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Fishburne started acting at age twelve getting his first gig in 1973 portraying Joshua Hall on the ABC soap opera, One Life to Live. He was initially cast in the hit television series Good Times, but the role was eventually given to Ralph Carter. Fishburne's most memorable childhood role was in Cornbread, Earl and Me in which he played a young boy who witnessed the police shooting of a popular high school basketball star. Fishburne later earned a supporting role in Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now, in which he played a 17-year-old sailor nicknamed 'Mr. Clean'. When production began in March 1976 he was just fourteen, apparently lying about his age to get the part. Filming took so long that he was already seventeen upon its completion. In the early 80's Fishburne also had a very minor role in the hugely critically acclaimed Steven Spielberg film The Color Purple.
Fishburne spent much of the 1980s in and out of television and periodically on stage. Fishburne had a recurring role as Cowboy Curtis with Paul Reubens' character, Pee Wee Herman in the CBS children's television show, Pee-wee's Playhouse. He also appeared in the M*A*S*H episode, "The Tooth Shall Set You Free", as Corporal Dorsey (billed as Larry Fishburne in the credits). His stage work during the 1980s included Short Eyes in 1984 , and Loose Ends in 1987 . Both were produced at Second Stage Theatre in New York City. Additionally, Lawrence Fishburne played the leading role of "Dap" in Spike Lee's second theatrical release entitled School Daze (1988). Offering a riveting performance, Fishburne's character was the depiction of an African American, culturally inclined college student at an HBCU (Historically Black College/University). In 1990 he played Jimmy Jump in the controversial King of New York, and in 1991, Fishburne starred in Boyz N The Hood. The following year, in 1992, he won a Tony Award for his stage performance in the August Wilson play, Two Trains Running and an Emmy Award for his performance in the opening episode, "The Box," of the short-lived anthology series television drama TriBeCa. In 1993, he received his first Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Ike Turner in Morpheus, the hacker-mentor of Neo, played by Keanu Reeves, in the 1999 blockbuster science fiction film, The Matrix. He briefly appears as a stretcher-bearer in one version of the video for The Spooks' song "Things I've Seen" (2000).
Fishburne reprised his role as Morpheus in the Matrix sequels, The Matrix Reloaded, and The Matrix Revolutions in 2003. He gained a significant amount of weight between the first and second film. He has appeared with Tom Cruise as Theodore Brassell, IMF superior of Cruise's character in Mission: Impossible III. In 2006 he appeared on stage with Angela Bassett in a Pasadena Playhouse production of August Wilson's, Fences. Most recently, he provided the voice of the narrator in the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (TMNT) movie, released March 23, 2007. The same year, he provided the voice of the Silver Surfer in 2007 film Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer.
Fishburne has worked with actress Angela Bassett on four projects. He says "An electrifying thing happens when the two of us work together. I haven’t experienced it with anyone else. A freedom happens when we work together." They both plan to work with each other in the future.
On February 24, 2007, Fishburne was honored with the Harvard Foundation's Artist of the Year award at the annual show Cultural Rhythms. He received this honor for his prowess as an actor and entertainer and for his humanitarian pursuits. Fishburne is a UNICEF ambassador. The mayor of the city of Cambridge, Massachusetts, Mayor Kenneth Reeves awarded him the key to the city and declared the twenty-fourth of February, “Laurence Fishburne” day in the city of Cambridge.
In April 2008, Fishburne returned to the stage in the Broadway production of Thurgood, a new play by George Stevens, Jr., directed by Leonard Foglia. Thurgood opened at the Booth Theatre on April 30, 2008, with previews starting on April 12, 2008.
On August 18, 2008, it was reported that Laurence Fishburne would join the cast of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation after William Petersen (aka Gil Grissom) left the series. John Malkovich was also considered for the role prior to the announcement. Fishburne will be joining the show on the ninth episode of the upcoming season as a college professor and former pathologist whose area of expertise involves some criminals' predisposition to commit acts of violence. The character was introduced as a consultant on a case (19 Down (1)), who winds up joining the CSI team (One to Go (2)). According to interviews with producers when the announcement broke, his character also has the genetic profile identified in serial killers, a fact which the character will keep to himself, but is something that underpins his desire to understand why some criminals can be so violent. Fishburne was also interviewed and stated he was ecstatic with joining the show, and is thrilled with the chance to portray such a complex character. He appeared as a regular cast member on the episode first aired on CBS on January 22, 2009.
