‘Chicago PD’: Jason Beghe Revealed He Actually Died ‘for a Short Time’ After Severe Car Accident

by Joe Rutland
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Watching Jason Beghe on Chicago PD, you see him in a lot of different situations. Beghe, in fact, died for a bit after a car accident.

Yes, Outsiders, this is according to Beghe himself. The actor who plays Hank Voight on the One Chicago franchise show talked about it in an interview with the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette.

“Technically, I did die for a short period of time when I was in the coma,” Beghe said. “That was definitely an experience that profoundly informed my perception of what life is.

“Twenty years later, it’s not something I think about very often,” the Chicago PD actor said. “But as you bring it up to me, I do believe that I’ve probably permanently changed since then.”

If you have not seen Chicago PD lately, then you can dial in and see Beghe’s Hank Voight in a mess. See, he covered for Hailey Upton, played by Tracy Spiriakos, taking the heat over killing Roy Walton. This and other storylines are still part of the NBC police drama, airing on Wednesday nights.

‘Chicago PD’ Star Talks About How His Views on Police Officers Have Changed

Playing a police officer on Chicago PD is not the same as actually being one in real life.

But it’s given Beghe a different look at the work of police officers.

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette reporter Patricia Sheridan asked him if being a cop on screen has given him insights on the real ones.

Beghe said many.

“The most overriding thing would be that I probably used to think of cops as cops,” he said. “I now am fully and consciously aware that they are each human beings, with full, unique lives and that law enforcement is the job they do.

“So now whenever I see a cop, I see a person who is a cop, not just a cop,” the Chicago PD actor said.

Beghe Talks About Getting Bored or Not With Character on NBC Show

Does he ever get bored playing Voight on the Dick Wolf-created show?

He talked about that earlier this year with TV Me.

“I’ve never gotten bored,” Beghe said conclusively. “If I did, I would probably either quit or get fired.”

Beghe knows that he has a lot of work to do within himself and on Hank Voight.

He said, “That character, he’s growing and changing all the time.”

Beghe took a minute and compared his role as Voight with himself. “It’s a work in progress,” he said. “My relationship with Voight is like a relationship. I learned from him; he learned from me…it’s exciting.”

Besides Beghe and Spiridakos, others in the cast include Marina Squerciati, Jesse Lee Soffer, LaRoyce Hawkins, and Patrick Flueger.