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Sea­son 2 (*194) 20:30 Ac­tion

Ja­son Beghe is fight­ing crime on two fronts. He plays Sergeant Hank Voight on ac­tion show Chicago PD (2014-cur­rent), head of the In­tel­li­gence Unit. And in real life, Ja­son is lead­ing an at­tack on Scien­tol­ogy, his for­mer re­li­gion that he calls “a cult that is dan­ger­ous for your phys­i­cal and men­tal well-be­ing”.

1 The 57-year-old got into Scien­tol­ogy in 1994 af­ter learn­ing about it from his act­ing teacher. He ap­peared in their pro­mo­tional videos and was also trained as a high-rank­ing au­di­tor – af­ter he’d do­nated over $1 mil­lion (R13 mil­lion) to the church.

2 He quit in 2007 af­ter his wife of seven years Angie Janu fell preg­nant, say­ing that “I wanted to be the best fa­ther and hus­band, so I did a fear­less in­ven­tory of my life. I re­alised that Scien­tol­ogy wasn’t me. I walked in the next day and said, ‘It’s in both our best in­ter­ests that we part ways’.” The cou­ple live in LA with their sons Bear and Bix, who are both un­der the age of 10.

3 His two best friends at 3 New York prep school Col­le­giate School For Boys were David Du­chovny (Fox Mul­der in sci-fi se­ries The X-Files, 1993-cur­rent) and John F Kennedy Jr, the late son of Pres­i­dent JFK.

4 Ja­son almost never got to be in Chicago PD – or any­thing af­ter 1999 for that mat­ter. A car crash left him with a bro­ken neck, ribs, punc­tured lungs and in a coma for a month.

5 There was an up­side to his crash, says the ac­tor. “They in­tu­bated me and it left me with a grav­elly voice. That is one of Voight’s strong points – when he talks, peo­ple lis­ten.”

6 And while he is New York bor­nand-bred, Ja­son is a life-long fan of the Chicago Cubs base­ball team.

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