The West Wing actor John Spencer died of a heart attack Friday at a Los Angeles hospital, according to his publicist, Ron Hofmann. He was 58.
No other details were made immediately available.
Spencer spent much of his early career honing his craft in regional theater before achieving a breakthrough as a Vietnam veteran in Emily Mann’s 1981 Off-Broadway success Still Life. But he became best known for his turn as maverick lawyer Tommy Mullaney on the long-running NBC legal drama L.A. Law, from 1990 until its 1994 curtain.
Spencer’s returned to TV a year later as vice presidential candidate Leo McGarry on the long-running NBC presedential drama The West Wing. The role earned him an Emmy in 2002 for Best Supporting Actor in a Drama Series, along with a Golden Globe nomination.
Service and funeral arrangements were pending, Hofmann said.