John Spencer Biography (1946-)

Original name, John Speshock; born December 20, 1946, in New York, NY (some sources cite NJ); son of John (a truck driver) and Mildred (a waitress) Speshock; married, c. 1968 (divorced, c. 1975); companion of Patti Mariano (an actress and choreographer). Addresses: Agent: Joe Rice, Abrams Artists, 9200 Sunset Blvd., Suite 1130, Los Angeles, CA 90069.; Publicist: Ron Hofmann,Baker/Winokur/Ryder, 9100 Sunset Blvd., Sixth Floor West, Beverly Hills, CA 90212.

Birth Details
December 20, 1946
United States

Famous Works

  • Television Appearances
  • Series
  • Henry Anderson, The Patty Duke Show, ABC, 1964-1965
  • Mr. Julian (Kevin and Tracy's father), Another World (also known as Another World: Bay City), NBC, 1988
  • Tommy Mullaney, L.A. Law, NBC, 1990-1994
  • Simon McCallister, Trinity, NBC, 1998
  • Leo Thomas McGarry, The West Wing, NBC, 1999-
  • Movies
  • Detective Mike Mulick, From the Files of Joseph Wambaugh: A Jury of One, NBC, 1992
  • Detective Vincent Cusack, In the Arms of a Killer, CBS, 1992
  • Walter Wheeler, When No One Would Listen (also known as My Husband Is Going to Kill Me), CBS, 1992
  • Al Rhinehart, A Perry Mason Mystery: The Case of the Grimacing Governor, NBC, 1994
  • Ray Davioni, Cafe Society, Showtime, 1996
  • Specials
  • Tommy Mullaney, The L.A. Law 100th Episode Special, NBC, 1991
  • On Jupiter, syndicated, 1995
  • An American Celebration at Ford's Theatre, ABC, 2002
  • Himself, 100 Years of Hope and Humor, NBC, 2003
  • TV Guide: Greatest Moments of 2003, 2003
  • Awards Presentations
  • Presenter, The Eighth Annual Soap Opera Digest Awards, NBC, 1992
  • The Golden Globe's 50th Anniversary Celebration, NBC, 1994
  • Prism Awards 2000, syndicated, 2000
  • Presenter, The 53rd Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, CBS, 2001
  • Presenter, 2001 Creative Arts Emmy Awards, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • The 54th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards, 2002
  • Presenter, The 57th Annual Tony Awards, CBS, 2003
  • Seventh Annual Prism Awards, FX Channel, 2003
  • Episodic
  • (Uncredited) Doctor and orderly, Ryan's Hope, ABC, 1976
  • Joe Moran, "Home Is the Hero," Spenser: For Hire, ABC, 1986
  • Lieutenant Ray Atkins, "The Good Collar," Miami Vice, NBC, 1986
  • Howard Morton, "Prescription for Death," Law & Order, NBC, 1990
  • Valery, "Are You There, Alpha Centauri?," H.E.L.P., ABC, 1990
  • Valery, "Dire Down Below," H.E.L.P., ABC, 1990
  • Guest, The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson, NBC, 1992
  • Voice of Agent Dennehy, "Not So Easy Riders," Duckman (animated),USA Network, 1994
  • Leo, "The Driver," Touched by an Angel, CBS, 1995
  • Carl Scofeld, "High Risk," F/X: The Series, CTV, 1996
  • Hank Landry/Mr. Gadget, "Lethal Weapon," Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman (also known as Lois & Clark and The NewAdventures of Superman), ABC, 1996
  • Ray Weggerly, "Crime," Tracey Takes On ..., HBO, 1996
  • Howard Banner, "Jenny Sloan," Early Edition, CBS, 1997
  • Dr. Edmund Church, "The Life Lost in Living," L.A. Doctors, CBS, 1998
  • Colonel Wallis Thurman, "Summit," The Outer Limits, Showtime and syndicated, 1999
  • Himself, Intimate Portrait: Patty Duke, Lifetime, 2001
  • Himself, L.A. Law: The E! True Hollywood Story, E! Entertainment Television, 2001
  • (Uncredited) Guest, Saturday Night Live (also known as NBC's Saturday Night, Saturday Night, and SNL), NBC, 2002
  • Guest, The View, ABC, 2002, 2003
  • Contestant, "Tournament 1, Game 2," Celebrity Poker Showdown, Bravo, 2003
  • Guest, Ellen: The Ellen DeGeneres Show (also known as Ellenand The Ellen DeGeneres Show), syndicated, 2004
  • Guest, The Wayne Brady Show, ABC, 2004
  • Also appeared in episodes of Celebrity Dish (also known as TV Guide's Celebrity Dish); and Guiding Light, CBS.
  • Pilots
  • Joey Crawford, Cocaine and Blue Eyes, NBC, 1983
  • Film Appearances
  • Jerry Lawson, WarGames, United Artists, 1983
  • Stephen, Echoes, Continental, 1983
  • Ko's pilot, The Protector, Warner Bros., 1985
