William Petersen
William Petersen
Celebrated Name: William Petersen
Real Name/Full Name: William Louis Petersen
Gender: Male
Age: 71 years old
Birth Date:  February 21, 1953
Birth Place:  Evanston, Illinois, US
Nationality: American
Height: 1.83m
Weight: 76kg
Sexual Orientation: Straight
Marital Status: Married
Wife/Spouse (Name): Gina Cirone
Children/Kids (Son and Daughter): Maite Nerea Petersen
Dating/Girlfriend (Name): NO
Is William Petersen Gay?: NO
Profession: Actor
Salary: $ 500,000
Net Worth in 2024: $40 million
Last Updated: April 2024

William Petersen is a well-known American actor and producer and is best known for his role as Gil Grissom in CBS drama series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, which earned him a Golden Globe Award nomination and a Screen Actors Guild Award nomination.

He has also appeared in several films like To live and die in LA, Manhunter, Young guns II, Fear, the contender, Detachment, and seeking a friend for the End of the world.

Maybe you know about William Petersen very well, but do you know how old and tall is he and what is his net worth in 2024? If you do not know, we have prepared this article about details of William Petersen’s short biography-wiki, career, professional life, personal life, today’s net worth, age, height, weight, and more facts. Well, if you’re ready, let’s start.

Early Life & Biography

On February 21, 1953, William Petersen was born to Arthur Edward Petersen and Helen June Hoene in the city of Evanston, Illinois. He has five siblings, he is the youngest of them all, and their names are Arthur Petersen Jr, Elizabeth Petersen, Mary Kay Petersen, Anne Petersen, and Robert Petersen. William has a mixed ethnicity of Danish-German- French. It is also mentioned that he is a big fan of the Chicago Cubs.

He attended Bishop Kelly High School located in Boise, Idaho in 1972, he got a football scholarship and was accepted at Idaho State University. It was when he was here that he took an acting course, this is what changed the direction of his life, he left school along with his wife Joanne and followed a drama professor to the Basque country, where he studied as a Shakespeare actor.

Petersen was interested in the culture there; he studied the Basque language and gave his daughter a Basque name Maite Nerea meaning “My Beloved.” William Petersen is a grandfather of two Mazrik William born in October 2003, and Indigo August born in August of 2009.

Personal Life

William Petersen has been in several relationships, in 1974 he married Joanne Brady, the marriage did not last long, and so they separated in 1981. The two had a child together called Maite Peterson.

He then married Gina Cirone on June 14, 2003. The couple had twins, a son and a daughter via surrogacy in June 2011, but their names are kept private. The report, however, noted that the children were born premature, and now their health has improved.

Age, Height, and Weight

Being born on February 21, 1953, Pauly Shore is 71 years old as of today’s date 16th April 2024. His height is 1.83 m tall, and his weight is 76 kg.


William Petersen got his first break in 1985 when he played a secret service agent gone rogue to avenge his mentor in “To live and die in L.A” a William Friedkin`s action film. The following year in 1986, he appeared as an FBI agent Will Graham in Manhunter, the first Hannibal Lecter film. He declined a part in Oliver Stone`s Platoon, and this is because it would have kept him in the Philippines, away from his family. Petersen then worked on the HBO made for Tv movie “Long Gone” in 1987. He was as well offered the role of Henry Hill in the film “Goodfellas,” but he turned it down.

Come 1990, Petersen appeared in “ Young Guns II” as the infamous Patrick Floyd “Pat” Garret. In a CBS TV miniseries “Return to Lonesome Dove” in 1993, he also made an appearance as former Ranger Gideon Walker. In 1996 he played Steven Walker in “ Fear.” His other works include “Governor Jack Hathaway in the Contender in 2000. Some of the movies he has appeared and starred in include: Mulholland Falls, Kiss the Sky, 12 Angry men, among others.

William Petersen renewed his contract with CBS to star on CSI for the 2008-09 season, and it was reported for $ 600,000 per episode, he remained the executive producer of the show.

Awards & Achievements

Petersen has received several awards in his acting career. He won Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a drama series for CSI: Crime Scene Investigation in 2000 at Screen Actors Guild awards. He was also nominated for best performance by an actor in a Television series drama for CSI in 2000 at Golden Globe Awards, Primetime Emmy Awards, PGA Awards, Golden Satellite Award.

Net Worth & Salary of William Petersen in 2024

William Petersen Net Worth
William Petersen Net Worth

As of April 2024, William Petersen has an estimated net worth of more than $40 million.  He has made this wealth by acting in various popular television shows and movies. His wealth has increased in big numbers as well since he has earned up to $500,000 per episode while doing the CSI Season.

William Petersen is a man who has had a bright future with his career, looking from where he changed his direction in life and taking up acting, this was not in vain at all because it has really born him good fruits that he is enjoying with his wife and children.


  1. I seem to remember seeing William Petersen in a “perhaps made for television movie” about a wandering carpenter who repairs/builds a circular staircase to a balcony in a church. It was implied that the wanderer was a sort of reincarnated Jesus. Am I just unable to find any references or am I wrong about who the actor was?

  2. I Love William Petersen!…I just love to watch the 1985 Film-To Live And Die In LA…And I’m A Huge Fan of his!…What A Looker He Is!
    Neptina Hogue
    East Cleveland, Ohio
    Sun. Sept.13, 2020


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