DreamWorks Animation announced Laurence Fishburne voiced Whiger, spirit of the White Tiger (similar character to Padmé Amidala) and the love interest of Cleopatra (Gina Torres) in the movie version of Tom and Jerry.
Stage Eden (1976)
Short Eyes (1985)
Urban Blight (1988)
Loose Ends (1988)
Two Trains Running (1992)
Riff Raff (1995)
The Lion in Winter (1999)
One Life to Live TV series (1973-1976)
Cornbread, Earl and Me (1975)
Fast Break (1979)
Apocalypse Now (1979)
Willie & Phil (1980)
Death Wish II (1982)
Rumble Fish (1983)
For Us the Living: The Medgar Evers Story (1983)
The Cotton Club (1984)
Attack Me With Your Love by Cameo music video (1985)
The Color Purple (1985)
Miami Vice (1986)
Band of the Hand (1986)
Come to Me by Robert Brookins music video (1987)
A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors (1987)
Gardens of Stone (1987)
Cherry 2000 (1987)
Red Heat (1988)
School Daze (1988)
King of New York (1990)
Decoration Day (1990)
Class Action (1991)
Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Deep Cover (1992)
TriBeCa TV series (1993)
Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Alien Warrior (1994)
Higher Learning (1995)
Just Cause (1995)
Bad Company (1995)
The Tuskegee Airmen (1995)
Miss Evers' Boys (1997)
Event Horizon (1997)
Always Outnumbered (1998)
The Matrix (1999)
Once in the Life (2000)
Michael Jordan to the Max (2000)
Osmosis Jones (2001)
Deep Cover / Chill Factor (2001)
Biker Boyz (2003)
The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
Mystic River (2003)
The Matrix Revolutions (2003)
Assault on Precinct 13 (2005)
True Crime: New York City (Video Game, 2005)
Five Fingers (2006)
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Mission: Impossible III (2006)
The Death and Life of Bobby Z (2007)
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2007)
Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer (2007)
Days of Wrath (2008)
Black Water Transit (2009)
Pee-wee's Playhouse Cowboy Curtis (1986-1990)
CSI: Crime Scene InvestigationRaymond Langston, CSI: Level 1 (2008-present) Dr.
TriBeCa TV series (1993)
Once in the Life (2000)
Akeelah and the Bee (2006)
Once in the Life (2000)
Once in the Life (2000)
Originally planning to be a nurse like her mother, Helgenberger got her start as a nightly local news weather girl in her hometown Nebraska (her name was changed by the producer to Margi McCarty) and as a meat boner at the meat packing plant her father was working at during the day. After portraying the role of Blanche Dubois in a university production of “A Streetcar Named Desire,” she was bitten by the acting bug.
While performing in a summer of 1981 NU campus productions of Shakespeare's “Taming of the Shrew,” in which she played Kate, Marg was spotted by a scout for the TV show “Ryan's Hope.” Soon after completing college, Marg landed her first professional acting role on the long-running ABC Daytime soap opera, playing uptight amateur cop Siobhan Ryan Novak (1982-1986), a role previously played by Sarah Felder and Ann Gillespie. Helgenberger departed Ryan's Hope in January 1986 and was subsequently replaced in the role of Siobhan by Carrell Myers.
Helgenberger guest starred in an episode of ABC's mystery/detective series based on Robert B. Parker's "Spenser" novels, "Spenser: For Hire," NBC's legal drama "Matlock" and ABC's ground-breaking, award-winning drama "thirtysomething." She also played a regular role as Natalie Thayer, opposite Margot Kidder and James Reid, on CBS’ six-episode drama comedy series "Shell Game" (1987).
Karen Charlene "K.C." Koloski, a heroin-addicted prostitute on the ABC war drama series "China Beach," was Marg’s first prominent role. Her performance from 1988 to 1991 on the highly-acclaimed dramatic series won an Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series in 1990.
Meanwhile, in 1989, Marg made her feature film debut in a leading role as an all-night answering service operator in one segment of the Wheat brothers’ horror anthology After Midnight. She followed it up with a role in Steven Spielberg's romantic comedy-drama Always (starring Richard Dreyfuss, Holly Hunter, and John Goodman), a modern version of the original 1943 Victor Fleming film A Guy Named Joe.
