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Also Known As: Died: December 16, 2005
Born: December 20, 1946 Cause of Death: heart attack
Birth Place: Paterson, New Jersey, USA Profession: Cast ...
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Raised in Totawa, New Jersey
1963:
At age 16, moved to NYC to pursue an acting career; adopted stage surname of "Spencer"
1963:
TV acting debut in a recurring role on "The Patty Duke Show" (ABC)
1970:
Was stage manager and understudy for lead role in a touring production of "Butterflies Are Free"
1973:
Was an understudy with the New York Shakespeare Festival's production of "Boom Boom Room" by David Rabe
1975:
Acted in regional theater with such companies as the Barter Theatre in Virginia, the Studio Arena Theater in Buffalo, New York and the Cincinnati Playhouse
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Acted in the daytime dramas "Guiding Light" and "The Doctors"
1980:
Understudied John Rubinstein in the play "Children of a Lesser God"
1981:
Breakthrough stage role in "Still Life", a drama by Emily Mann
1983:
TV-movie debut, "Cocaine and Blue Eyes" (NBC), starring O.J. Simpson
1983:
Feature film debut in "WarGames"
1986:
Starred in the Broadway production of "Execution of Justice" by Emily Mann; played Dan White, the killer of San Francisco mayor George Moscone and Harvey Milk
1987:
Musical stage debut in "Carousel" at the Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts in Washington, DC
1989:
Supported Al Pacino in "Sea of Love"
1990:
Co-starred as a detective in "Presumed Innocent"
1990:
TV series debut as regular, played lawyer Tommy Mullaney on NBC's legal drama "L.A. Law"
1996:
Co-starred in the acclaimed "Cafe Society" (premiered on Showtime before receiving theatrical release)
1996:
Appeared as an FBI agent in "The Rock"
1997:
Had featured role in "Cop Land"
1998:
Returned to the NYC stage in "Pera Palas"
1998:
Acted in "Twilight" and "The Negotiator"
1998:
Returned to series TV as the patriarch of an Irish Catholic family in the short-lived NBC drama "Trinity"
1999:
Performed in Warren Leight's play "The Glimmer Brothers" at Williamstown Theatre Festival
1999:
Had featured role as presidential chief of staff Leo McGarry in the ensemble of the NBC drama series "The West Wing"; received Emmy (2000, 2001, 2003, 2004) and Golden Globe (2002) nominations
2001:
Acted in L.A. premiere of Warren Leight's revised play, now titles "Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine"; reprised role of a jazz musician in the Off-Broadway production in summer

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