William Petersen Net Worth

William Petersen Net Worth 2022: Wiki Biography, Married, Family, Measurements, Height, Salary, Relationships

William Louis Petersen net worth is
$35 Million

William Louis Petersen Wiki Biography

William Louis Petersen was born on the 21st February 1953 in Evanston, Illinois USA, of Danish, French and German descent. He is an actor as well as a producer, best known for the roles he created in television series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000 – 2009, 2011 – 2013), and feature films “Young Guns II” (1990), “Fear” (1996), “The Skulls” (2000) among others. William Petersen has been active in the entertainment industry since 1976.

How much is the net worth of William Petersen? It has been estimated by sources that the overall size of his wealth is as much as $35 million, as of the data given in mid-2016. Reportedly, he earned $500,000 per episode of the series “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation”.

William Petersen Net Worth $35 Million

To begin with, Petersen grew up in Boise, Idaho, the youngest of six children. Petersen left the family being 15 years old and moved to one of his brothers. In 1974, he briefly moved to Spain with his wife-to-be, where they married and had a daughter. In 1975, he graduated on a sports scholarship from Idaho State University and moved to Chicago, where he joined the Steppenwolf Theatre Company. In 1979, he founded his own theater company in Chicago.

After small roles, in 1985 Petersen landed the main role in the film “To Live and Die in L.A” (1985). He missed the opportunity to establish himself as an action hero in the 1980s, when he refused an offer to land a role in Oliver Stone’s Vietnam drama “Platoon” (1986). In 1990, he took the role of Joseph P. Kennedy in the miniseries “The Kennedys of Massachusetts”. This was followed by increasingly small roles in films and television series, until he starred in the highly successful CBS series “CSI: The Crime Scene Investigation” created by Anthony E. Zuiker, for almost 10 years continuously from 2000, latterly co-producing the aforementioned series. In the role of the charismatic chief investigator Gilbert Grissom his popularity increased tremendously, and in 2004, he was nominated as the Best Actor for the Golden Globes in the category – Best Actor TV Series Drama, additionally for Emmy and Satellite Awards. In 2005, he and the cast won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series. At the beginning of 2009, he received a star on the Walk of Fame in Hollywood. Later, he appeared in the main cast of the films “Detachment” (2011) and “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012). In 2015, he is  joining the cast of drama series Manhattan over at WGN America. Overall, in landing the above mentioned roles William Petersen added huge sums to the total size of his net worth.

Finally, in the personal life of the actor, he married Joanne Brady in 1974, and they had a daughter but divorced in 1981. In 2003, William married for the second time, to Gina Cirone. In 2011, twins were born to the family via a surrogate mother. Petersen also has two grandchildren.

