|Dulé Hill as||Charlie (Charles) Young||Personal Aide to the President|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Press Secretary|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Vice President's Chief of Staff|
|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|
|Mary McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Jason Isaacs as||Colin Ayres||Photojournalist|
John Amos as
|Admiral Percy "Fitz" Fitzwallace||Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
|Terry O'Quinn as||General Nicholas Alexander||Chairman of the Joint Chiefs|
|Kathleen York as||Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt||Congresswoman|
|Ron Canada as||Theodore "Ted" Barrow||Under Secretary of State|
|Steve Ryan as||Miles Hutchinson||Secretary of Defense|
|Ryan Cutrona as||George Sliger||previously Rollie / CIA Director|
|Zach Cohen as||Yossi||Israeli Soldier|
|Tim Lounibos as||Colonel Leahy||Surgeon|
|Makram J. Khoury (uncredited) as||Chairman Nizar Farad||on phone|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Charles Noland as||Steve||Reporter|
|Tom W. Chick as||Gordon||Reporter|
|Keith Sellon-Wright as||Congressman Korb||Thomas (first name)|
|Traber Burns as||Congressman DeSantos||Daniel (first name)|
|Novella Nelson as||Gail Fitzwallace||Adm. Fitzwallace's Wife|
|Elena K. Smith as||Eliat Itzhaki||Israeli Settler|
|David Koff as||Yoav Itzhaki||Israeli Settler|
|Anthony Batarse as||Fatah Translator|
|Sayed Badreya as||Fatah Official #2|
|Ghassan Mashini as||Fatah Official #1|
|Sam Aylia Sako as||Ashraf Murad||Palestinian Electrician|
|Ken Weiler as||Military Aide|
|Remo J. Braydi as||Backgammon Player|
|Zina Zaflow as||Suicide Bomber|
|Kamel Haddad as||CoDel Translator|
|Andrea Helene as||Stewardess|
"There are rumors of Adm. Fitzwallace meeting his demise. Who knows? Anything is possible." - John Amos
"Stars and strife"
by Dave Walker
August 9, 2003
New Orleans Times-Picayune
"The West Wing" is shooting an episode about the Gaza Strip and needs extras to look like Palestinians and Israelis. Auditioners should have dark hair (preferably curly, short hair on the men) and an olive to dark complexion. Males and females from age 10 and older are needed.
Casting agent Judy Bell asks that you bring two forms of ID, a pen to fill out forms, a close-up photo and resume. No experience is required but you must be professional and be available for three consecutive days during the last week of March.
"Now's your chance to be on 'West Wing'"
by Bruce Fessier
March 6, 2004
White House officials are looking for a new leader for the Palestinian Authority. This time, its not about a new plan by President Bush to bring peace to the Middle East, but a new initiative of recruiting an Israeli actor to play the role of the Palestinian leader in the drama series "The West Wing". According to the script, the 'new' chairman will be engaged for several episodes in a heated dialogue with the US president, played by Martin Sheen.
Production representatives have already turned to cast assembler, Yael Aviv. "They wanted me to find them an actor, Arab or Israeli, who would play a charismatic role," she said.
Aviv already has several candidates for the position. Shooting is scheduled to take place next month.
""West Wing" looking for Israeli actor to play Palestinian leader"
by Ruti Zuaretz
March 6, 2004
An open casting call for NBC's "The West Wing" brought hundreds of local residents to Morris Desert Media Saturday morning as casting assistants herded a swerving line out in the parking lot.
The requirements were specific: Auditioners must look like Palestinians and Israelis for a new episode about the Gaza Strip. Approximately 200 extras will be selected.
[Judy] Bell said those selected to be extras can expect to get a call in about 10 days.
"'The West Wing' casting call draws hopefuls
Auditions held for episode to be filmed near the Salton Sea"
by Michelle Woo
March 7, 2004
My day as an extra in the filming of an episode of "The West Wing" began at 2 a.m. I drove to Indio and found the bus that would take me and the other actors-for-the-day to the set.
