William Petersen first appeared at Steppenwolf in the seminal production of Balm in Gilead in 1980 and has since appeared in Fool for Love and Dublin Carol. In 1979, Petersen founded the Remains Theater Ensemble in Chicago with a group of fellow actors, including current Steppenwolf ensemble members Gary Cole and Amy Morton. In 1983, he starred as Jack Henry Abbott in In the Belly of the Beast which he performed at the Wisdom Bridge Theater in Chicago, at the Edinburgh Festival in Scotland and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, D.C. In 1996, Petersen made his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ The Night of the Iguana. He serves 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.
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Credits & Awards
To Live and Die in L.A., Manhunter, Cousins, Young Guns II, Fear, The Contender, Haven, Hard Promises, Keep The Change, em>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)