Cyrus Beene was a political animal from day one. You’d think all those campaigns—all that salesmanship and back-door dealings—would make him jaded and cynical. It hasn’t. Cyrus is a true believer. A believer in the promise of America, in the political process and most of all in people like President Grant and Olivia Pope. To be caught between the people he loves most and to have to do his best for what he believes is right for the country will test every political skill Cyrus has acquired and make him question his allegiance to all he holds dear.
A gifted actor, Jeff Perry has starred in a wide range of roles across television, film and stage.
Perry currently stars on the ABC hit series "Scandal," opposite Kerry Washington, where he brilliantly plays the fan favorite role of "Cyrus Beene," The White House's Chief of Staff. The immensely popular show is currently in production of its third season which will premiere on October 3.
Prior to starring on "Scandal," Perry was most widely recognized for his role in the long running CBS series "Nash Bridges." For six seasons, Perry starred as the diehard Grateful Dead fan and Police Inspector, 'Harvey Leek' opposite Don Johnson.
Perry has guest-starred in numerous acclaimed shows including "The Practice," "Fringe," "CSI," "Lost," "ER," "NYPD Blue," "Frasier" and Aaron Sorkin's "The West Wing." In addition, he's appeared in a number of recurring roles for hit series such as "Grey's Anatomy" where he played Meredith Grey's estranged father, as well as "My So Called Life," "Chicago Hope" and "Prison Break."
On the big screen, Perry has appeared in numerous films that include Stephen Frear's "The Grifters," Robert Altman's "A Wedding" and John McNaughton's "Wild Things." He is a producing partner for the indie film shingle, Steppenwolf Films.
Perry is a co-founder of Chicago's internationally acclaimed Steppenwolf Theatre Company which he started in 1976 with Gary Sinise and Terry Kinney. An avid teacher, Perry co-founded The School at Steppenwolf and Steppenwolf Classes West. Perry has acted in or directed more than forty productions for the non-profit company, including the 2008 Pulitzer Prize winning "August: Osage County" for which he received a Drama Desk Award nomination for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play. In 2012, Perry was nominated for a Lucille Lortel Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play for his work in the Off-Broadway hit, "Tribes."
Perry's many acting credits at Steppenwolf include "Balm in Gilead" (also Off-Broadway), "The Time of Your Life" (also Seattle, San Francisco), "Picasso at the Lapin Agile" (World Premiere), "The Grapes of Wrath" (also Broadway and London), "The Caretaker" (also Broadway) and "Streamers" (also Kennedy Center). Currently, the theatre conducts up to 16 plays and nearly 700 performances each year.
Perry was born and raised in Highland Park, IL. He is married to three-time Emmy(r) winning Casting Director, Linda Lowy and currently resides in Los Angeles with his wife and family.