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      Jeff Perry

      Jeff Perry

      Highest Rated: 79% Speed of Life (2019)

      Lowest Rated: 8% Body of Evidence (1992)

      Birthday: Aug 16, 1955

      Birthplace: Highland Park, Illinois, USA

      Jeff Perry is a veteran character actor easily recognized as Cyrus Beene by devoted fans of the drama series "Scandal" (ABC, 2012-18 ). The Illinois native began acting at a young age and founded the Steppenwolf Theatre Company in 1974, along with fellow Chicago-area actors Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney. Sticking primarily to stage work with Steppenwolf, Perry eventually made a push to land screen roles, and began appearing in TV guest spots during the late 1980s. In 1993, he had a recurring part on the popular series "L.A. Law" (NBC, 1986-1994) which led to more television stints, notably his regular role on the cop show, "Nash Bridges" (CBS, 1996-2001). While mixing in occasional film and theater productions, Perry remained most visible on TV, finding his signature part as Cyrus Beene, the White House Chief of Staff on the surprise hit series "Scandal," a program that finally allowed him to display his full versatility. Hailing from the Chicago suburbs, Perry gravitated towards the stage as a teen and started Steppenwolf in his hometown of Highland Park. Eventually, the modest basement theater found a larger audience and, in 1980, moved to Chicago, where it began gaining a national reputation for outstanding theater productions. In 1983, he married fellow Steppenwolf actor Laurie Metcalf, though the two split less than a decade later. Perry remained closely involved with the theater company for decades, but he followed the lead of fellow co-founder Sinise and made the transition to screen work in the late 1980s. While not a conventional leading man, his regular-guy looks helped him to win small parts, and, by 1993, he had a short stint on "L.A. Law." In 1996, Perry became a regular on "Nash Bridges," playing Inspector Harvey Leek, the Deadhead peer of Don Johnson's title police detective, and two years later, he had one of his more memorable supporting film roles as another cop in the steamy thriller "Wild Things" (1998), starring Matt Dillon and Kevin Bacon. After one-off appearances on numerous primetime shows, Perry joined the cast of the medical drama "Grey's Anatomy" (ABC, 2005- ) for occasional turns as Thatcher Grey, the father of series protagonist Meredith Grey (Ellen Pompeo). Returning prominently to the stage, he had a featured role in the original 2007 Steppenwolf production of Tracy Letts' "August: Osage County" and even appeared in the Pulitzer Prize-winning play during its Broadway and London runs. Perry also starred in Nina Raine's lauded Off-Broadway play "Tribes," beginning in 2012. The same year, "Grey's Anatomy" creator Shonda Rhimes recruited him for her latest project, the political melodrama "Scandal." Perry signed on to portray Cyrus Beene, one of the closest advisers to President Fitzgerald "Fitz" Grant (Tony Goldwyn) and a father figure to lead character and crisis manager Olivia Pope (Kerry Washington). Though the extensive shooting schedule of "Scandal" took up much of his time, Perry, like Sinise and Kinney, stayed on as an Executive Artistic Director at the Steppenwolf Theatre Company and has also served as an acting instructor over the years.

      Highest rated movies

      Speed of Life
      Storyville
      Lizzie Wild Things Trial by Fire
      Lansky
      Hard Promises
      Body of Evidence

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      Jeff Perry Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'Thwack', Season 5, Ep. #17, 04/07/2016, ©ABC THREE FUGITIVES, from left, Larry Cox, Martin Short, Jeff Perry, Nick Nolte, 1989, ©Buena Vista Pictures The View, Jeff Perry, 08/11/1997, ©ABC Scandal, Tony Goldwyn (L), Jeff Perry (R), 'The Bleep', Season 4, Ep. #4, 10/16/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Tony Goldwyn (L), Jeff Perry (C), Steven Flynn (R), 'The Bleep', Season 4, Ep. #4, 10/16/2014, ©KSITE Scandal, Matthew Del Negro (L), Jeff Perry (R), 'Where the Sun Don't Shine', Season 4, Ep. #9, 11/20/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry (L), Tony Goldwyn (R), 'Baby Made a Mess', Season 4, Ep. #7, 11/06/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry (L), Kerry Washington (C), Tony Goldwyn (R), 'Kiss Kiss Bang Bang', Season 3, Ep. #14, 03/20/2014, ©ABC Scandal, from left: Tony Goldwyn, Jeff Perry, Darby Stanchfield, Jon Tenney, 'The Fluffer', Season 3, Ep. #16, 04/03/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Matthew Del Negro (L), Jeff Perry (R), 'Where the Sun Don't Shine', Season 4, Ep. #9, 11/20/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'It's Good to Be Kink', Season 4, Ep. #16, 03/19/2015, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'Thwack', Season 5, Ep. #17, 04/07/2016, ©ABC Scandal, Matthew Del Negro (L), Jeff Perry (R), 'Where the Sun Don't Shine', Season 4, Ep. #9, 11/20/2014, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross', Season 5, Ep. #16, 03/31/2016, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry (L), Danny Pino (R), 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross', Season 5, Ep. #16, 03/31/2016, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross', Season 5, Ep. #16, 03/31/2016, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry (L), Ricardo Chavira (C), Danny Pino (R), 'The Miseducation of Susan Ross', Season 5, Ep. #16, 03/31/2016, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry (L), Kerry Washington (R), 'It's Good to Be Kink', Season 4, Ep. #16, 03/19/2015, ©ABC Scandal, Jeff Perry, 'It's Good to Be Kink', Season 4, Ep. #16, 03/19/2015, ©ABC

