Detective Hank Voight is a Sergeant in the Chicago Police Department and the current chief of the District 21 Intelligence Unit. Voight portrays a tough guy that likes to get the job done, no matter how many people he hurts or how many rules he breaks
Voight's unit always respects him greatly, even though Voight has been investigated many times for taking bribes and breaking protocol.
The son of a cop himself, Hank aspired to follow in his father’s footsteps. He had childhood friends who often supported his goal and knew he would make it. At eight years old, his father Richard was killed in the line of duty.
In his adult life, Hank would marry a woman named Camille and they were expecting twins but their daughter was still born, leaving them with a son Justin Voight. Hank was able to fulfill his goal of being a cop and did his job the best he could. He was partnered with Alvin Olinsky who would become his closest friend.
At another point, he took in a girl name Erin Lindsay she was troubled but with his guidance she grew up to be one of his fellow officers.
Chicago P.D. SummaryEdit
Voight had a strained relationship with his son, Justin Voight. Justin usually acts out to get the attention of his father, usually by driving under the influence, taking drugs and fighting. Justin was involved in a gang hit, and Hank managed to take the heat away from his son; he subsequently forced Justin to enlist in the United States Army, where he would learn discipline and the proper way of life. Although he doesn't act sorry about his decision, Hank would often get Lindsay's support about it. Justin's old girlfriend, Olive, gets pregnant but is kidnapped along with Hank by a man named Ian (who is later killed) and his partner in a Chicago PD episode.
Voight often struggles with expressing his feelings especially with his own son due to their tense relationship, but he is known for his loving heart, even if he doesn't show it, and helping out vulnerable, young people. Hank fostered Erin Lindsay when she was a teenager while she was addicted to drugs; however, Voight helped her become clean, and was an informant to Voight and eventually joined the Chicago Police Department, then the Intelligence Unit. Recently, Voight has helped D'Anthony, a thirteen-year-old boy who was in an abusive gang that his cousin had forced him into. Voight takes D'Anthony to his aunt and gives her $5,000 to look after him and take care of his needs.
The foster care for Erin Lindsay extends to several other young people in his community, although on some occasions, this ends up being the cause of their undoing and death, and grief to Voight. So far, he has lost two of them, Hannah Cates and Marcus, on different cases, though both committed suicide by cop.
Many other police officers and civilians suspect Voight of being a dirty cop. However, he is affiliated with Internal Affairs (IA), which is part of an operation to bring down some of the biggest names in Chicago's crime history.
In Disco Bob, Hank nearly goes into conflict with Adam's father Bob during a case were a mother and her children are shot. Hank finds that the son has survived the shooting and they investigate the father who was not in the house but later on he is proven to be innocent when the son regains consciousness and identifies who really rob the house. After the burglar is arrested, he reveals the daughters boyfriend Owen Reese had arranged it to win back his girlfriend. Hank and Jay revealed to Owen the family was broke, as he cries at being unaware. Hank later appears at the hospital where he apologizes to the father for accusing him as the latter accepts it and tells him that he will take good care of his son because he’s the only thing that his son has.
During Chicken, Dynamite, Chainsaw, he is approached by a girl who reveals she is pregnant with Justin's child. Hank is very surprised to learn that he will be a grandfather. He nearly brushes her off but then stops and tells her to contact him when she needs help.
In An Honest Woman, Hank takes a liking to Olive and invites her over for lunch. This leads to him being attacked as he goes to his basement to his safe to give Olive money. The team figures that Olive was involved and isn't who she says she is. However, the kidnappers threaten Olive's life, leading Voight to open the safe. Olive reveals later on that they threatened to kill the baby if she told anyone unless she helped them attack & rob Voight. He helps her through it. With the help of his unit, Hank is able to track down the couple responsible for causing the robbery. He scares them and brutally interrogates the many breaking his fingers. A break comes through when one of the men turns himself saying it is Ian Marks. Taking Ian to the Silos, he proceeds to threaten him to find his partner in exchange for living rather than going into witness protection like he hoped. Hank then puts great fear into Ian until he agrees to the deal. Hank also makes sure to ask if all of her any role in it, as Marks confirms that she did not. However, Lucasz realizes he has been played Lucas tells Ian to go ahead of him before shooting him in the head and taking his bag. Because of his shots the crowds become a frenzy, Lucas flees with the officers pursuing him. Although Lucasz tries to escape Erin and Jay sneak up on him and apprehend him. Hank then proceeds to go through the duffel bags and finds his money but notices something missing. Hank tells the officers that he will take care of Gregorie as they become worried. Sometime later, Hank takes the scared Lucasz to the silos and thought of killing him. However, he spares him and settled for beating the man up for his actions and arresting him. Hank comes back into precinct with an apprehended but bruised Lucasz and Trudy tells the man that he will be transferred to booking but Hank stops them to tell the man he will one day believe he is lucky to have survived before let him get taken away.
