‘CSI: Vegas’ Star William Petersen Released From Hospital After Freak Accident On-Set

by Matthew Memrick
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“CSI: Vegas” star William Petersen is out and about after a freak on-set accident.

Entertainment Weekly reported the 68-year-old actor has since been released from the hospital and is reportedly feeling better.

Deadline said the actor asked for a break. When he started feeling worse, an ambulance took him to the hospital.

The star’s publicist cited exhaustion from working long hours for the past 12 weeks. The hospital stay was a “precautionary measure.” 

Variety said the show’s production started in May and will finish in early November, pending unforeseen circumstances.

‘CSI: Vegas’ Role Brings Grissom Back

In the “CSI: Vegas” trailer, the Illinois native said he was excited to reprise his role as Gil Grissom for the new show.

“The way we solved crimes 20 years ago is a lot different than the way they solve crimes now,” Petersen said. “It’s a different world.”

Petersen earned a Screen Actors Guild Award for his portrayal of Grissom. He also earned a Golden Globe Award nod for his role.

The actor stared for nine seasons on the show (three other seasons in guest roles) as a forensic entomologist and career crime fighter. He was promoted to CSI investigator and led the team in the 15-season show. 

After three spinoff shows, Petersen returns to the CSI fold with a limited series in “CSI: Vegas.” As a show producer, Petersen took three Primetime Emmy Awards nominations. 

Why Petersen Left CSI show

According to CinemaBlend, Petersen decided to leave the show after nine seasons to do more stage-acting work. He worked in the Chicago theater Steppenwolf and the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.

However, Petersen stayed on as a CSI executive producer with guest appearances on the show.

He started in the WGN America show “Manhattan” in 2015. The show was about the 1943-1944 New Mexico project to develop nuclear weapons. It lasted a season. 

He also had film roles in “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” and “Detachment.”

Petersen got his start in films with 1985’s “To Live and Die in L.A” and “Manhunter” in 1986.

‘CSI: Vegas’ Off And Running

This new show will premiere on Oct. 6 after a year delay due to the pandemic. The show’s genesis came in early 2020, with the official announcement coming on March 31. Since then, Petersen and the production have cranked up.

Reportedly, Jorja Fox (Sara Sidle), Wallace Langham (David Hodges), and Paul Gilfoyle (Jim Brass) will return in addition to Grissom from the original CSI show. There’s also a new supporting cast

The show’s official synopsis has the Crime Lab facing a significant threat along with the release of thousands of convicted killers to the streets of Las Vegas. New investigators go back to get the help of old friends Grissom, Sidle and Hodges. 

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