“Chicago Fire” recently said good bye to one of its headlining original cast members. As fans of the show well know, that is actor Jesse Spencer‘s beloved character, Captain Matt Casey. Now, the star has decided to take some time away from network television. However, it appears the actor has had more time than usual to reflect on the early stages of his career in acting.
In his most recent post, the “Chicago Fire” alum shared a moody throwback photo spotlighting his younger days. Further, while the actor chose to leave the caption blank, the black and white photo saw a lot of love from fans. Many of which touted their admiration for him in the comments below the photo.
Adapting the hairstyle of a “Titanic”-era Leonardo DiCaprio, the young Jesse Spencer sports a notably different look from his more recent time spent on “Chicago Fire.” However, as a teen heartthrob or a mature and highly regarded actor, fans nevertheless adore Jesse Spencer.
“So very handsome,” wrote one of the “Chicago Fire” star’s followers. Another simply shared, “So young,” and we can definitely see it. Still others shared their memories of Spencer as a much younger man, one fan writing, “I had this pic…on my wall as a teenager. [S]o lovely to see your career grow and shine!”
Why Did Jesse Spencer Leave ‘Chicago Fire’ In the First Place?
Jesse Spencer previously played the role of Matt Casey on “Chicago Fire” since the show’s pilot episode in 2012. Not long into the NBC show’s 10th season, the character abruptly revealed the likely potential for his departure from “Chicago Fire” and soon enough, the speculation became reality.
Spencer left during “Chicago Fire’s” milestone 200th episode, breaking the hearts of many. As for his reasoning, the actor does have a valid point.
As I said, Spencer starred on “Chicago Fire” for an impressive 10 seasons. Prior to that, he spent another eight years over on Fox‘s hit show, “House.”
Between the two network television shows alone, Spencer had spent 18 years capturing the hearts of audiences on the screen. As such, the “Chicago Fire” alum shared, “I realized I’ve been doing TV for a long time…I’ve loved the show from the start, but there are other things I would like to do in the future.”
Spencer more vaguely shared he had family he wanted to take care of as well. That being the case, we can’t blame him for his exit from “Chicago Fire.” Meanwhile, fans and “Chicago Fire” characters alike continue to work through the effects of Casey’s departure.
Fortunately, however, like many other departed “One Chicago” cast members, showrunners left the door wide open should the Casey actor desire a sudden return. Just like “Chicago PD” star John Seda, Derek Haas stated, “This is a three-year commitment that Casey is making [on ‘Chicago Fire’], but hopefully, we’ll see him before those three years are done.”