Date created: April 2010
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Birthdate :February 21, 1953
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William Petersen Timeline
1975Daughter named Maite Nerea, born in 1975, in Mondragon (País Vasco, Spain).
1984He 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.
1985Was 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).
1986Was offered a role in Platoon (1986), but turned it down because it was a low paying job and the prospect of going to the Phillipines for weeks of training before filming didn't appeal to him.
1986Was 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.
1986Because his role in Manhunter (1986) was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of the Will Graham character after filming had been completed. This included cutting his hair and dyeing it blonde, and shaving off his beard.
1987Calls Long Gone (1987) (TV) the most fun he ever had making a movie. He made it instead of appearing in Platoon (1986).
1993Co-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).
1993Has played two characters with the surname "Walker." He played Gideon Walker in "Return to Lonesome Dove" (1993) and Steve Walker in Fear (1996).
1994He 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.
1995Turned down a major part in Michael Mann's Heat (1995).
1996Played Melissa Lahlitah Crider's father in the mini series The Beast (1996) (TV). Crider later appeared in the second season premiere of "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000).
1996Shares his birthday with Larry Drake, who appeared with him in The Beast (1996) (TV).
2000He has a production company called, High Horse (with friend & fellow "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) producer, Cynthia Chvatal).
2000One "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000) plot line had him pursuing an insane killer played by Tom Noonan, who also played the titular insane killer in Manhunter (1986).
2000Appears 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).
2001An avid Chicago Cubs fan, he sings the seventh inning stretch at Wrigley Field every year and also narrated the documentary Wrigley Field: Beyond the Ivy (2001) (V) about Wrigley Field.
2002In March 2002, he became engaged to his longtime girlfriend, Gina Cirone, a biology teacher. The two married in Petrignano, Italy, in 2003.
2002Declined the offer to produce "CSI: Miami" (2002), the spin-off of his series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" (2000).
2003He has one grandchild named Mazrik William (born October 2003).
2008He has been an ensemble member of the Steppenwolf Theater Company in Chicago, Illinois since 2008.
2009Has a second grandson named Indigo August, born in August of 2009.
2009He 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.