‘Chicago PD’: Jason Beghe Was Facing Tragic Personal Problems When He Started on Show

by Jonathan Howard
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Since starting his role on Chicago PD, Jason Beghe has gone through a lot of changes. Early on he was dealing with tragic personal problems.

On the show, Beghe plays Hank Voight. His first time in the Chicago One universe was a recurring role on Fire. He was on right from the start. He is the Chief of Police in the Intelligence Unit. Everyone loves Voight for his rough edges and the fact that he doesn’t always go by the rules 100%. He finds ways of doing things his own way.

It was back in 2012 when Beghe first took the role. He read the part and loved the dirty cop dynamic. However, things weren’t necessarily going great in the actor’s life. He spoke with the Post-Gazette about the decisions and moments in life that are mot consequential. For Beghe, taking the role on Chicago Fire and later Chicago PD was one of those times.

“When I got the script and the offer to do a recurring role on Chicago Fire I was in the middle of a lot of personal stuff,” the actor said. “Both my parents had just died, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to accept the job. But I ultimately decided to do it. Interestingly, I left to shoot my first day on Chicago Fire from my father’s funeral in Washington D.C. The many ways in which that decision has changed my life could fill a book. Suffice it to say, I’m happy I made that choice.”

It’s clear that Beghe appreciates the opportunity he has been given. His role as Voight was successful on Fire and has continued to be successful on Chicago PD. The role has rubbed off on him, and he has brought his personality to the character.

‘Chicago PD’ Star Jason Beghe Explains Role as Voight

Hank Voight has not always been the picture-perfect police officer. The character was written in as a dirty cop. His first time on screen, Voight was attempting to cover up a crime that his son committed. However, on Chicago: PD, the chief of investigations has won over the hearts of fans. However, he finds himself in some deep drama this season.

After seven years as Voight, Beghe says that after seven years, the character has rubbed off on the actor, and vice versa. “Ever since I started playing Hank Voight, I’ve found that I’ve killed a lot more people in my personal life,” he said jokingly. “I slapped a guy at 7-Eleven when he gave me the wrong change yesterday.”

Of course, the Chicago PD star has grown close to his character. “Honestly, after all this time, it becomes like a close personal relationship. And like any good close relationship, I’m sure we learn from and influence each other.” That’s why Voight is such a great character on the show.