Actor Jason Beghe

Jason Deneen Beghe (/bəˈɡeɪ/; born March 12, 1960) is an American actor. He starred in the 1988 George A. Romero film Monkey Shines, playing a quadriplegic in a performance that was positively received. He appeared as a police officer in the film Thelma & Louise and played Demi Moore’s love interest in G.I. Jane. Beghe starred opposite Moira Kelly in the television series To Have & to Hold, and has had recurring roles on Picket Fences, Melrose Place, Chicago Hope, American Dreams, Cane and Californication. Since 2014, he has been in the NBC TV series Chicago P.D. portraying Hank Voight.

Beghe is a former Scientologist. He began taking Scientology courses in 1994 and later appeared in a Church of Scientology advertising campaign and in promotional videos. Beghe left the church in 2007 and has publicly criticized Scientology since his departure.

Early life

Beghe was born March 12, 1960, in New York City and has three siblings. He attended the Collegiate School, a private preparatory school for boys located in New York City. While there, he became best friends with John F. Kennedy, Jr. and actor David Duchovny; another classmate was dancer Christopher d’Amboise. Kennedy and Beghe often spent time together outside the Metropolitan Museum of Art and in Central Park, while being monitored by Kennedy’s Secret Service detail. Beghe later persuaded Duchovny to pursue work in acting.

He went to college at Pomona College, graduating in 1982.[better source needed]

Acting career

Prior to his acting career, Beghe worked as a model in Europe. He had his feature film debut in the 1985 film Compromising Positions, starring Susan Sarandon, and in 1986 had his first recurring role on television on the HBO situation comedy series 1st & Ten. He starred alongside O. J. Simpson and Sam J. Jones in HBO’s sequel to 1st & Ten titled Training Camp: The Bulls Are Back, and John Voorhees of The Seattle Times wrote: “The cast, which includes O.J. Simpson, Sam Jones and newcomer Jason Beghe, is first-rate.”

In 1988, he starred in the film Monkey Shines: An Experiment In Fear, directed by George A. Romero. He portrayed Allan Mann, a law student made quadriplegic when hit by a truck in the opening credits of the film. The Philadelphia Inquirer gave a positive review of Beghe’s performance in Monkey Shines: “Acting only with his face and voice, Jason Beghe is terrific at conveying the mounting anger and rage of an active man made passive”. David Foil of The Advocate described Beghe’s performance as “remarkable simply for meeting the demands of the character”.

Beghe played an ice hockey star in the Perry Mason TV film The Case of the All-Star Assassin, an NBC-TV telefeature broadcast November 19, 1989. In 1991 he played a State Trooper in the film Thelma & Louise (reuniting him with Sarandon, with whom he’d appeared in Compromising Positions), and was Demi Moore’s love interest in the 1997 film G.I. Jane. He had recurring roles on Picket Fences and Melrose Place, and became a cast member of Chicago Hope in 1997, portraying electrician Danny Blaines opposite romantic interest Dr. Austin played by Christine Lahti. In a 1997 interview in The Boston Herald, Beghe spoke about his respect for his fellow cast members in Chicago Hope: “I think it’s the best cast assembled that I’ve ever seen. One for one, they’re incredible. And to work with Christine Lahti? I’d drop a lot of things for that. She’s so good and smart and dedicated. I’ve become a better actor just for working with her.” He commented on his character on Melrose Place, a closeted military officer who had feelings for Matt, played by Doug Savant: “I thought we should kiss, but it was too much. TV is a very specific medium, and you’re naive if you think that everything is just based on artistic decisions. If it prevents them from selling some products, that’s a major consideration. But I’m an actor. I’ll do whatever it takes.” In 1993, Beghe played Lt. Pat Rudledge in the television drama series Matlock.

Beghe co-starred with Moira Kelly in the 1998 CBS television drama series To Have & to Hold, where he played police officer Sean McGrail. Mike Duffy of The Detroit Free Press wrote: “There is an affectionate romantic sizzle between the ruggedly handsome Beghe (“G.I. Jane”) and the dark-haired, unconventionally attractive Kelly (“Little Odessa”).” Kinney Littlefield of The Orange County Register said that “Beghe and Kelly have charm.”

