|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Moira Kelly as||Mandy (Madeline) Hampton||Public Relations Consultant|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|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|
|Special Guest Star
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
|Timothy Busfield as||Danny (Daniel) Concannon||(Washington Post) Reporter|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|Paul Provenza as||Steve Onorato||Works for Senate Majority Leader|
|Renee Estevez as||Nancy||Mrs. Landingham's Assistant|
|Richard Penn as||Blakely||in Josh's meeting|
|Aaron Lustig as||Jerry Graham||in Josh's meeting|
|James DuMont as||Major Thompson||in Sam's meeting|
|Ted Marcoux as||Major Tate||in Sam's meeting|
|David Brisbin as||Congressman Ken||in Sam's meeting|
|Andy Buckley as||Congressman Mike Satchel||in Sam's meeting|
|Kathryn Joosten as||Mrs. Landingham||President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications Director|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
Veteran actor Martin Sheen admits it took him a while to warm up to West Wing director Laura Innes.
For starters, Sheen had no idea that Innes had already made a name for herself playing ER's sassy Dr. Kerry Weaver when she signed on to direct NBC's White House drama. "But my wife sure knew who she was, and boy, did I get a beating for that," he tells TV Guide Online.
"My wife asked me who was directing, and I said, 'Some little girl. Hell, she looks about 14 years old, I don't know her name,' " recalls Sheen. "She looked at the call sheets and said, 'You a------! Laura Innes is directing! She's the best thing on ER, man. You'd better go back and behave yourself.' So I did what my wife told me, and I listened to everything [Innes] had to say."
Now Sheen has nothing but kudos for the 'little girl' who is directing him and his West Wing co-stars. He recalls one scene in which he and John Spencer were over doing it during a fight: "She let it go for about six or eight takes. And then she came in and began to take all the decorations away and said, 'Just go right to the heart and just make it personal.' I saw the scene get smaller and smaller, and by the end of the evening we were just looking at each other and talking the truth and responding. It was phenomenal what she did."
Innes seems pretty amused by Sheen's transformation. "So, Martin's wife is why he was so nice to me?" she asks us. "I guess I'll have to send her flowers or something."
"Martin Sheen's Change of Heart"
by Jeanne Wolfe
May 3, 2000
TV Guide Online
An unseen yet key character on recent episodes of NBC's The West Wing has been a woman named Patricia (second reference Patty) Calhoun, President Josiah Bartlet's (Martin Sheen) nominee for the Federal Election Commission.
Bartlet wants Calhoun on the commission because she'd be a key supporter of campaign finance reform.
Denver, of course, has a notable Patricia (Patty) Calhoun, the editor of Westword.
So did The West Wing use the name Patty Calhoun out of familiarity? Co-producer John Wells is a Denver native, and Aaron Sorkin, the series' creator and head writer recently was featured in an article in the journalism monthly, Brill's Content, as was Calhoun.
An NBC spokesman called the naming of The West Wing character "a remarkable coincidence."
So what would Denver's Patty Calhoun do if she were appointed to the Federal Election Commission?
"I would condense the presidential campaign to about a day," Calhoun says, adding that she'd also advocate some sort of televised, winner-take-all mud-wrestling event, with advertising revenues going to a worthy cause.
"Channel 9 studies 10 p.m. audience loss"
by Dusty Saunders
May 15, 2000
Rocky Mountain News
Is it strange to quote NBC characters at policy meetings?
A few weeks ago, I participated in a serious roundtable discussion at the University of Toronto's venerable Massey College. The subject was whether a guaranteed annual income could be a viable campaign for the left. A group of political theorists, economists and activists debated the question, divided over whether the idea was too pie in the sky.
Which is when the TV show came up. "Well, to quote a recent episode of The West Wing," one of the policy experts said, "we need to raise the level of debate in this country."
"Prime time's political sedatives"
by Naomi Klein
May 17, 2000
The Globe and Mail
"As president, just as in a marriage, you need one person who tells you the truth," says Sheen. "That is the thing between a president and a chief of staff." In the hands of Sheen and Spencer, friends off-screen as well, the relationship between these men can be both heartbreaking and heated; in one episode, McGarry shouts angrily at Bartlet about selling out the presidency for higher approval ratings. Sitting in his spacious office, John Podesta smiles when asked if he yells at the president. "I could," says Podesta mischievously. "I'm tough with the president, but I am never condescending. But if he's wrong, I'll fight him. And he's pretty good about accepting that. If he respects you, he expects you to fight."
by Mary Murphy
July 22, 2000
TV Guide (American edition)
Q: Do you and Martin Sheen ever have any interchanges about the differences in your height?
A: Martin's never made a comment about it. I can tell when men are threatened by my height, and they don't act like Martin does. But as C.J., when she stands near the president, she tries to look shorter. C.J. has a little problem with being taller than the president. And there are a couple of episodes where he says, "Are you taller than usual?" - Allison Janney
"Janney stands tall in drama's talented cast"
by Phil Kloer
October 4, 2000
Atlanta Journal Constitution