Most of you that recognize the name probably know Mr. Spencer from his work on
the West Wing where he played Leo McGarry.
I always, always enjoyed it when John Spencer was on the screen. Even, like in Cop Land when he was playing a bad guy, I liked him. I wasn't alone in my admiration for Mr. Spencer's acting. You can tell that from the many awards that he won over the course of his career.
Mr. Spencer was just 59 years old. He was still appearing on the West Wing where his character had been chosen to run for Vice President [under the likely winner]. Even with the potential of this being the last year for West Wing, John Spencer, and his fans should have had many more years to enjoy his acting.
Sadly that is not to be. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family, friends and fans.