First stop was wardrobe. I was fitted in Israeli army fatigues, while others were being transformed into Palestinian guards, civilians and schoolchildren.
Next were props. I was assigned an M-16 assault rifle, a revolver and an army belt. Clipping that around my hips was definitely a new sensation.No time for breakfast, as they wanted us on the set NOW. We worked all morning, patrolling, guarding and looking as tough as possible.
Palestinian shopkeepers and market-goers did their thing. Principal characters from the show came in for various dialogue scenes and were gone.
As the day wore on, I found myself back in Israel, standing on an army base in the middle of the Negev -- after all, I had served as a volunteer for Israel back in 1993, and had worn this same uniform and gone to target practice with this same rifle (which, just between you and me, is outdated. Maybe that's why they're using them here as props.)
There were three actors who had actually served in the Israeli army, and we all agreed that this set looked quite authentic.
With only five more working hours to go, here we were, sitting in our only refuge, being told to get back on set. As I pulled myself back to my feet, I looked around and saw a subtle excitement in the faces of my comrades.
"'West Wing' set takes extra back to days in Israeli army"
by Arayna Thomas
April 2, 2004
Jason Isaacs has landed a three-episode arc on NBC's "The West Wing." He will play a photojournalist and a love interest for Donna Moss (Janel Moloney).
"'NYPD Blue' Adds New Detective"
April 7, 2004
One student asked when Josh and Donna will get together (to some applause); Goffman told us to watch the last three episodes of the season, as the show will be "playing this out" -- he may have mentioned the first two S6 eps too, but don't quote me. That being said, Goffman continued, the convention in the business is that once the characters kiss, it's tough to continue the storyline -- and he didn't leave the impression that such a resolution was imminent. But *that* being said, he noted that he knew that a story can't be drawn out indefinitely. "But, yeah, I think they have great chemistry," he concluded.
Posted at televisionwithoutpity.com Forum
April 24, 2004
Notes from seminar at Harvard with Mark Goffman
"I think three-quarters of the fun is just, you definitely wanting them to get together," she [Janel Moloney] says. "One of the incredibly artful things about this accident and him coming to Germany is you get to see the relationship become very intimate. There's an intimacy and an emotionality that you haven't seen between them that's pretty fun, I think.
"'West Wing' Romance?"
by Rick Porter
May 19, 2004
His character was killed during an overseas mission at the end of this season. And when people see him, they sometimes feel like they're seeing a ghost. This has happened several times at the Gaylord Opryland Resort & Convention Center.
"I have to reassure people that I'm all right and they're all right," he said yesterday, laughing.
John also said there was no ceremony to the end of his five-year run on The West Wing. He said he was on some steps reading a newspaper and eating a breakfast burrito when one of the show's directors approached him.
"He said, 'Hey John, how's the burrito? Oh, hey, did I tell you we're killing Fitzwallace?' It was just like that," John said.
"I said, 'Why's that?' 'We wanted to create a cliffhanger,' " John said.
"Well, I don't know about that. Cliffhanger. I'm sure my creditors and ex-wife are going to have a cliffhanger wondering if they're going to get the next checks."
"Hey dude, like, aren't you dead?"
by Brad Schmitt
June 26, 2004
"To be nominated with Stockard (Channing) is just really thrilling," said Janel Moloney, who, along with Channing received a supporting actress nomination for her work on "The West Wing."
...Moloney credited the nom to the show's writers. "I had such wonderful storylines this year, and I think I had a chance to do as much as I could with my roles," she said. "So maybe that is what it has to do with more than anything is the writing and the storylines."
"Famous faces with their eyes on the Emmy prize"
by Addie Morfoot
July 15, 2004
A few days later, sitting in his trailer on the set of The West Wing between takes of a scene in which Josh is trying to keep his cool after a terrorist attack on his assistant, Whitford ate fried chicken and mused on the state of American politics with an easy charm that a political consultant would kill to capture. He said he finds it "kind of pathetic" that he is not only often asked to make appearances with Democratic candidates but also encouraged to run for office himself. (His reply: "I don't want to have to act that much.")
"The Hollywood Campaign"
by Eric Alterman