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William Petersen

William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor, best known for playing Gil Grissom on CSI.

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 William Petersen Biography

Petersen, the youngest of six children, was born in Evanston, Illinois, to parents who worked in the furniture business.[1] He is of Danish descent on his father's side and German on his mother's.[2] 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.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.[3] 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.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 miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove," and in 1996, appeared in Fear. Both projects featured him as a character with the surname "Walker."In the 2000 release The Contender, Petersen played the role of Governor Jack Hathaway, 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.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[4] 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 Chicago Cubs-Florida 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 castmates were "blessed" to have such a successful series when he had seen shows starring friends cancelled after only a few episodes.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.

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    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Petersen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Petersen for your next private or corporate function.
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William Petersen

William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor, best known for playing Gil Grissom on CSI.

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William Petersen Biography

Petersen, the youngest of six children, was born in Evanston, Illinois, to parents who worked in the furniture business.[1] He is of Danish descent on his father's side and German on his mother's.[2] 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.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.[3] 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.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 miniseries "Return to Lonesome Dove," and in 1996, appeared in Fear. Both projects featured him as a character with the surname "Walker."In the 2000 release The Contender, Petersen played the role of Governor Jack Hathaway, 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.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[4] 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 Chicago Cubs-Florida 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 castmates were "blessed" to have such a successful series when he had seen shows starring friends cancelled after only a few episodes.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.

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    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like William Petersen for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for William Petersen, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for William Petersen or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book William Petersen?

    Booking fees for William Petersen, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire William Petersen, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for William Petersen?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like William Petersen for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book William Petersen for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent William Petersen or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for William Petersen or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

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