Friday, December 16, 2005

This Makes Me Very Sad

While I've had a love/hate relationship with the political show, The West Wing, I've always loved John Spencer as Leo McGarry, the former Chief-of-Staff to President Bartlett (Martin Sheen) and current Vice Presidential candidate (alongside Spencer's former L.A. Law co-star, Jimmy Smits).

John Spencer passed away today in an L.A. hospital of a heart attack. His character had a heart attack on the show in a past season, and it was incredibly horrifying to watch (that's what a great actor the Emmy winner was). I can't even imagine what it was like for him to play it out for real. My condolences to the cast, his friends and family. He was only 58 years old.

12 Comments:

At 7:40 PM, Anonymous Jake Porter said...

I can't say that I have ever wathced the show but it is very sad when someone passes away.

Last year my art teacher passed away at the age of 55 from a heart attack and yesterday a man I used to know died at the age of 23 but in times like these I always take comfort in the Bible particluarly John 14.

 
At 7:40 PM, Blogger Esther said...

23??? I'm so sorry, Jake. :( Glad you have something that gives you comfort.

 
At 8:18 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

He was only 58 years old.
That's too close for comfort.

I liked John Spencer on L.A. Law. Back then, I watched more TV. Now I watch the blogs. LOL.

 
At 9:47 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

That's the show where Democrats in the White House can cure global problems in a hour or less written by the guy whacked out on mushrooms, right?

 
At 10:15 PM, Blogger Rory said...

Esther, I didn't watch the show very often but, like you, I loved the character of Leo McGarry. There was always something very real about him.

 
At 10:20 PM, Blogger Esther said...

I hear ya, AOW. Blogs beat TV most of the time these days.

Beamish, lol, that's pretty much it except that they squeezed out the shrooms fella.

Totally real, Rory. That heart attack scene freaked out me and the bf. We'd seen the commercial for it, so when he walked into a scene, bf was like, "Oh no, that's the heart attack suit," so we knew it was going to happen shortly. It was so terrifying. And that one was just acting. :(

 
At 1:53 PM, Blogger Batya said...

It's a reminder that there are real people playing the roles. Make believe can only go so far.
Sorry.

 
At 3:28 PM, Blogger Mr. Beamish the Instablepundit said...

They squeezed out the shrooms fella? Bummer.

This would have been my favorite episode.

 
At 6:30 PM, Anonymous Bozwell said...

Damn! This is the first I've heard of his death. I have never watched The West Wing but he was a fine actor who appeared in many other shows as well.

A sad day.

 
At 6:55 PM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Bozwell,
Yes, John Spencer was a fine actor, often supporting, so lots of people didn't know his name until West Wing and the Emmy came along.

 
At 7:14 PM, Anonymous Felis said...

Now I watch the blogs. LOL.
This is what I do too.
I haven't watch TV foe a very long time now.

Sorry to hear about John Spencer's death

 
At 6:26 AM, Blogger Always On Watch said...

Esther,
Beak has an article up about Communism in Hollywood. I had a faint recollection about Elia Kazan and Bogie. Maybe you--or someone else here--has the straight of my recollection.

 

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