As of The Weigh Station, because of Jay being targeted, Hank puts him in protective custody while having Kim and Roman safeguard him to prevent him from going after his assailants. After the shooter is brought in, Hank threatens to take him to the silos and the scared man complies. Hank tells Roman and Kim prevent an angry Jay from attacking him. Hank and Alvin bring in a former hitman Joe Price, being able to contact the main mastermind after Oskar. After the man demands to see Jay alive, Hank is resistant but is shocked when Jay forces Price to agree to the deal despite the protest of his colleagues. During the deal, Price betrays Jay when his son is kidnapped. However, Jay overpowers him and force him to go along with the deal in exchange for saving his son. With help from Hank and the others, all of the men are arrested.
In Actual Physical Violence, Hank was going to go out to dinner with his son, daughter-in-law and grandson but a car bomb goes off. Fortunately Hank told his family to get down and they all survived the attack. Hank told them to go to the hospital to get checked out. Hank later threatens the criminal who arranged it by threatening to shoot him but Al snaps him out of it.
During Start Digging, Hank celebrates his grandson's first birthday and has a talk with his son. Justin tells his father not to bring issues because it is his sons special day and Hank agrees with him. Later on, Hank is horrified Justin is found tied up in the back of the trunk of a car with a shot to the head. He is still alive and is brought to the hospital but the staff tell Hank there is no chance of him surviving. Reluctantly, Hank says goodbye to his son and take him off of life support. Hank later has his friends track down the man who killed him Kevin Bingham while revealing he is Justin’s father to the man’s horror as he realizes that Hank wants revenge. Despite pleading to Hank, Kevin accepts that he’s going to die but insults Justin one last time before Hank kills him.
In Homecoming, Hank is trying to save Alvin from prison after he is arrested and later killed while in custody. Hand tracks down the man who called the hit and gets revenge for his friend. Later, Voight is suspended and convicted of murder by First Deputy Katherine Brennan, who is convinced that the former killed said man in cold blood, but later finds camera footage that shows him reaching for a hidden gun, proving his innocence. He is later told by Trudy the Alvin's widow does not want him to attend the funeral to his complete shock. Despite this setback, Hank secretly attended the funeral and paid respect to his closest friend.
Chicago Fire SummaryEdit
Voight's methods have caused friction with Lieutenant Matthew Casey (Jesse Spencer), a firefighter with the Chicago Fire Department, alongside Gabriela Dawson, the sister of Detective Antonio Dawson. Casey arrived on the scene of a serious motor vehicle accident, where the driver (Voight's son Justin) had been drinking.
The passenger of the vehicle Justin hit was a 10-year old boy who was paralyzed by the waist down. Voight tried many illegal methods to stop Matthew Casey from filing a truthful report, first beginning with bribery, which then escalated to physical threats towards Casey and his fiancée.
Voight attempted to have Casey injured or killed, but was arrested by Dawson in a sting. While in prison he offers Gabriela Dawson information on who shot Antonio, who was working undercover at the time. This was in exchange for a future favor, which Dawson reluctantly accepted.
Internal Affairs (I.A.) later released Voight from prison and promoted him to Sergeant of the Intelligence Unit at CPD. Voight began working with Dawson and Detective Julie "Jules" Willhite to investigate a series of murders relating to pharmacy nurses. The case was related to a drug dealer named Thomas Cobb whom Voight killed to protect Casey. Unfortunately, Hallie was murdered after accidentally discovering a drug operation at the hospital she worked at.
Later in the series, he investigates a gang drive-by shooting which claimed the life of a young girl. Working alongside Dawson and Detective Erin Lindsay, Voight uses firefighter Joe Cruz's brother, Leon, who had former ties to the gang, as part of a sting. The operation ended with the successful capture of the intended gang lord, but also the deaths of two gang members.
Notes and Trivia Edit
- Formally, Voight's radio code is 5021 Adam; most of the time, however, he only refers to 5021.
- Voight distinctly uses a 9mm SIG-Sauer P229R pistol as his service weapon. In Season 2, this is temporarily switched out for a 9mm SIG-Sauer P226R. Prior to the series premiere of Chicago P.D., his P229R had a two-tone finish, before he switched to an all-black variant.
- Also notable is how he rarely ever wields his gun with both hands, instead opting to use one. Jason Beghe commented that this initiative was due to laziness, but later kept at it so as to build into Voight's tough nature.
- Voight has so far mainly used five different vehicles and has wrecked only one. He has driven a first-gen Dodge Durango (T-boned in Call It Macaroni), a Cadillac Escalade, a Ford Police Interceptor Utility, a Ford Explorer Sport, and a third-gen Dodge Durango SRT.
- Voight's badge number is 32419.
- Voight was once offered position of Lieutenant, but turned down the promotion, citing things being easier at his rank of Sergeant.
- Voight is on good terms with Olivia Benson of SVU in Law and Order.
|Season 5 Appearances|
|"Reform"||"The Thing About Heroes"||"Promise"||"Snitch"||"Home"|
|"Fallen"||"Care Under Fire"||"Politics"||"Monster"||"Rabbit Hole"|
|Season 6 Appearances|
|"New Normal"||"Bad Boys"||"Endings"||"Ride Along"||""|