      Filmography

      Movies

      Credit
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Harvey Leek (Character) - 2021
      79% 45% Speed of Life Samuel (Character) - 2019
      62% 71% Trial by Fire Hurst (Character) $143.3K 2018
      66% 47% Lizzie Andrew Jennings (Character) $639.2K 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Picture Paris Keith (Character) - 2011
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Anniversary at Shallow Creek Cashier (Character) - 2010
      No Score Yet 60% The Valley of Light Taylor Bowers (Character) - 2007
      40% 21% Lansky American Lawyer (Character) - 1999
      64% 54% Wild Things Det. Bryce Hunter (Character) $29.8M 1998
      No Score Yet 38% Into Thin Air: Death on Everest Doug Hansen (Character) - 1997
      No Score Yet 40% Kingfish: A Story of Huey P. Long Earl Long (Character) - 1995
      No Score Yet 29% Playmaker Allen (Character) - 1994
      No Score Yet 70% Murder in the Heartland Earl Heflin (Character) - 1993
      67% 22% Storyville Peter Dandridge (Character) $352.5K 1992
      8% 23% Body of Evidence Gabe (Character) $13.7M 1992
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Life on the Edge Ray Nelson (Character) - 1992
      40% 59% Hard Promises Pinky (Character) $277.7K 1991
      No Score Yet 75% The Final Days Staffer (Character) - 1989

      TV

      Credit
      74% 86% Alaska Daily Stanley Cornik (Character) 2022-2023
      64% 37% Inventing Anna Lou (Character) 2022
      84% 73% Grey's Anatomy Thatcher Grey (Guest Star) 2006-2007 2009 2011 2019
      80% 96% One Dollar Charles (Guest Star) 2018
      93% 72% Scandal Cyrus (Character) 2012-2018
      No Score Yet 36% Jimmy Kimmel Live! Guest 2014-2015 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Ellen DeGeneres Show Guest 2014 2018
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Harry Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 61% Late Night With Seth Meyers Guest 2017
      No Score Yet 10% The View Guest 2013 2015
      100% 84% The Chicago Code David Argyle (Guest Star) 2011
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: Crime Scene Investigation George Stark (Guest Star) 2003 2010
      No Score Yet 82% CSI: New York Judge (Guest Star) 2010
      90% 79% Fringe Joseph Slater (Guest Star) 2009
      35% 80% Eleventh Hour Unknown (Guest Star) 2009
      No Score Yet 91% American Dad! Mr. Dawson (Guest Voice) 2007
      61% 78% Prison Break Terrence Steadman (Guest Star) 2006-2007
      No Score Yet 95% Cold Case Unknown (Guest Star) 2006
      No Score Yet 93% Numb3ers Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      80% 79% Invasion Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Law & Order: Trial by Jury Unknown (Guest Star) 2005
      86% 90% Lost Frank "Sawyer" Duckett (Guest Star) 2005
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The Practice Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet No Score Yet The District Unknown (Guest Star) 2003
      No Score Yet 85% ER Officer Mitch Palnick (Guest Star) 2003
      83% No Score Yet NYPD Blue Gordon Dillit (Guest Star) 2003
      95% 94% Frasier John Clayton (Guest Star) 2002
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Nash Bridges Insp. Harvey Leek (Character) 1996-2001
      63% 100% American Gothic Unknown (Guest Star) 1996
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Chicago Hope Unknown (Guest Star) 1995
      94% 92% My So-Called Life Richard Katimski (Guest Star) 1994-1995
      No Score Yet No Score Yet Civil Wars Richard Hancke (Guest Star) 1991
      83% No Score Yet thirtysomething Tommy McArthur (Guest Star) 1989 1991
      No Score Yet 79% Columbo Leonard Fisher (Guest Star) 1989
      No Score Yet 88% Family Ties Unknown (Guest Star) 1989