Actors who have made guest appearances on 'The West Wing'by jeff-sharon | created - 26 Oct 2012 | updated - 26 Oct 2012 | Public
1. Jane Lynch
Actress | Glee
Jane Lynch was born on July 14, 1960 in Dolton, Illinois, USA as Jane Marie Lynch. She is an actress, known for Glee (2009), Wreck-It Ralph (2012) and Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006). She was previously married to Lara Embry.
Reporter - "Two Cathedrals" and "In the Shadow of Two Gunmen: Part I"
Actor | Parks and Recreation
Nick Offerman was born on June 26, 1970 in Joliet, Illinois, USA. He is an actor and producer, known for Parks and Recreation (2009), The Founder (2016) and Fargo (2014). He has been married to Megan Mullally since September 20, 2003.
Jerry (an environmental lobbyist) - "The Crackpots and These Women"
Actor | The Loft
Staffer #1 (for Oliver Babish) - "Bad Moon Rising"
4. Ty Burrell
Actor | Modern Family
Tyler Gerald Burrell was born on August 22, 1967 in Grants Pass, Oregon, where his family owned a business. He is the son of Sheri Rose (Hauck), a teacher, and Gary Gerald Burrell, a family therapist, and is primarily of English and German ancestry. He earned a BA from Southern Oregon University ...
Tom Starks - "The Women of Qumar"
Actor | Seven Psychopaths
Zeljko Ivanek was born on August 15, 1957 in Ljubljana, Slovenia as Zeljko Simic-Ivanek. He is an actor, known for Seven Psychopaths (2012), Argo (2012) and Three Billboards Outside Ebbing, Missouri (2017).
Steve Atwood (Chief of Staff to Glenallen Walken) - "The Dogs of War"
6. John Goodman
Actor | 10 Cloverfield Lane
John Stephen Goodman is a U.S. film, television, and stage actor. He was born in St. Louis, Missouri, to Virginia Roos (Loosmore), a waitress and saleswoman, and Leslie Francis Goodman, a postal worker who died when John was a small child. He is of English, Welsh, and German ancestry. John is best ...
President Glenallen Walken
Actor | Crank: High Voltage
John de Lancie was raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. He attended Kent State University where he won a scholarship to Juilliard. John's father was a professional oboist with the Philadelphia Symphony Orchestra. de Lancie is probably best known for his portrayal as Eugene Bradford on Days of Our ...
Actor | Knots Landing
William Devane, the movie and television actor, was born in Albany, New York, the son of Joseph Devane, who served as Franklin D. Roosevelt's chauffeur when he was Governor of New York. After graduating from New York City's American Academy of Dramatic Arts, he appeared on-stage. He finally made ...
Lewis Berryhill, Secretary of State
9. Taye Diggs
Actor | Chicago
Taye Diggs was born in Newark, New Jersey, and was raised in Rochester, New York. He is the son of Marcia (Berry), a teacher and actress, and Andre Young, a visual artist. When he was a child, his mother married Jeffries Diggs, whose surname Taye took. He received a BFA degree in musical theater ...
Agent Wesley, Secret Service
10. Paxton Whitehead
Actor | Kate & Leopold
Paxton Whitehead was born on 17 October, 1937 in Kent, England, UK. He trained at London's Webber-Douglas Academy of Dramatic Arts starting at the age of 17. After attending the academy for two years he went to work in stock companies starting with the "weekly rep", small touring companies that ...
Bernard Thatch, White House Archivist - "A Change is Gonna Come", "Noel"
11. James Brolin
Actor | Traffic
James Brolin was born on July 18, 1940 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Craig Kenneth Bruderlin. He is an actor and producer, known for Traffic (2000), The Amityville Horror (1979) and Westworld (1973). He has been married to Barbra Streisand since July 1, 1998. He was previously married to Jan ...
Gov. Robert Ritchie of Florida
12. Gerald McRaney
Actor | The A-Team
McRaney holds the distinction of being the last guest star to meet "Matt Dillon" in a gunfight on Gunsmoke (1955) - in the episode, Gunsmoke: Hard Labor (1975), first broadcast on February 24, 1975 (he lost). In fact, in the early portion of Gerald McRaney's career he almost always played the ...
USAF Gen. Alan Adamle, Pentagon Official - "Memorial Day", "War Crimes"
13. Tony Plana
Actor | ¡Three Amigos!
Tony Plana recently starred as Ignacio Suarez, the widowed father to America Ferrera's Ugly Betty, in ABC's landmark, groundbreaking hit series for which he received the 2006 Golden Satellite Award from the International Press Academy, an Imagen Award, and an Alma Award. Ugly Betty was the first ...
Mickey Troop - "The War at Home", "Bartlet's Third State of the Union"
14. Corbin Bernsen
Actor | Kiss Kiss Bang Bang
Corbin Bernsen made his initial mark on the seminal television series L.A. Law as opportunistic divorce lawyer "Arnie Becker" earning him multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations over the show's eight-year run. He proved along the way the role was not to be a dead-end stereotype, maintaining a ...
Rep. Henry Shallick (R-MO) - "Bartlet's Third State of the Union", "The Leadership Breakfast"
15. Tom Skerritt
Actor | Alien
Lean, ruggedly handsome leading man and supporting actor whose "outdoor" looks have improved with age, Tom Skerritt attended Wayne State University and UCLA, and was first noticed in a UCLA production of "The Rainmaker" before making his movie debut in War Hunt (1962). However, he spent most of the...
Sen. Chris Carrick (D-ID), Switched parties after a run-in with Josh - "Constituency of One"
16. Christian Slater
Actor | True Romance
Christian Michael Leonard Slater was born on August 18, 1969 in New York City, to Michael Hawkins, a well-known soap actor, and Mary Jo Slater (née Lawton), a casting agent. Christian started in show business early, appearing on the soap opera The Edge of Night (1956) in 1976 at the age of 7. He ...
Lt. Cmdr. Jack Reese, Aide to National Security Advisor Nancy McNally, dates Donna briefly - Season 4
17. Matthew Perry
Actor | Friends
Matthew Perry was born in Williamstown, Massachusetts, to Suzanne Marie (Langford), a Canadian journalist, and John Bennett Perry, an American actor. His ancestry includes English, Irish, German, Swiss-German, and French-Canadian.
Perry was raised in Ottawa, Ontario, where he became a top-ranked ...
Associate White House Counsel Joe Quincy - Seasons 4 & 5
Actress | The Human Stain
Anna Deavere Smith was born on September 18, 1950 in Baltimore, Maryland, USA. She is an actress and writer, known for The Human Stain (2003), Rachel Getting Married (2008) and The American President (1995).
National Security Advisor Dr. Nancy McNally - Seasons 2-7
19. Hal Holbrook
Actor | Into the Wild
Hal Holbrook is an Emmy- and Tony-Award winning actor who is one of the great craftsman of stage and screen. He is best known for his performance as Mark Twain, for which he won a Tony and the first of his ten Emmy Award nominations. Aside from the stage, Holbrook made his reputation primarily on ...
Assistant Secretary of State Albie Duncan - "Game On", "Gone Quiet"
20. Adam Arkin
Actor | Halloween H20: 20 Years Later
Adam Arkin was born on August 19, 1956 in Brooklyn, New York City, New York, USA. He is an actor and director, known for Halloween H20: 20 Years Later (1998), Chicago Hope (1994) and Northern Exposure (1990). He has been married to Michelle Dunker since September 2, 2017. He was previously married ...
Dr. Stanley Keyworth, Josh's, and later President Bartlet's, therapist - "Noel", "Night Five", "Posse Comitatus", "Holy Night"