Beghe appeared in acting roles on Numb3rs, CSI: NY, Everwood, Criminal Minds, Veronica Mars, “Jag” and Cane. Beghe portrayed exorcist Ray Purvis in the 2008 horror film One Missed Call. In 2009, Beghe had a guest-starring role on the television show Californication. He played the character novelist Richard Bates, a friend of character Hank Moody (played by David Duchovny). “Bates, played by Jason Beghe, made for an interesting character and the fact that he didn’t get as much screen time as some of the other characters is a shame,” wrote Danny Gallagher of TV Squad. In October 2009, Beghe was in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for the filming of the movie The Next Three Days, directed by Paul Haggis. The film was released in 2010 and starred Elizabeth Banks, Russell Crowe, Brian Dennehy, and Olivia Wilde.

Since 2014, Beghe has starred on Chicago P.D.; the show is a spin-off of Chicago Fire, on which Beghe played a recurring role. Chicago P.D. follows the detectives of the Chicago Police Department’s Intelligence Unit that combats the city’s major offenses, including organized crime, drug trafficking, and high-profile murders. Beghe plays the role of Sgt. Hank Voight, a “tough cop” who heads the Intelligence Unit. On November 21, 2017, Deadline reported that Beghe was investigated for behavior that was considered overly aggressive and possibly sexual harassment while filming Chicago P.D. in 2016. Claims of inappropriate behavior were reportedly made by his former co-star, Sophia Bush. Beghe released a statement in which he acknowledged having anger problems, stated that he was working on them, admitted to engaging in aggressive behavior on set, and apologized.

Religious beliefs

Involvement in Scientology

In 1994, while taking an acting class taught by Scientologist Milton Katselas, Beghe decided to take some Scientology courses. Fellow acting student Bodhi Elfman gave him a book about Scientology. In 1999, Beghe helped promote a “What is Scientology?” exhibition as part of a Church of Scientology television advertising campaign in Great Britain. He appeared in Scientology promotional videos in 2005. Beghe estimated that he gave the Church of Scientology US$1 million over a 12-year period.

In 2007, Beghe decided to leave Scientology. One of the first people he went to see after leaving Scientology was his friend David Duchovny. During the period when he was involved in Scientology, Beghe’s relationship with Duchovny suffered; Duchovny was referred to as a “Suppressive Person”, a term used by Scientologists for those believed to be working against the Church of Scientology.

Criticism of Scientology

Beghe began to publicly criticize the Church of Scientology in April 2008. He participated in an interview about his experiences as a Scientologist; a clip of that interview was published online by Scientology critic Mark Bunker in mid-April 2008. In the video, Beghe asserted that Scientology was “very dangerous for your spiritual, psychological, mental, emotional health and evolution”. The clip ended with Beghe stating, “I don’t have an agenda. I’m just trying to help. […] I have the luxury of having gotten into Scientology and after having been in it, been out. And that’s a perspective that people who are still in and not out do not have.” Marina Hyde of The Guardian has called Beghe a Scientology celebrity whistleblower.

On April 28, 2008, Beghe posted online a letter to Church leader David Miscavige. In the letter, he requested the confidential confessional files that Scientology compiles during Auditing sessions. Beghe told The Village Voice that these confidential files are kept on actor Tom Cruise and other celebrity Scientologists.

Beghe has asserted that Scientology’s practice of disconnection was still in place as of 2008. In an interview with Tony Ortega of The Village Voice, Beghe stated that the expulsion of his four-year-old son from a Scientology school was an example of disconnection. Beghe has turned down opportunities to speak about his experiences with Scientology on television; he says, “I just wanted to make sure that the story isn’t about me. It’s not about me. It’s about helping others who are still lost in the cult, or toying with the idea of getting involved.”

