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Fishburne joins 'Hannibal' cast

Fishburne joins 'Hannibal' cast

LOS ANGELES, July 28 (UPI) -- Laurence Fishburne is to play FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit leader Jack Crawford in the new U.S. drama series "Hannibal," said writer-producer Bryan Fuller.
Knightley: 'End of the World' is an uplifting tale

Knightley: 'End of the World' is an uplifting tale

NEW YORK, June 22 (UPI) -- British actress Keira Knightley says her new road-trip comedy "Seeking a Friend for the End of the World" is an uplifting tale about human connections.
KAREN BUTLER, United Press International
Laurence Fishburne leaving 'CSI'

Laurence Fishburne leaving 'CSI'

LOS ANGELES, June 8 (UPI) -- Actor Laurence Fishburne is leaving the U.S. police procedural "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation" after two and a half seasons, Deadline reported.
Report: Petersen set for 'CSI' cameo

Report: Petersen set for 'CSI' cameo

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 1 (UPI) -- William Petersen, an original star of the U.S. TV series "CSI: Crime Scene Investigation," will appear in an upcoming episode, Entertainment Weekly said.
William Petersen to star in Tony Kaye film

William Petersen to star in Tony Kaye film

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- U.S. actor William Petersen has signed on to co-star with Christina Hendricks and Lucy Liu in the film "Detachment."
Petersen says there will be a 'CSI' movie

Petersen says there will be a 'CSI' movie

LONDON, April 21 (UPI) -- U.S. actor William Petersen says a film version of his crime scene procedural "CSI" is in the works.
24M people watched Grissom leave 'CSI'

24M people watched Grissom leave 'CSI'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 16 (UPI) -- More than 24 million people tuned in to watch character Gil Grissom leave the long-running U.S. crime drama series "CSI," CBS announced Friday.
Ferrera, Hewitt to be Emmys presenters

Ferrera, Hewitt to be Emmys presenters

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- America Ferrera, Jennifer Love Hewitt and Vanessa Williams are set to be presenters at "The 60th Primetime Emmy Awards" in Los Angeles, ABC said.
Fishburne named as new CSI star

Fishburne named as new CSI star

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 18 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Laurence Fishburne has been named to replace William Petersen as the star of the hit CBS TV series “CSI,” network officials said Monday.
Report: Petersen off, Fox back on 'CSI'

Report: Petersen off, Fox back on 'CSI'

LOS ANGELES, July 15 (UPI) -- "CSI" Executive Producer Carol Mendelsohn says Jorja Fox will return to the top-rated U.S. crime drama next season just as William Petersen is leaving.
Gary Dourdan to leave 'CSI'

Gary Dourdan to leave 'CSI'

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- U.S. actor Gary Dourdan is set to leave the long-running television crime drama "CSI," a source told EW.com.

WGA picketing with the stars

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Dozens of U.S. television stars are planning to show their support for striking Writers Guild of America members by joining picket lines.

Watts, Schreiber welcome son

LOS ANGELES, July 27 (UPI) -- "Painted Veil" co-stars Naomi Watts and Liev Schreiber, together since 2005, welcomed their first child, a boy born in a Los Angeles hospital. Alexander Pete Schreiber weighted 8 pounds, 4 ounces and measured 22 1/2 inches long when he was born Wednesda

Golden Globe Awards presenters set

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 11 (UPI) -- Eric Bana, Drew Barrymore, Tim McGraw, Gwyneth Paltrow and Renée Zellweger were added Wednesday to the list of Golden Globe Awards presenters.

CSI star goes home to Minnesota

DULUTH, Minn., June 20 (UPI) -- William Petersen, the lead forensics scientist on CSI, returned to his roots Monday, participating in a charity golf event in Duluth, Minn.
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Actor William Petersen winner of the 2003 GQ "Men of the Year" award for TV Actor for his work on the series "CSI" poses for the media on October 21, 2003 at the 8th Annual GQ Men of the Year award ceremonies in New York City. (UPI/Ezio Petersen)
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William Louis Petersen (born February 21, 1953) is an American actor and producer, best known for playing Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom on the hit CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He portrayed President John F. Kennedy in the 1998 TV film The Rat Pack.

Petersen was born in Evanston, Illinois, the youngest of six children of June (née Hoene; 1909-2006) and Arthur Edward Petersen, Sr. (1907-2004), who worked in the furniture business. He is of Danish and German descent. He has two brothers, Arthur, Jr. and Robert, plus three sisters: Anne, Mary Kay, and Elizabeth. He graduated from Bishop Kelly High School in Boise, Idaho, in 1972. He was accepted to Idaho State University on a football scholarship. While at Idaho State, Petersen took an acting course which changed the direction of his life. He left school along with his wife, Joanne, in 1974 and followed a drama professor to the Basque country where he studied as a Shakespearean actor. Petersen was interested in Basque culture and he studied the Basque language, Euskera, and gave his daughter the Basque name Maite Nerea (meaning My Beloved); she was born in Arrasate - Mondragón 1975. Petersen returned to Idaho intent on being an actor. Not wanting to work a non-acting job in Idaho, he returned to the Chicago area, living with relatives. He became active in the theater and earned his Actors' Equity card. He performed with the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, of which he has been an ensemble member since 2008, and was a co-founder of the Remains Theater Ensemble which also included other prominent Chicago actors Gary Cole and Ted Levine.

In 1985, Petersen received his first break when he starred as a Secret Service Agent gone rogue to avenge his mentor in William Friedkin's 1985 action film To Live and Die in L.A. The following year, Petersen starred in the first Hannibal Lecter film, Manhunter, playing FBI agent Will Graham. Because his role in Michael Mann's Manhunter was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of Graham after finishing principal photography. He shaved off his beard, cut his hair and dyed it blonde. He also claims to have done this because, while rehearsing for a play in Chicago, his dialogue was always coming out like Graham's; he dyed his hair so he could look in the mirror and see a different person.

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