Member Profiles

William Petersen


William Petersen first appeared at Steppenwolf Theatre Company in the seminal production of Balm in Gilead in 1980 and has since appeared in Slowgirl, Fool for Love, Dublin Carol and Endgame. In 1979, William founded the Remains Theater Ensemble in Chicago with a group of fellow actors, including Steppenwolf ensemble members Gary Cole and Amy Morton. In 1996, William made his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams’s The Night of the Iguana. He served as executive producer on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and was nominated in 2004 for a Golden Globe Award for his portrayal of Gil Grissom, the lead investigator.

Watch & Listen

  1. Fool for Love

    Fool for Love

  2. Dublin Carol in Rehearsal

    Dublin Carol in Rehearsal

  3. Dublin Carol in Production

    Dublin Carol in Production

  4. Endgame in Rehearsal

    Endgame in Rehearsal

  5. Endgame in Production

    Endgame in Production

  6. A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 2

    A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 2

  7. A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 1

    A Select Scene from Endgame: Scene 1

  8. Finding the Humor in Endgame

    Finding the Humor in Endgame

  9. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> in Rehearsal

    SLOWGIRL in Rehearsal

  10. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> in Production

    SLOWGIRL in Production

  11. <i>SLOWGIRL</i> - William Petersen and Rae Gray

    SLOWGIRL - William Petersen and Rae Gray

Credits & Awards


To Live and Die in L.A., Manhunter, Cousins, Young Guns II, Fear, The Contender, Haven, Hard Promises, Keep The Change, Haven, Long Gone, The Rat Pack, The Kennedys of Massachusetts, The Beast


Broadway: The Night of the Iguana Regional: In the Belly of the Beast (Wisdom Bridge); Dublin Carol (Trinity Rep); A Streetcar Named Desire; The Time of Your Life, Glengarry Glen Ross and Speed the Plow (Goodman)


CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (CBS); Without A Trace (USA)


Golden Globe Nomination (CSI: Crime Scene Investigation)