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John Spencer

  • Birth 20 Dec 1946 New York, New York County (Manhattan), New York, USA
  • Death 16 Dec 2005 Los Angeles, Los Angeles County, California, USA
  • Burial Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA
  • Plot Holly Section, Lot 140A, Space 3
  • Memorial ID 12709665

Actor. Born John Speshock, he is best remembered for his television roles as White House Chief-of-Staff Leo McGarry from the NBC drama series "The West Wing," and as defense attorney Tommy Mullaney from "L.A. Law" (1990-1994). He attended New York City's prestigious Professional Children's School at the age of 16 before attending Fairleigh Dickinson University in Rutherford, New Jersey and New York University in New York City. He dropped out of both institutions before earning a degree to pursue a professional acting career. He began his acting career in regional theater productions before appearing in the 1981 Off-Broadway production of "Still Life." In 1983 he made his film debut as a missile silo launch commander in the motion picture "WarGames." He was the recipient of two Screen Actors Guild Awards (SAG) for his work on West Wing, an Emmy Award in 2002, a Viewers for Quality Television Award in 2000, and an Off-Broadway Theater Best Actor Award (OBIE) in 1981. In addition to his acting wins, he was also nominated for four additional Emmy Awards, four Screen Actor Guild Awards, a Golden Globe Award and a TV Guide Award. His notable motion picture credits include: "The Protector" (1985), "Key Exchange" (1985), "Sea of Love" (1989), "Black Rain" (1989), "Presumed Innocent" (1990), "Simple Justice" (1990), "Café Society" (1995), "Forget Paris" (1995), "The Rock" (1996), "Albino Alligator" (1996), "Cop Land" (1997), "Twilight" (1998), "The Negotiator" (1998), and "Ravenous" in 1999. His notable television credits and guest appearances include "The Patty Duke Show," "One Life to Live," "Ryan's Hope," "Another World," "As the World Turns," "Miami Vice," "Spencer for Hire," "Law and Order," "FX: The Series," "Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman," "L.A. Doctors" and the "Outer Limits." A recovering alcoholic in real life, he played a recovering alcohol and drug abuser on "The West Wing". He died of a heart attack midway through the filming of "The West Wing"'s seventh and final season, at the age of 59.

Bio by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.


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  • Added: 16 Dec 2005
  • Find A Grave Memorial 12709665
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for John Spencer (20 Dec 1946–16 Dec 2005), Find A Grave Memorial no. 12709665, citing Laurel Grove Memorial Park, Totowa, Passaic County, New Jersey, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave .