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John Spencer Biography

Birth Name:
John Speshock
Birth Place:
New York, New York, United States
Profession
Actor

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

  • 2005Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2004Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2003Emmy-Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2002Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: nominated
  • 2001Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 2000Screen Actors Guild Awards-Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series: winner
  • 1977BAFTA Film Awards-Best Short Factual Film: nominated

Relationships

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