‘9-1-1’: Bobby Nash Actor Peter Krause Became Friends with a NYC Fire Captain to Learn More About Role

by Megan Molseed

As soon as Peter Krause took on the role of Bobby Nash on FOX”s hit series 9-1-1 he knew it was an important one.

“The hours that they have to keep, the number of hours they have to be awake and do what they have to do, it’s a difficult job,” Peter Krause says of the New York City first responders he and his costars portray on 9-1-1.

The importance of portraying the reality behind many of the devastating circumstances and harrowing events that the 9-1-1 crew face each week, as well as the bravery of those in the real-life roles, is an important aspect of the show.

“Any time we’re experiencing difficulty onset, all of us always remind each other that this isn’t the real deal,” Krause notes to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Even though this is a difficult acting job, this doesn’t even come close,” the actor adds.

‘9-1-1’ Star Focuses On the Importance Of Realistic Portrayals

Since Krause’s Bobby Nash first appeared on 9-1-1 in the action-packed drama series, he knew it was important that he portray who his character is in as real of a light as possible.

To do this, the former Six Feet Under star connected with someone who knows the realities of such a role all too well. A man who works as a real fire captain in Long Beach.

“The first season there was a fire captain down in Long Beach that I became friendly with,” Peter Krause explained of how he prepared for his 9-1-1 role.

Krause notes that he and the Long Beach captain had many discussions about not only what the Bobby Nash character would encounter in the series, but also the trials and tribulations his real-life counterpart faces while he risks his life daily to save the lives of others.

“(He) talked to me about the story about my character and his inner life,” the actor explains.

“He had just lost a friend of his in the past couple of years to suicide. I was surprised to find out how many first responders end up taking their lives,” the 9-1-1 star adds. “It’s startling.”

Peter Kraus notes that understanding the weight of responsibility each one of these first responders carries is important to portraying his on-screen character.

Especially as Nash is dealing with a devastating tragedy of his own.

Bobby Nash’s Haunting Past

Krause, who plays the Captain of 9-1-1’s Station 118 on the weekly drama is a determined first-responder leading his crew on some scary calls each week.

Oftentimes viewed as a sort of “father figure” to station 118’s members, Bobby Nash feels a sense of profound sense of responsibility to not only the public for which he serves but also the brave men and women on his team.

When Bobby Nash arrived at Station 118, he was dealing with the loss of his wife and children in a fire that he had inadvertently caused. This devastating event sometimes leads the New York City fire captain down a road of sadness and depression that make his focus on the task at hand a little difficult at times.

For Krause, it means that he has to communicate to the viewer how much “emotional weight” Bobby is carrying on a daily basis. Especially when the series features a flashback of the deadly incident.

“When we go back with Bobby and we see him lose his children and lose his wife, those were difficult scenes to shoot,” said Krause.