John Spencer

  • Birth Name: John Speshock
  • Birth Place: New York, New York, United States
  • Died: December 16, 2005
  • Profession: Actor
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Fast Facts

  • As a boy, won a 4-H ribbon for raising vegetables; gardening continued to be a passion throughout his life.
  • First TV role, at 16, was a recurring part on The Patty Duke Show.
  • Was originally cast in Oliver Stone's Platoon (1986); after he bowed out because of a scheduling conflict, Spencer's role was given to John C. McGinley.
  • Quit drinking in 1989, and subsequently spoke openly about his recovery from alcoholism.
  • Best known for his roles as attorney Tommy Mullaney on L.A. Law and White House Chief of Staff Leo McGarry on the West Wing.
  • Collected art and antiques.

Awards

  • 2001, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2003, Golden Globe — Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television: Nominee
  • 2000, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2005, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2004, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2003, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2002, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 1977, BAFTA Film Awards — Best Short Factual Film: Nominee
  • 2003, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee
  • 2000, Screen Actors Guild Awards — Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: Winner
  • 2001, Emmy — Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Nominee

Relationships

  • John Speshock — Father
  • Patricia Mariano — Significant Other
  • Mildred Speshock — Mother

College

  • Attended Fairleigh Dickinson University, Teaneck, New Jersey, United States
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