Jason Beghe | Biography
American actor Jason Beghe has appeared in so many television series that it’s hard to keep count. He has graced the small screen appearing in everything from Murder, She Wrote to Chicago Hope and American Dreams. His film credits include acclaimed roles in movies such as Thelma & Louise, G.I. Jane, The Next Three Days, X-Men: First Class and Atlas Shrugged: Part II. Born on March 12, 1960, Beghe presently stars as Sergeant Henry ‘Hank’ Voight in the NBC police drama series, Chicago P.D. Beghe has also attracted huge media attention towards him in the recent years because of his involvement and the following estrangement with the Church of Scientology.
Beghe hails from New York City, New York where he was educated at the Collegiate School. During his time there, he was a close friend of John F. Kennedy, Jr. and David Duchovny, the actor. Beghe maintained interests in theatre in school and also influenced the two. He and Duchovny have remained close and Beghe even attended Duchovny and Tea Leoni’s wedding as the best man.After completing his schooling, Beghe ended up modeling in Europe and began a film career in the 1980s. In 1994, he was introduced to Scientology when he took up acting classes. By 1999, he was appearing in a campaign promoting Scientology. He continued to support the Church of Scientology in the following years, appearing in more promotional campaigns, which led him to be referred as the poster boy of Scientology. In 2007, his relationship with Scientology fell through after which he left the Church of Scientology. He then began openly criticizing and protesting the values of the Church. In 2010, he also appeared in the BBC News special, The Secrets of Scientology, speaking of his departure from the organization.Beghe now resides in Nichols Canyon, Los Angeles with his wife of fifteen years, Angie Janu and their two sons, Bear and Bix. They have been married since 2000.
Beghe made his film debut with Compromising Positions in 1985 and a year later had a recurring role in the sitcom, 1st&Ten, on HBO. He had a breakthrough role in George A. Romero’s Monkey Shines: An Experiment in Fear in 1988. He starred in the made for television film, The Case of the All-Star Assassin, on NBC-TV in 1989 and had a role with Susan Sarandon in the crime drama, Thelma & Louise. He starred opposite actress Demi Moore in the action film, G.I. Jane, in 1997 and had recurring roles in television series like Melrose Place, Chicago Hope, Picket Fences, To Have &To Hold and Family Law. By the end of the 90s, Beghe had had appearances as guest in several television series such as The Days and Nights of Molly Dodd, Murder, She Wrote, Quantum Leap, Jake and the Fatman, L.A. Law, Matlock, The X-Files, NYPD Blue, Promised Land and Resurrection Blvd. He starred in the film adaptation of the science fiction series, The X Files, in 1998. In the 2000s, he appeared in only two films, the first being the horror movie One Missed Call in 2008. He appeared in the 2010 film, The Next Three Days, with Elizabeth Banks and Russell Crowe. He made an appearance in Matthew Vaughn’s X Men: First Class in 2011 and John Putch’s Atlas Shrugged: Part II in 2012. In 2015, Beghe was seen in Alex Gibney’s documentary film, Going Clear: Scientology and the Prison of Belief, on HBO. Beghe has been starring in NBC’s Chicago P.D. since 2014. The series has been picked up for a third season on NBC. He also plays the same role in the police drama, Chicago Fire, also on NBC.
Jason Beghe’s controversies with the Church of Scientology haven’t taken any toll on his acting career. Instead, he is presently thriving in television as the star of Chicago P.D.