'Chicago Fire' Enlists 'Californication's' Jason Beghe (Exclusive)

He'll recur as a dangerous gang unit cop on NBC's Dick Wolf drama.
Jason Beghe

NBC's upcoming firefighter drama Chicago Fire has added some police muscle.

Californication's Jason Beghe has joined the cast of the Taylor Kinney series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned exclusively.

Beghe will recur as Detective Hank Voight, who is described as a dangerous, feared and formidable gang unit cop who will do anything to protect his delinquent son from the long arm of the law on the new fall series.

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The Vampire Diaries' Kinney stars in the action-driven drama that explores the complex and heroic men and women of the Chicago Fire Department; Jesse Spencer co-stars.

Beghe has been a recurring guest star on Showtime's Californication, playing Richard Bates, a novelist friend of Hank's (David Duchovny). The veteran actor's credits also include arcs on The Finder, Body of Proof, Prime Suspect, Castle and NCIS. He'll next appear opposite Duchovny, Ed Harris and William Fichtner in the soviet submarine drama Phantom. He's repped by APA.

Chicago Fire, which executive producer Dick Wolf dubbed more than a "fire of the week" story on Tuesday at the Television Critics Association's summer press tour, premieres Oct. 10 on NBC.

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