Friday, December 16, 2005

R.I.P. John Spencer

John Spencer, 58, died today, of a sudden heart attack.

Mr. Spencer has been in many plays & over 30 movies, including The Rock & Forget Paris, but is probably best known for his TV work, in L.A. Law, and most recently, The West Wing. He's been nominated for 5 Emmys (won 1), 1 Golden Globe, and 5 Screen Actor's Guild awards (won 2) for his role as West Wing Chief-of-Staff Leo McGarry.

Ironically, Mr. Spencer's character on TWW, Leo, had a heart attack 2 seasons ago, and resigned from his post as Chief of Staff. This season he was chosen as the vice-presidential running mate to Jimmy Smits' Matt Santos. One of Leo's last lines in the latest episode, when asked to take on the campaign manager's duties (and stress) was: "You're all trying to kill me."

John Spencer was a great actor and a classy man. Rest in peace.


Anonymous Tom said...

He'll always be Tommy to me. Not many have the presence he had. Somewhere, Zoey Clemmons is shedding a tear. He gave a law firm their soul and a white house their heart. And to us, he gave an amazing talent. I'll miss him in my living room.

December 19, 2005 7:17 PM  

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