William Petersen Biography

Updated On Jun 09, 2019 Published On Dec 07, 2015
Facts of William Petersen
Date of Birth: 1953 , February-21
Birth Nation: United States
Height: 5 Feet 10 Inch
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Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards winner William Petersen is a famous actor from the United States and he is popular in the world for portraying the role of Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom in the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He is also a great producer.

William Petersen's early life and married life 

Born as William Louis Petersen in Evanston, Illinois, the United States of America to Arthur Edward Petersen and Sr., Helen June Hoene, William was raised in the middle-class family. He is of American nationality and is of Danish and German descent. His ethnicity is white.

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In 1974, William entered the married life with Joanne Brady. Within a couple of years of their wedding, news came regarding the pregnancy of Joanne Brady and the couple eventually welcomed their first child: a daughter named Maite Nerea.

As a loving spouse, they lived together for seven years and unfortunately, they ended their marital relationship with a divorce in 1981.

Then he began his love affairs with Gina Cirone. They dated each other for a long time and they finally got married on the 14th of June 2003.

Graduate of Bishop Kelly High School, William joined Idaho State University on a football scholarship. However, there he became more interested in acting and then he joined some acting classes and quit his higher education.

He finally began acting in the stage shows from 1976 and he finally played his first feature film, Thief in 1981. For his role in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, he earned the salary of $500,000 per episode and his net worth is said to be high.

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Born in Evanston, Illinois

February 21 , 1953

Born as William Louis Petersen in Evanston, Illinois, United States of America to Arthur Edward Petersen and Sr., Helen June Hoene, William was raised in the middle class family. He is an American and is of white ethnicity.

Graduated from Bishop Kelly High School

1972

He received his formal education from Bishop Kelly High School. He completed his high school education from there and graduated from there in 1972. After that he joined Idaho State University on a football scholarship. 

Married to Joanne Brady

1974

In 1974, William entered to the married life with Joanne Brady. Two years after being married with her, they welcomed their first child. An avid football player became more interested in acting and then he joined some acting classes and quit his higher education with his wife. 

Began his acting career

1976

Though his childhood dream was not to act, he became more interested in acting after joining Idaho State University. He began taking acting classes as a Shakespearean actor and he finally made his acting debut in 1976 from the stage show, Darkness at Noon.

First child, Maite Petersen

1975

He became father for the first time in his life in 1975. He and his ex wife, Joanne Brady welcomed their first child together in Mondragón, Spain and that time it was a baby girl and they named her Maite Petersen. 

Divorced with Joanne Brady

1981

His first married life had a sad ending in 1981. As a loving spouse they lived together for only seven years and they got divorced in 1981.However, the actual reason for their divorce is unknown yet.

First feature film, Thief

1981

He made his acting debut in 1976 and that was from the stage show, Darkness at Noon. After that he began appearing in several stages, theatre and live shows and finally in 1981, he played his first feature film role and that was in the movie, Thief. 

Appeared in CSI: Crime Scene Investigation

2000

It's almost been four decades he has been acting and till now, he has already appeared in more than 100 movies, television series and stage shows but it is only the role of Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom in the television series, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation.

Married to Gina Cirone

June 14 , 2003

Then he began his love affairs with Gina Cirone. They got married after being in love for a long time. Gina Cirone is a biology teacher. They dated each other for a long time and they finally got married on 14th of June 2003.

Won Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards

2001

Till now, he has been nominated in lots of prestigious awards and he has also won several of them. In 2001, he got nominated in Broadcast Film Critics Association Awards for the first time in his life and he also won this award that year from his only nomination.

Won Screen Actors Guild Awards

2005

In 2002, he won his first nomination in Screen Actors Guild Awards and that was for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series. But it was in 2005, he was awarded with this award and he also won this award from the same nomination.

Was honored by Star on the Walk of Fame

2009

He has been acting since a long time and it’s almost been about four decades, he has been involved in the acting industry. For his continues support and dedication in the acting world, he was honored with Star on the Walk of Fame.

Began his production career

1991

Besides being the great actor, William is also a famous producer and he has been producing since a long time. In 1991, he produced the movie, Hard Promises. He also starred in this movie. He is also the producer of the movie, Keep the Change.

Welcomed twins

July 5 , 2011

He became father of a sweet daughter in 1975 but that was with his ex wife, Joanne Brady. After being married with love of his life Gina Cirone, he also became father of with her. They welcomed twins via surrogate in 2011.