William Petersen - Famous Film Producer

William Petersen Net Worth

$50,000,000

William Petersen, the famous American actor and producer, has a net worth of $50 million thanks primarily to his role as Gil Grissom on the CBS series β€œCSI: Crime Scene Investigation.” At the height of the series, Petersen earned an impressive $600,000 per episode, which made him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood, along with syndication points and other fees that could boost his income to around $15-18 million per year from the franchise even after leaving the show.

Key facts:

  • William Petersen is an American actor and producer with over 35 acting credits to his name.
  • He is best-known for his role as Gil Grissom on the CBS series 'CSI: Crime Scene Investigation' which made him one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood at its peak.
  • Petersen got involved with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company early on and in 2008, he became an ensemble member.
  • Throughout his career, William turned down various film roles but played significant characters such as FBI agent Will Graham in 'Manhunter' and Gideon Walker in the miniseries 'Return to Lonesome Dove'.
  • Personal life wise, William has been married twice, has three children, is a fan of the Chicago Cubs, and has narrated sports documentaries.'

Basic Information About William Petersen

CategoryCelebrities β€Ί Actors
ProfessionsActor, Film Producer, Television producer
Net worth$50,000,000
Date of birth1953-02-21 (71 years old)
Place of birthEvanston
NationalityUnited States of America
GenderMale
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
Social Mediaβ†—οΈŽ Wikipedia β†—οΈŽ IMDb

What Movie Awards did William Petersen win?


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William Petersen awards

Award Name State Movie / Series Name Year
Alan J. Pakula Award - WinnerThe Contender2001
Actor - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesWinnerCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005
Actor - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004
Actor - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003
Actor - Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002
PGA Award - Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2005
PGA Award - Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2004
PGA Award - Outstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003
Golden Satellite Award - Best Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaNomineeCSI: Crime Scene Investigation2002

William Petersen roles

Movie / Series Role
FearSteve Walker
ManhunterWill Graham
Young Guns IIPat Garrett
ThiefKatz & Jammer Bartender (as William L. Peterson)
Mulholland FallsJack Flynn, Mafia Mobster (uncredited)
To Live and Die in L.A.Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)
Seeking a Friend for the End of the WorldTrucker
DetachmentMr. Sarge Kepler
The ContenderJack Hathaway
The SkullsAmes Levritt
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationCSI Dr. Gil Grissom / ... 193 episodes, 2000-2015
BlueMitch 1 episode, 2013
The Twilight ZoneEdward Sayers (segment "Need to Know") 1 episode, 1986
Fallen AngelsGeorge 1 episode, 1995

William Petersen's Movie/Shows Salary

Movie / Series Salary
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationΒ (2000)$500,000 /episode (2007- 08)

William Petersen's Quotes

  • (On seeing the Marlon Brando movie, Last Tango in Paris (1972) (aka "Last Tango in Paris") "It was the first time that I understood that acting was an art form. It was not Clint Eastwood on a horse, Bob Hope in a road movie. It was not Don Knotts in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964). These are favorite movies of mine, too. But when I sat in "Last Tango in Paris", the lightbulb went on. To this day, Brando is the one I want to meet, and the one I'm terrified to meet".
  • "Their argument was, Everybody else is going to start copying the show, so why not us? My attitude was, Well, then let everybody else do it. Don't rip yourself off." (On the network and producers' decision to create the CSI spin-off series, CSI: Miami (2002)).
  • "It took me two months to get that part. I mean, who the hell was I? I wasn't going to sell that picture" - on his role as "Will Graham" in Manhunter (1986).
  • "Theater in Chicago will always be my first love. It started careers for me and about 50 of my friends. We all love coming back. As soon as the TV show is over, I'll be back in Chicago, doing live theater." (on what he plans to do after "CSI")
  • The greatest thing that ever happened to me in terms of my acting was the audition for To Live and Die in L.A. (1985). After I read, William Friedkin put down the script and said, "You got the part". I really thought it was a joke. I went back to my hotel room and took a bath and they called and wanted to make a deal. I still didn't believe it.

Net Worth Details

William Petersen is an American actor and producer who has a net worth of $50 million.

Biography

What is William Petersen known for?

William Petersen is well-known for his portrayal of Gil Grissom, one of the lead characters in β€˜CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ He played this role starting from 200 until 201 as a series regular, representing 196 episodes. He came back as a guest star for the last few seasons of the series.

Early Life

William Petersen’s full name is William Louis Petersen, and he was born on February 21, 1953, in Evanston, Illinois. He was from a Roman Catholic family, and his mother was June Petersen, while his father was Arthur Petersen. Additionally, Petersen had five siblings, Elizabeth, Arthur Jr., Anne, Robert, and Mary Kay. The family relocated to Idaho Falls, Idaho when William was six years old. William went to Bishop Kelly High School in Idaho, where he graduated back in 1972 with a football scholarship to study at Idaho State University.

