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Encyclopedia > John Spencer (actor)
John Spencer

John Spencer as Leo McGarry on The West Wing
Birth name John Speshock
Born December 20, 1946(1946-12-20)
Flag of the United StatesPaterson, New Jersey
Died December 16, 2005 (aged 58)
Flag of the United StatesLos Angeles, California

John Spencer (December 20, 1946December 16, 2005) was an Emmy Award-winning American actor best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing. John Spencer can refer to different people: John Spencer, 1st Earl Spencer (1734-1783) John Spencer, 3rd Earl Spencer (1782-1845) was a British politician. ... John Spencer from http://www. ... Leo Thomas McGarry is a fictional character played by John Spencer on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... “The West Wing” redirects here. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... View of Paterson New Jersey 1880. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... An Emmy Award. ... This is a list of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series winners: 1959 - Dennis Weaver, Gunsmoke 1960 - no award 1961 - Roddy McDowell, Not Without Honor 1962 - no award 1963 - no award 1964 - Albert Paulsen, Bob Hope Presents Chrysler Theater 1965 - no award 1966 - James... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... The Actor: The Screen Actors Guild Award Statue The Screen Actors Guild Awards are an annual award given by the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) to recognize outstanding performances by members. ... The Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series is an award given by the Screen Actors Guild to honor the finest ensemble acting achievements in dramatic television. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... is the 354th day of the year (355th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1946 (MCMXLVI) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display full 1946 calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... An Emmy Award. ... For other uses, see Actor (disambiguation). ... Leo Thomas McGarry is a fictional character played by John Spencer on the television serial drama The West Wing. ... Joshua B. Bolten, the current White House Chief of Staff. ... This does not cite any references or sources. ... The West Wing is a popular and widely acclaimed American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin and produced and co-written by John Wells. ...

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Biography

Early life

Spencer was born John Speshock in New York City, and grew up in nearby Totowa.[1] He was the son of blue-collar parents John Speshock, an Irish American truck driver, and Mildred Bincarowski, a Ukrainian-American waitress.[2][3][1] With his enrollment at the Professional Children's School in Manhattan at age 16, he found himself sharing classes with such fellow students as Liza Minnelli and violinist Pinchas Zukerman. Later he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University but did not complete a degree.[1] New York, New York and NYC redirect here. ... Map of Totowa in Passaic County Totowa is a borough located in Passaic County, New Jersey. ... Irish population density in the United States, 1872. ... Distribution of Ukrainian-Americans according to the 2000 census Ukrainian-Americans are citizens of the United States who are of Ukrainian ancestry. ... This article or section does not cite its references or sources. ... For other uses, see Manhattan (disambiguation). ... Liza Minnelli (born March 12, 1946 in Los Angeles, California) is an American actress and singer. ... Image:Zukerman. ... Fairleigh Dickinson University is a U.S. private university founded in 1942. ...


Career

Spencer began his television career on The Patty Duke Show. He played Harrison Ford's detective sidekick in the 1990 courtroom thriller Presumed Innocent. From 1990 to 1994, he was a regular cast member on L.A. Law, playing the rumpled, pugnacious associate attorney Tommy Mullaney. Later, he acted in the romantic comedy Forget Paris (1995) as a wisecracking co-worker to Billy Crystal's basketball referee; Spencer portrayed the role of Captain Hugh Paulsen in the 1995 FMV game Wing Commander IV; The Rock (1996) as FBI Director Womack, and the 2002 theatre production of The Exonerated. Paralleling his character on The West Wing, he was a recovering alcoholic and divorcé. Spencer was actually the first actor cast in The West Wing.[4] The Patty Duke Show was a sitcom which ran on ABC from September 18, 1963 to the final episode aired on May 4, 1966 and repeats through August 31, 1966. ... For the silent film actor, see Harrison Ford (silent film actor). ... The year 1990 in film involved some significant events. ... This article is about the 1990 film. ... Year 1990 (MCMXC) was a common year starting on Monday (link displays the 1990 Gregorian calendar). ... Year 1994 (MCMXCIV) The year 1994 was designated as the International Year of the Family and the International Year of the Sport and the Olympic Ideal by the United Nations. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The year 1995 in film involved some significant events. ... For the American political commentator, see William Kristol. ... Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom is the third direct sequel in Chris Roberts Wing Commander science fiction flight simulator franchise of computer games, produced by Origin Systems. ... The Rock is an action movie released on Friday, June 7, 1996 that takes place on Alcatraz Island. ... The year 1996 in film involved some significant events. ... Also see: 2002 (number). ... Serge Sudeikins poster for the Bat Theatre (1922). ... The Exonerated is a film that first aired on the CourtTV cable television network on January 27, 2005. ... The West Wing is an American television serial drama created by Aaron Sorkin that was originally broadcast from 1999 to 2006. ... Alcoholism is the consumption of, or preoccupation with, alcoholic beverages to the extent that this behavior interferes with the drinkers normal personal, family, social, or work life, and may lead to physical or mental harm. ... For the record label, see Divorce Records. ...


