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William Petersen is a Actor and Producer American born on 21 february 1953 at Evanston (USA)

William Petersen

William Petersen
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Birth name William Louis Petersen
Nationality USA
Birth 21 february 1953 (66 years) at Evanston (USA)

William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor and producer best known for playing Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom in the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also starred in films, such as To Live and Die in L.A. and Manhunter.

Biography

Petersen married longtime girlfriend Gina Cirone in July 2003. He has a daughter, Maite (born c. 1975), from his previous marriage to Joanne Brady. Through Maite, he has two grandsons, Mazrik William (born October 2003) and Indigo August (born August 2009). He is an avid Chicago Cubs fan. In 2004, he described to Playboy Magazine a near-death experience he had in the 1980s that gave him "assurance" that there is an afterlife.

On July 5, 2011, Petersen and Cirone (via surrogate) welcomed twins, a son and daughter.

Best films

The Contender (2000)
(Actor)

Usually with

Michael Mann
Michael Mann
(2 films)
Rob Cohen
Rob Cohen
(2 films)
Dennis Farina
Dennis Farina
(3 films)
Source : Wikidata

Filmography of William Petersen (25 films)

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Actor

Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, 1h41
Directed by Lorene Scafaria
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Science fiction, Comedy, Comedy-drama, Romantic comedy, Romance, Comic science fiction
Themes La fin du monde, Films about religion, Transport films, Films about automobiles, Comedy science fiction films, Films set in the future, Political films, Road movies, Dystopian films, Impact events in fiction, Disaster films
Actors Steve Carell, Keira Knightley, Melanie Lynskey, Adam Brody, William Petersen, Derek Luke
Roles Trucker
Rating66% 3.348273.348273.348273.348273.34827
A news report is broadcast informing the world that a mission to stop an incoming asteroid from destroying life on earth has failed and that it will make impact in three weeks time. Dodge Petersen (Steve Carell) and his wife Linda (Nancy Carell) listen to the broadcast from the side of the road. After Dodge has an uninterested response, Linda looks at him in abject disgust and flees the vehicle without saying a word.
Detachment
Detachment (2011)
, 1h37
Directed by Tony Kaye
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Comedy-drama
Themes Films about education, Films about suicide
Actors Adrien Brody, Marcia Gay Harden, Christina Hendricks, William Petersen, Bryan Cranston, Tim Blake Nelson
Roles Mr. Sarge Kepler
Rating76% 3.8489153.8489153.8489153.8489153.848915
Detachment is a chronicle of one month in the lives of several high school teachers, administrators and students through the eyes of a substitute teacher named Henry Barthes (Adrien Brody). Barthes' method of imparting vital knowledge to his temporary students is interrupted by the arrival of three women in his life — the damaged and naive prostitute Erica (Sami Gayle), a fellow teacher (Christina Hendricks) and a troubled teen named Meredith (Betty Kaye). These women all have profound effects on Barthes' life, forcing him to both re-discover aspects of his own personality, and to come to terms with both the tragic suicide of his mother and the impending death of his grandfather. The film is punctuated with flashbacks of scenes of Barthes' young childhood and his mother's suicide.
The Contender, 2h6
Directed by Rod Lurie
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller
Themes Politique, Political films
Actors Gary Oldman, Joan Allen, Jeff Bridges, Christian Slater, Sam Elliott, William Petersen
Roles Jack Hathaway
Rating68% 3.4492553.4492553.4492553.4492553.449255
Second-term Democratic U.S. President Jackson Evans (Jeff Bridges) must select a new vice president following the sudden death of the current VP. The obvious choice seems to be Virginia Governor Jack Hathaway (William Petersen), who is hailed as a hero after he recently dove into a lake in a failed attempt to save a drowning girl. The president opts not to choose Hathaway, claiming that the administration cannot afford another Chappaquiddick.
The Skulls
The Skulls (2000)
, 1h47
Directed by Rob Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Crime
Actors Joshua Jackson, Paul Walker, Craig T. Nelson, Hill Harper, Leslie Bibb, Christopher McDonald
Roles Ames Levritt
Rating56% 2.8006752.8006752.8006752.8006752.800675
Luke McNamara (Joshua Jackson) is a student with aspirations to become a lawyer. A "townie" who grew up on the "wrong side of the tracks", he did well enough in school to attend college on a scholarship where he is a champion rower. His best friends at college are his love interest Chloe (Leslie Bibb), and Will (Hill Harper) who is the coxswain of the Bulldog 8's rowing team of which Luke is the captain (at the victory party for the 8's, Chloe is revealed to come from a wealthy family which is why Luke is reluctant to reveal his feelings for her). Luke's friendships hit the rocks when he is invited to join a secret society known as "The Skulls". After Luke passes the first part of the initiation process - theft from a rival frat together with boxing prodigy Caleb Mandrake (Paul Walker) as his co-conspirator and alleged "soulmate", and being lectured in the secret ritual room by a senior Skull that is standing in front of a wall with the word "WAR" engraved into it in huge capital letters. A senior Skull explains to Luke that the Skulls require their members to prove themselves in war. Luke has a falling out with Will when the latter realizes that Luke has become a Skull.
Creature
Creature (1998)

