John Spencer

John Spencer


12/20/1946, New York, New York, USA



Birth Name

John Speshock


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John was born in December 1946 in New York, to Mildred, a waitress, and John Speshock, a truck driver. He is of Irish and Ukranian descent. At 16 he attended the Professional Children's School in New York, and later Fairleigh Dickinson University, but did not finish his degree.…more


Trivia and Quotes

  • Trivia

    • While starring in LA Law and The West Wing, John appeared in 2 public service announcements about violence prevention and prejudice for NBC's The More You Know.

    • The rehab center that his character Leo went to on The West Wing, "Sierra Tuscon" is the same place co-star Rob Lowe went to in real life for alcoholism.

    • Awards

      Still Life (1981) (Won).

      Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for The West Wing (2002 - Won) (2001, 2003, 2004 - Nomination).

      Golden Globes
      Best Perforamnces by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television, for The West Wing (2003) (Nomination).

      Screen Actors Guild Awards
      Outstanding Performances by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for The West Wing. (2001-2002 - Won) (2003-2005 - Nominations).

      TV Guide Awards
      Supporting Actor of the Year in a Drama Series, for The West Wing (2001) (Nomination).

      Viewers for Quality in Television Awards
      Best Supporting Actor ina Quality Drama Series, for The West Wing (2000) (Won).

    • Supporter of Aids related charities and Aids Walk

    • He won several 4H awards as a child for his gardening. Gardening remained a favourite pastime until he died. He was also an avid art and antique collector.

  • Quotes

    • (on his political views)
      John Spencer: Let me tell ya. I'm proud to be a liberal. A liberal is somebody who takes care of their brothers. Uh, who believes that we who are better off should take care of those who are less better off. I don't see that as false responsibility. I see that as what makes America great.

  • John Spencer was a great actor.

    I really like to watch the West Wing because i believe that it was one of the best programs and one of the best jobs that John Spencer had done. I think that John Spencer did a really good job with his character and i still enjoyed watch repeted episodes of the show. It just makes me sad when i watch the episodes knowing that we will never see him in anything else. I think it was a sad day in the acting world when John Spencer died but at least we are able to watch repeated things with him in it.moreless