During the early to mid 1990s, Marg played roles in Michael Bortman's adaptation of Robert Boswell's novel, Crooked Hearts (1991; with Peter Berg, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Noah Wyle and Peter Coyote), Gregg Champion's action comedy The Cowboy Way (1994), in which she played Woody Harrelson's love interest, and had a small role as Capt. Alison Sinclair in Michael Bay's action comedy film starring Martin Lawrence and Will Smith, Bad Boys (1995). She also played Dr. Laura Baker, a molecular biologist, in Roger Donaldson's sci-fi thriller starring Natasha Henstridge, Species (1995), and later reprised the role in the sequel, Species II (1998).
During that time, TV viewers could also catch her in such television films Blind Vengeance, Lifetime’s Death Dreams, PBS’ historical documentary Not on the Frontline (as a narrator) and CBS’ In Sickness and in Health. Additionally, she was also seen opposite Bruno Kirby in I'll Be Waiting, a segment of Showtime's Fallen Angels helmed by Tom Hanks, and as a novelist on the ABC miniseries Stephen King's The Tommyknockers opposite Jimmy Smits. She was also seen in the CBS miniseries When Love Kills: The Seduction of John Hearn and made her first collaboration with director Peter Weller in Showtime's Partners. After playing a recurring role as George Clooney's love interest on NBC's popular medical drama ER, Marg became David Caruso's sex-starved widow on Showtime’s Elmore Leonard's Gold Coast, helmed by Weller, and starred as a woman involved with Steven Segal in the 1997 cult action film Fire Down Below. She also starred as a talk show host on Murder Live and portrayed the furious sibling to Steven Weber's character on Showtime's miniseries about the elusive Gulf War Syndrome, Thanks of a Grateful Nation. She also starred opposite Ann-Margret in Showtime's Happy Face Murders.
Helgenberger scored another big break when she snagged the co-starring role of Catherine Willows, a former show girl employed as a blood spatter analyst on the popular Emmy Award-winning CBS drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Her performance as the female lead has earned her two Emmy Award two Golden Globe nominations. In 2005, she and her fellow cast members won the Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series.
When CSI first started filming, Helgenberger visited the Clark County Coroner’s Office (Las Vegas) to see how things were really done. She even viewed autopsies that were being performed. Helgenberger has stated that she was angered at the franchising of CSI. She says that she often plays hacky sack with the guys during their free time on set. Helgenberger got the chance to act with her husband, Alan Rosenberg, again when he guest starred on CSI, season 5 (Weeping Willows) and season 7 (Leaving Las Vegas).
During her hefty stint on the hit show, Marg supported Julia Roberts in the true story-based, Oscar-winning film Erin Brockovich and portrayed Patsy Ramsey in the CBS miniseries about the mysterious murder of 6-year-old beauty pageant contestant JonBenét Ramsey in Perfect Murder, Perfect Town. She also starred as Dennis Quaid’s wife and Scarlett Johansson’s mother in writer-director Paul Weitz's romantic drama comedy In Good Company (2004) and appeared on Pond's Smooth Perfection Skin Cream 2005 print ad.
Recently, on June 1, 2007, Marg's latest film, Mr. Brooks, was released. In the gripping suspense thriller directed by Bruce A. Evans, she co-stars as the beautiful, loving wife to Kevin Costner. Demi Moore, William Hurt and Dane Cook also star in the film. About the film, Marg said, “It’s one of the only scripts I’ve read in my life that I really didn’t think I could put down. It has style, suspense, thrills and the characters really get under your skin because they are such complicated and tortured souls.” Marg is currently filming Conan: Red Nails, in which she will provide the voice of Princess Tascela, and writer-director Charles Burmeister's upcoming thriller, Columbus Day, starring Val Kilmer.
In 2005, Universal Studios submitted Helgenberger in the best supporting actress category for the Oscars for her performance as Ann Foreman in her 2004 movie In Good Company. In 2007, She was featured in the movies Conan: Red Nails and Mr. Brooks. In Mr. Brooks her character's daughter is played by Danielle Panabaker, the sister of Kay Panabaker, who plays Catherine Willow's daughter on "CSI"
In mid 2006, Helgenberger’s home town of North Bend, Nebraska, population 1213, renamed the street on which Helgenberger had her childhood home "Helgenberger Avenue."