Directed by Stuart Gillard, Jeff Bleckner
Origin USA
Genres Science fiction, Thriller, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Films about sharks, Natural horror films
Actors Craig T. Nelson, Ronald Guttman, Kim Cattrall, Colm Feore, Karen Sillas, Cress Williams
Rating51% 2.550692.550692.550692.550692.55069
The film starts with Richland (Feore), who was sent to visit a government facility on a remote island. He follows Peniston (Esposito) into the facility. The head scientist Dr.Bishop (Reineke) shows them the projects he is working on, including a shark and dolphin hybrid with the ability to adapt to any environment, as well as a human and shark hybrid (the creature). It breaks free from its tank and kills Dr. Bishop. Richland orders Peniston to kill it, but Peniston instead traps the Creature in a containment unit and dumps it in the sea.
The Rat Pack, 2h
Directed by Rob Cohen
Origin USA
Genres Drama
Themes Films about music and musicians, Films about television, Musical films
Actors Ray Liotta, Joe Mantegna, Don Cheadle, Angus Macfadyen, William Petersen, Željko Ivanek
Roles John F. Kennedy
Rating66% 3.3465653.3465653.3465653.3465653.346565
After a brief flash-forward to Frank Sinatra as an old man, saying "I miss my guys," the movie's main narrative begins during high points in the solo careers of the Rat Pack: Dean Martin has become a big success despite the breakup of his partnership with Jerry Lewis; Sinatra's career is at its peak; Sammy Davis, Jr., is making a comeback after a near fatal car crash, and standup comic Joey Bishop is gaining exposure as an opening act for the other three. The Pack becomes complete when Sinatra reconciles with actor Peter Lawford, who has been ostracized since being seen out publicly with Sinatra's ex-wife, Ava Gardner.
12 Angry Men, 1h57
Directed by William Friedkin
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Crime
Actors Jack Lemmon, George C. Scott, Tony Danza, Hume Cronyn, Edward James Olmos, Ossie Davis
Roles Juror 12
Rating78% 3.9477053.9477053.9477053.9477053.947705
When the final closing arguments have been presented to the judge, she gives her instructions to the jury, all of whom are men. In the United States, the verdict in criminal cases must be unanimous. A non-unanimous verdict results in a hung jury which in turn forces a mistrial. The question they are deciding is whether the defendant, a teenage boy from a city slum, murdered his father. The jury is further instructed that a guilty verdict will be accompanied by a mandatory death sentence. (Under current American criminal law, a defendant must first be found guilty, and then the jury in the sentencing phase must find an aggravating circumstance and unanimously agree to recommend the death penalty, if the state has the death penalty.) The jury of twelve retires to the jury room where they begin to become acquainted with each other's personalities and discuss the case.
Fear
Fear (1996)
, 1h37
Directed by James Foley
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Horror, Crime, Romance, Erotic thriller
Themes Medical-themed films, Psychologie, Films about sexuality, Rape in fiction, Erotic films, Films about psychiatry, Erotic thriller films
Actors Mark Wahlberg, Reese Witherspoon, William Petersen, Alyssa Milano, Amy Brenneman, Gary Riley
Roles Steve Walker
Rating62% 3.100013.100013.100013.100013.10001
Nicole Walker (Reese Witherspoon) is a fairly innocent teenager with a rebellious streak. Having been kicked out of her mother's house, she now lives in the suburbs of Seattle with her well-meaning but overbearing father Steven (William Petersen) and his new family: second wife, Laura (Amy Brenneman) and Toby (Christopher Gray), Laura's preteen son from her first marriage. At a rave with best friend Margo Masse (Alyssa Milano), Nicole meets David McCall (Mark Wahlberg), who is part of the same group of friends as the guy Margo is with. Though he has borderline personality disorder and antisocial features, she is swept off her feet by his sweet, polite nature. When