Chicago PD season 6’s most memorable guest stars

CHICAGO P.D. -- "This City" Episode 618 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Sgt. Hank Voight, Wendell Pierce as Ray Price-- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein)
CHICAGO P.D. -- "This City" Episode 618 -- Pictured: (l-r) Jason Beghe as Sgt. Hank Voight, Wendell Pierce as Ray Price-- (Photo by: Matt Dinerstein) /

Chicago PD’s sixth season had plenty of guest star appearances, but who left the biggest impact? Here are Chicago PD season 6’s best guests.

Guest stars are an important part of every TV show, and Chicago PD is no exception. It’s the guests who play the suspects and victims of the week, their friends and family, and everyone else that the main characters interact with.

The sixth season was huge on guest stars—in fact, the major plot of the season revolved around three of them. In that sense, the guest actors were as important as the main cast; they certainly had just as much screen time.

Whether it was because they held our attention in some way, or they were part of a great plotline, these are the folks whom the season wouldn’t have been the same without.

Here are our picks for the best guests from Chicago PD season 6; tell us which guest stars landed on your short list in the comments at the end of the article.

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3) John C. McGinley

John C. McGinley would not have been the first person we’d think of to play Chicago PD‘s chief of police. Not when he’s more known for comedic characters like Dr. Perry Cox on NBC‘s Scrubs. But McGinley took on the role of Superintendent Brian Kelton, and he was every ounce as smarmy and scheming as the plot demanded.

Kelton was a one-dimensional character; he was made to be hated, and everything he did fed into that. But McGinley sunk his teeth into the role, making him confrontational when he needed to be, faux-charming in front of the public eye, and unapologetically arrogant in private.

He did everything that the role required him to do, and was a solid opponent for Intelligence (and viewers) to hate all season.

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2) Milauna Jemai Jackson

One of the strongest individual performances by any Chicago PD actor, guest or otherwise, came from Milauna Jemai Jackson. The Strike Back and How to Get Away With Murder veteran appeared in the episode “Black and Blue” as a new love interest for Kevin Atwater (LaRoyce Hawkins), but she was a lot more than that, too.

She ensured that her character felt completely fleshed out, so that we grew to understand and feel sympathy for Laila beyond her association with Atwater. The script gave her character a past, but it was Jackson who made us care about that past and want to see Laila succeed. Which, of course, made it all the more heartbreaking when the episode ended badly for her.

She was so great that it made us feel like the show had just scratched the surface of her character, so it’s a shame that the ending suggested we won’t be seeing her again. She absolutely deserved more than one episode.

1) Wendell Pierce

The best decision Chicago PD made all season was bringing back Wendell Pierce. For one, he’s such a great actor that just having him on the show elevated the season. But his character, Ray Price, really flourished this season.

When Price was introduced last season, he came off like just another corrupt alderman, although there was a hint that there could be more to him. In season 6, we finally got to find out what the “more” was. The season made him a mayoral candidate, and it also introduced his family, which led him to make a tragic decision. The best parts of the season often involved Price.

Unfortunately, the show then painted his character into a corner (possibly because Pierce has had limited availability due to how in-demand he is). So Ray Price’s time on Chicago PD appears to be over, but his last season was an amazing one.

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