Netflix's Inventing Anna, best known as fan favorite ‘Cyrus’ on ABC’s hit series Scandal
Jeff currently stars in Netflix’s new drama series INVENTING ANNA, produced by Shonda Rhimes.
Perry starred as fan favorite character ‘Cyrus Beene’ - the White House Chief of Staff - on ABC’s hit series, SCANDAL. Variety named him “the best reason to watch the series.” SCANDAL has garnered numerous award nominations and wins, including the 2013 AFI Award for TV Program of the Year. 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 die hard Grateful Dead fan and Police Inspector, ‘Harvey Leek’ opposite Don Johnson. Jeff has 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. Perry has also guest-starred in numerous acclaimed shows including THE PRACTICE, FRINGE, CSI, LOST, ER, NYPD BLUE, FRASIER and Aaron Sorkin’s THE WEST WING.
Perry appeared on the big screen in feature films including Stephen Frears’ THE GRIFTERS, Robert Altman’s A WEDDING and John McNaughton’s WILD THINGS. Perry is also a producing partner for the indie film shingle STEPPENWOLF FILMS. He appeared in SPEED OF LIFE (2019), which centers around the story of the late musician, David Bowie.
In the theatre world, Perry is an icon. Most recently Perry directed the play A STEADY RAIN at The Odyssey Theater in Los Angeles. He also starred on-stage at the theatre in Eugene O’Neill’s Pulitzer Prize winning drama, ANNA CHRISTIE, alongside his daughter Zoe Perry. 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 and his wife, Emmy Award winning casting director Linda Lowy, reside in Los Angeles. Jeff has two daughters -Leah Perry and actress Zoe Perry.