In animation, she lent her voice as Greek goddess Hera on DC Universe stright-to-video feature Wonder Woman,set for a March 3 release.
While not appearing in-frame, she is the unrequited love interest of the bespectacled amphibian Buddy in Mark Heath's "Spot the Frog" comic strip. As of May 15, 2008, she has renewed her CSI contract with CBS for 2 additional years
Wonder Woman (2009) .... Hera
Columbus Day (2008) .... Alice
Mr. Brooks (2007)... Mrs. Emma Brooks
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-present) (TV) ... Catherine Willows
In Good Company (2004) ... Ann Foreman
Erin Brockovich (2000) ... Donna Jensen
Lethal Vows (1999) ... Ellen Farris
Happy Face Murders (1999) ... Jen Powell
Species II (1998) ... Dr. Laura Baker
Giving Up the Ghost (1998) ... Anna Hobson
The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997) ... Lizzy
Fire Down Below (1997) ... Sarah Kellogg
My Fellow Americans (1996) ... Joanna (uncredited)
Frame by Frame (1996) ... Det. Rose Ekberg
Species (1995) ... Dr. Laura Baker
Bad Boys (1995) ...Capt. Alison Sinclair
ER (1994) .....Karen Hines
The Cowboy Way (1994) ... Margarette
The Tommyknockers (1993) (TV) ... Bobbi Anderson
Always (1989) ... Rachel
China Beach (1988) (TV) ... Karen Charlene 'K.C.' Koloski
Ryan's Hope (1975) (TV) ... Siobhan Ryan Novak
Guest appearances The Early Show (2002; 2003; 2005; 2006; 2007)
The View (2003; 2006)
Live with Regis and Kelly (2005; 2006; 2007)
The Ellen DeGeneres Show (December 2005)
The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson (2005; 2007)
On the Air with Howard Stern (2005)
The Tony Danza Show (2005)
"What A Pair" Concert (May 2006)
The Late Show with David Letterman (September 2006)
"What A Pair" Concert (June 2007)
To pursue his acting career, he headed to Los Angeles, California, in a pickup truck borrowed from his stepfather. When he arrived in Los Angeles, he could only drive during the day because the truck had two broken headlights. Eads got his big break on the primetime soap opera Savannah. Though his character died in the pilot episode, Eads was so popular that producers continued to use him via flashbacks and eventually brought him back as the character's identical twin.
Afterwards, Eads guest-starred on ER, and worked on several made-for television films like Crowned and Dangerous with Yasmine Bleeth in 1997.
In 2000 Eads became one of the lead characters of the CBS series CSI, in which he portrays a Las Vegas forensic scientist named Nick Stokes.
Parallel to CSI, Eads has worked on some more made-for television films, such as 2003 Monte Walsh, with Isabella Rossellini, and 2004 Evel Knievel, where he played Evel Knievel.
Evel Knievel (2004, TV) as Evel Knievel
Monte Walsh (2003, TV) as Frank "Shorty" Austin
Second String (2002, TV) as Tommy Baker
Just a Walk in the Park as Adam Willingford
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 - present, TV series) as Nick Stokes
Grapevine (2000, TV series) as Thumper Klein
The Spring (2000, TV) as Gus
Crowned and Dangerous (1997, TV) as Riley Baxter
The Ultimate Lie (1996, TV) as Ben McGrath
Savannah (1996, TV series) as Travis Peterson (pilot episode); as Nick Corelli (in the series)
1995 "Pastime" 4 part mini-series for Irving Community Television Network as Todd Olson
Dust to Dust (1994) as Black Wolf
Two and a Half Men
That 70's Show
The Net (1998-1999) - Jacob "Sorcerer" Resh
Dodge's City (1999)(TV) - Johnny Dodge
100 Girls (2000) - Sam
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000-Present) - Greg Sanders
FreakyLinks (2000) Tunnel-dwelling bum.
True Vinyl (2000) - Billy Thompson
Rules of Attraction (2002) - NYU Film Student
Little Athens (2005) - Derek
Snow Wonder (2005)(TV) - Luke
Eric Szmanda also appeared in Marilyn Manson's music video "(S)aint"
Guilfoyle's first film was the not-so-popular Howard the Duck. He also appeared in an early episode of Crime Story, playing a criminal who takes a hostage and gets into a shootout with the MCU. He has since become one of the industries leading character actors, specializing in roles on both the good and bad side of law enforcement.
