‘Chicago Fire’: One Star Played Multiple Characters Across the Franchise

by Lauren Boisvert
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First of all, it’s important to note that “Chicago Fire,” “Med,” and “PD” all coexist peacefully with the “Law & Order” and “FBI” franchises. That’s what we call a Dick Wolf Monopoly. Sometimes, the characters crossover into the other shows. But sometimes, actors crossover as different characters.

For example, S. Epatha Merkerson played Dr. Sharon Goodwin on “Chicago Med” from the beginning. Before that, she was Lieutenant Anita Van Buren on “Law & Order” for 17 years. She was in a whopping 395 episodes before leaving the show. So, she’s crossed over the franchises as different characters. So have Brian Tee, who was in both “Chicago Med” and “Chicago PD”, and Daniel Kyri, who has played different characters across all three “One Chicago” shows.

But, it’s “Chicago Med” star Guy Lockard who takes the crossover cake. Currently, he plays Dr. Dylan Scott. Before that, he played Lewis in the “Chicago Fire” episode “Light Things Up.” He was also Len Barker in the “FBI” episode “American Idol.” Additionally, he played a character named David in the 2011 “Law & Order: SVU” episode “Personal Fouls,” and Duane Jefferson in the 2009 “Law & Order” episode “Shotgun.”

He’s had quite a romp in Dick Wolf’s franchises. Additionally, he’s had guest roles on “Bull” and “Blue Bloods.” Not that those are connected to the franchises, but there’s always our imagination.

‘Chicago Fire’: Why It’s Not Just a ‘Fire of the Week’ Show

According to Taylor Kinney, who plays Kelly Severide on “Chicago Fire,” the show is more than a procedural; it utilizes the city is takes place in as a character on the show.

In a 2013 conversation with AssignmentX, Kinney spoke about why Dick Wolf believes the show is different. When asked what it was like filming in Chicago, Kinney replied, “Chicago in itself, that’s the thing, like [executive producer] Dick Wolf was saying, it’s not a fire of the week show.” In saying “fire of the week,” he’s referring to the police procedural or mystery trope where there’s a new crime or case every week that gets solved within the 45-minute time limit.

“Chicago Fire” is different because it uses its backdrop to tell more complex storylines. It delves deep into its characters, forcing them to change and grow. “Med” and “PD” do the same thing.

Kinney continued, “The city of Chicago serves as a character in its own right. Because we utilize locations where the firefighters that we have and the men and women that serve as guides in helping us along and helping with how you go about the job are locals and city of Chicago residents. So there’s going to be a feel to it that you wouldn’t get if we were to shoot on stage in L.A.”