William Petersen

William Petersen

Highest Rated: 93% Manhunter (1986)

Lowest Rated: 9% The Skulls (2000)

Birthday: Feb 21, 1953

Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, USA

A powerful, brooding figure in features and on television since the early 1980s, William Petersen explored the darker corners of the lawman's psyche in "To Live and Die in L.A." (1985) and "Manhunter" (1986) before becoming a household name on "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (CBS, 2000-15). A veteran of the Chicago theater community, he burst onto the Hollywood scene with forceful turns in the aforementioned crime dramas, but neither had the box office clout to turn him into a major movie star. Instead, he concentrated on the stage while delivering consistently believable turns in films like "Young Guns II" (1990) and "Fear" (1991), as well as numerous television efforts. His cool, withdrawn investigator Gil Grissom on "CSI" thrust him into the limelight, making him a major TV star, but he walked away from the hit series in 2008 to return to his roots. One of the most eclectic figures in entertainment, his professional choices and performances earned the enduring respect of his peers and admirers.

Highest rated movies

12 Angry Men
To Live and Die in L.A.
The Contender
The Rat Pack
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World




55% 53% Seeking a Friend for the End of the World Trucker (Character) $6.6M 2012
58% 74% Detachment Sarge (Character) $71.2K 2011
74% 85% This Old Cub Self - 2004
No Score Yet 59% Haven Jackson Connolly (Character) - 2001
76% 73% The Contender Gov. Jack Hathaway (Character) $17.8M 2000
9% 43% The Skulls Ames Levritt (Character) $35.0M 2000
No Score Yet 75% Kiss the Sky Jeff (Character) - 1998
20% 53% Gunshy Jake Bridges (Character) - 1998
57% 58% The Rat Pack John F. Kennedy (Character) - 1998
No Score Yet 85% The Staircase Joad (Character) - 1998
92% 87% 12 Angry Men Juror 12 (Character) - 1997
45% 63% Fear Steve Walker (Character) $20.5M 1996
No Score Yet No Score Yet Anything for Love Unknown (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 57% The Beast Whip Dalton (Character) - 1996
No Score Yet 20% In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man With One Eye Is King Tony C. (Character) - 1995
No Score Yet 31% Curacao Stephen Guerin (Character) - 1993
10% 44% Passed Away Frank Scanlan (Character) $3.8M 1992
No Score Yet 60% Keep the Change Joe Starling (Character),
- 1992
40% 58% Hard Promises Joey (Character),
$277.7K 1991
29% 66% Young Guns II Patrick Floyd "Pat" Garrett (Character) $40.4M 1990
No Score Yet No Score Yet Kennedys of Massachusetts Joseph P. Kennedy (Character) - 1990
50% 68% Cousins Tom (Character) $21.7M 1989
38% 70% Amazing Grace and Chuck Russell (Character) - 1987
No Score Yet 92% Long Gone Cecil `'Stud'` Cantrell (Character) - 1987
93% 77% Manhunter FBI Agent Will Graham (as William Petersen) (Character) $7.0M 1986
85% 79% To Live and Die in L.A. Richard Chance (Character) $16.6M 1985


82% 70% CSI: Vegas Gil Grissom (Character),
Executive Producer
91% 93% Manhattan Col. Emmett Darrow (Character) 2015
No Score Yet 81% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Gil Grissom (Character),
Executive Producer,
No Score Yet 66% Without a Trace Unknown (Guest Star) 2007
No Score Yet No Score Yet Return to Lonesome Dove Unknown (Character) 1993
No Score Yet No Score Yet The Kennedys of Massachusetts Joseph P. Kennedy (Character) 1990