His television appearances most notably include guest roles on Miami Vice, Law & Order, New York Undercover, and Ally McBeal. His film credits are numerous, spanning nearly three decades. His appearances in notable films include Three Men and a Baby, Wall Street, Beverly Hills Cop II, Quiz Show, Hoffa, Mrs. Doubtfire, Air Force One, Striptease, Amistad, The Negotiator, Extreme Measures, Primary Colors and L.A. Confidential.
Guilfoyle also appears in Alter Bridge's video for their single "Broken Wings", and the HBO original movie Live from Baghdad.
Prototype (2009) (VG)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation .... Captain Jim Brass (2000-Present)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Hard Evidence (2007) (VG) (voice) .... Capt. Jim Brass
CSI: 3 Dimensions of Murder (2006) (VG) (voice) .... LVPD Capt. Jim Brass
Justice League .... Travis Morgan (1 episode, 2005)
Tempesta (2004) .... Taddeo Rossi
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation - Dark Motives (2004) (VG) (voice) .... LVPD Capt. Jim Brass
Coyote Waits (2003) (TV) .... Jay Kennedy, FBI
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2003) (VG) (voice) .... L.V.P.D Capt. Jim Brass
Live from Baghdad (2002) (TV) .... Ed Turner
Pharaoh's Heart (2002) .... Angelo
Session 9 (2001) .... Bill Griggs
"Night Visions" .... John (1 episode, 2001)
Hemingway, the Hunter of Death (2001) .... Alex Smith
"Secret Agent Man" .... Roan Brubeck (9 episodes, 2000)
"Now and Again" .... Ed Bernstadt (1 episode, 2000)
Company Man (2000) .... Officer Hickle
Blessed Art Thou (2000) .... Francis
Random Hearts (1999) .... Dick Montoya
Anywhere But Here (1999) .... George Franklin
Entropy (1999/I) .... Andy
In Dreams (1999) .... Detective Jack Kay
Exiled (1998) (TV) .... Detective Sammy Kurtz
One Tough Cop (1998) .... Frankie 'Hot' Salvino
The Negotiator (1998) (uncredited) .... Nathan Roenick
Primary Colors (1998) .... Howard Ferguson
Ally McBeal .... Harold Lane (1 episode, 1998)
Amistad (1997) .... Attorney
Air Force One (1997) .... Chief of Staff Lloyd 'Shep' Shepherd
Path to Paradise: The Untold Story of the World Trade Center Bombing. (1997) (TV) .... Lou Napoli
L.A. Confidential (1997) .... Mickey Cohen
"New York Undercover" .... Arthur Pratt / ... (2 episodes, 1994-1997)
Peppermills (1997) .... Owner of Restaurant
Ransom (1996) .... Wallace
Night Falls on Manhattan (1996) .... McGovern
Extreme Measures (1996) .... Dr. Jeffrey Manko
"The Burning Zone" .... Dr. Arthur Glyndon (1 episode, 1996)
Manny & Lo (1996) .... Country House Owner
Striptease (1996) .... Malcolm Moldovsky
"Central Park West" .... Detective (2 episodes, 1996)
Heaven's Prisoners (1996) .... Det. Magelli
Celtic Pride (1996) .... Kevin O'Grady
September (1996) (TV) .... Conrad
Un divan à New York (1996) .... Dennis
Looking for Richard (1996) .... 2nd Murderer
Gospa (1995) .... Miodrag Dobrovic
Cafe Society (1995) .... Anthony Liebler
M.A.N.T.I.S. .... Michael Rompath (1 episode, 1994)
Quiz Show (1994) .... Lishman
Little Odessa (1994) .... Boris Volkoff
Amelia Earhart: The Final Flight (1994) (TV) .... Paul Mantz
Mother's Boys (1994) .... Mark Kaplan, Robert's Attorney
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) .... Head Chef
"Fallen Angels" .... Steve Prokowski (1 episode, 1993)
The Night We Never Met (1993) .... Sparrow's Nest Salesman
Class of '61 (1993) (TV)
Anna Lee: Headcase (1993) (TV) .... Dr. Frank
Naked in New York (1993) .... Roman, Jake's Father
Hoffa (1992) .... Ted Harmon
Dead Ahead: The Exxon Valdez Disaster (1992) (TV) .... McCall
Those Secrets (1992) (TV) .... Leonard
Final Analysis (1992) .... Mike O'Brien
Notorious (1992) (TV)
Civil Wars (1 episode, 1991)
Darrow (1991) (TV) .... Bert Franklin
The Great Pretender (1991) (TV) .... Martin Brinkman