On May 29, 2008, Beghe attended a protest against the Church of Scientology held outside the Scientology building on East 46th Street in New York City. In September 2008, Beghe traveled to Europe where he spoke with government officials in Hamburg, Germany, about his experiences as a Scientologist. Beghe suggested that governments put up warning signs about Scientology that are similar to warnings placed on packs of cigarettes; the next day, a member of Germany’s Interior Department told him such a sign was placed outside a Church of Scientology building in Berlin.

Beghe was a guest in May 2009 on the BBC World Service radio program World: Have Your Say, where he discussed his views on what he thought of Scientology when he first joined: “I thought that it was something that was going to deliver miracles, and that it was the most selfless group of people that were totally dedicated to helping mankind, and I wanted to be part of it.” He was also critical of Scientology leadership: “I think that there are probably things of Scientology that are valuable and that can help people – my main issue is not with Scientology per se, it is with Scientology the organization – it is a corrupt I believe and probably a criminal endeavor, and that has to do with people who are in charge of Scientology mainly David Miscavige…”

In September 2010, Beghe took part in a BBC News Panorama documentary, The Secrets of Scientology, in which he spoke about his decision to leave the organization. Beghe also appeared in the 2015 HBO documentary Going Clear, based upon the book of the same name by Lawrence Wright.

Personal life

Beghe’s sister, Francesca Beghe, is a singer-songwriter who released a self-titled album in 1991 with SBK Records. His great-grandfather was Charles S. Deneen, a two-term governor of Illinois and one-term U.S. Senator in the late 1920s.

Beghe and David Duchovny are close friends; he was best man at Duchovny’s wedding to actress Téa Leoni in 1997.

Beghe was in a car accident in 1999. He said, “I was intubated, and I kept pulling this tube out of my throat.” This has left him with a voice described as “gravelly”.

Beghe married Angie Janu in 2000. The couple have two children. He has lived in Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles, California. In December 2017, Beghe filed for divorce, and finalized it in 2019.



Year Film Role Notes
1985 Compromising Positions Cupcake Feature film debut
1987 Maid to Order Bret
1988 Monkey Shines Allan Mann
1991 Thelma & Louise State Trooper
1994 Jimmy Hollywood Detective
1997 G.I. Jane Royce
1998 The X-Files FBI Man at Bomb Site Uncredited
2008 One Missed Call Ray Purvis
2010 The Next Three Days Detective Quinn
2010 Tall Justice Moretti
2011 X-Men: First Class XO
2012 Atlas Shrugged: Part II Henry Rearden
2013 Superman: Unbound Terrorist Leader Voice
2013 Phantom Dr. Semak
2015 Safelight Eric
2018 Dawgtown Mauler Voice, Pre-production


