Jason Beghe got into acting over 30 years ago. Since then, he has appeared in a slew of films and television shows. He has done everything from cult-classic horror flicks like Monkey Shines to stints on Melrose Place and so much more. However, fans today know him best as Hank Voight on Chicago PD. Beghe debuted the character on Chicago Fire and took him from shady antagonist to a good cop who doesn’t mind breaking a few rules to get the job done. The gravely-voiced, gruff leader of the PD’s intelligence department brings a lot to the table. Without Beghe’s additions to the character, he just wouldn’t be the same.
Jason Beghe has appeared as Voight on several of the shows in the One Chicago universe. As a result fans off all the shows have seen him in action and been compelled by the complex and sometimes-shady character. At this point, it’s hard to imagine any other actor stepping into the role of Hank Voight. However, that almost happened. Beghe almost passed on the role.
Back in September, Jason Beghe sat down with the Pittsburg Post-Gazette to talk about his life, career, and time as Hank Voight. During that interview, Beghe opened up about why he nearly passed on the offer to play the iconic Chicago PD character.
Why Jason Beghe Almost Passed on the Role of Voight
The Post-Gazette wanted to know “Every decision we make has the potential to change our future. Would you share one you consider a most consequential choice?”
“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,” Jason Beghe replied. He elaborated, saying, “Both my parents had just died, and I wasn’t sure that I was going to accept the job.” We obviously know what he chose to do, though. Beghe debuted his iteration of Hank Voight back in 2012 and has been playing him ever since.
Jason Beghe said he laid his parents to rest and headed to the set to start work. “Interestingly,” he said, “I left to shoot my first day on Chicago Fire from my father’s funeral in Washington DC.”
Looking back, Beghe said this was one of the most important and life-changing decisions he ever made. “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.”
Beghe went on to say that one thing that this role changed was his perception of law enforcement. Before, he said, “I probably used to think of cops as cops.” However, that has changed after playing one for so long. “So now whenever I see a cop, I see a person who is a cop. Not just a cop.”