William Petersen

William Petersen

  • Born on
    • February 21st, 1953
William Louis Petersen is an American actor and producer, best known for playing Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, Richard Chance in the film To Live and Die in L.A., and Will Graham in the film Manhunter. Born in Evanston, Illinois, Petersen attended Idaho State University on a football scholarship, where he first tried acting and immediately joined the drama department, before leaving to work in the Basque country as a Shakespearean actor.  Peterson embraced the Basque lifestyle, influencing his work, family and art.  He went on to perform with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company before his breakthrough role in the 1985 action film To Live and Die in L.A.  Peterson’s success was immediate, landing him the role as Will Graham in the first adaptation of Michael Mann’s Hannibal Lecter series.   His film and television success includes numerous crime dramas and thrillers, providing him the perfect background for his decade-long role as Dr. Gil Grissom in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation before returning to the stage.  On February 3, 2009, Petersen was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

Starring William Petersen on Plex


Acting (25 Credits)

2021CSI: Vegas as Gil Grissom
2015CSI Las Vegas: Grave Danger as Grissom
2015CSI: Immortality as Gil Grissom
2012Seeking a Friend for the End of the World as Trucker
2011Detachment as Mr. Sarge KeplerWatch Free
2000The Contender as Jack Hathaway
2000The Skulls as Ames Levritt
1998Kiss the Sky as Jess
1998Gunshy as Jake BridgesWatch Free
1998The Rat Pack as John F. Kennedy
199712 Angry Men as Juror 12
1996Fear as Steve Walker
1996Mulholland Falls as Jack Flynn
1996The Beast (1996) as Whip Dalton
1993Curacao as Stephen GuerinWatch Free
1993Return to Lonesome Dove as Captain Gideon Walker
1992Passed Away as Frank Scanlan
1991Hard Promises as Joey
1990Young Guns II as Patrick Floyd 'Pat' Garrett
1989Cousins as Tom Hardy
1987Long Gone as Stud Cantrell
1987Amazing Grace and Chuck as Russell (as William L. Petersen)
1986Manhunter as Will Graham
1985To Live and Die in L.A. as Richard Chance
1981Thief as Katz & Jammer Bartender

Himself (1 Credits)



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