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John Spencer

Biography

Emmy Award-nominated actor who played Light House Key of Personnel Leo McGarry for the NBC politics drama The Western world Wing. He also performed roles within the 1998 thriller Twilight as well as the 1996 actions movie The Rock and roll. He started his functioning on the Patty Duke present on tv, and transitioned into film you start with a small function within the 1983 film, WarGames. He was nominated four moments for an Emmy Prize, and a Golden World Prize, for his function for the Western world Wing. He was created in NEW YORK and elevated in NJ within a blue-collar Irish family members. He also got a four-season function on L.A. Rules, co-starring with Blair Underwood.

Quick Facts


Full Name John Spencer
Date Of Birth December 20, 1946
Died December 16, 2005, Los Angeles, California, United States
Place Of Birth New York City, NY
Height 1.69 m
Profession TV Actor
Nationality American
Parents Albert Spencer, 7th Earl Spencer, Cynthia Spencer, Countess Spencer
Awards Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, Screen Actors Guild Award for Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series, Obie Award for Performance
Music Groups The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Boss Hog, Heavy Trash, Pussy Galore, The Honeymoon Killers
Nominations Golden Globe Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Series, Miniseries, or Motion Picture Made for Television, Drama Desk Award for Outstanding Ensemble Performance
Movies The Rock, The Negotiator, Presumed Innocent, WarGames, Black Rain, Cop Land, Ravenous, Sea of Love, Albino Alligator, Hiding Out, Twilight, Green Card, Cold Around the Heart, Forget Paris, Far from Home, In the Arms of a Killer, Lesser Prophets, From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One, Simple Justice, When No One Would Listen, Café Society, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, Echoes
TV Shows The West Wing, Trinity, L.A. Law
Star Sign Sagittarius

  • Facts
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#Fact
1John's paternal grandparents, John Speshock and Anna Yetsko, were Czech immigrants. John's maternal grandparents, Michael Benzeroski and Mary Motsko, were of Ukrainian-Rusyn descent.
2A self described Liberal, one of his heroes was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.
3Friend of The West Wing (1999) co-star, Kristin Chenoweth.
4He never married or had children.
5An only child of a working-class family (his father was a truck driver who never finished grammar school and his mother was an occasional waitress), both of his grandfathers were alcoholics.
6Art sadly imitated life for John in the end. His The West Wing (1999) TV character, Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, had a history of alcoholism and suffered a heart attack. John, who was himself a recovered alcoholic (since 1989), died of a heart attack four days before his 59th birthday in December of 2005.
7Toured with the legendary Gloria Swanson playing her blind son in a stage production of "Butterflies Are Free" in 1970.
8Received excellent stage reviews and a Drama League Award for his vivid reincarnation of the late Dan White, the assassin of San Francisco Mayor George Moscone and Councilman Harvey Milk, in "Execution of Justice" in 1986. Earlier, he won an Obie Award for his portrayal of a returning Vietnam vet in the off-Broadway play "Still Life" in 1981.
9Attended the Professional Children's School in New York City as a teen. Among the other students at the time was Liza Minnelli.
10As a child, he won several 4H awards for the tomatoes he grew. He was an avid gardener. He also collected art & antiques, and was involved in both the New York and L.A. AIDSWalk, which benefits local clinics and AIDS patients.
11Before he was known to television audiences, John was well-known in New York for his brilliant stage performances throughout the 70s and 80s.
12January 2000 - John lived with his long-time girl friend, actress-choreographer Patricia Mariano.


Actor

Actor

TitleYearStatusCharacter
The West Wing1999-2006TV SeriesLeo McGarry
The Outer Limits1999TV SeriesCol. Wallis Thurman
L.A. Doctors1999TV SeriesDr. Edmund Church
Ravenous1999Gen. Slauson
Trinity1998TV SeriesSimon McCallister
The Negotiator1998Chief Al Travis
O.K. Garage1998Bill Gunter
Twilight1998Capt. Phil Egan
Lesser Prophets1997Ed
Cold Around the Heart1997Uncle Mike
Early Edition1997TV SeriesHoward Banner
Cop Land1997Leo Crasky
Tracey Takes On...1997TV SeriesRay Weggerly
Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman1997TV SeriesMr. Gadget
F/X: The Series1996TV SeriesCarl Scofeld
Albino Alligator1996Jack
The Rock1996F.B.I. Director Womack
Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom1996Video GameCapt. Hugh Paulsen
Touched by an Angel1995TV SeriesLeo
Cafe Society1995Ray Davioni
Forget Paris1995Jack
A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor1994TV MovieAl Rhinehart
L.A. Law1990-1994TV SeriesTommy Mullaney A.D.A. Tommy Mullaney
Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man1994TV SeriesAgent Dennehy
From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One1992TV MovieMike Mulick
When No One Would Listen1992TV MovieWalter Wheeler
In the Arms of a Killer1992TV MovieDet. Vincent Cusack
Green Card1990Harry
Law & Order1990TV SeriesHoward Morton
Presumed Innocent1990Det. Lipranzer
H.E.L.P.1990TV SeriesValery
Simple Justice1989Det. Phil Sullivan
Black Rain1989Oliver
Sea of Love1989Lieutenant
Far from Home1989TV Preacher
Once Again1987TV MovieBobby Lupino
Hiding Out1987Bakey
The Verne Miller Story1987George Sally
Spenser: For Hire1986TV SeriesJoe Moran
Miami Vice1986TV SeriesLt. Lee Atkins
Key Exchange1985Record Executive
The Protector1985Ko's Pilot
WarGames1983Jerry
Cocaine and Blue Eyes1983TV MovieJoey Crawford
Echoes1982Stephen
Meteor1979Control Center Worker (uncredited)
Ryan's Hope1976TV SeriesDoctor / Orderly
One Life to Live1968TV SeriesEvan Sutton (1987)
The Patty Duke Show1963-1964TV SeriesHenry
Another World1964TV SeriesMr. Julian (1988)
As the World Turns1956TV SeriesDon West (1988)

