Jeff Perry is an American actor best known for his starring role as the diehard Grateful Dead fan and police inspector Harvey Leek on the television action series Nash Bridges, from 1996-2001.
He currently stars as Cyrus Beene in the political thriller television series Scandal (also known as The Fixer), since 2012.
Perry is an actor, teacher and co-founder of the Steppenwolf Theatre Company, where he has served as Steppenwolf Artist Director and has been an integral part to the founding of the School at Steppenwolf, where he continues to teach and direct.
Perry has acted in — and occasionally directed — more than 40 Steppenwolf productions. His many acting credits at Steppenwolf include Balm in Gilead, The Time of Your Life, Picasso at Lapin Agile, 1990 Tony Award-winning The Grapes of Wrath, The Caretaker and Streamers.
In 2008 Perry was nominated for a Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Featured Actor in a Play.
Beyond Perry's accomplishments in theatre, he has also seen success on the big screen and television. After moving to Los Angeles, he appeared in several films, including Remember My Name, A Wedding, The Grifters, Storyville, Wild Things and The Human Stain.
He also has numerous television credits, including his role as Inspector Harvey Leek on the crime drama Nash Bridges, and recurring roles on My So-Called Life, L.A. Law and Prison Break.
Perry has also guest starred on Lost, Fringe and CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. He also notably played Meredith Grey's estranged father, Thatcher Grey, on the popular drama Grey's Anatomy.