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
Military news site Military.com reported this week that an elite Air Force unit took part in a scene being filmed for the NBC series The West Wing. The airmen will be part of the funeral procession for the character of Leo McGarry, the White House chief of staff who was played by recently deceased actor John Spencer.
The scene of McGarry's funeral was filmed at a church in Los Angeles using seven airmen from the elite Los Angeles Air Force Base Honor Guard. The soldiers acted as pallbearers and other members of McGarry's funeral procession. Show producers said they could have gotten extras, but "having the real thing is always best."
On the show, McGarry was a former US Air Force officer before becoming the chief of staff under President Jed Bartlett, played by Martin Sheen. In 2004, McGarry suffered a heart attack which caused him to ...Read more
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The death on Friday of actor John Spencer, a cornerstone of the ensemble on The West Wing since its 1999 debut, is sure to send the show's writing team back to the drawing board for the second half of what could be the show's final season.
Spencer's character, former Bartlet administration chief of staff turned vice presidential candidate Leo McGarry, has played a key role in the election-year storyline of the Emmy-winning White House drama this season as McGarry became the running mate of fiery liberal Democratic congressman Matt Santos, played by Jimmy Smits, who was vying to succeed Martin Sheen's President Josiah Bartlet in the fictional Oval Office.
Spencer, who was 58, died on Friday after suffering a heart attack. (In an eerie life-meets-art parallel, Spencer's character suffered a heart attack last season but recovered quickly enough to take on ...Read more
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Rob Lowe and eight other alumni of The West Wing are set to return for the White House drama's final episodes.
Lowe, who quit in 2003 partly because he was getting less screen time, will reprise his role as speechwriter Sam Seaborn in the show's final two episodes.
Also reprising their roles with appearances in one or more of the drama's final five episodes are Mary-Louise Parker, Anna Deavere Smith, Emily Procter, Marlee Matlin, Gary Cole, Tim Matheson, Timothy Busfield, and Annabeth Gish.
The West Wing is ending its run after seven seasons and four Emmys for top drama series.
NBC's acclaimed White House drama The West Wing will conclude its seven-year run in May--as had long been expected--after languishing through a steep ratings decline in recent seasons, the network said Sunday.
In formally announcing plans to bring the series to a close on May 14, NBC Entertainment president Kevin Reilly stressed that the show's fate was strictly a matter of TV democracy--West Wing simply failed to draw enough viewers to keep it on the air.
"It's no secret that the ratings have been tough for the last couple of seasons," Reilly said at NBC's semiannual presentation to TV critics. "There's a point where you look at the ratings and you just say, 'it's time.'"
Still, Reilly saluted West Wing as a show that earned its place as a signature drama on NBC, a unit of General Electric Co., and "one of the ...Read more
USA Network has found a companion for its hit dramedy Monk in Psych.
The cable network has picked up the series, ordering 11 episodes of the one-hour dramedy for a total of 13 hours, including the two-hour pilot.
Like Monk, Psych features an unlikely detective. The series centers on Shawn Spencer (James Roday), an amateur sleuth who cons the police into believing he has psychic powers that help him solve crimes. With the reluctant assistance of his best friend (Dule Hill, of The West Wing), he has no choice but to get to work on complicated cases. Corbin Bernsen costars as Shawn's police officer father.
Psych, written by Steve Franks, is tentatively slated to premiere July 7 in Monk's 10 p.m. Friday slot.
After airing at 10 p.m. for four seasons, Monk-- beginning its fifth season in the summer--will move up an hour to 9 p ...Read more
Actress Stockard Channing, who plays the first lady on the NBC political drama The West Wing, has pleaded no contest to driving under the influence of alcohol last year, the City Attorney's Office said Tuesday.
The no contest plea, equivalent to pleading guilty in California, was entered by Channing's lawyer Thursday, and the judge ordered her placed on probation for 36 months, City Attorney spokesman Frank Mateljan said.
Channing, 61, was also fined $390 as part of the standard penalty for a first DUI misdemeanor offense, Mateljan said.
The veteran actress, who won a Tony Award in 1985 for A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, is best known to TV audiences for her Emmy-winning role as the physician wife of the president on The West Wing.
She also costars as a medical doctor, opposite Henry Winkler, on the new CBS comedy Out of Practice.
Channing's ...Read more