|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|
|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 Star
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|Dylan Baker as||Alan Fisk||Attorney General|
|Elisabeth Moss as||Zoey Patricia Bartlet||Bartlets' youngest daughter|
|Annabeth Gish as||Elizabeth "Liz" Bartlet Westin||Bartlets' eldest daughter|
|Steven Eckholdt as||Doug Westin||Elizabeth Bartlet Westin's husband|
|Nina Siemaszko as||Ellie (Eleanor Emily) Bartlet||Bartlets' middle daughter|
|Ron Canada as||Theodore "Ted" Barrow||Under Secretary of State|
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Mark Moses as||Donald Richter||Congressman|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Michael Krepack as||Gus||George Westin /
|Jonathan Brent as||Jim||WH Photographer|
|Charles Currie as||Steward||John|
|Jerry Giles as||Mover|
|Bruno Gioiello as||Agent Len|
"We are going to spend a little more time learning about the first family, but not to the extent where it's more than an episode here and there," Wells said. "The truth is that the rest of [the characters] don't have a home life, because of the job requirements."
"NBC's Early Emmy Preemption"
by Lisa de Moraes
September 20, 2003
Why is someone trying to set up "The West Wing" spokeswoman C.J. Cregg with former Oregon legislator Chris Beck?
The scandal began about 16 minutes into last Wednesday night's episode. In the midst of a show that revolved in part around Oregon's assisted suicide law, the appearance of a familiar name rattled loudly in a lot of ears.
Cregg, the perpetually lovelorn Bartlet spokeswoman already distracted by the debate on assisted suicide, bumped into a colleague outside her White House office. After a quick exchange about environmental organizations, she caught Cregg's eye.
"And there's a guy want you to meet," she said, smiling conspiratorially. "Named Chris Beck."
Which came as a surprise to the real-life Oregon pol and environmentalist named Chris Beck.
A former legislator and current project manager for the Trust for Public Lands, Beck -- who like Cregg is 40ish and single -- said he would be more than happy to hit the town with the fictional White House spokeswoman.
"She's my kind of woman," he said. "She's smart and quick-witted and holds her ground. I generally don't like flacks, but I would absolutely go out with her."
And what if his new White House connection leads to a job offer? "Oh my God, of course!" he said. "I'd go to work for the Bartlet White House. It'd be an honor."
But Beck, who describes himself as an occasional watcher of "West Wing," will first have to give up his habit of channel-surfing between that show and "The Bachelor." And according to NBC spokeswoman Liza Rindge-Peterson, who spoke with Debora Cahn, the "West Wing" writer who crafted last week's show, the real Beck shouldn't hold his breath waiting for a call from Cregg.
"It was purely a coincidence," she said of the dueling Chris Becks.
"Real Chris Beck would love a date with 'West Wing' flack"
by Peter Ames Carlin
December 10, 2003
Unfortunately, the answer was a resounding "no." One of President Josiah Bartlet's (played by Martin Sheen) aides informs him early on that three bible-carrying Christian Relief Workers in northern Sudan were arrested for proselytizing: "Sir, these are Christians doing work in a drought-stricken, civil war-ridden nation." And here is precisely where the problem begins.
To the unknowing, hearing the phrase "civil war" automatically brings forth an assumption that there are two or more sides involved in a domestic dispute. But in the case of Sudan this is factually incorrect. In Sudan one side has been brutally attacked and made war against by the other. One side is heavily armed, the other is not. One side has seen its people brutalized and massacred, and hard as it is to believe in the 21st Century, had tens of thousands of its women and children put into chattel slavery. Only one side suffered from famine because they were denied access to relief supplies. In every instance the victims in Sudan have been the black Christians and animists who mainly populate the southern half of Sudan, while the perpetrators are the Arab Muslim jihadist rulers of Khartoum in the north.
"The West Wing: Lies About Sudan"
by Michael Margolies
March 3, 2004
"It's a pinnacle for an actor because the writing is so fantastic," says Annabeth Gish, who played Elizabeth, Bartlet's oldest daughter. "In my career, I was the most nervous guest-starring on that show because you have to speak politically, you have to speak eloquently and you have to speak rapidly."
"'West Wing' finale a perfect coda"
by Charlie McCollum
May 14, 2006
San Jose Mercury News
There are a couple that always come to mind. [Allison] was doing this episode about her father and she kind of broke down and she looked at me, tears were still in her eyes after the scene was done. She gave me a big hug and said I couldn't have done this with anyone else so thank you. - Richard Schiff
"Q&A: Richard Schiff answers your questions"
February 10, 2007
London Theatre Guide