • John Showalter...

                                                  2001
                                                  9
                                                  2001 — Jackson Connolly

                                                  Biography, Drama, History, 3 hours
                                                  Canada, United States • John Gray

                                                    2000
                                                    10
                                                    2000 — Jack Hathaway

                                                    Drama, Thriller, 2 hr 6 min
                                                    United States, Germany, United Kingdom • Rod Lurie

                                                      11
                                                      2000 — 2015 — CSI Dr. Gil Grissom

                                                      Crime, Drama, Mystery, 43 min
                                                      United States, Canada • Kenneth Fink...

                                                        12
                                                        2000 — Ames Levritt

                                                        Action, Crime, Drama, 1 hr 46 min
                                                        United States, Canada • Rob Cohen

                                                          1998
                                                          13
                                                          1998 — Jeff

                                                          Drama, Romance, 1 hr 47 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                          United States • Roger Young

                                                            14
                                                            1998 — Jake Bridges

                                                            Crime, Drama, 1 hr 40 min
                                                            United States • Jeff Celentano

                                                              15
                                                              1998 — John F. Kennedy

                                                              Musical, Biography, Drama, 2 hours
                                                              United States • Rob Cohen

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                                                                1998 — Joad

                                                                Drama, Western, 1 hr 36 min
                                                                United States • Karen Arthur

                                                                  1997
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                                                                  1997 — Juror #12

                                                                  Crime, Drama, 1 hr 57 min
                                                                  United States • William Friedkin

                                                                    1996
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                                                                    1996 — Whip Dalton

                                                                    Sci-Fi, Horror, Action, 2 hr 56 min
                                                                    United States, Australia • Jeff Bleckner

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                                                                      1996 — Steve Walker

                                                                      Drama, Thriller, 1 hr 37 min
                                                                      United States, Canada • James Foley

                                                                        1995
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                                                                        1995 — Jack

                                                                        Short, Drama, 30 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                        United States • Richard Dreyfuss

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                                                                          1995 — Jack Flynn, Mafia Mobster, uncredited

                                                                          Crime, Drama, Mystery, 1 hr 47 min
                                                                          United States • Lee Tamahori

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                                                                            1995 — Tony C.

                                                                            Crime, Drama, 1 hr 39 min
                                                                            United States • Nick Vallelonga

                                                                              1993
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                                                                              1993 — Captain Gideon Walker

                                                                              Drama, Western, 1 hr 25 min
                                                                              United States • Mike Robe

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                                                                                1993 — 1996 — George

                                                                                Crime, Drama, Mystery, 22 min
                                                                                United States • Steven Soderbergh...

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                                                                                  1993 — Stephen Guerin

                                                                                  Action, Adventure, Thriller, 1 hr 30 min
                                                                                  United States • Carl Schultz

                                                                                    1992
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                                                                                    1992 — Joe Starling

                                                                                    Drama, 1 hr 35 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                    United States • Andy Tennant

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                                                                                      1992 — Frank Scanlan

                                                                                      Comedy, 1 hr 36 min
                                                                                      United States • Charlie Peters

                                                                                        1991
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                                                                                        1991 — Joey

                                                                                        Comedy, Drama, Family, 1 hr 35 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                        United States • Martin Davidson

                                                                                          1990
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                                                                                          1990 — Pat Garrett

                                                                                          Action, Drama, Western, 1 hr 44 min
                                                                                          United States • Geoff Murphy

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                                                                                            1990 — Joseph P. Kennedy

                                                                                            Drama, 6 hours
                                                                                            United States • Lamont Johnson

                                                                                              1989
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                                                                                              1989 — Tom

                                                                                              Comedy, Romance, 1 hr 53 min
                                                                                              United States • Joel Schumacher

                                                                                                1987
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                                                                                                1987 — Cecil 'Stud' Cantrell

                                                                                                Comedy, Drama, Romance, 1 hr 50 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                                United States • Martin Davidson

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                                                                                                  1987 — Russell

                                                                                                  Drama, Sport, 1 hr 54 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                                  United States • Mike Newell

                                                                                                    1986
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                                                                                                    1986 — Will Graham

                                                                                                    Crime, Mystery, Thriller, 1 hr 59 min
                                                                                                    United States • Michael Mann

                                                                                                      1985
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                                                                                                      1985 — Richard Chance

                                                                                                      Action, Crime, Drama, 1 hr 56 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                                      United States • William Friedkin

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                                                                                                        1985 — 1989 — Edward Sayers, segment "Need to Know"

                                                                                                        Sci-Fi, Horror, Drama, 45 min
                                                                                                        United States, United Kingdom, Canada • Paul Lynch...

                                                                                                          1981
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                                                                                                          1981 — Katz & Jammer Bartender

                                                                                                          Crime, Thriller, Drama, 2 hr 4 min (in credits: William L. Peterson)
                                                                                                          United States • Michael Mann

                                                                                                            Producer — 5

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                                                                                                            executive producer

                                                                                                            Drama, Thriller, 1 hour
                                                                                                            United States

                                                                                                              2021
                                                                                                              2
                                                                                                              2021 — ... — executive producer

                                                                                                              Crime, Drama, Mystery, 1 hour
                                                                                                              United States • Kenneth Fink...

                                                                                                                2000
                                                                                                                3
                                                                                                                2000 — 2015 — executive producer, co-executive producer, supervising producer

                                                                                                                Crime, Drama, Mystery, 43 min
                                                                                                                United States, Canada • Kenneth Fink...

                                                                                                                  1992
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                                                                                                                  1992

                                                                                                                  Drama, 1 hr 35 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                                                  United States • Andy Tennant

                                                                                                                    1991
                                                                                                                    5
                                                                                                                    1991

                                                                                                                    Comedy, Drama, Family, 1 hr 35 min (in credits: William L. Petersen)
                                                                                                                    United States • Martin Davidson

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