True Colors (1991) .... John Laury
Unnatural Pursuits (1991)
Law & Order .... Anthony Scalisi (1 episode, 1990)
Curiosity Kills (1990) (TV) .... Ortley
Cadillac Man (1990) .... Little Jack Turgeon
The Local Stigmatic (1990) .... Ray
Dealers (1989) .... Lee Peters
Big Time (1989) (TV) .... Ted
Miami Vice .... John Baker / ... (2 episodes, 1987-1989)
"Unsub" .... Joe (1 episode, 1989)
Kojak: Fatal Flaw (1989) (TV)
"Wiseguy" .... Calvin Hollis (3 episodes, 1988)
Internal Affairs (1988) (TV) .... The Watcher
The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988) .... Andrew Cassedy
"Kate & Allie" .... Benny Rinaldi (1 episode, 1988)
Wall Street (1987) .... Stone Livingston
3 Men and a Baby (1987) .... Vince
Beverly Hills Cop II (1987) .... Nikos Thomopolis
"Spenser: For Hire" .... Ross Bates (1 episode, 1987)
"Crime Story" .... Deranged Gunman (1 episode, 1986)
Billy Galvin (1986) .... Nolan
Howard the Duck (1986) .... Lieutenant Welker
Roanoak (1986) (TV)
Ephraim McDowell's Kentucky Ride (1981) (TV)
The Murderer (1976) .... Brock
Next Door (1975)
Robert David Hall
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 to present) as Dr. Al Robbins
The Roymann Closure (2007)
The Gene Generation (2006) as Abraham
The Eavesdropper (2004) as I.R.B. Broad Chairman
The Burkittsville 7 (2000) as David Hooper
The Practice (1999-2001 four episodes) as Judge Bradley Michaelson
The Negotiator (1998) as Sgt. Cale Wangro
Starship Troopers (1997) as Recruiting Sergeant
Andersonville (1996) as Samson
Dream Lover (1994) as Dr. Sheen
Beverly Hills 90210 (1992-1994 three episodes) as Teacher
LA Law (1991-1993 three episodes) as Judge Myron Swaybill
Life Goes On (1991-1993 six episodes) as Mr. Mott
Class Action (1991) as Steven Kellen
He is usually credited without his middle initial (i.e. credited as "William Petersen" and not "William L. Petersen"). Because his role in Manhunter was so emotionally exhausting, he did everything he could to rid himself of Will 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 Will Graham; he dyed his hair so he could look in the mirror and see a different person. In a move perhaps indicative of his career choices, Petersen declined a part in Oliver Stone's Platoon, as it would have kept him in the Philippines, away from his family. Instead, he worked on the 1987 made-for-TV movie Long Gone.
In 1985's To Live and Die in L.A., Petersen appears frontally nude, briefly. Petersen was offered the role of Henry Hill in the movie Goodfellas, but turned it down. In 1993, Petersen appeared in the miniseries Return to Lonesome Dove, and in 1996, appeared in Fear. Both projects featured him as a character with the surname "Walker."
In the 2000 release, The Contender, Petersen played the role of Governor Jack Hathaway, an unscrupulous candidate for vice president following the death of the incumbent. He also appeared uncredited in the noir thriller Mulholland Falls as a character who finds himself on the violent receiving end of Los Angeles police.
Since 2000, Petersen has gained his greatest fame starring as Dr. Gil Grissom in the CBS crime drama CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Petersen took a break from CSI to appear in a five-week run of the Trinity Repertory Company production of Dublin Carol in Providence, Rhode Island. On the evening of Wednesday, May 30, 2007 Petersen was at Wrigley Field to join WGN radio sportscasters covering a Chicago Cubs – Florida Marlins game and he mentioned he had seen CSI: The Experience at the Museum of Science and Industry on the South Side of Chicago. He was on a nine-week break from the show at the time, and he expressed how he and his castmates were “blessed” to have such a successful series when he had seen shows starring friends cancelled after only a few episodes.