Year Title Role Notes
1986 Dress Gray Hank Beaumont TV mini-series 2 episodes
1986–1987 1st & Ten Tom Yinessa First recurring role on television 23 episodes
1987 The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd Glen Episode: “Here’s Why Henry David Thoreau Chose the Pond”
1989 Alien Nation Dr. Jim Trenner Episode: “Fountain of Youth”
Perry Mason: The Case of the All-Star Assassin Bobby Spencer TV Movie
Christine Cromwell Billy Peale Episode: “Easy Come, Easy Go”
Man Against the Mob: The Chinatown Murders Sammy Turner TV Movie
1989–1990 Murder, She Wrote Wayne Bennett/Steve Chambers 2 episodes
1990 The Operation John Kopiak TV Movie
Mancuso, FBI Episode: “Daryl Ross & the Supremes”
Quantum Leap Det. Sgt. Roger Skaggs Episode: “M.I.A.”
Johnny Ryan Peter Howard TV Movie
1991 Jake and the Fatman Dennis Morgan 2 episodes
1992 Homefront Paul Episode: “Bad Connection”
Intruders Ray Brooks 2 episodes
1992–1993 Picket Fences A.D.A. Petrovic 5 episodes
1993 In the Heat of the Night Mark Meyers Episode: “Private Sessions”
L.A. Law Detective Greg Riley Episode: “Cold Shower”
Full Eclipse Doug Crane TV Movie
1993–1995 Matlock Thomas Crighton/Lt. Pat Rutledge 2 episodes
1994 Treasure Island: The Adventure Begins Robbie TV Movie
The X-Files Larry Moore Episode: “Darkness Falls”
Melrose Place Lt. Jeffrey Lindley 8 episodes
1995 Courthouse Russell Snow Episode: “Order on the Court”
NYPD Blue Julian Kerbis Episode: “One Big Happy Family”
1996 Public Morals Boyfriend Episode: “The Yellow Cover”
Good Company Ron Nash 6 episodes
Suddenly Joe Mulvey TV Movie
1997 Promised Land Jeff Episode: “Independence Day”
George and Leo Ron 2 episodes
1997–1998 Chicago Hope Danny Blaines 4 episodes
1998 Baby Monitor: Sound of Fear Matt TV Movie
Cab to Canada Mike Donahue TV Movie
To Have & to Hold Sean McGrail 13 episodes
1999–2000 Family Law Don 4 episodes
2000 Runaway Virus Daniel Rothman TV Movie
Dharma & Greg Scott Kelley Episode: “The Spy Who Said He Loved Me”
Resurrection Blvd. Eric Carter 2 episodes
When Andrew Came Home Eddie TV Movie
2001 The Beast Bill Hanson Episode: “The Damage Done”
Kristin Peter Medavoy Episode: “The Rival”
Three Blind Mice Carter Simmons TV Movie
2002 CSI: Crime Scene Investigation Russ Bradley Episode: “Burden of Proof”
Home Alone 4 Peter McCallister TV Movie
Judging Amy Tim Powell Episode: “Lost and Found”
2003 The District Donnelly/Officer Terry 2 episodes
The Lyon’s Den FBI Agent Vince Ryan Episode: “Ex”
2004 Pilot Season Henry R. Duke Television miniseries
JAG Sgt. Maj. Thomas Elgart Ret. Episode: “Corporate Raiders”
American Dreams Gunnery Sergeant Finch 11 episodes
2004–2005 Everwood John Hayes 6 episodes
2005 The Inside Special Agent Randall Day Episode: “Gem”
2006 Huff Darren Hadlick 2 episodes
CSI: NY Jack Butler Episode: “Stealing Home”
Veronica Mars Cormac Fitzpatrick 2 episodes
Criminal Minds Sheriff Yates Episode: “North Mammon”
2007 Numb3rs Reid Sarasin Episode: “Finders Keepers”
Cane Vince Grasso 8 episodes
2008 Ghost Whisperer Kevin Keller Episode: “Bloodline”
Eli Stone Rick O’Malley Episode: “The Humanitarian”
Runaway Episode: “Father Figure”
2009 Life John Flowers Episode: “3 Women”
Lie to Me Captain Hoopes Episode: “Undercover”
2009–2013 Californication Richard Bates 13 episodes
2010 Hawthorne Richard Maxwell Episode: “Hidden Truths”
Tall Justice Moretti Short
Medium Frank Davenport Episode: “Smoke Damage”
2010–2011 Castle Mike Royce 2 episodes
2011 Big Tweet Jimmy Rossi Short
Needs Head Mobster Short
NCIS Blake Martin Episode: “Kill Screen”
Law & Order: Los Angeles Raymond Garson Episode: “Silver Lake”
Prime Suspect Detective Jake Keating Episode: “Pilot”
Henry Will Short
2012–present Chicago Fire Det./Sgt. Hank Voight Recurring role, 20 episodes
2012 Body of Proof Harvey Brand Episode: “Occupational Hazards”
The Finder Col. Chuck Bradshaw Episode: “Little Green Men”
Last Resort Wes 2 episodes
2013 Phantom Dr. Semak
Dice City Detective Branson TV Movie
2014 Wild Card Donatello Episode: “The Pilot”
2014–present Chicago P.D. Sergeant Hank Voight Lead role 161 episodes
2014–2016 Law & Order: Special Victims Unit Guest 3 episodes
2015 BoJack Horseman Jogger 2 episodes
2015–present Chicago Med Sergeant Hank Voight Recurring role
2017 Chicago Justice 3 episodes

External Links

Actor Jason Beghe – Wikipedia

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