|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|Stockard Channing as||Abbey (Abigail Ann) Bartlet M.D.||First Lady|
|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Assistant to Deputy Chief of Staff|
|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 Stars|
|Michael O'Keefe as||Will Sawyer||Reporter|
|Gerald McRaney as||Alan Adamley||Air Force General|
|Tim Matheson as||John Hoynes||Vice President|
|Mark Feuerstein as||Cliff (Clifford) Calley||Donna's Boyfriend|
|Renée Estevez as||Nancy||Aide|
|Bob Glouberman as||Congressman's Aide||Terry Beckwith|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications' Director|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Randolph Brooks as||Arthur||Leeds (last name) / Reporter|
|Chris Ufland as||Benton|
|Mary Ostrow as||Sharon|
|Keith Pillow as||Klesko|
|Marcy Goldman as||Reporter|
... after the crowd of usually jaded reporters went into feet-stomping applause for Martin Sheen to do his impersonation of Sinatra. (He didn't, saying it works only on the set.)
by Ken Parrish Perkins
January 26, 2000
Fort Worth Star-Telegram
"I'm only working on the second episode now, ... but you can sense the integrity on this show. I mean, at least we're actors who believe in what we're doing, rather than politicians who only wind up being performers." - Mark Feuerstein
"Shoeless, but Decorum Intact"
September 7, 2001
New York Times
Channing guffaws at the Internet crowd, who have announced she is to become hooked on prescription drugs later this season by self-medicating. "I've got Episode 5 right here. We're shooting it next week. Nobody knows what's in Episode 6. If those Internet people know something else, then they know more than Aaron Sorkin does."
"Stockard Channing takes wing"
by Richard Ouzounian
September 23, 2001
... there's another episode ... where a foreign correspondent temporarily assigned to the White House because he's been kicked out of the Third World country that he covers and considers the White House to be real low rent because as he says 'No news ever happens here, it's just gossip' clearly referring to Gary Condit and Monica Lewinsky and what kind of diet are you on right now and that kind of thing. Does a whole speech about how the real news is happening on the other side of the world, well at some point I'll get around to rewriting and reshooting that scene because it's preposterous. - Aaron Sorkin
From Sublime Primetime : An Evening with Emmy-Nominated Writers
October 5, 2001
Sorkin described to me the episode that they were about to film when the terrorists struck. A foreign correspondent, deeply disappointed about being reassigned to the White House, goes off with typically Sorkinian bombast about about how "with the Larry King-ization of everything from Monica to Gary Condit to shark attacks, television has abandoned the notion of reporting altogether. He talks about a mother taking her kids to school in Bosnia, and the implication is that real news is something that happens somewhere else, not here." Sorkin pauses. "Well, now Bosnia has come to our front yard."
"Aaron Sorkin Works His Way Through the Crisis"
by Peter de Jonge
October 28, 2001
New York Times
OK, answering myself, but - Aaron just confirmed that Leo is the only one who knows. [that Vice President John Hoynes is an alcoholic]
... and then ...
All he said was, Jed doesn't know. Only Leo.
Posted at AaronSorkin@yahoogroups.com
by List Owner
November 8, 2001
Messages 11230 and 11234
And, according to the show, the only reason pennies are still being used in our state's toll booths is because favorite son Abe Lincoln happens to be pictured on the copper bits.
Not exactly. Illinois tollway officials have discussed not taking pennies, but they know that on an average day, more than 800,000 pennies are dropped into Illinois toll baskets.
"Pennies still make sense to state, not to 'West Wing'"
by Ellen Warren and Terry Armour
November 12, 2001
"And I just began reading Frank Bruni's campaign book," [Aaron] Sorkin continued, referring to the Times reporter's "Ambling Into History: The Unlikely Odyssey of George W. Bush," "which begins with Candidate Bush at a service in Texas for seven people who were killed in a church by a crazy gunman. ..."
"WEST WING WATCH: SNOOKERED BY BUSH"
by Tad Friend
March 4, 2002
The New Yorker
Josh Horwitz, executive director of the Coalition to Stop Gun Violence, points to an episode in which pro-gun-control Bartlet engaged in a spirited disagreement with his vice president. "Both sides brought up real issues," he says. "There's so much senseless violence on TV. ... What I like about 'The West Wing' [is that] it makes people think."
"Getting President Bartlet's ear"
by Mark Jurkowitz
March 27, 2002
What's up with Josh calling Miss Moss "Donnatella"? Is that really her first name? "Yes, in fact. In the first scene of us together in the pilot, he called me Donnatella," Moloney reminds us. "Whenever I get in trouble or he's making a point, he calls me Donnatella. And when I testified [in court], I said my real name."
"West Wing's Love Dilemma"
by Daniel R. Coleridge
May 19, 2004
TV Guide Online
If living by the whims of Hollywood is hard on an actor, it may be harder on the spouse. Mary O'Keefe is a lawyer and a poet who understands a thing or two about the vagaries of the acting life. Her brother is Michael O'Keefe, who won accolades in his early 20s as the son in "The Great Santini" and in "Caddyshack." Watching his career soar and dip - O'Keefe is currently on Broadway in "Reckless" - his sister learned early on that there are no such things as rules in Hollywood. Nine years ago, she married [Michael] O'Neill anyway.
by Mary McNamara
November 28, 2004
Los Angeles Times