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      William Petersen

      William Petersen

      Highest Rated: 94% Manhunter (1986)

      Lowest Rated: 9% The Skulls (2000)

      Birthday: Feb 21, 1953

      Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

      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, 2000-15). 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 His cool, withdrawn investigator Gil Grissom on "CSI" thrust him into the limelight, making him a major TV star, but he walked away from the hit series in 2008 to return to his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.

      Highest rated movies

      Manhunter
      12 Angry Men
      To Live and Die in L.A.
      The Contender
      Detachment
      The Rat Pack
      Cousins
      Seeking a Friend for the End of the World

      Photos

      AMAZING GRACE AND CHUCK, William L. Petersen, 1987 MANHUNTER, William L. Petersen, 1986, (c) De Laurentiis Group MANHUNTER, William Petersen, 1986, © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., William Petersen, Willem Dafoe, 1985, (c)MGM/UA MANHUNTER, William L. Petersen, Stephen Lang, 1986, (c) De Laurentiis Group MANHUNTER, William Petersen, 1986, © De Laurentiis Entertainment Group HARD PROMISES, William Petersen, 1991 TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., William Petersen, 1985 FEAR, William Petersen, 1996 THE SKULLS, Paul Walker, Joshua Jackson, William L. Petersen, Craig T. Nelson, 2000, (c)Universal MANHUNTER, William Petersen, 1986 TO LIVE AND DIE IN L.A., William L. Petersen, Darlanne Fluegel, 1985, (c) United Artists MANHUNTER, William L. Peterson, 1986 THE CONTENDER, William Petersen, 2000. MANHUNTER, 1986, Dennis Farina, William L. Peterson MANHUNTER, William L. Petersen, 1986 MANHUNTER, 1986, William L. Peterson, Dennis Farina COUSINS, Sean Young, William Petersen, 1989 MANHUNTER, 1986, William L. Peterson PASSED AWAY, Jack Warden, Bob Hoskins, William Petersen, 1992, (c)Buena Vista Pictures

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      55% 53% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Trucker (Character) $6.6M 2012
      59% 74% Detachment Sarge (Character) $71.2K 2011
      74% 85% This Old Cub Self - 2004
      No Score Yet 60% Haven Jackson Connolly (Character) - 2001
      76% 73% The Contender Gov. Jack Hathaway (Character) $17.8M 2000
      9% 43% The Skulls Ames Levritt (Character) $35.0M 2000
      20% 53% Gunshy Jake Bridges (Character) - 1998
      57% 58% The Rat Pack John F. Kennedy (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 75% Kiss the Sky Jeff (Character) - 1998
      No Score Yet 85% The Staircase Joad (Character) - 1998
      93% 87% 12 Angry Men Juror 12 (Character) - 1997
      46% 63% Fear Steve Walker (Character) $20.5M 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Anything for Love Unknown (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 57% The Beast Whip Dalton (Character) - 1996
      No Score Yet 20% In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man With One Eye Is King Tony C. (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 31% Curacao Stephen Guerin (Character) - 1993
      10% 45% Passed Away Frank Scanlan (Character) $3.8M 1992
      No Score Yet 60% Keep the Change Joe Starling (Character),
      Producer
      - 1992
      40% 59% Hard Promises Joey (Character),
      Producer
      $277.7K 1991
      31% 66% Young Guns II Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett (Character) $40.4M 1990
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Kennedys of Massachusetts Joseph P. Kennedy (Character) - 1990
      56% 68% Cousins Tom (Character) $21.7M 1989
      43% 69% Amazing Grace and Chuck Russell (Character) - 1987
      No Score Yet 93% Long Gone Cecil `'Stud'` Cantrell (Character) - 1987
      94% 77% Manhunter FBI Agent Will Graham (as William Petersen) (Character) $7.0M 1986
      88% 78% To Live and Die in L.A. Richard Chance (Character) $16.6M 1985

      TV

      Credit
      No Score Yet 77% CSI: Vegas Gil Grissom (Character),
      Executive Producer
      2021-2024
      91% 91% Manhattan Col. Emmett Darrow (Character) 2015
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gil Grissom (Character),
      Executive Producer,
      Producer
      2000-2015
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Fallen Angels George (Character) 1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Lonesome Dove Unknown (Character) 1993
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kennedys of Massachusetts Joseph P. Kennedy (Character) 1990