Full NameWilliam Petersen
Net Worth$35 Million
Date Of BirthFebruary 21, 1953
Place Of BirthEvanston, Illinois, United States
Height5 ft 10 in (1.78 m)
ProfessionActor, Film Producer, Television producer
EducationBishop Kelly High School, Idaho State University
NationalityUnited States of America
SpouseGina Cirone (m. 2003), Joanne Brady (m. 1974–1981)
ChildrenMaite Petersen
ParentsArthur Edward Petersen, Sr., Helen June Hoene
SiblingsMary Kay Petersen, Anne Petersen, Arthur Petersen, Jr., Elizabeth Petersen, Robert Petersen
NicknamesWilliam Louis Petersen , Billy , William L. Petersen , William L. Peterson , William Peterson
AwardsScreen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in Drama Series (2005), Walk of Fame in Hollywood (2009)
NominationsBest Actor for the Golden Globes in the category – Best Actor TV Series Drama (2004), Emmy Award, Satellite Award for Best Actor- Television Series Drama
Movies“Platoon” (1986), “Young Guns II” (1990), “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” (1990), "The Beast" (1996), “Fear” (1996), “The Skulls” (2000), “To Live and Die in L.A” (1985)
TV Shows“CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” (2000-2013), “Detachment” (2011), “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” (2012), “Manhattan” (2015)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)$500,000 /episode (2007- 08)
1I'm a huge "Membership First" guy. It seems to me that all of the artists in all of the unions and guilds are getting screwed. What we're losing in the SAG contract is the middle class -- those who want to be actors and won't make much money but want to stick with it anyway. The studios and companies, meanwhile, get to have it both ways. They've got their $100 million movies where they pay Brad and Tom $20 million and everyone else works for scale. Then those who make the indie movies don't pay anybody anything. You're supposed to make 28 cents for the honor of working with Gus Van Sant. But the company behind, say, "Milk," winds up making a ton. The whole thing is a shell game, a con, and the actors are the ones who wind up getting jobbed.
2After Manhunter (1986) and To Live and Die in L.A. (1985), there were all these cop movies that came my way, but they weren't any good, so I didn't do them. Then, there was talk about my doing Platoon (1986), but I didn't want to sit in a ditch in the Philippines for eight weeks for no money. Instead, I did an HBO baseball movie for more money and more fun, and I got to play ball. I enjoy watching great movies like Platoon (1986), but I don't have to be in them. I never fell in love with movies. I didn't want to spend all that time an effort. I've had it pretty good. I've had it my own way.
3(On his life before his 2nd marriage) When I was younger, women wanted to sleep with me because of whatever movie or play they saw me in, and for about 15 years I certainly took advantage of that more often than not. I got married to my wife, Gina, last summer. I'd been working on the marriage thing with her, trying to get to a place where that was a good thing as opposed to a bad thing. Fidelity was hard when I was younger, but with maturity I got to a mindset of, What's with all this running around to get girls? Now for me it's the old case of, Why go out for hamburger when I've got steak at home?
4(On Las Vegas) The only good thing about Vegas is watching horse races and football games and being able to throw some money down on them. I don't play the tables, because they're just a sucker's game. Actually, the whole thing is a sucker's game. I'm not a huge Vegas fan, but it's the perfect milieu for the show. Everyone who goes there, even if they're old ladies from a Bible group in Mississippi, they go there to stick nickels into slots and feel a little dirty and dark. Shit happens when you get into that world. Guys lose their wives and money, women end up deciding to stay and become strippers. It's the dirty playground for the Darth Vader in all of us.
5After Manhunter (1986), I had to actually kill off the character. I cut off most of my hair and dyed it blonde. I changed my whole look just to get rid of him.
6I was only 21, and there were many things I didn't know. I was trying to be a man and I wasn't ready for it. - on being married at a young age
7The 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.
8"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")
9"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).
10"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)).
11(On seeing the Marlon Brando movie, Ultimo tango a Parigi (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".
1His name originates from the Germanic name Willahelm, which was composed of the elements wil "will, desire" and helm "helmet, protection".
2William's paternal grandfather, Jurgen Petersen, was born in Germany, to Danish parents, Andreas Christian Petersen and Anna Margaretha Ericksen. William's paternal grandmother, Lizzie Ricksher, was of German and French ancestry, while both of William's maternal grandparents, Arthur Cornelius Hoene and Katherine Vera Vollmar, were of German descent.
3The actor who dubs his voice in Czech, Vladislav Benes, is also the Czech dubbing voice of Pierce Brosnan, Richard Gere, and Noah Wyle.
4Has played the roles of both father and son, Joseph P. Kennedy and John F. Kennedy. Played Joseph P. Kennedy in The Kennedys of Massachusetts. Played John F. Kennedy in Rat Pack.
5Lived for a time with Amy Morton.
6Longtime friend of Gary Cole.
7Has a second grandson named Indigo August, born in August 2009.
8He was awarded the 2009 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "Blackbird" at the Victory Gardens Theater in Chicago, Illinois.
9He was nominated for a 1994 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Night of the Iguana" at the Goodman Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
10He was awarded the 1984 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "In the Belly of the Beast" at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
11He was nominated for a 1982 Joseph Jefferson Award for Actor in a Principal Role in a Play for "The Tooth of Crime" at the Remains Theatre in Chicago, Illinois.
12Shares his birthday with Larry Drake, who appeared with him in The Beast (1996).
13He has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois, since 2008.
14Has been portrayed in several CSI games.
15Appears in The Skulls (2000) with Hill Harper. Harper currently co- stars in CSI: NY (2004), the spin-off of Petersen's series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
16Has performed at the Steppenwolf Theater in Chicago.
17Turned down a major part in Michael Mann's Heat (1995).
18Owns the rights of James Ellroy's crime novel "Clandestine".
19An 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.
20Was 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.
21Played Missy Crider's father in the miniseries The Beast (1996). Crider later appeared in the second-season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
22Because 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.
23Declined the offer to produce CSI: Miami (2002), the spin-off of his series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000).
24Has played two characters with the surname "Walker." He played Gideon Walker in Return to Lonesome Dove (1993) and Steve Walker in Fear (1996).
25Co-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).
26Was 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).
27Calls Long Gone (1987) the most fun he ever had making a movie. He made it instead of appearing in Platoon (1986).
28Was 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.
29One 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).
30He has one grandchild named Mazrik William (born October 2003).
31He has a production company called High Horse (with friend & fellow CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000) producer Cynthia Chvatal).
32Started at Idaho State University on a football scholarship, where he found acting.
33In March 2002, he became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Gina Cirone, a biology teacher. The two married in Petrignano, Italy, in 2003.
34Attended the renowned Steppenwolf Company.
35Testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on increased funding for crime labs.
36Daughter named Maite Nerea, born in 1975, in Mondragón (País Vasco, Spain).
37Attended Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho. He wears his old football jersey from that school in most of his movies.