While in college, he took an acting class that changed his life and his professional path. That decision created a ripple effect in his life that has brought us to the present-day.

Career

William Petersen made his debut on the big screen with the 1981 film β€˜Thief’ as Barry Forth. Three years later, he got his break when book author Thomas Harris approved of casting him as Will Graham in β€˜Manhunter.’ This role gave him enough momentum to land additional roles, notably Secret Service agent John Vukovich in β€˜To Live and Die in L.A.’ (1985).

Petersen actively turned down many roles throughout his career, including Johnny Depp’s character’s role in β€˜Platoon’ and a main role in Martin Scorsese’s β€˜Goodfellas.’

In 200, Petersen hit the peak of his career when he began playing the role of Gil Grissom in β€˜CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.’ He was one of the highest-paid actors in Hollywood at the time, earning $600,000 per episode, summing up to around $18 million per season. Petersen also had a lucrative syndication deal, further generating millions of dollars.

William left β€˜CSI’ at season 9 but returned as an executive producer for several subsequent seasons, from 2011 until it finally ended in 2015.

For his splendid and outstanding performances over the years, William has won numerous awards.

Awards and Nominations

Despite his elite-level talent and capability as an actor, he has kept a low profile away from the spotlight.

In total, William Petersen has been nominated for nine awards and has won five. Here are the awards he won:

  • 1997 Satellite Award as the Best Actor in a Supporting Role β€” Series, Miniseries or Television Film (β€˜The Beast’)
  • 1998 Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (β€˜ER’)
  • 1999 Screen Actors Guild Award as part of an Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series (β€˜ER’)
  • 1999 Golden Satellite Award as the Best Actor in a Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television (β€˜The Rat Pack’)
  • 2004 CableAce Award as part of an Outstanding Drama Series Team (β€˜CSI’)

Conclusion

William Petersen is genuinely an outstanding actor who devotes his time, skills, and knowledge to every role thrown his way. With a career spanning almost four decades, he has been featured in numerous blockbuster movies and television series.

He remains at the forefront of his craft and signifies the embodiment of consistency and professionalism in the industry.

At 68 years old, William Petersen is still active in the entertainment industry and has been making headlines still for all the right reasons.

Put simply, anyone from aspiring entertainers to long-time seasoned professionals can look up to William Petersen as a professional example of excellence in Hollywood.

Interesting Facts about William Petersen

  1. Attended Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He wears his old football jersey from that school in most of his movies.
  2. Daughter named Maite Nerea, born in 1975, in MondragΓ³n (PaΓ­s Vasco, Spain).
  3. Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on increased funding for crime labs.
  4. Attended the renowned Steppenwolf Company.
  5. In March 2002, he became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Gina Cirone, a biology teacher. The two married in Petrignano, Italy, in 2003.
  6. Started at Idaho State University on a football scholarship, where he found acting.
  7. He has a production company called High Horse (with friend & fellow CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) producer Cynthia Chvatal).
  8. He has one grandchild named Mazrik William (born October 2003).
  9. One CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) plotline had him pursuing an insane killer played by Tom Noonan, who also played the titular insane killer in Manhunter (1986).
  10. Was offered a role in Platoon (1986), but turned it down because it was a low-paying job. The prospect of going to the Philippines for weeks of training before filming did not appeal to him either.
  11. Calls Long Gone (1987) the most fun he ever had making a movie. He made it instead of appearing in Platoon (1986).
  12. Was cast in To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) after Gary Sinise declined the part. Sinise became the star of CSI: NY (2004), which is the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
  13. Co-presented an award at the 2004 Emmys with Dennis Franz, whose former NYPD Blue (1993) co-star, David Caruso, stars in CSI: Miami (2002), the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
  14. Has played two characters with the surname "Walker." He played Gideon Walker in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) and Steve Walker in Fear (1996).
  15. Declined the offer to produce CSI: Miami (2002), the spin-off of his series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
  16. Because his role in Manhunter (1986) was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of the Will Graham character after filming was completed. This included cutting his hair and dyeing it blonde, and shaving off his beard.
  17. Played Missy Crider's father in the miniseries The Beast (1996). Crider later appeared in the second-season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
  18. Was 33 years old when Manhunter (1986) was released. When the film's remake, Red Dragon (2002), was released, his Will Graham successor, Edward Norton, was also 33 years old.
  19. An avid Chicago Cubs fan, he sings "Take Me Out to the Ball Game" during the seventh-inning stretch at Wrigley Field every year and also narrated the documentary Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy (2001) about Wrigley Field.
  20. Owns the rights of James Ellroy's crime novel "Clandestine".

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