John Spencer (December 20, 1946 — December 16, 2005) was an American actor. He started acting as a teenager in the early 1960s. His debut was on The Patty Duke Show as one of Patty's boyfriends. This led to many bit roles before he made his film debut in 1983's WarGames.
However, it was the role of Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on The West Wing which would earn him the greatest acclaim. He would win the Emmy Award for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series in 2002.
He died suddenly from a heart attack on December 16, 2005, four days before his 59th birthday.
Notable TV Credits:
- The Patty Duke Show
- The West Wing (1999-2006) - Leo McGarry (Emmy Award Winner for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, 2002)
- The Outer Limits (1995)- As colonel Thurman in the episode The Summit
Notable Film Credits:
- WarGames (1983)
- Sea Of Love (1989)
- Presumed Innocent (1990)
- Forget Paris (1995)
- The Rock (1996)
- Cop Land (1997)
- The Negotiator (1999)