‘9-1-1’ Star Peter Krause Opened Up on Emotional Process of Selling Family Home After His Parents Passed

by Suzanne Halliburton
Photo by Axelle/Bauer-Griffin/FilmMagic

Peter Krause, one of the stars of 9-1-1, went through the heartbreak felt by so many other 50-somethings. He took care of the parents who once cared for him. And he buried them, then cleaned out the family home.

It’s an emotional experience that you don’t hear about until it happens to you. Krause’s parents were teachers. They raised their family of three kids in Roseville, a suburb of St. Paul, Minn. Eventually, they accepted the fact that one of their children wanted to be an actor after seeing Krause earn a spot on Carol Burnett’s sketch show.

On 9-1-1, Krause plays Bobby Nash, a fire captain who also happens to be from the Minneapolis-St. Paul, Twin Cities area. Krause earned his first network starring role almost a decade after his sketch comedy days with Carol Burnett. That was in 1998, when he starred in Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night, which was loosely based on ESPN. His parents knew he made the right decision.

Krause’s dad died in 2012. His mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. She passed away, as well. The 9-1-1 star talked with his hometown Minneapolis-St. Paul magazine about the experience in 2019.

“My mom lived there until she passed away,” Krause said of the family home. “That was weird. Losing my dad and then my mom. And then finally it was just the house, and like, my brother and my sister and I had to come to terms with that.

“Over the years for me, the return home was always a great comfort,” said the 9-1-1 star. “I love that town, and I had all my old running routes from being on the track team in high school. I enjoyed taking my own kid over to the park where I used to play ball. My brother and sister still live there, but I haven’t been back since we cleaned out the house.”

Does 9-1-1 Star Plan to Return Home to Minnesota?

The interviewer asked if he plans on returning home to Minnesota.

“I’ll get back,” said Krause, who is 56. “I mean, life got busy during that time. My parents were both sick for a period of like four years, and I was on a plane, it seemed, like every four or five days. So, I was going back to see them a lot. I’ll get back, but selling the house did feel like I was getting kicked out of my hometown.”

The 9-1-1 star lives with long-time girlfriend, Lauren Graham. She’s known most as the star of Gilmore Girls. But Krause and Graham began dating when both starred in Parenthood. They played brother and sister on the show. Krause’s 9-1-1 films in Los Angeles, so he has to plan trips back home, even though his parents no longer are there.

“I feel like at my core, I’m a Minnesotan,” Krause said. “You know, I maintain certain attitudes. Like, “Could be worse!” That very particularly Minnesotan thing where, whatever awful situation we’re in, we’re like, “Could be worse! Could be raining!”

Here’s something that’s pretty good. 9-1-1 returns for its fifth season, Sept. 20.