John Spencer, who played Leo McGarry on the NBC drama The West Wing, died Friday in a Los Angeles hospital after suffering a heart attack, Associated Press reports. He was a week shy of his 59th birthday.
Spencer won an Emmy for his portrayal of Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff under President Jeb Bartlet (Martin Sheen) on the long-running drama The West Wing. In a bitter irony, the character of McGarry suffered a heart attack in the 2004 season, which caused him to leave his White House post. In the current season, Democratic hopeful Matt Santos (Jimmy Smits) picked McGarry to be his vice presidential running mate.
Spencer was born John Speshock on December 20, 1946, in the industrial city of Paterson, New Jersey, to working-class parents. As a child he attended the prestigious Professional Children's High School ...Read more
The curtain is closing on Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip.
The expensive NBC drama about a fictional late-night comedy show, from West Wing creator Aaron Sorkin, was the most buzzed-about new show of the fall season, but it hasn't lived up to the hype. The show's premiere was mediocre, earning 13.4 million viewers and coming in second in its time slot against CSI: Miami, and the series has since dipped to third in its time period, with 7.7 million viewers.
Studio 60's low numbers are made worse by the fact that its lead-in is new hit Heroes, the highest-rated new show of the fall season. Heroes earned 14.3 million viewers last week.
The peacock ordered three more scripts for Studio 60, but that doesn't mean they will make it to ...Read more