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John Spencer (December 20, 1946 - December 16, 2005) was an American actor, best known for his role as Leo McGarry, the White House Chief of Staff on the television drama The West Wing.
Spencer began his television career on The Patty Duke Show. He played Harrison Ford’s detective sidekick in the 1990 courtroom thriller Presumed Innocent. In the early 1990s, he was a regular cast member on L.A. Law, playing the rumpled, pugnacious associate attorney Tommy Mullaney.
Spencer won an Obie Award for the 1981 off-Broadway production of “Still Life,” about a Vietnam veteran, and received a Drama Desk nomination for “The Day Room.” After two previous nominations, Spencer won his first Emmy Award in 2002 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series for his portrayal of Leo McGarry on The West Wing.
Spencer died following a heart attack in a Los Angeles hospital on December 16, 2005 at the age of 58.
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