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John Spencer

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John Spencer
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Birth name John Speshock
Born December 20, 1946 in New York, New York, USA
Died December 16, 2005 in Los Angeles, California, USA from a heart attack
Notable Roles Leo McGarry in The West Wing
Notable Episodes
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Starring Roles

Series Role Year(s) Season(s)
One Life to Live Evan Sutton 1987
As the World Turns Don West 1988
Another World Mr. Julian 1988
L.A. Law Tommy Mullaney 1990–1994 5 6 7 8
Trinity Simon McCallister 1998 1
The West Wing Leo McGarry 1999–2006 1 2 3 4 5 6 7

Guest Starring Roles

Series Role Episode Airdate
The Patty Duke Show Henry Anderson 1x06 - The Slumber Party October 20, 1963
The Patty Duke Show Henry Anderson 1x12 - How to Be Popular December 4, 1963
Miami Vice Lt. Ray Atkins 2x07 - The Good Collar November 22, 1986
Spenser: For Hire Joe Moran 3x05 - Home Is the Hero October 24, 1986
H.E.L.P. Valery 1x01 - Fire Down Below March 3, 1990
H.E.L.P. Valery 1x02 - Are You There, Alpha Centauri? March 10, 1990
Law & Order Howard Morton 1x01 - Prescription for Death September 13, 1990
L.A. Law Tommy Mullaney 5x06 - Vowel Play November 29, 1990
L.A. Law Tommy Mullaney 5x07 - New Kidney on the Block December 6, 1990
L.A. Law Tommy Mullaney 5x08 - God Rest Ye Little Gentleman December 13, 1990
Duckman Agent Dennehy 1x08 - Not So Easy Riders April 30, 1994
Touched by an Angel Leo 2x04 - The Driver October 14, 1995
F/X: The Series Carl Scofeld 1x03 - High Risk September 23, 1996
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman Hank Landry/Mr. Gadget 4x12 - Lethal Weapon January 5, 1997
Tracey Takes On... Ray Weggerly 2x09 - Crime March 19, 1997
Early Edition Howard Banner 2x04 - Jenny Sloane October 18, 1997
L.A. Doctors Dr. Edmund Church 1x20 - The Life Lost in Living March 22, 1999
The Outer Limits (1995) Col. Wallis Thurman 5x13 - Summit May 21, 1999
Intimate Portrait Himself 7x21 - Patty Duke July 23, 2001
Intimate Portrait Himself 11x17 - Stockard Channing January 10, 2004
Close to Home Vincent Kellner 1x03 - Suburban Prostitution October 18, 2005

Specials and Made-for-TV Movies

Title Role Airdate Series/Banner
Cocaine and Blue Eyes Joey Crawford January 2, 1983
L.A. Law: 100th Episode Celebration Himself February 6, 1991 L.A. Law
In the Arms of a Killer Det. Vincent Cusack January 5, 1992
When No One Would Listen Walter Wheeler November 15, 1992
From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One Mike Mulick November 29, 1992
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor Al Rhinehart November 9, 1994 Perry Mason
Documentary Special Leo McGarry April 24, 2002 The West Wing
Every Moment Counts Narrator December 15, 2002
100 Years of Hope and Humor Himself April 20, 2003
The 57th Annual Tony Awards Himself June 8, 2003 Tony Awards

Talk, News and Game Show Appearances

Series Episode Airdate
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson Show 4486 February 26, 1992
The Rosie O'Donnell Show June 6, 2000
The Rosie O'Donnell Show May 23, 2001
The View May 21, 2002
The View January 2, 2003
The View May 28, 2003
Celebrity Poker Showdown Tournament 1, Game 2 December 9, 2003
The Wayne Brady Show February 11, 2004
Tavis Smiley (2004) October 14, 2004
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show April 6, 2005

Memorable Moments

Awards and Accolades

Primetime Emmy Awards

(1 Win in 5 Nominations)

  • Won: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series (2002)
The West Wing