|Rob Lowe as||Sam (Samuel Norman) Seaborn||Deputy Communications Director|
|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 Star
Mary Kay Place as
|Dr. Millicent "Milly" Griffith||Surgeon General|
|Kathleen York as||Rep. Andy (Andrea) Wyatt||Congresswoman|
|Nina Siemaszko as||Ellie (Eleanor Emily) Bartlet||Bartlets' middle daughter|
|Robert Knepper as||Morgan Ross||Movie Producer|
|Kathryn Joosten as||Mrs. Landingham||President's Secretary /
Delores (first name)
|NiCole Robinson as||Margaret||Hooper (last name) /
Assistant to Chief of Staff
|Paul Eiding as||Labor Leader||in Toby's meeting|
|John Capodice as||Lenny||AARP|
|Renee Estevez as||Nancy||Mrs. Landingham's Assistant|
|Ned Schmidtke as||Industry Leader #1|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Kim Webster as||Ginger||Assistant to Communications Director|
|Kris Murphy as||Katie||Witt (last name) / Reporter|
|Timothy Davis-Reed as||Mark||O'Donnell (last name) / Reporter|
|Mindy Seeger as||Chris||Reporter|
|Greg Baker as||Interviewer||with Surgeon General|
|William Duffy as||Larry||Congressional Liaison|
|Peter James Smith as||Ed||Congressional Liaison|
|Greg Wrangler as||Secret Service Agent|
|James Kiriyama-Lem as||Industry Leader #2|
And there was Dulé Hill, who plays the president's aide Charlie Young, intensely memorizing the lines of Japanese he would have to say later despite the "help" from crew members. "It means, 'Your mother needs a face-lift,' " a sound guy tells Hill.
"Inside 'The West Wing': A visit to the set of TV's most creative prime-time drama"
by Rick Kushman
February 25, 2001
Each has a copy of this week's script, Sorkin's 37th since the pilot, a stack of paper half an inch thick, about 10,000 words (including stage directions), the cover emblazoned with the presidential seal. "I've taken another whack at this," Sorkin sense, calling this week's read through to order on late Friday afternoon. They read at hyperspeed, stumbling occasionally (who knew that President Bartlet wouldn't know how to pronounce Yemen?), laughing like an audience at their own jokes, and snapping back into character, managing -- without lights, music, props, or even sitting up straight -- to make the story so compelling that when it's over, they can't help themselves, they applaud: for Sorkin, I'm sure that's the idea, I think also for themselves.
"The Secret Life of an Actor"
by David Whitford
"It was a realistic portrayal," says John Rother about a recent West Wing subplot that referred to AARP and a Blue Ribbon Commission on Social Security. Rother, AARP's Director of Legislation and Public Policy, said it reminded him of many White House negotiations he's taken part in.
The only difference: "Meetings like this usually take place in small offices with only a few people, not in the Roosevelt Room as it did on the show," said Rother, ..."And I have a beard and the actor who played me didn't."
May / June 2001
Tony Newman, communications director of the Drug Policy Alliance, says the show in which the surgeon general suggested marijuana was not particularly harmful "was a huge breakthrough for us. While we have the DEA shutting down medical marijuana clubs in San Francisco, on 'West Wing' you have a surgeon general having an honest discussion on the issue. The sad thing is, it's on NBC TV."
"Getting President Bartlet's ear"
by Mark Jurkowitz
March 27, 2002
"I don't think a writer is doing himself any favors by letting people know a lot about him on a personal level. I don't want to get between the audience and what it is that I'm writing. I felt, last year, any time I wrote anything about decriminalizing marijuana, for instance, that the audience would, say, 'Welllll.'" - Aaron Sorkin
"'West Wing' wizard"
by Heather Salerno
October 6, 2002