  • Record executive, Key Exchange, TCL, 1985
  • Bakey, Hiding Out (also known as Adult Education), De Laurentiis Entertainment Group, 1987
  • George Sally, Verne Miller (also known as Gangland and The Verne Miller Story), Alive, 1988
  • Inspector Sullivan, Simple Justice, Panorama Entertainment, 1989
  • Lieutenant, Sea of Love, Universal, 1989
  • Oliver, Black Rain, Paramount, 1989
  • Television preacher, Far from Home, 1989
  • Detective Lipranzer, Presumed Innocent, Warner Bros., 1990
  • Harry, Green Card, Buena Vista, 1990
  • Jack, Forget Paris, Columbia, 1995
  • FBI director James Womack, The Rock, Buena Vista, 1996
  • Jack, Albino Alligator, Miramax, 1996
  • Ed, Lesser Prophets (also known as The Last Bet), 1997
  • Leo Crasky, Cop Land, Miramax, 1997
  • Uncle Mike, Cold around the Heart (also known as Cold Heart), Twentieth Century-Fox, 1997
  • Bill Gunter, O.K. Garage (also known as All Revved Up), 1998
  • Captain Phil Egan, Twilight, Paramount, 1998
  • Chief Al Travis, The Negotiator (also known as Verhandlungssache), Warner Bros., 1998
  • General Slauson, Ravenous (also known as Voraz), TwentiethCentury-Fox, 1999
  • Stage Appearances
  • Understudy, In the Boom Boom Room, New York Shakespeare Festival,Lincoln Center, Vivian Beaumont Theater, New York City, 1973
  • Japhy, Visions of Kerouac, Lion Theatre Company, New York City, 1976
  • The Shadow Box, Studio Arena Theatre, Buffalo, NY, 1977-1978
  • Understudy, Children of a Lesser God, 1980
  • Loose Ends, Cincinnati Playhouse, Cincinnati, OH, 1980-1981
  • Mark, Still Life, Women's Project and Productions, Goodman Theatre, Chicago, IL, then American Place Theatre, New York City, 1981, later Los Angeles
  • Rory, Fishing, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, New York City, 1981
  • Kenneth Baxter, This Story of Yours, Long Wharf Theatre, New Haven, CT, 1981-1982
  • Red River, Goodman Theatre, 1982-1983
  • True West, Repertory Theatre of St. Louis, St. Louis, MO, 1983-1984
  • Burke Gallagher and Charles A. Shelbrede, The Ballad of Soapy Smith, New York Shakespeare Festival, Public Theatre, Estelle R. Newman Theatre,New York City, 1984
  • A Walk out of Water, Pennsylvania Stage Company, Allentown, PA, 1984-1985
  • Joseph Wallace, Sonata, Young Playwrights Festival, Playwrights' Horizons Theatre, New York City, 1985
  • Dan White, Execution of Justice, Virginia Theatre, New York City,1986
  • Jigger, Carousel (musical), Opera House, John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, Washington, DC, 1986-1987
  • Fletcher, El Salvador, Circle Repertory Theatre, New York City, 1987
  • Roger, Division Street, Second Stage Theatre, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, 1987
  • Grass and Freddie, The Day Room, Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, New York City, 1987-1988
  • Floyd, Amulets against the Dragon Forces, Circle Repertory Theatre, 1989
  • Dennis, Good as New, Manhattan Class Company Theatre, New York City, 1997
  • Pera Palas, Lark Theatre Company, McGinn-Cazale Theatre, 1998
  • Martin Glimmer, Glimmer, Glimmer and Shine (also known as The Glimmer Brothers), Williamstown Theatre Festival, Williamstown, MA, 1999,then Manhattan Theatre Club Stage I, 2001, later Mark Taper Forum, Los Angeles, c. 2001
  • The Exonerated, Forty-Five Bleecker Street Theatre, New York City,between 2002 and 2004
  • Appeared in Lakeboat, New York City, prior to 1981; also appearedas the gentleman caller, The Glass Menagerie, and in Frankie and Johnny in the Clair de Lune, both New York City productions.
  • Major Tours
  • Understudy, Butterflies Are Free, 1970
  • Video Games
  • Voice of Captain Hugh Paulsen, Wing Commander IV: The Price of Freedom, 1995

Further Reference


    • Current Biography, January, 2001, pp. 83-86
    • People Weekly, April 29, 1991, pp. 115-16
    • Playbill, May 31, 2001, pp. 44-45
    • Playboy, October, 2001, pp. 71-82, 153-54
    • Radio Times, August 17, 2002, p. 19
    • TV Guide, January 22, 2000, pp. 48-50

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