Steven meets David, he mistrusts him immediately; it does not help matters when Nicole violates her curfews to spend more time with David. Eventually, while Steven and Laura are on a business trip, Nicole and David sleep together at her home, flagrantly disobeying a house rule about unsupervised guests. One day, David scares Nicole by assaulting her friend Gary Rohmer (Todd Caldecott) upon seeing them hug each other. He shoves Nicole to the ground when she tries to stop him, giving her a black eye. Nicole ends things with David, leaving him crushed, but her father's now-intense opposition to David paradoxically drives her to accept David's apologies. Steven suspiciously checks into David's background and learns that David spent his early life with various foster families, until getting arrested or institutionalized. When David turned 18, he was released from foster care.
Mulholland Falls, 1h47
Directed by Lee Tamahori
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Crime
Actors Nick Nolte, Melanie Griffith, Chazz Palminteri, Michael Madsen, Chris Penn, Jennifer Connelly
Roles Jack Flynn
Rating62% 3.14883.14883.14883.14883.1488
In the early 1950s, a four-man squad of unorthodox Los Angeles Police Department detectives begins throwing its weight around by tossing Jack Flynn (William L. Petersen), an organized crime figure from Chicago, off a cliff on Mulholland Drive, nicknamed "Mulholland Falls" for all the men they have thrown off it.
The Beast
The Beast (1996)
, 2h56
Directed by Jeff Bleckner
Origin USA
Genres Drama, Thriller, Action, Horror
Themes Films about animals, Natural horror films, Films about cephalopods
Actors William Petersen, Karen Sillas, Charles Martin Smith, Ronald Guttman, A.J. Johnson, Larry Drake
Roles Whip Dalton
Rating59% 2.9658552.9658552.9658552.9658552.965855
The film begins when a couple disappear while having a romantic night out on a yacht near the Pacific Northwest resort community, Grave's Point. The next day, local fisherman Whip Dalton (William Petersen) finds the empty lifeboat from the missing yacht and finds a large claw stuck into the boat. Whip sends the claw to a university to be analyzed and it ends up in the hands of marine biologist Dr. Herbert Talley (Ronald Guttman), who comes to Grave’s Point claiming it is from the tentacle of a Giant squid. The island harbor master Schuyler Graves (Charles Martin Smith) tries to hire Whip to kill the squid, but he refuses, so Graves sends out Lucas Coven (Larry Drake) instead. Coven succeeds in slaying the squid and the carcass is promptly sold by Graves to Sea Land Texas owner Osborne Manning (Denis Arndt) then unknown to the fishermen the sonar that isn't being watched detects another squid. It turns out the squid is much bigger than the one they killed and instead of following the boat or attacking, it resubmerges.
Hard Promises, 1h35
Directed by Martin Davidson
Origin USA
Genres Comedy, Romantic comedy, Romance
Actors Sissy Spacek, William Petersen, Brian Kerwin, Mare Winningham, Ann Wedgeworth, Jeff Perry
Roles Joey
Rating58% 2.905482.905482.905482.905482.90548
A man who doesn't like stable work environments has been away for too many years when he finds out his wife has divorced him and is planning to remarry. He comes home to confront her, trying to convince her not to get married, aided by their daughter, who loves him despite his wandering ways. The couple finds out they still have feelings for each other but must decide how best to handle the contradiction of their lifestyles.
Passed Away, 1h36
Origin USA
Genres Comedy
Actors Bob Hoskins, Jack Warden, William Petersen, Nancy Travis, Pamela Reed, Tim Curry
Roles Frank Scanlan
Rating59% 2.9516952.9516952.9516952.9516952.951695
Jack Scanlan is a union leader who is returning to work after having a heart attack. His son Frank arranges a welcome back surprise party for Jack, which more than surprises him, as he has a heart attack and dies. His large, dysfunctional family is brought together and finds themselves dealing with all of their emotional baggage.