William Petersen

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Quotes (63)

  • William Petersen: (on receiving a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame) I have never considered anything like this happening in my life. It has always been one job after another, trying to do good work. Who wouldn't be happy with that?... To be on the same street as Jack Benny, Bob Hope and Jerry Lewis, what better thing is there?

  • William Petersen: (on leaving CSI in 2008) I won't miss Grissom. It was a complete life for me that's reached its end, and it's reached it in the right way, I think. So I won't miss Grissom. And I hope that the audience won't miss him either.

  • William Petersen: (on joining the Steppenwolf Theater Company in 2008) I just want to be on the stage telling stories.

  • William Petersen: (on leaving the cast of CSI in the ninth season) The decision was coming over a while. I mean, I wasn't sure I was going to do Season 5. I did the show longer because of everyone I work with, and I'm really proud of what everyone's done. I'm also concerned with the audience.

  • William Petersen: (on leaving the cast of CSI in the ninth season) I'm going to come back and see the guys on set doing episodes I'm not in. And I'm staying on as a producer. The show is important to me, and I'm not abandoning it. I'm coming back on some level. I just don't know what yet.

  • William Petersen: (When asked if he thinks of quitting) And you have fans. You can't discout them. These people have made you. You have to be responsible to them, more than anything else, really.

  • William Petersen: We were talking about how we're having friends now who are passing away. So you say, "What should I do with the rest of my life? Do I want to be the guy who was on CSI? What guy do I want to be?"

  • William Petersen: (On Grissom's revelation of his romance with Sara) I'm not even sure that Grissom realized that he was saying it or that at the moment, he didn't realize that everybody was hearing it. It was a revelation on his part. And again more importantly that's really what has come to pass on this season is the realization on Grissom's part that...he loves someone.

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Trivia (46)

  • Peterson and his wife, Gina Cirone, became parents of twins, a boy and a girl, on July 5, 2011. The twins were delivered via surrogate. William has a grown daughter, Maite, who has given him two grandsons.

  • Peterson's first lead role on stage was with Chicago's Victory Gardens Theater. He played John Dillinger in Dillinger.

  • William appears on-screen giving updates and instructions during a live, interactive CSI-type stage show geared for children. The show, called CSI: Live!, made its debut in 2008.

  • William was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in February, 2009.

  • William Petersen left the regular cast of CSI in 2008. Soon after, he appeared on the Chicago stage performing Conor McPherson's Dublin Carol at the Steppenwolf theater.

  • He is right-handed.

  • William Petersen hosts a video shown at the Chicago Field Museum's DNA Discovery Center. The video, which explains the basics of genetics and DNA, is shown to vistors to the exhibit, which opened in April 2008.

  • In 2007 William Petersen was reunited with director William Friedkin, when Friedkin directed an episode of CSI. Friedkin helped launch Petersen's career by giving him the lead in To Live and Die in L.A. in 1985.

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