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John Spencer (I) (1946–2005)


John was the only son of a lower middle-class family. His father, John Speshock, was a truck driver. His mother, Mildred, was a homemaker and an occasional waitress. He grew up near Paterson, New Jersey, but left at age 16 to attend the Professional Children's School. In 1963, he landed a recurring role on The Patty Duke Show (1963). After that ... See full bio »

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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 4 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Filmography

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 1999-2006 The West Wing (TV Series)
Leo McGarry
- Tomorrow (2006) ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
- Institutional Memory (2006) ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
- The Last Hurrah (2006) ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
- Transition (2006) ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
- Requiem (2006) ... Leo McGarry (credit only)
 1999 The Outer Limits (TV Series)
Col. Wallis Thurman
- Summit (1999) ... Col. Wallis Thurman
 1999 L.A. Doctors (TV Series)
Dr. Edmund Church
- The Life Lost in Living (1999) ... Dr. Edmund Church
 1998 The Negotiator
Chief Al Travis
 1998 O.K. Garage
Bill Gunter
 1997 Cold Around the Heart
Uncle Mike
 1997 Early Edition (TV Series)
Howard Banner
- Jenny Sloane (1997) ... Howard Banner
 1997 Tracey Takes On... (TV Series)
Ray Weggerly
- Crime (1997) ... Ray Weggerly
 1997 Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (TV Series)
Hank Landry / Mr. Gadget
- Lethal Weapon (1997) ... Hank Landry / Mr. Gadget
 1996 F/X: The Series (TV Series)
Carl Scofeld
- High Risk (1996) ... Carl Scofeld
 1996 The Rock
F.B.I. Director Womack
 1996 Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom (Video Game)
Capt. Hugh Paulsen
 1995 Touched by an Angel (TV Series)
Leo
- The Driver (1995) ... Leo
 1995 Cafe Society
Ray Davioni
 1995 Forget Paris
Jack
 1994 Duckman: Private Dick/Family Man (TV Series)
Agent Dennehy
- Not So Easy Riders (1994) ... Agent Dennehy (voice)
 1992 From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One (TV Movie)
Mike Mulick
 1992 When No One Would Listen (TV Movie)
Walter Wheeler
 1992 In the Arms of a Killer (TV Movie)
Det. Vincent Cusack
 1990 Green Card
Harry
 1990 Law & Order (TV Series)
Howard Morton
- Prescription for Death (1990) ... Howard Morton
 1990 Presumed Innocent
Det. Lipranzer
 1990 H.E.L.P. (TV Series)
Valery
- Are You There, Alpha Centauri? (1990) ... Valery
- Fire Down Below (1990) ... Valery
 1989 Simple Justice
Det. Phil Sullivan
 1989 Black Rain
Oliver
 1989 Sea of Love
Lieutenant
 1989 Far from Home
TV Preacher
 1987 Hiding Out
Bakey
 1987 The Verne Miller Story
George Sally
 1986 Spenser: For Hire (TV Series)
Joe Moran
- Home Is the Hero (1986) ... Joe Moran
 1986 Miami Vice (TV Series)
Lt. Lee Atkins
- The Good Collar (1986) ... Lt. Lee Atkins
 1985 Key Exchange
Record Executive
 1985 The Protector
Ko's Pilot
 1983 WarGames
Jerry
 1982 Echoes
Stephen
 1979 Meteor
Control Center Worker (uncredited)
 1976 Ryan's Hope (TV Series)
Doctor / Orderly
- Episode #1.316 (1976) ... Doctor (uncredited)
- Episode #1.158 (1976) ... Doctor / Orderly (uncredited)
 1968 One Life to Live (TV Series)
Evan Sutton (1987)
 1963-1964 The Patty Duke Show (TV Series)
Henry
- How to Succeed in Romance (1964) ... Henry (uncredited)
- The Greatest Psychologist in the World (1964) ... Henry (uncredited)
- Pen Pals (1964) ... Henry (uncredited)
- Going Steady (1964) ... Henry (uncredited)
- Horoscope (1964) ... Henry (uncredited)
 1964 Another World (TV Series)
Mr. Julian (1988)
 1956 As the World Turns (TV Series)
Don West (1988)
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Personal Details

Other Works:

TV commercial (voice) for AIM Funds (2001) See more »

Publicity Listings:

2 Interviews | 9 Articles | See more »

Height:

5' 6½" (1.69 m)
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Did You Know?

Personal Quote:

[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. See more »

Trivia:

A self described Liberal, one of his heroes was President Franklin Delano Roosevelt. See more »

Trademark:

Gravelly smoke burnished Voice See more »

Star Sign:

Sagittarius

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RIP John jmartin31
RIP John Spencer/Favorite Leo Moments? frenchthespian
Why wasn't he mentioned in the In Memorium montage at the Oscars? cmcguire89
Leo made me cry.......ok. i said it. JoeyTwoTimes
How do you think they'll work the great actor's death into the show? orphic-3
Why did he leave 'The West Wing'? LilyMae
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