:: Wednesday, December 21, 2005 ::
John Spencer died last week
entertainment: John Spencer, one of the anchors of the ensemble cast of The West Wing died of a heart attack on the 16th of December. I didn't even know. Shows how much I have detached myself from keeping up with current events.
He was on The West Wing from the first day as the fictional President's tough as nails chief of staff Leo McGarry and played that role though the better part of six seasons. More recently, in a strange parallel to his actual life, his character suffered a heart attack and had to scale back his work. His role was downgraded to occasional appearances and then built back up. He returned as a central character towards the end of last season as the democratic party's vice presidential candidate (opposite Jimmy Smits). He portrayed a really intense, believable character and was a passionate actor.
It should be interesting to see what the writers do to turn this around. But regardless, I am sure he will be missed. And when the characters look pained the next time when this is woven into the plot, they won't be acting.
That really sucks.
:: Mike Wood 11:11 [+] ::