According to Michael Ausiello of TV Guide, Petersen has renewed his contract with CBS to appear on CSI for the 2008-2009 season, reportedly for $600,000 per episode.  On July 15, 2008, the Associated Press reported that Petersen was leaving the show as a regular following Season 9's tenth episode in order to pursue more stage acting opportunities but that he may return for guest spots during the show's run, as needed. He will remain an executive producer of the show.
Thief (1981) (credited as William L. Peterson)
To Live and Die in L.A. (1985) ... Richard Chance (credited as William L. Petersen)
Manhunter (1986) ... Will Graham
Amazing Grace and Chuck (1987)
Long Gone (TV movie) (1987)
Young Guns II (1990) ... Pat Garrett
Passed Away (1992)
Return to Lonesome Dove (mini series) (1993) ... Gideon Walker
Hard Promises (1991 in film)...Joey (Credited as William L. Peterson)
Deadly Currents (1993)
In the Kingdom of the Blind, the Man With One Eye Is King (1995) ... Tony C.
Fear (1996) ... Steve Walker
The Beast (1996) (miniseries) ... Whip Dalton
12 Angry Men (1997) (TV) ... Juror #12
Gunshy (1998)  ... Jake Bridges
The Staircase (1998) ... Joad
The Rat Pack (TV) (1998) ... John F. Kennedy
Kiss the Sky (1999) ... Jeff
The Skulls (2000) ... Ames Levritt
The Contender (2000) ... Gov. Jack Hathaway
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation (2000 – 2009) ... Dr. Gilbert "Gil" Grissom In 192 episodes
Early On Dourdan got his first break when Debbie Allen cast him as Shazza Zulu on A Different World based on a tape of him in an avant-garde play. He had a recurring role on the Showtime series Soul Food until he nabbed the part of Warrick Brown on CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. Also starred in the 1997 film Alien Resurrection as (Christie) alongside Sigourney Weaver, Winona Ryder and Ron Perlman.
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
Dourdan's most popular role began as a cast member of the original CSI series which aired on October 6, 2000. He played analyst Warrick Brown who, viewers find out, has a dark past checkered with gambling and addictions. By working in Las Vegas, the character is able to use his personal experiences with gambling to help him throughout his career. Ultimately, he ends up battling his demons throughout the show instead of overcoming them.
In 2008 there was media speculation surrounding Dourdan's contract negotiations with CBS. The parties could not reach a resolution and as a result his contract was not renewed. It was reported on April 14, 2008, that Dourdan was leaving the show.In the Season 8 finale, Dourdan's character was shot and left for dead at the episode's end. The Season 9 premiere revealed Dourdan's character dying in the arms of his colleague and friend, Grissom.
He played Janet Jackson's love interest in the video for her 1993 hit "Again".
He joined hip hop artist DMC on stage at the Live 8 concert held in Barrie, Ontario, and also co-sang the lyrics to the theme song of the TV sitcom The Jeffersons at the 2005 Emmy Awards.
He is currently set to play Thin Lizzy frontman Phil Lynott in a biographical film about Lynott's life.
Dourdan is also an alternative musician and a record producer.
Dourdan played the character Christie, the first mate and second in command of the Betty, in the 1997 film, Alien Resurrection.
TV Guide voted him the Sexiest CSI actor on TV in its 2008 "Sexiest" issue.
He was also the host of a BET spoken word show entitled Lyric Cafe.
In 2007, he played the character Cameron. Rowena Price's (played by Halle Berry) boyfriend in the film Perfect Stranger.
In 2008 he voiced the character Crispus Allen in three of the six short films for Batman: Gotham Knight. The animated short films were released straight to DVD and chronicled the time in between the films Batman Begins (2005) and The Dark Knight (2008).
After appearing in several minor films and TV series, including a 1993 episode of Law & Order, Fox entered the limelight in 1996 when she joined the hit NBC television series ER, as the no-nonsense vegetarian and lesbian medical intern Dr. Maggie Doyle.
Playing up that fame, Fox appeared on the coming out episode of Ellen ("The Puppy Episode Part 2," April 30, 1997).
In 1999, she was cast as Secret Service Agent Gina Toscano on NBC's series The West Wing, where she starred for one season.
Fox has appeared in the films Velocity Trap, Food for the Heart and she also appeared briefly in Memento, playing Guy Pearce's wife.
