Leaving Las Vegas

‘CSI’ star William Petersen happy about his Chicago theater career and all the roles he left behind

February 5th, 2009 – by Ray Richmond – The Hollywood Reporter

After 192 episodes and countless corpses, William Petersen said goodbye to the CBS hit “CSI: Crime Scene Investigation” on Jan. 15. He leaves the show in the capable hands of his cast replacement, Laurence Fishburne, with the series still TV’s highest-rated scripted program as it moves through season nine.

Petersen chose to leave “CSI,” a job that paid him a reported $600,000 per episode, for one that will pay roughly 0.1 percent of that — on the Chicago stage, where it all began for the Evanston native, who didn’t burst on the Hollywood scene until the 1985 movie “To Live and Die in L.A.”

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