Spencer won an Obie Award for the 1981 off-Broadway production of "Still Life," about a Vietnam veteran, and received a Drama Desk nomination for "The Day Room." After two previous nominations, Spencer won his first Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Leo McGarry on The West Wing. The episodes Spencer submitted for judging by the Emmy voters were Bartlet for America, in which Leo has to testify in front of a Congressional committee about the President's health and flashes back to his own medical lapse, and We Killed Yamamoto. The Obie Awards, short for Off-Broadway Theater Awards, are annual awards bestowed by the newspaper The Village Voice on theater artists performing in New York City. ... Off-Broadway plays or musicals are performed in New York City in smaller theatres than Broadway, but larger than Off-Off-Broadway, productions. ... An Emmy Award. ... Bartlet for America is the 53rd episode of The West Wing. ... We Killed Yamamoto is episode 64 of The West Wing. ...


Although not as visible as his co-star Martin Sheen, Spencer believed and fought for many of the same causes. He was probably best known for his work for AIDS awareness. He referred to himself as a "dyed-in-the-wool liberal" and described Franklin Delano Roosevelt as one of his heroes. Martin Sheen (born August 3, 1940 as Ramón Gerardo Antonio Estévez) is an Emmy- and Golden Globe Award-winning American actor. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ... Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882–April 12, 1945), 32nd President of the United States, the longest-serving holder of the office and the only man to be elected President more than twice, was one of the central figures of 20th century history. ...


Death

Spencer died following a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital on December 16, 2005, at the age of 58. He would have turned 59 in four days. West Wing cast mate Stockard Channing was visiting Spencer at the time of his death.[5] Spencer is interred at Laurel Grove Memorial Park in Totowa, New Jersey.[6] Acute myocardial infarction (AMI or MI), more commonly known as a heart attack, is a disease state that occurs when the blood supply to a part of the heart is interrupted. ... Nickname: Location within Los Angeles County in the state of California Coordinates: , State County Settled 1781 Incorporated April 4, 1850 Government  - Type Mayor-Council  - Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa  - City Attorney Rocky Delgadillo  - Governing body City Council Area  - City  498. ... is the 350th day of the year (351st in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... Stockard Channing press kit photo Stockard Channing (born Susan Antonia Williams Stockard on February 13, 1944) is an American actress. ... Laurel Grove Memorial Park is a cemetery in Totowa, New Jersey, United States. ... Map of Totowa in Passaic County Totowa is a borough located in Passaic County, New Jersey. ...


At the time of his death, Spencer had appeared in two of the five West Wing episodes then in post-production – "Running Mates" and "The Cold." His death was subsequently written into the show, as his character, vice presidential candidate McGarry, died of a heart attack on election night. Coincidentally, the fictional character had a disconcerting history of heart problems. Post production is the general term for the last stage of film production in which photographed scenes (also called footage) are put together into a complete film. ... Running Mates is episode 142 of The West Wing. ... The Cold is episode 145 of The West Wing. ...


West Wing cast mate Kristin Chenoweth sang the musical number For Good from the hit Broadway musical Wicked, which she starred in, at his funeral. Kristin Chenoweth (born Kristi Dawn Chenoweth on July 24, 1968) is an American singer and Tony Award-winning American musical theatre, film, and television actress. ... For Good is a musical number from the musical Wicked. ... For other uses of Broadway, see Broadway. ... Wicked is a Tony award-winning American musical produced by Universal Pictures with music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz, and a book by Winnie Holzman. ...


Filmography

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References

  1. ^ a b Lee, Jennifer. " Obituary: John Spencer, 'West Wing' actor", International Herald Tribune, December 19, 2005. Accessed June 9, 2007. "Spencer was born on Dec. 20, 1946, in New York City to John and Mildred Speshock, a truck driver and a waitress, and grew up in Totowa, N.J. He saw acting as an escape from his lower-middle-class upbringing. At 16 he left home to attend the Professional Children's School in New York City, landing his first television role as Henry Anderson on "The Patty Duke Show." After high school, he attended Fairleigh Dickinson University but left without graduating."
  2. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/film/81/John-Spencer.html
  3. ^ The Ukrainian Weekly Accessed March 6, 2007.
  4. ^ Findagrave.com - John Speshock Spencer Accessed January 1, 2006.
  5. ^ CNN "Saturday Morning News" transcript Accessed March 6, 2007.
  6. ^ Browse by Cemetery: Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Find A Grave. Accessed June 9, 2007.

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External links

  • "Actor John Spencer has died", Associated Press, December 16, 2005. 
  • John Spencer at the Internet Movie Database
  • Photos from Wireimage
  • "John Spencer, 58, TV Actor Starring on 'The West Wing,' Dies", The New York Times, December 17, 2005. 
  • October 16, 2004 Interview with John Spencer, Tavis Smiley Show

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John Spencer (actor) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (549 words)
John Spencer as White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry from The West Wing
John Spencer, born John Speshock (December 20, 1946 – December 16, 2005), was an American actor, best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing.
Spencer was born in Paterson, New Jersey (although some sources say New York City) and grew up in nearby Totowa, the son of blue-collar parents, an Irish American father and a Ukrainian-American mother.
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