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Cyrus Beene
Portrayed by Jeff Perry
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White House Character
Biographical Information
Full name: Cyrus Rutherford Beene
Status: Alive
Residence: Georgetown, Washington, D.C.
Alias:
  • "Cy"
Current Occupation/s:
  • White House Chief of Staff
Physical Description
Gender: Male
Hair color: Light Blonde (thinning)
Eye color: Blue
Relationships
Significant Other:
Past Relationships:
  • Unnamed ex-wife
Relatives:
  • Ella (daughter)
Friends:
Colleagues:
Allies:
Enemies:
Character Information
First appearance: Sweet Baby
Latest appearance: The Price of Free and Fair Election
Appearance Count: 44

I stole the White House!! (pause) I wasn't made to be Chief of Staff! Do you know what I was made...to be? I was made to be the President of the United States.

— Cyrus to James, Nobody Likes Babies


Cyrus Rutherford Beene is the White House Chief of Staff. He is President Grant's right-hand man; married to reporter James Novak. He is a ruthless political monster.

History

Cyrus first met Mellie & Fitz, along with Jerry Grant approximately 18 years before Fitz was elected president. (Everything's Coming Up Mellie)

Cyrus was offered the chance to run Harvard University but turned it down to work with Fitz. He is the first gay Chief of Staff. He's married to James Novak, together they have a daughter, Ella. Cyrus gave James a child to get him to stop looking into Defiance. (One For the Dog)

Cyrus eventually admits the truth about election rigging to James, putting their relationship on the rocks to the point where Cyrus was kicked out of their house and living in a hotel for almost a month. (Molly, You in Danger, Girl)

After months and months of dealing with many political issues for Fitz as well as martial problems with James Cyrus has a health scare. Rowan Pope pays Cyrus visit outside The White House; Cyrus gets a phone call from Olivia that puts him into a panic; which results in him having a heart attack. (White Hat's Back On)

Personality

Although Cyrus has a daughter, he hates kids! Cyrus will do whatever he has to do to get what he wants or to stop anything from happening that he doesn't want to happen. He is a hungry political monster who will use any trick that's in the book or worse trick that they don't put in the book because they're that bad. He's resorted to killing in the past. At one point he asked Charlie to kill his own husband, James; but at the last minute his humanity kicked in and he told Charlie to stop. (Nobody Likes Babies)

Relationships

James Novak

James and Cyrus met on the election campaign for Fitz Grant's primary run against Sally Langston. They started a secret affair, being in the political spotlight Cyrus knew he couldn't be "out" as a gay man. But eventually, after Fitz gets elected, he learns that it was the worst kept secret in Washington D.C. from Olivia. (Happy Birthday, Mr. President) Their relationship gets hits a road bump when James starts digging in too deep about the Defiance conspiracy; Hollis Doyle threatens Cyrus that he'll have him killed if, "you don't put your wife on a leash." (All Roads Lead to Fitz) But James doesn't stop even after Cyrus asks him nicely to stop. In a heated moment Cyrus does admit the truth to James about election rigging. One would think that things were better with them after he admitted the truth, well then one would be wrong! They only put up a front that things were fine. James finally lets Cyrus back in and home once James comes to grips with why he was really angry at Cyrus. But everything's not fine and dandy just yet, looks like couples counseling is in their future. (Molly, You in Danger, Girl)

Cyrus lost James when he was murdered by Jake Ballard to cover up the truth behind Sally Langston killing her husband Daniel Douglas Langston. B-613 made James' murder look like a carjacking; he does not know the truth. After learning the news he was in shock but then to keep his mind off of it he had to work. And once The White House was ready to give a statement about the investigation of James' murder Cyrus himself wanted to go up to the podium and brief the press. He tried but had a flashback of when he and James went public with their relationship and began breaking down in front of cameras and several White House Press Corp. reporters. Olivia was going to go up and help him but Fitz acknowledged he'd take care of him. Fitz stepped up into the podium and took Cyrus who began crying into his shoulder he walked him off the stage. (Kiss Kiss Bang Bang)

Fitz Grant

Cyrus and Fitz's relationship is a very complex one.

Olivia Pope

Cyrus is one of many people who trained Olivia and taught her some of the tricks she's used as a "fixer" (including some she's used against him as the White House Chief of Staff.) (Beltway Unbuckled) They too have a complex and complicated relationship. Things go up and down with them.

Charlie

Cyrus uses Charlie to do his dirty work, the dirty work that Cyrus himself can't officially do or even "unofficially" do. For instance, in Season One, Cyrus turned to Charlie to help him with the Amanda Tanner situation and keep her from spilling the President's secrets. (Crash and Burn / Grant: For the People)

Cyrus was forced to cut all ties from Charlie after a visit from the mysterious Rowan Pope. Charlie was burned by B613 and went to Cyrus for help, but Cyrus turned him away claiming he had no idea who he was. (Any Questions?)

Appearances

Season Three:
It's Handled:
Appeared
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington:
Appeared
Say Hello to My Little Friend:
Appeared
More Cattle, Less Bull:
Appeared
Icarus:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
Everything's Coming Up Mellie:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
(in present) & Flashbacks
Vermont is for Lovers, Too:
Appeared
YOLO:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
A Door Marked Exit:
Appeared
Also Archive Footage
Ride, Sally, Ride:
Appeared
We Do Not Touch the First Ladies:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
Present Day Only
No Sun on the Horizon:
Appeared
Kiss Kiss Bang Bang:
(Flashback Episode)
Appeared
(in present) & Flashbacks
Mama Said Knock You Out:
Appeared
The Fluffer:
Will Appear
Flesh and Blood:
Will Appear
The Price of Free and Fair Election:
Will Appear

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