Hurt PeopleTV Movie executive producer announced
CSI: Immortality2015TV Movie executive producer
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationTV Series executive producer - 231 episodes, 2004 - 2015 producer - 42 episodes, 2000 - 2012 co-executive producer - 36 episodes, 2002 - 2004 supervising producer - 6 episodes, 2002
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003Video Game co-executive producer - as William Peterson
Keep the Change1992TV Movie producer - as William L. Petersen
Hard Promises1991producer - as William L. Petersen


Hurt PeopleTV Movie announcedHollis Brown
Manhattan2015TV SeriesCol. Emmett Darrow
CSI: Immortality2015TV MovieGil Grissom
Blue2013TV SeriesMitch
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2000-2013TV SeriesGil Grissom
Seeking a Friend for the End of the World2012Trucker
Detachment2011Mr. Sarge Kepler
Without a Trace2007TV SeriesGil Grissom
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence2007Video GameGilbert 'Gil' Grissom (voice, as William L. Petersen)
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder2006Video GameGil Grissom (voice, as William L. Petersen)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives2004Video GameCSI Head Investigator Gilbert 'Gil' Grissom (voice)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2003Video GameGil Grissom (voice)
Haven2001TV MovieJackson Connolly
The Contender2000Jack Hathaway
The Skulls2000Ames Levritt
Kiss the Sky1998Jeff (as William L. Petersen)
The Rat Pack1998TV MovieJohn F. Kennedy
The Staircase1998TV MovieJoad
Gunshy1998Jake Bridges
12 Angry Men1997TV MovieJuror #12
The Beast1996TV Mini-SeriesWhip Dalton
Mulholland Falls1996Jack Flynn, Mafia Mobster (uncredited)
Fear1996Steve Walker
Present Tense, Past Perfect1995TV ShortJack (as William L. Petersen)
Fallen Angels1995TV SeriesGeorge
In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man with One Eye Is King1995Tony C.
Return to Lonesome Dove1993TV Mini-SeriesCaptain Gideon Walker Capt. Gideon Walker Gideon Walker
Curacao1993TV MovieStephen Guerin
Keep the Change1992TV MovieJoe Starling (as William L. Petersen)
Passed Away1992Frank Scanlan
Hard Promises1991Joey (as William L. Petersen)
Young Guns II1990Patrick Floyd 'Pat' Garrett
The Kennedys of Massachusetts1990TV Mini-SeriesJoseph P. Kennedy
Long Gone1987TV MovieCecil 'Stud' Cantrell (as William L. Petersen)
Amazing Grace and Chuck1987Russell (as William L. Petersen)
Manhunter1986Will Graham
The Twilight Zone1986TV SeriesEdward Sayers (segment "Need to Know")
To Live and Die in L.A.1985Richard Chance (as William L. Petersen)
Thief1981Katz & Jammer Bartender (as William L. Peterson)


Manhunter: The Mind of Madness - An Interview with William Petersen2016Video documentary shortHimself
Entertainment Tonight2006-2015TV SeriesHimself
Séries express2009TV SeriesHimself
TV Land Moguls2009TV Mini-Series documentaryHimself
The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards2008TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie
TMZ on TV2008TV SeriesHimself
The 22nd Annual Genesis Awards2008TV SpecialHimself
Caiga quien caiga2008TV SeriesHimself
CBS Cares2001-2008TV SeriesHimself
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself (as William L. Petersen)
The 63rd Annual Golden Globe Awards2006TV Movie documentaryHimself - Presenter: Best Actor in a Television Series - Musical or Comedy
The 32nd Annual People's Choice Awards2006TV Special documentaryHimself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
The 56th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2004TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie
Blue Neon Night: Michael Connelly's Los Angeles2004Video documentaryNarrator (as William L. Petersen)
This Old Cub2004DocumentaryHimself (as William L. Petersen)
10th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2004TV SpecialHimself
CBS at 752003TV Special documentaryHimself (as William L. Petersen)
Counterfeit World: Making 'To Live and Die in L.A.'2003Video documentary shortHimself
The GQ Men of the Year Awards2003TV Movie documentaryHimself (as William L. Petersen)
The 55th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter (as William L. Petersen)
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself (as William L. Petersen)
Larry King Live2002TV SeriesHimself
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV Special
The Directors2001TV Series documentaryHimself
Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy2001VideoHimself (Narrator) (as William L. Petersen)
Inside 'Manhunter'2001Video documentary shortHimself (as William L. Petersen)
Late Show with David Letterman2001TV SeriesHimself
3rd Annual TV Guide Awards2001TV SpecialHimself - Winner
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000TV SeriesHimself
Today1990TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Entertainment Tonight2015TV SeriesHimself
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation2009-2015TV SeriesGil Grissom
De 'Los Serrano' a 'Cuenta atrás'2007TV MovieGil Grissom
Just the Facts2004TV Movie documentaryCast of 'C.S.I.'
Joe Bob's Drive-In Theater1995TV SeriesStephen Guerin
The Ultimate Stuntman: A Tribute to Dar Robinson1987TV Movie documentaryHimself

Won Awards

2009Star on the Walk of FameWalk of FameTelevisionAwarded on February 3, 2009 at 6667 Hollywood Blvd.
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2001Alan J. Pakula AwardBroadcast Film Critics Association AwardsThe Contender (2000)

Nominated Awards

2005PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2004Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - DramaCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2004PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2003PGA AwardPGA AwardsOutstanding Producer of Episodic Television, DramaCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2002Golden Satellite AwardSatellite AwardsBest Performance by an Actor in a Series, DramaCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsActor of the Year in a New SeriesCSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000)

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