In 2000, she became one of the characters on the CBS series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, in which she portrayed a Las Vegas forensic scientist named Sara Sidle. She announced that the show's 2007-2008 season would be her last. On November 15, 2007, the episode "Goodbye and Good Luck," marked the character's final regular appearance in an episode of CSI.
She and CSI co-star George Eads were fired from the show in 2004. Fox had allegedly failed to submit a letter to CBS confirming that she would be on time for shooting. The disputes were resolved in just over a week, and the two were rehired by CBS; however, neither actor's salary was raised, in spite of other cast members receiving raises. It was also reported that of the two, Fox was approached first to resume her contract with CSI, but she refused until Eads was rehired as well.
On April 18, 2007, TV Guide began reporting that Fox may not be returning for the eighth season of CSI, having not yet signed a new contract. The season finale turned out to be a cliffhanger involving her character, Sara Sidle. The New York Post reported that Fox did not show up to film the finale because of ongoing issues over her employment. Neither CBS nor Jorja's agent have confirmed the allegations.
In September 2007, after rumors emerged about Fox's departure from the show, an online forum called "Your Tax Dollars At Work", that has about 15,000 members, started a campaign to keep Sara Sidle on CSI, the campaign (called Dollars for Sense) includes mailing the show's producers a dollar so as to keep Fox on the show. With the help of donations, the campaign also organized plane flyovers, on Tuesdays and Thursdays of October's two first weeks, over the Universal Studios, in California, where CSI is filmed. The banners read "Keep Jorja Fox on CBS".
On October 15, 2007, Fox told Entertainment Weekly that she left CSI, saying that she wanted a break "from the commitment of a weekly television series." At her request, the money collected during the "Dollars for Sense" campaign will be donated to CASA, an organization dedicated to aiding foster children.
On leaving CSI, Fox has produced the musical Stay Forever: The Life and Music of Dusty Springfield staring Kirsten Holly Smith, about the tension between the public image and private life of lesbian musician Dusty Springfield, which played at the Renberg Theatre in the Los Angeles Gay and Lesbian Center.
In May 2008, Fox agreed to return for CSI's ninth season as a guest star. for three episodes . After coming back for the 1st, 2nd and 5th episode she returned for Grissoms last episode "One To Go" in the last scene when Grissom turns up in the jungle, surprising Sara and the episode finishing with the two sharing a kiss.
She is the co-founder of Honeypot Productions, an independent avant-garde theatre company in Los Angeles. The company has produced five original plays, four of them written by Fox. The fourth play, Lovely Stanley, is a comedic romp about the women's bowling circuit. Her friend and HoneyPot co-founder Heather Reid wrote Dear Bernard, which Fox helped produce.
Fox is also a musician: she plays guitar (badly, she says) and recently purchased a drum kit. She also sings and writes songs, most notably the song "Lullabye" for the movie Traveling Companion, as well as the song "Satellite" which she published on her official web site. Jorja and CSI co-star Marg Helgenberger sang "Stand by Me" as a duet for What a Pair 4!!, an annual charity event to raise money for breast cancer research.
The Kill-Off (1989) (as Jorjan Fox) .... Myra Pavlov
Summer Stories: The Mall (1992) (mini) TV Series (as Jorjan Fox) .... Diane
Happy Hell Night (1992) (uncredited) .... Kappa Sig Girl
Dead Drunk (1993) (as Jorjan Fox) .... Maggie Glendon
Law & Order .... Paula Engren (1 episode, 1993)
Missing Persons (1993) TV Series .... Officer Connie Karadzic
Dead Funny (1994) (as Jorjan Fox) .... Fate 3
The Jerky Boys (1995) (as Jorjan Fox) .... Lazarro's Young Lady
Alchemy (1995) (TV) .... Josie
Velocity Trap (1997) .... Pallas
Ellen .... The Attractive Woman (1 episode, 1997)
House of Frankenstein 1997 (1997) (TV) .... Felicity
How to Make the Cruelest Month (1998) .... Sarah Bryant
ER .... Dr. Maggie Doyle (33 episodes, 1996-1999)
Forever Fabulous (1999) .... Liz Guild
The Hungry Bachelors Club (1999) .... Delmar Youngblood
Memento (2000) .... Catherine Shelby
The West Wing .... Agent Gina Toscano / ... (6 episodes, 2000)
CSI: Crime Scene Investigation .... Sara Sidle (2000-2008)