|Alan Alda as||Arnold Vinick||Republican Candidate for President|
|Kristin Chenoweth as||Annabeth Schott||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Allison Janney as||C.J. (Claudia Jean) Cregg||Chief of Staff|
|Joshua Malina as||Will (William) Bailey||Communications Director|
|Mary McCormack as||Kate (Katherine) Harper||Deputy National Security Advisor|
|Janel Moloney as||Donna (Donnatella) Moss||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|John Spencer as||Leo Thomas McGarry||Democratic Candidate for Vice President|
|Bradley Whitford as||Josh (Joshua) Lyman||Santos Campaign Manager|
Jimmy Smits as
|Matthew Vincente Santos||Democratic Candidate for President|
Martin Sheen as
|Jed (Josiah Edward) Bartlet||President of the United States|
|Special Guest Stars|
|Ron Silver as||Bruno Gianelli||Vinick / Sullivan Campaign Strategist|
|Patricia Richardson as||Sheila Brooks||Vinick Campaign Manager|
Lily Tomlin as
|Debbie (Deborah) Fiderer||President's Secretary|
|Brett Cullen as||Ray Sullivan||Republican Candidate for Vice President|
|Stephen Root as||Bob Mayer||Vinick Speechwriter|
|Ron Canada as||Theodore "Ted" Barrow||Under Secretary of State|
|Steve Ryan as||Miles Hutchinson||Secretary of Defense|
|Dean Norris as||Steve Hodder||Repubican Party Chairman|
|Matthew Del Negro as||Bram (Howard)||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|Karis Campbell as||Ronna (Beckman)||Santos' Aide|
|Diana-Maria Riva as||Edie (Edith) Ortega||Deputy Campaign Manager for Strategic Planning|
|Ramón De Ocampo as||Otto||Santos / McGarry Campaign Staffer|
|J. Patrick McCormack as||General Jimmy Wendall|
|Melinda McGraw as||Jane Bruan||Repubican Strategist|
|Melissa Fitzgerald as||Carol||Fitzpatrick (last name)
Assistant to the Press Secretary
|Annie Morgan as||Anne||Vinick Staffer|
|John L. Curtis as||Vinick Aide|
Fellow executive producer Thomas Schlamme keeps reminding him that a Josh-and-Donna relationship should be saved - for the "fifth season," Sorkin joked.
"As the world turns"
July 17, 2000
Philadelphia Daily News
But no less impressive is Bradley Whitford, who plays Deputy Chief of Staff Josh Lyman. His chemistry and memorable banter with Janel Moloney, who plays assistant Donna Moss, helped elevate her to a series regular.
"I think what Aaron has written that you don't see often is two people who are, just in their reptilian brain stems, mad for each other, but they have no idea," Whitford says. "It's an interesting dynamic in a relationship that you don't see very often."
July 22, 2000
"Leo sometimes makes me sad," he said, "because his whole life is his work. So I hope that after Bartlet's second administration, Leo retires, settles down, finds a good woman and has a life." - John Spencer
"'West Wing' makes his heart soar"
by R.D. Heldenfels
August 14, 2002
Akron Beacon Journal
It's the opposite of her "West Wing" role as Donna Moss, Josh Lyman's former aide. "Josh and Donna would never rush into anything," she says.
"TV movie tells Amber Frey's story"
by Mike Hughes
May 18, 2005
Ganett News Service
Spencer appeared in seven of the 14 episodes that have been filmed, nine of which have been broadcast.
"How series deal with death"
by William Keck
December 18, 2005
Question: So, now that The West Wing is coming to an end, is there any hope for us Josh and Donna fans, or will John Wells exile them to the planet of Unresolved Sexual Tension? — Katherine
Ausiello: How much do I love you guys? So much that this was the first question I asked John Wells when I tackled him Sunday following NBC's West Wing session at press tour. I think you'll like his answer: "One of the great things when you know the show is ending [is that] you can actually do stuff that you probably wouldn't do if you thought the show was continuing."
by Michael Ausiello
January 25, 2006
TV Guide Online
At a press conference, Executive Producer John Wells said the mid-December death of series regular John Spencer briefly led to a discussion of whether it was appropriate to continue the series without him, and whether the three filmed episodes he was featured in prominently had to be re-shot.
"The conclusion we came to was John was so wonderful in the episodes that the best homage we could make to his contribution was to let people see the last days of his work," said Wells. "We did not change or edit a single thing."
"'West Wing' deals with its final days"
by Alan Pergament
January 25, 2006
Executive producer John Wells said there was a brief debate among producers about editing out some of the scenes Spencer filmed before his death.
"We decided to leave his marvelous acting work untouched," Wells said.
"If you knew John, I think he would have been upset with me if we had actually changed scenes. Like, 'What! You're cutting my scenes, kid? What are you doing that for?' "
"Spencer will be missed; his final scenes won't be"
by Dusty Saunders
January 28, 2006
Rocky Mountain News
With West Wing winding down, the big question is whether Josh and his assistant, Donna Moss (Janel Moloney), will finally consummate their seven-year flirtation.
"I'm ready," he says. "All that foreplay - there's a word for that if you're a man. I imagine it would be horribly inconclusive if they didn't hook up."
Adds Moloney: "The fans won't be disappointed."
"Scott Palmer finally makes the Phillies, at age 56"
by Gail Shister
February 21, 2006
Special memory [from Diana-Maria Riva]: John Spencer, who died during the middle of "The West Wing" filming, was an amazingly generous human being. The last time I saw him, he pulled me aside and said, "Have I told you how great you are?" When I think of that, my eyes well up with tears.
"Counting her lucky stars"
by John Kiesewetter
September 18, 2006