|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Moira Kelly as||Mandy (Madeline) Hampton||Public Relations Consultant|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Richard Schiff as||Toby (Tobias Zachary) Ziegler||Communications Director|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Chief of Staff|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Deputy Chief of Staff|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Timothy Busfield as||Danny (Daniel) Concannon||(Washington Post) Reporter|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|Suzy Nakamura as||Cathy||Assistant to Deputy Communications Director|
|Dakin Matthews as||Simon Blye||Congressman|
|James Handy as||Congressman (Joseph "Phil") Bruno|
|Ray Baker as||Mr. Jonathan Lydell||Father of Lowell Lydell|
|Liza Weil as||Karen Larsen||works in Governmental Affairs|
|Linda Gehringer as||Mrs. Jennifer Lydell||Mother of Lowell Lydell|
|Renee Estevez as||Nancy||Mrs. Landingham's Assistant|
|Kathryn Joosten as||Mrs. Landingham||President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications Director|
|Larry Sullivan Jr. as||Hamlin||PBS meeting|
|Bradley James as||Donnie||Secret Service Agent|
|Sheryl Arenson as||Lock||PBS meeting|
|Jana Lee Hamblin as||Reporter #1||Bobbi|
|Jacqueline Torres as||Reporter #2||Sondra|
|Charles Noland as||Reporter #3||Steve|
|Kris Murphy as||Reporter #4||Katie Witt|
[Patrick] Caddell suggests an issue: public broadcasting. He says gruffly, "Why the hell are we funding public TV for rich people?"
"Great," Sorkin says. "Write it with that look on your face."
"On a Wing and a Prayer"
by Patrick Goldstein
October 10, 1999
Los Angeles Times
Did you notice Martin Sheen's coffee cup in the Oval Office on [this] episode of The West Wing? It was a white "Think TV" mug from Dayton's WPTD-TV (Channel 16).
Mr. Sheen, the Dayton native who plays President Josiah Bartlet, was sent the cup from his brother, John Estevez, Channel 16's corporate development manager.
"NBC delays private-eye comedy "
by John Kiesewetter
January 28, 2000
It's an international trade dispute that lawyers and diplomats have spent nearly a decade trying to fully understand, yet alone resolve. But two actors on NBC's hit series West Wing summed up the dispute nicely in a January episode.
The squabble over European banana quotas has cost Cincinnati's Chiquita Brands International $1.4 billion over the last decade. Two weeks ago, Time magazine devoted nine pages to Chairman Carl Lindner's political contributions and their impact on the U.S. decision to impose trade sanctions.
On the show, actor John Spencer, playing Chief of Staff Leo McGarry, explained the situation to President Josiah Bartlet, played by Martin Sheen, on a walk into the Oval Office. The problem, Mr. Spencer said accurately, is that the quotas take business away from bananas produced in poor Latin American countries.
The president immediately seized the bottom line: "So I'm in trouble with Chiquita and Dole?"
"Bananas according to TV"
by Cliff Peale
February 13, 2000
"I got three e-mails from the White House saying 'That girl's ass stays fired!'" says the 38-year-old [Aaron] Sorkin. E-mails from whom exactly? "Oh, various staffers--I can't divulge their names."
"Meet The Prez"
by Ken Tucker
February 25, 2000
Obscure news clips stir the pot. A small town in Alabama wants to scrap all laws except the Ten Commandments -- how are they going to enforce the "covet thy neighbor's wife" part?
"The Real White House"
by Matthew Miller
"This woman came up to me and said, 'You know what? You must not hire that woman back. If she did this, she will be doing it again,'" ...
"I was so taken with this woman worrying about me. She thought I was being a little too optimistic about the second chance he gave her. But Leo is a man who's been given a second chance himself." - John Spencer
"Passion for politics"
by Virginia Rohan
March 8, 2000
Again, I just think that as many gay stories as we've done, like gays in the military and the Matthew Shepard story that we did early last year - [the crime on the show was] followed by his parents coming to town for the hate-crimes bill signing. And [press secretary] C.J. [Cregg, played by Allison Janney] has assumed that the father is very quiet and uncomfortable about this because he's embarrassed that his son is gay - when in fact he is so fumingly pissed at the president for his chickenshit attitude on gay rights in this country that he simply can't bring himself to be at this bill signing. - Aaron Sorkin
"A Few Good Stories"
by Paris Barclay
February 13, 2001
But John Spencer of The West Wing does -- and he's glad the first season of that show is on DVD.
"We were out there, we didn't know how we would be received, but we thought we were doing something very special," he said. "We called that 'the season in the trenches.' To have that sort of immortalized and to revisit it" is a good thing, he said.
Sets he has bought include British productions like Upstairs Downstairs, Brideshead Revisited and The Jewel in the Crown, "which is in my eyes some of the most perfect television there ever was."
No American shows? "Not yet," he said. "I would be interested in buying L.A. Law because I was part of that journey. Certainly Hill Street (Blues), which was the first kind of great ensemble drama. We exist in a way because of Hill Street."
"DVD spins large in TV's future"
by R.D. Heldenfels
January 18, 2004
Akron Beacon Journal