William Peterson was honored with the 2,379th star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Leron Gubler, President and CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, presided over the ceremony. Guests included Marg Helgenberger, William Friedkin, David Berman, George Eads, Jorga Fox, Paul Guilfoyle, Robert David Hall, Eric Szmanda, Liz Vassey, and John Wellner.
6667 Hollywood Boulevard on February 3, 2009.
William Petersen was born in Evanston, Illinois, and first discovered acting while on a football scholarship at Idaho State University. He later studied acting in Spain.
Petersen, who has a distinguished background in film, theater and television, came to the attention of audiences worldwide when he took the role of Gil Grissom, the lead investigator on “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” in 2000. Petersen received a Golden Globe Award nomination in 2003 for his role and while he departed from the series this past January 2009, he remains an executive producer.
His television credits include “Long Gone,” “The Rat Pack,” the Golden Globe Award winning mini-series “The Kennedys of Massachusetts” and “The Beast.”
His feature film credits include “To Live and Die in L.A.,” “Manhunter,” “Cousins,” “Young Guns II,” “Fear,” “The Contender” and the films “Hard Promises” and “Keep the Change,” both of which he also produced.
In 1979, he founded the Remains Theater Ensemble in Chicago with a group of fellow actors. In 1983, Petersen starred as Jack Henry Abbott in “In the Belly of the Beast” which he performed at the Wisdom Bridge Theatre in Chicago, at the Edinburgh Festival and at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC.
In 1996 Petersen made his Broadway debut in a revival of Tennessee Williams’ “The Night of the Iguana.” He has appeared in a number of regional stage productions, including most recently “A Dublin Carol” at the Steppenwolf Theatre in Chicago, “A Streetcar Named Desire,” “The Time of Your Life,” “Glengarry Glen Ross,” “Fool for Love” and “Speed-the-Plow.” In the summer of 2009, Peterson stared in “Blackbird” on stage at the Victory Gardens Theatre in Chicago.