Asked by Anonymous
The question someone asked was about her favorite memory on The West Wing. She talked about the challenges she faced with the role (the subject matter being so difficult), the level of acting on everyone’s part, etc. Then she said that one of the people she became closest to was John Spencer, and that before he passed away, she used to notice that he loved to eat Jolly Ranchers.
So then after he died, one day on set she was missing him and thinking about him. And it was cold on the set of Air Force One, so someone brought her a “puffy coat” that they used to keep around for when people were cold. She put her hands in the pockets, and there were all these Jolly Ranchers. So she said she knew it was his way of saying hello.
She didn’t mention Glee at all, but then no one asked about it, either.
John Spencer memorial plaque at Warner Bros. Photo by Rob Lowe, who tweeted this accompanying message on Feb. 6,2014: “Dropped by the now empty West Wing stage at Warners. Found this wonderful tribute on the wall.”
"On Christmas Eve West Wingers Bradley Whitford, Richard Schiff and Nicole Robinson all attended Spencer’s funeral.”
It was so sad and shocking for me as a TWW fan. I can only imagine what it was like to be his friend or co-worker.
Besides mourning the death of a beloved actor, we fans spent a few weeks wondering if they were even going to finish the season.
March 10, 2002: Backstage at the Screen Actors Guild Awards after winning Outstanding Performance by an Ensemble in a Drama Series for the second straight year.
John Spencer’s Last Scene
On the 16th December 2005, John Spencer unexpectedly died of a heart attack. He was just 58 years old. His death came out of the blue and came while the final series of The West Wing was still being filmed. This is the final scene that John Spencer filmed. It comes just after the Presient confided in him about the crisis in Kazakhstan, shortly before he briefed the two presidential candiates. I think this is really fitting, that his penultimate scene be with his oldest friend, and that his final be with his protege, symbolic of the upcoming handover of power to the next generation.
Also, in an unrelated note, how flipping heartbreaking is that last line!