Self

Self

TitleYearStatusCharacter
For Love of Liberty: The Story of America's Black Patriots2010TV Movie documentary voice
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2004-2005TV SeriesHimself
11th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2005TV SpecialHimself
Tavis Smiley2004TV SeriesHimself
Cop Land: The Making of an Urban Western2004Video shortHimself
The Wayne Brady Show2004TV SeriesHimself
Intimate Portrait2001-2004TV Series documentaryHimself
Celebrity Poker Showdown2003TV SeriesHimself
The 57th Annual Tony Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Presenter: Best Featured Actress in a Play
100 Years of Hope and Humor2003TV SpecialHimself
The 60th Annual Golden Globe Awards2003TV SpecialHimself - Nominee: Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Every Moment Counts2002TV Movie documentaryNarrator
Saturday Night Live2002TV SeriesHimself
The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2002TV SpecialHimself - Winner: Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series
The West Wing Documentary Special2002TV Movie documentaryLeo McGarry
The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2001TV Special
The Rosie O'Donnell Show2000-2001TV SeriesHimself
Charlie Rose2001TV SeriesHimself - Guest
7th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2001TV SpecialHimself
Celebrity Dish2000TV SeriesHimself
Golden Globes 50th Anniversary Celebration1994TV MovieHimself
The 19th Annual People's Choice Awards1993TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Dramatic Television Series
The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson1992TV SeriesHimself - Guest
The 8th Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Presenter
The 18th Annual People's Choice Awards1992TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Drama Series
The 43rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Audience Member
L.A. Law 100th Episode Celebration1991TV MovieHimself / Tommy Mullaney
The 17th Annual People's Choice Awards1991TV SpecialHimself - Accepting Award for Favourite Television Dramatic Series
The More You Know1989TV SeriesHimself

Archive Footage

Archive Footage

TitleYearStatusCharacter
President Hollywood2008TV Movie documentaryLeo McGarry (uncredited)
Kenny & vänner2008TV SeriesLeo McGarry
The 58th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - Memorial Tribute
Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show2006TV SeriesHimself / Leo McGarry
12th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards2006TV SpecialHimself - In Memoriam

Won awards

Won awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2002Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2002OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2002ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Stockard Channing
· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Rob Lowe
· Janel Moloney
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Bradley Whitford
2001ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Moira Kelly
· Rob Lowe
· Janel Moloney
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Bradley Whitford
2000Q AwardViewers for Quality Television AwardsBest Supporting Actor in a Quality Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)

Nominated awards

Nominated awards

YearAwardCeremonyNominationMovieAward shared with
2006ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Alan Alda
· Kristin Chenoweth
· Janeane Garofalo
· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Joshua Malina
· Mary McCormack
· Janel Moloney
· Teri Polo
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Jimmy Smits
· Bradley Whitford
2005ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Stockard Channing
· Kristin Chenoweth
· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Joshua Malina
· Mary McCormack
· Janel Moloney
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Lily Tomlin
· Bradley Whitford
2004Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2004ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Stockard Channing
· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Joshua Malina
· Janel Moloney
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Bradley Whitford
2003Golden GlobeGolden Globes, USABest Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TelevisionThe West Wing (1999)
2003Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2003ActorScreen Actors Guild AwardsOutstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)· Stockard Channing
· Dulé Hill
· Allison Janney
· Rob Lowe
· Joshua Malina
· Janel Moloney
· Mary-Louise Parker
· Richard Schiff
· Martin Sheen
· Lily Tomlin
· Bradley Whitford
2001Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2001TV Guide AwardTV Guide AwardsSupporting Actor of the Year in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2000Primetime EmmyPrimetime Emmy AwardsOutstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Supporting Actor in a Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)
2000OFTA Television AwardOnline Film & Television AssociationBest Actor in a New Drama SeriesThe West Wing (1999)

TitleSalary
The West Wing (1999)$70,000 /episode(2001)

#Quote
1[Upon winning an Emmy for his role in The West Wing] I've never wanted to do anything but act. It saved my life, it's the reason I get up in the morning, it's my opiate. The prize for me was always getting the next gig so I could do this wonderful thing that I love. So this, my friends, is deliciously redundant.
2They [his parents] wanted me to be educated -- a doctor or a lawyer. They weren't happy that I chose the arts. They wanted me to have a good life. It's ironic that I made the leap in a different way.

#Trademark
1Gravelly smoke burnished Voice
2Grey Hair

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